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Associate Director, Quality Planning and Strategy

Gilead Sciences, Inc.
Foster City, CA
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Apr 18, 2024

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Associate Director, Quality Planning and Strategy
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

For Current Gilead Employees and Contractors:

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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

Job Responsibilities:
  • Administer the yearly Quality Planning process aligned with the company's overall business objectives. Track and communicate progress of Quality Plan related activities to PDM leadership including status, timelines, budgets and risk mitigation strategies to ensure completion.
  • Develop and implement key performance indicators (KPIs) and metrics to monitor performance, track trends, and drive improvements within the Quality Plan lifecycle.
  • Propose and implement plans to resolve complex issues and execute corrective actions, ensuring a proactive approach to quality management.
  • Manage and develop relationships with diverse stakeholders to secure cross-functional collaboration and engagement.
  • Benchmark quality processes against performance metrics to identify improvement opportunities and implement routine process changes to improve organizational performance and operations.
  • Provides thought leadership and collaboration opportunities in the space of quality strategy and planning throughout PDM, Research, and Kite.
  • Leads DMAIC projects and facilitates workshops throughout the continuous improvement lifecycle, from ideation to change sustainment.
  • Monitors overall quality engineering project portfolio, provides mid-range planning, and communicates project outcomes.
  • Coaches and guides QA staff, fostering a culture of quality excellence, accountability, and continuous improvement.
  • Stay current with industry trends, regulatory changes, and best practices in quality assurance, and proactively apply this knowledge to enhance the company's QA strategies and processes.

Knowledge and Skills
  • Demonstrates in-depth knowledge in Quality System principles, concepts, industry practices, and standards.
  • Demonstrates excellent verbal, written and interpersonal communication skills.
  • Demonstrates ability to foster a strong rapport with leaders and effectively interact with all levels of the organization.
  • Exceptional planning and organizational skills, including the ability to prioritize and manage multiple initiatives simultaneously.
  • Demonstrates expertise in Lean Six Sigma, Define-Measure-Analyze-Improve-Control (DMAIC) methodology, performance measures, and quality improvement.
  • Certification by ASQ (Certified Six Sigma Black Belt, Certified Quality Engineer, and Certified Quality Manager/OE) or other industry-recognized professional organizations.

Typical Education and Experience
  • 10+ years of relevant experience in the pharmaceutical industry and a BS or BA in a science related degree.
  • 8+ years of relevant experience and a MS.
  • Prior people and project management experience.

The salary range for this position is: $177,905.00 - $230,230.00. 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:

Please log onto your Internal Career Site to apply for this job.



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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333 Lakeside Drive
Foster City

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