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Program Manager, EH&S Biological Safety Officer

Gilead Sciences, Inc.
Foster City, CA
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Apr 17, 2024

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Program Manager, EH&S Biological Safety Officer
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.

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Job Description

Program Manager, EH&S—Biological Safety Officer

An invigorating opportunity is available in the Environmental, Health & Safety Department as we strive to build a world class EH&S team at Gilead in Foster City. The successful candidate will be joining a highly motivated and cross functional team to develop and elevate a proactive EH&S culture across our Foster City campus via facilitation of Biosafety Program. You must be an independent self-starter with superior analysis, multitasking and problem solving skills for simple to complex situations. You will be relied upon as a subject matter expert in the areas for which you are responsible, and also should be eager to learn about and support other areas of the team when needed. This individual must possess great interpersonal capabilities that facilitate explanation of complex topics straightforwardly to educate and influence colleagues and customers to ensure successful implementation of EH&S programs and directives as assigned.

This role will be the Biological Safety Officer, program manager. The successful candidate will use effective time management skills with minimal supervision on projects of moderate to challenging complexity. This will include identification, development, update and maintenance of compliance and safety programs, protocols, and procedures in collaboration with research staff.

General Responsibilities of EH&S Team Members

The Senior Specialist EH&S will serve as an agent of change within their areas of responsibility while effectively ensuring compliance and proliferation of best practices throughout customer organizations.

Basic essential duties for all EH&S team members include:
  • Identify, document and reduce potential workplace hazards, including accident investigation, through corrective actions and making recommendations to management.
  • Develop, communicate and conduct audits, inspections, training and program development.
  • Provide program specific and general EH&S training, including New Hire Orientation for employees.
  • Serving on the Emergency Response Team requiring periodic 24 hour on-call availability
  • Establish a positive rapport with staff, scientists and management to ensure a high level of customer service and serve as a primary point of contact for customer groups.
  • Assist with implementing general elements of the Foster City EH&S Program, as defined by local, state and federal agencies.

Essential Duties and Job Functions of the Role

Specific responsibilities for this role focus on independent management, with minimal supervision, in leading the Biosafety program and serving as the Biological Safety Officer (BSO).

Major Responsibilities of the Position:
  • Overseeing compliance as defined by the Bloodborne Pathogen and Aerosol Transmissible Disease Standards, Medical Waste regulations, and all other etiologic agents use requirements from federal, state, and local regulations
  • Provide technical and regulatory compliance advice assessing physical and health risks associated with the use of potentially pathogenic microorganisms, human and non-human primate tissue or cells, and organisms containing recombinant or synthetic nucleic acid molecule research
  • Coordinate Biosafety and IBC meetings and perform risk assessments of all research protocols submitted through the Biological Materials Use Authorization process
  • Coordinate third party resources providing occupational health and medical surveillance support of the Biosafety Program
  • Maintain accurate and up to date inventory of all biologics used on the Foster City campus
  • Coordinate Biosafety efforts with EH&S team members, working in collaboration to ensure compliance with our Gilead policy and program
  • For EH&S programs assigned, ensure program and reporting requirements, as set by local, state and federal agencies, and as defined by internal policies.
  • Review facility/space designs of renovations or new constructions to identify potential EH&S impacts and provide recommendations to proactively manage these impacts.
  • Coordinate commissioning and decommissioning activities of laboratory assets and work areas as required.

Knowledge, Experience, and Skills Required
  • Working knowledge of OSHA, EPA, DOT and other related regulatory requirements.
  • Demonstrated experience in interacting with regulatory agencies.
  • Demonstrated experience in working in collaborative teams.
  • Demonstrated experience with working under minimal supervision.
  • Demonstrated success with leading manager and peers without authority.
  • Anticipate needs and problems while creating and implementing solutions.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • The ability to effectively shift priorities and work at a rapid pace is required.
  • 8+ years experience in Biosafety/Preclinical EH&S. Experience in pharmaceutical, biotech, or related industry preferred.
  • Bachelor of Science in Chemistry/Biology/Environmental or related field, advanced degree a plus.
  • Relevant experience may supersede degree requirements.

The salary range for this position is: $143,225.00 - $185,350.00. 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.

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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