Associate Director Public Affairs

Gilead Sciences, Inc.
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Feb 17, 2021
Apr 18, 2021
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Full Time
Associate Director Public Affairs
Spain - Madrid

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. Gileads 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 companys five core values. Thats 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

Gilead Sciences, Inc. is a research-based biopharmaceutical 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 and cancer

The Position

Reporting to the Senior Director, Public Affairs, this role is responsible for delivering strategic branded and unbranded external communication programmes for Gilead's therapy areas (TAs)

Works closely with the TA teams

Job duties include

  • Representing Public Affairs internally as part of the cross functional team and externally with a variety of different stakeholders

  • Setting new TA communications strategy for the market in alignment with global direction and local market input

  • Coordination with cross-functional colleagues to ensure alignment and collaboration in strategic priorities and messaging across different stakeholders

  • Providing leadership and support for the implementation of in-market PR activities

  • Development/strengthening of relationships with a wide variety of external organizations and professionals, media and other influential organizations in those TAs

  • Preparation of communications materials, including strategic programmes, key messages, Q&A documents, press releases, presentations, etc.

  • Response to media requests and coordination of interviews with Gilead spokespeople and opinion leader spokespeople as appropriate

  • Issues mitigation and management

  • Understanding of the regulatory frameworks in the market and ability to manage approvals and interactions with the review team.

    Knowledge, Experience and Skills

  • Ability to understand and accurately communicate complex science

  • Demonstrated experience in media relations (traditional and social), issues management; knowledge of healthcare and industry media and reporting trends

  • Demonstrated knowledge of regulations and principles specific to communications for a publicly-traded biopharmaceutical company

  • Experience managing multiple projects (timelines, budgets, priorities) simultaneously; flexibility and results-oriented focus are essential

  • Ability to interact with senior management and high-profile experts appropriately, with confidence and ease

  • Ability to give formal presentations to internal and external audiences of various sizes

  • Experience working successfully with patient organisations

  • Excellent verbal, written and interpersonal communication skills

  • Fluency in English as well as Spanish

  • Typically requires a BA degree in communications, liberal arts, business or science-oriented field (or International Equivalent) proven relevant experience, which includes solid healthcare public relations experience


  • Resilient profile with the ability to deliver in an ambiguous environment

  • Ability to engage and manage multiple stakeholders to achieve the objective

  • Curious with learning agility

  • Operationally excellent

  • Organised with systematic approach to prioritisation

  • Process orientated to achieve the business objective

    Gilead Core Values

  • Integrity (always doing the right thing)

  • Teamwork (collaborating in good faith)

  • Excellence (working at a high level of commitment and capability)

  • Accountability (taking personal responsibility)

  • Inclusion (Encouraging diversity)

    Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO)
    It is the policy of Gilead Sciences, Inc. and its subsidiaries and affiliates (collectively "Gilead" or the "Company") to recruit select and employ the most qualified persons available for positions throughout the Company. Except if otherwise provided by applicable law, all employment actions relating to issues such as compensation, benefits, transfers, layoffs, returns from layoffs, company-sponsored training, education assistance, social and recreational programs are administered on a non-discriminatory basis (i.e. without regard to protected characteristics or prohibited grounds, which may include an individual's gender, race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, creed, physical or mental disability, marital status, sexual orientation, medical condition, veteran status, and age, unless such protection is prohibited by federal, state, municipal, provincial, local or other applicable laws). Gilead also prohibits discrimination based on any other characteristics protected by applicable laws.

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