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Head of Procurement Process Excellence & Innovation

Gilead Sciences, Inc.
Foster City, CA
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Feb 15, 2024

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Head of Procurement Process Excellence & Innovation
United States - California - Foster City

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.

Making an impact on a global scale
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.

When you join Gilead, you join our mission to change the world by enabling people to live healthier and more fulfilling lives. Come join a mission-driven bio-pharmaceutical organization that values inclusion and diversity, has a strong portfolio of products, and is constantly #CreatingPossible

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At Gilead, we're creating a healthier world for all people. For more than 35 years, we've tackled diseases such as HIV, viral hepatitis, COVID-19 and cancer - working relentlessly to develop therapies that help improve lives and to ensure access to these therapies across the globe. We continue to fight against the world's biggest health challenges, and our mission requires collaboration, determination and a relentless drive to make a difference.

We empower our leaders to step up, share ideas, listen, learn, and lead. We're welcoming bright, diverse, and imaginative minds; we're nurturing them to foster an environment of inclusion and growth where innovation is encouraged. We expect our people leaders to model that environment, and to focus on creating inclusion, developing talent, and enabling teams.

Every member of Gilead's team plays a critical role in the discovery and development of life-changing scientific innovations. Our employees are our greatest asset as we work to achieve our bold ambitions, and we're looking for the next wave of passionate and ambitious people ready to make a direct impact. Join Gilead and help create possible, together.
Job Description

Gilead's Global Procurement Organization (GPO) is in the midst of an exciting transformation to redesign and improve Procurement service offerings, build stronger partnerships and create an improved user experience for our stakeholders and team members. We are equally committed to re-establishing our approach and supplier engagement model re-establishing how suppliers can successfully do business with Gilead.

Reporting to the Global Head of Procurement, the Procurement Process Excellence & Innovation Lead will play a pivotal role implementing, optimizing and streamlining process improvements and innovative solutions. You will be responsible for successfully collaborating across Procurement, stakeholder groups, business partners and Corporate Operations to effectively drive for results, create value creation for the enterprise and improve procurement performance. To enable this, you will be expected to achieve process innovation and optimization across our entire source to settle menu of services. You will work closely with cross-functional teams, suppliers, and stakeholders to drive procurement best practices and foster a culture of continuous improvement.

  • Design and Lead Procurement's Innovation Hub to harness full potential of process improvement opportunities with Suppliers, technology and the creativity in problem-solving within our own procurement team.
  • Acts as a subject matter expert and drives best practice in Procurement processes, coordinates efforts to continually improve those processes and manages the change associated with implementation of initiatives across the Procurement function and the wider business.
  • Design Procurement customer experience training materials and collaborate with a cross functional team to develop and launch training programs on procurement systems, policies and processes.
  • Serve as a cross-functional Liaison to represent Procurement when partnering with Corporate Operation teams to deliver complex, matrixed initiatives.
  • Acts as a subject matter expert and drives best practice in Procurement processes, coordinates efforts to continually improve those processes and manages the change associated with implementation of initiatives across the Procurement function and the wider business.
  • Collaborate with the Chief Procurement Officer and senior leadership team to continuously refine and simplify standard Procurement processes keeping the user experience as a leading principle.
  • Conducts high quality analysis of processes and systems using analytical and quantitative methods and tools to identify fact-based and focused improvement opportunities.
  • Continuously review the Sourcing, Purchasing and Contracting processes to identify gaps in efficiency and opportunities for improvements and partnering closely with senior business process owners to design and implement improvements.
  • Is responsible for interfacing, influencing and alignment with relevant stakeholders, i.e. Category Management, Sourcing, Master Data Management, Accounts Payable, Data Privacy or Legal.
  • Lead and collaborate to drive change management activities and project implementation in an effective manner to ensure continuous improvement strategy is successfully delivered in a matrix organization across multiple countries and operating entities (Gilead and Kite).
  • Collaborates across the Procurement Leadership team to co-create and deliver solutions to complex Procurement related business problems for areas of responsibility where analysis of situations requires an in-depth knowledge of organizational objectives and ways of working.
  • Optimize Business Process by documenting, streamlining and continually improving ways of working.
  • Will be responsible for performing audits, root cause analysis and design/implement sustainable corrective actions/ plans across a broad range of large scale, complex Procurement related initiatives.

Basic Qualifications:

Bachelor's Degree and Fourteen Years' Experience


Masters' Degree and Twelve Years' Experience


PhD and Twelve Years' Experience

Other Qualifications:
  • 15 years of professional experience in procurement leading strategy, process improvement and innovative solutions.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of procurement best practices and supplier management.
  • Extensive experience in the design and execution of Process Improvement (e.g., Six Sigma).
  • Excellent and proven communication and influencing skills to senior leaders and stakeholders at all levels.
  • Strong data analytical abilities to drive actionable insights and develop compelling messages.
  • Proven ability for effective and cross-functional team collaboration.
  • Passion for working in a fast paced and innovative business environment.
  • Proven ability to challenge current practices, seek alternative options and challenge convention.

People Leader Accountabilities
  • Create Inclusion - knowing the business value of diverse teams, modeling Inclusion, and embedding the value of diversity in the way they manage their teams.
  • Develop Talent - understand the skills, experience, aspirations and potential of their employees and coach them on current performance and future potential. They ensure employees are receiving the feedback and insight needed to grow, develop and realize their purpose.
  • Empower Teams - connect the team to the organization by aligning goals, purpose, organizational objectives and holding to account. They provide the support needed to remove barriers and connect their team to the broader ecosystem.

The salary range for this position is: $237,660.00 - $307,560.00. 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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As an equal opportunity employer, Gilead Sciences Inc. is committed to a diverse workforce. Employment decisions regarding recruitment and selection will be made without discrimination based on race, color, religion, national origin, gender, age, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, genetic information or characteristic, gender identity and expression, veteran status, or other non-job related characteristics or other prohibited grounds specified in applicable federal, state and local laws. In order to ensure reasonable accommodation for individuals protected by Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Vietnam Era Veterans' Readjustment Act of 1974, and Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, applicants who require accommodation in the job application process may contact for assistance.

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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.

For Current Gilead Employees and Contractors:

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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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