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Director, Global Ethics & Compliance Policies

Gilead Sciences, Inc.
Foster City, CA
Start date
May 31, 2024

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Regulatory, Legal/Compliance
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Full time
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Director, Global Ethics & Compliance Policies
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.

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.

We believe every employee deserves a great leader. People Leaders are the cornerstone to the employee experience at Gilead and Kite. As a people leader now or in the future, you are the key driver in evolving our culture and creating an environment where every employee feels included, developed and empowered to fulfil their aspirations. Join Gilead and help create possible, together.

Job Description

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, South and Central America, Europe, Africa, Asia, and Australia. Gilead makes it a priority to increase access to its medicines for people who can benefit from them, regardless of where they live or their economic status.

Director Global Ethics & Compliance Policies

We are seeking a Director Global Ethics & Compliance Policies, reporting to the Global Head Ethics & Compliance Policies, Office of Ethics & Compliance (OEC), to assist in enhancing Gilead´s Ethics & Healthcare Compliance Program.

Essential Duties and Job Functions

  • Support the Global Head of Ethics & Compliance Policies in leading the company's efforts to develop, propagate, and operationalize ethics & healthcare compliance policies across the company and to ensure business activities comply with relevant laws, regulations, and ethical standards.
  • Partner closely with business functions including Commercial, Medical Affairs, Public Affairs, Government Affairs, Finance and Clinical (amongst others), and other teams as part of the OEC and Legal organizations to address ethics & healthcare compliance policy-related issues.
  • Contribute to the continued enhancement of a culture of integrity, supporting the company's Core Values.

Key responsibilities also include the following:

  • Support Global Head Ethics & Compliance Policies in partnering with colleagues across the business functions, OEC and Legal to develop and align on a risk-based approach to ethics & healthcare compliance policy development and propagation.

  • Draft and/or oversee the drafting of global ethics & healthcare compliance policies; recommend and/or decide upon global ethics & healthcare compliance policy positions; and respond to requests for policy interpretation.

  • Carry out horizon scanning on changes in the external global ethics & healthcare compliance business environment and develop and implement policy enhancements to reflect the risks.

  • Provide global ethics & compliance policy-related support to affiliates worldwide, on an as-needed basis.

  • Lead on the internal transition of global and local ethics & healthcare compliance policies to a new document management system. Leverage technology to develop and implement innovative tools to enhance the effective communication of global and local policies.

  • Actively participate as a Gilead representative in external industry association working groups, including IFPMA and EFPIA.

  • Foster an energizing work environment where our colleagues have impact on our patient-centric mission and can grow their careers.

Knowledge, Experience and Skills

  • Gilead is looking for an experienced ethics & compliance professional from the biotech and/or pharmaceutical industry with proven cultural adaptability across geographies.

  • Ideally the successful candidate will have gained exposure to working within an organization with a US-based headquarters, as well as experience with operations in major markets worldwide.

  • The candidate must have a strong background and exposure to compliance relate systems and transparency reporting requirements across the globe.

Detailed requirements include:

  • 8+ years of relevant prior industry experience relating to drugs, devices, or food products.

  • Experience in the biotechnology or pharmaceutical industries required, including extensive professional experience advising on anti-bribery laws, industry code requirements, and other ethics & compliance mandates.

  • Juris doctor or equivalent preferred, but not required.

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English.

  • Substantive experience in the drafting of company ethics & compliance policies.

  • Able to exercise judgment and propose courses of action where precedent may not exist.

  • In-depth understanding of business objectives and how those translate into healthcare.
  • compliance priorities to deliver advice and guidance to the business.

  • Excellent interpersonal and influencing skills, an inquisitive mind, and the ability to work.
  • effectively in a global, matrixed organization with multiple functions, together with a positive attitude and strong work ethic.

  • Experience with systems and structures that facilitate an efficient and effective compliance program.

  • Experience, confidence, resilience, and gravitas to work with senior Executives and able to establish rapport with key stakeholders and client.

  • Ability to quickly establish credibility with diverse audiences.

  • Managerial experience preferred.

  • Consistently retains a sense of the ‘bigger picture.'

  • International and domestic travel.

Personal Competencies/ Behaviors

  • The ideal candidate will be solutions- and results-orientated. The candidate will display personal and professional maturity and have a strong work ethic and personal integrity.

  • Proven leadership skills with an ability to set a vision, inspire, champion change, and drive.
  • innovative thinking.

  • Collaborative, team player that leads by example.

  • Strong strategic thinking skills with ability to see the big picture and help to formulate and execute strategy.

  • Excellent influencing, interpersonal and communication skills.

  • Demonstrated ability to network, engage and partner with other functions, both within a country and within broader regional/Global structures and establish positive relationships.

  • Strong judgment with proven ability to identify to implement solutions.

  • Strong organizational and project management skills and ability to execute through others.
  • Proven analytical skills and sound judgment. Practical approach to problem-solving.

  • Consistently demonstrate and adhere to Gilead's Core Values and create and inspire a team culture committed to the same.

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:

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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