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Director, Congress Orchestration - Global Congress Center of Excellence

Gilead Sciences, Inc.
Foster City, CA
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Apr 8, 2024

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Director, Congress Orchestration - Global Congress Center of Excellence
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 Sciences, Inc. is a biopharmaceutical company that has pursued and achieved breakthroughs in medicine for more than three decades, with the goal of creating a healthier world for all people. The company is committed to advancing innovative medicines to prevent and treat life-threatening diseases, including HIV, viral hepatitis, and cancer. Gilead operates in more than 35 countries worldwide, with headquarters in Foster City, California.

As a Director, Congress Orchestration, you'll manage the execution of Gilead's Congress strategy and operations, establishing and leading Core Congress Committee's to ensure a standardized and consistent congress planning process. You'll report to the Global Congress Center of Excellence, as part of the Global Commercial Operations (GCO) organization.

Key Responsibilities:

In this role, you'll be responsible for leading Tier 1 Congresses, as well as ex-US Global Tier 2 Congresses: working cross functionally and with various agency partners on all aspects of congress operations:

  • Organize and chair Core Congress Committee's and sub-teams; ensuring clear objectives are set and are aligned with overarching Therapeutic Area strategy and vision
  • Craft overarching Congress approach recommendation leveraging objectives and congress offerings; ensuring an appropriate congress and investment strategy based on needs
  • Drive consistency of delivery of all congress activity
  • Create clear and consistent communication plan to ensure all stakeholders are properly informed of happenings; inclusive of Leadership updates, Pre-cons/Post-cons, All Hands Meetings, affiliates, etc.
  • Professional (AP1) Association relations: function as contact for Association related to Congress activity (also working cross-functionally with extended team on overarching Gilead relationship with Association)
  • Ensure metrics are established and measured upon to aid in future decision making; elevating the Global CoE to be “best in class” and to ensure a world-leading congress experience for our customers
  • Lead a team of congress planners who would support Congress activity; working closely with cross-functional and agency partners​ to allow for a comprehensive and consistent Congress planning experience including on-site management
  • Manage exhibit house on booth creation; working with cross-functional teams to ensure messaging/content is aligned with objectives/congress strategy(MK2) ; content development to reside with asset owners
  • Partner closely on Key Opinion Leader (KOL) engagement process; ensuring consistent and standardized approaches are being followed
  • Ensure close coordination between the Global Congress COE and affiliate teams, particularly the US, Medical Affairs M&E teams, and Kite regarding planning and logistics​
  • Ensure creation of and adherence to criteria for live congress attendance
  • Partner with Compliance and Legal to ensure compliance of activities and materials used at congresses and hospitality limits are clear
  • Onsite event management
  • Congress budget management; inclusive of financial reconciliation
  • Partner with functional leader to drive future recommendations to enhance offerings, utilizing metrics/insights to support

Basic Qualifications:
  • Bachelor's degree and 12 years' experience

  • Master's degree and 10 years' experience

  • PhD and 8 years' experience

Preferred Qualifications:
  • With a bachelor's degree, a minimum of 12 years of relevant pharmaceutical marketing experience, including prior experience leading congresses or a minimum of 10 years' experience with an advanced degree
  • 25% global and domestic travel
  • Prior regional or global experience; US experience required
  • Proven ability to independently lead high visibility strategic projects and translate strategies into defined resource needs, tactics, and metrics to achieve results
  • Excellent interpersonal and verbal and written communication skills with a demonstrated ability to independently lead high visibility strategic projects and translate strategies into defined resource needs, tactics, and metrics to achieve results
  • Demonstrated strong ability to lead and influence in a fast-paced, matrixed global biopharmaceutical organization, across a variety of organizational levels and disciplines with high expectations and a customer focus which drives the need for quality deliverables and performance
  • Experience working with senior /executive management, to clearly and concisely present strategic plans for endorsement
  • Strong competitive and innovative mindset and strategic and analytical skills, demonstrated by the ability to identify and interpret complex issues and provide appropriate recommendations across functional areas
  • Demonstrated excellence in project management and working collaboratively effectively and managing multiple priorities and projects
  • Proven skills in global pharmaceutical planning, including the ability to develop and implement strategic and tactical plans and budget management

People Leader Accountabilities
  • Create Inclusion - knowing the business value of diverse teams, modelling 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: $205,700.00 - $266,200.00. 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.

For more information about equal employment opportunity protections, please view the 'Know Your Rights' poster.



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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