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Director, Strategy and Operations, Device, Packaging, and Process (DPP)

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

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Director, Strategy and Operations, Device, Packaging, and Process (DPP)
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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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

Director, Strategy and Operations, Device, Packaging, and Process (DPP)

The DPP function is a key component of Gilead's Pharmaceutical Development and Manufacturing (PDM) organization, providing a portfolio of technologies for selection and implementation by product teams. These technologies enable product teams to develop and execute a strategy to differentiate our products and ensure Gilead is highly competitive in commercial markets. The Director of Strategy and Operations will support the Vice President of DPP as an internal consultant to drive collaboration, cross-functional clarity, and alignment on projects, initiatives, and departmental operations. The leader will serve as a manager of Project Management resources and capabilities. The leader will also influence and help drive the DPP strategies and investment decisions to meet the needs of the company product portfolio across company functions in (PDM, Research, Clinical and Commercial). The leader is expected to facilitate strategies required to evolve the organization to enhance the technical and development capabilities. Finally, the leader collaborates and drives alignment with counterparts in Gilead's global strategy and operations network, The leader must foster an environment of cross-functional collaboration, accountability, and business rigor. The leader must influence across functions to facilitate the overall enhancement of organization capabilities device/combination product development in Technical Development. This responsibility includes ensuring effective interfaces with Marketing, Quality, Regulatory, Manufacturing, Clinical Development and counterpart technical groups.

Specific Job Responsibilities:
  • Gather, analyze, and synthesize information on topics as requested by the vice president and/or leadership team.
  • Lead project management resources for the department ensuring best practices, implementation, process improvement initiatives and governance.
  • Prepare strategic communications utilizing a clear understanding of the business strategy and issues; develop and maintain consistent, relevant content for use in executive level communications and to support/lead projects to further organizational and business goals.
  • Lead special projects as assigned by the vice president.
  • Assist vice president in developing content for presentations and other communications.
  • Routinely manages confidential information appropriately and ensures vice president is appropriately prepared for key events.
  • Prepare technical and strategy presentation materials for delivery to executives; assist with budget preparations and tracking of department spending and variances.
  • Develop and support the implementation of vice president's communications processes, standards, and best practices within the DPP department.
  • Digest and summarize a variety of pre-read documents and technical reports for the vice president; attend meetings on behalf of and representing the vice president.
  • Identify opportunities to define and implement solutions that improve the effectiveness of the DPP Leadership Team
  • Manage schedule and agenda content for DPP Leadership Team and All Hands meetings; prepare agendas, track action plans, distribute minutes.
  • Aid vice president to synthesize and communicate department goals and objectives.
  • Prepare technical and strategy presentation materials for delivery to executives; assist with budget preparations and tracking of department spending and variances.
  • Help GDPD leaders by working with them to validate and codify existing strategies, develop strategic operating principles, and formulate new network strategies depending on the business and organizational needs.
  • Execute external benchmarking by leveraging external consultants, attending best in practice conferences, and connecting with peers. Manage and build into a digestible form the resulting benchmark data and apply to ongoing strategic analyses.
  • Support the DPP LT, and each of their teams, in critical decision making.


Basic Qualifications:
  • Bachelor's degree and 12+ years of relevant experience, or master's degree / PhD / MD with 10+ years of relevant experience.
  • Strong business acumen.
  • Strategic and operational management skills required with the ability to develop and present sound proposals and recommendations; lead discussions on how to determine and prioritize strategic priorities; responsible for creation and tracking of analytics.
  • Proven experience in stakeholder management and ability to effectively collaborate across the organizations; interacts within and across the matrix to manage deliverables and timelines across the organization; manage department contribution to operating reviews.
  • Demonstrated capability to deliver strategic analysis and optionality with an impact on the effectiveness of a global manufacturing and development organization.
  • Demonstrated ability to lead a team of multi-disciplinary professionals in delivering strategy analysis and recommending options.
  • Capability for problem solving and strategic, and critical thinking that results in significant business value.
  • Ability to represent the organization at internal meetings and act as an interface between the organization and other groups at Gilead.
  • Experience working across different cultures.

Preferred Experience / Skills:
  • Experience in the biotech or pharmaceutical industry with demonstrated cross-functional collaboration and leadership; deep knowledge about the biotech / bio-pharma segment.
  • Ability to multi-task and independently lead multiple projects and meet key deadlines.
  • High EQ, ability to listen, and adapt to the dynamic of a situation.
  • Confidence to provide dissenting views, when appropriate.
  • Ability to work cross-functionally and understand the motivations of colleagues in other functions.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with ability to lead, interact with, focus, negotiate, resolve conflict and drive consensus among individuals from a variety of cultures and disciplines.
  • Highly adept at influencing upward and downward without direct reporting relationships.
  • Drives forward in face of ambiguity.
  • Bias for action; ability to prioritize.
  • Strong leadership, self-direction, comfort and experience tackling ambiguous, complex problems.
  • Proven ability to lead collaborative and creative strategic problem solving by breaking down issues, identifying options to address, synthesizing insights, and driving to action and resolution.
  • Deep experience in designing and deploying rigorous processes, tools, templates and governance.
  • Excellent communication skills with the ability to synthesize complex situations, illustrate conceptual paths, and facilitate discussions leading to resolution on key issues.

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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