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Senior Director, RWE Innovation & External Partnerships

Gilead Sciences, Inc.
Foster City, CA
Start date
Feb 6, 2024

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Senior Director, RWE Innovation & External Partnerships
United States - California - Foster CityUnited States - North Carolina - RaleighUnited States - New Jersey - Parsippany

Gilead Sciences, Inc. is a research-based bio-pharmaceutical company that discovers, develops and commercializes innovative medicines in areas of unmet medical need. With each new discovery and investigational drug candidate, we seek to improve the care of patients living with life-threatening diseases around the world. Gilead’s therapeutic areas of focus include HIV/AIDS, liver diseases, cancer and inflammation, and serious respiratory and cardiovascular conditions.

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Inclusion is one of the company’s five core values. That’s because we know that we are stronger and more innovative at Gilead when we are informed by a diverse set of backgrounds, experiences and points of view. Gilead Sciences is a biopharmaceutical company that discovers, develops and commercializes innovative therapeutics in areas of unmet medical need. The company's mission is to advance the care of patients suffering from life-threatening diseases worldwide.

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Job Description

Position Overview:

The Real-World Evidence (RWE) function at Gilead is part of the Clinical Data Sciences (CDS) group within the Clinical Development organization and aims to unlock the power of Real-World Data (RWD) to help transform innovations to life-changing medicines for patients. The Senior Director, RWE innovation methods and external partnerships reports to the Executive Director, RWE Generation and is accountable for the development of expert enterprise capabilities in RWE analytics and study delivery in direct support of the execution of RWE strategies across all Gilead Therapeutic Areas (TA) throughout the development lifecycle.

The role will be responsible for ensuring that the company remains at the forefront of data driven drug development to ensure Gilead continues to deliver maximal impact for patients.

We are looking for an innovative, dynamic, entrepreneurial, strategic leader with a wide array of technical expertise including data science, epidemiology, drug development, AI and machine learning as well as an in depth understanding of the pharmaceutical industry, regulatory strategy and evidence generation.

What will you be doing in this role?

Strategic Leadership:

  • Develop and articulate a comprehensive RWE innovation and external partnership strategy for RWE function aligned with company goals and industry trends.
  • Create and communicate a vision for RWE innovation and external partnerships within the organization.
  • Oversee the successful execution of RWD innovation methods projects, ensuring they are delivered on time, within budget, and meet quality standards and in addition the work being adopted for execution by relevant functions.
  • Serve on the RWE Generation Leadership Team and promote alignment of innovation initiatives across therapeutic areas. Develop and execute a cross-functional communication plan for RWE Generation Innovation initiatives.
  • Contribute to RWE Generation budget planning, resource allocation, and reporting.
  • Provide strategic leadership to build and cement the RWE innovation methods and external partnerships as a core strategic partner for RWE generation across the organization.

RWE Innovation and Research:
  • Promote a culture of innovation, encouraging creative thinking and exploring novel ways to harness RWD for scientific advancement.
  • Collaborate with academic and industry partners to stay at the forefront of RWD innovation.
  • Lead a team of scientists to leverage RWD for development of innovative approaches to support data-driven decision support and evidence.
  • Drive the development of advanced methods such as machine learning and AI algorithms to extract meaningful insights from complex healthcare data.
  • Develop strong relationships with internal and external RWE ecosystem partners to allow evolution of data sources, methodological and technological interests.

External partnerships and Thought Leadership:
  • Represent the organization as a thought leader in RWD/RWE through participation in industry events, publications, and speaking engagements.
  • Identify opportunities for impactful partnerships with external co-operative groups and bodies. Evaluate membership and ensure Gilead's involvement in national and international organizations working at the intersections of pharmacoepidemiology, data science, and regulatory science.

Cross-Functional Collaboration:
  • Work closely with RWE Therapeutic area teams and other relevant functions within Gilead and its affiliates and domain experts to translate RWD insights into actionable solutions.
  • Collaborate closely with internal stakeholders (e.g. medical affairs, commercial, RWE, clinical operations, clinical development, corporate strategy, portfolio strategy) to identify and execute on opportunities for the innovative and high-impact use of RWD and analytic technology throughout drug development stages.

Regulatory Compliance:
  • Stay informed about evolving regulatory requirements with regard to use of observational research in the life sciences sector, ensuring that conduct of RWE practices comply with regulatory and scientific expectations and guidelines.
  • Manage the development of Gilead's position on the use of RWD/E for decision-making (including use for Regulatory decisions), coordinate Gilead's commentary to regulatory agencies and/or industry groups and represent the RWE function in pertinent interactions.

Team Development:
  • Oversee the recruitment, expansion, and retention of an expert RWE innovation and methods teams by providing clarity of purpose, commitment to professional development, and focus on methodological rigor and execution excellence.
  • Mentor, coach, and develop a high-performing team, fostering a collaborative and growth-oriented work environment.
  • Mentor Innovation Unit staff and build a culture of accountable and high-impact leadership.

Minimum Qualifications:
  • Doctoral degree (e.g. PhD, MD, ScD, PharmD) and/or Master's degree (e.g. MSc) in Epidemiology or related discipline, such as Outcomes Research, Medicine, Biostatistics from an accredited institution, with a minimum of twelve (12) years of relevant, post-graduation experience OR Bachelors Degree with a minimum of fourteen (14) years
  • Preference for a minimum of six (6) years of that experience to be in the biopharmaceutical industry, with directly involvement in the analysis of RWD and generation of RWE
  • Demonstrated leadership in driving innovation and strategic thinking
  • Proven exceptional communication and stakeholder management skills
  • Demonstrable experience of innovative uses of data including RWE, commercial and clinical trial data to deliver real business impact across the organization
  • Ability to influence and achieve goals while maintaining productive organizational relationships.
  • Well developed cross-cultural sensitivity

Experience with the following:
  • Leading impactful innovations in drug development, life cycle management, integrated evidence planning and HTA negotiations
  • Identifying and leading global collaborations with KOLs and cooperative groups
  • Influencing key stakeholders within the organization & conceptualizing and leading a successful change management program
  • Bringing novel RWE solutions to drug development challenges beyond external control arms
  • Serving as a functional representative at key governance bodies within the organization

The salary range for this position is: $255,425.00 - $330,550.00. Gilead considers a variety of factors when determining base compensation, including experience, qualifications, and geographic location. These considerations mean actual compensation will vary. This position may also be eligible for a discretionary annual bonus, discretionary stock-based long-term incentives (eligibility may vary based on role), paid time off, and a benefits package. Benefits include company-sponsored medical, dental, vision, and life insurance plans*.

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* Eligible employees may participate in benefit plans, subject to the terms and conditions of the applicable plans.

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Our environment respects individual differences and recognizes each employee as an integral member of our company. Our workforce reflects these values and celebrates the individuals who make up our growing team.

Gilead provides a work environment free of harassment and prohibited conduct. We promote and support individual differences and diversity of thoughts and opinion.

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Gilead Sciences is a biopharmaceutical company that discovers, develops, and commercializes innovative therapeutics in areas of unmet medical need. The company's mission is to advance the care of patients suffering from life-threatening diseases worldwide. Headquartered in Foster City, California, Gilead has operations in North America, Europe and Australia.

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