Senior Vice President, Global Medical Affairs

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Gilead Sciences
Belmont, CA
Sep 17, 2021
Sep 22, 2021
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Based in our global headquarters in Foster City, CA, the SVP, Global Medical Affairs will report to the Chief Medical Officer and be accountable for the development and execution of the global Medical Affairs strategy along with accountability for all operations and activities supporting commercial launches of Gilead products around the world. The individual will also lead the rapid expansion and development of a best in class Medical Affairs organization to support the growth of the Gilead drug portfolio.

The SVP will partner with leaders from across Gilead and specifically within the functions Development, Research, Global Commercial Product Strategy (GCPS), corporate strategy, public affairs and government affairs, legal/compliance, and other executive leadership to develop and execute the strategies for Medical Affairs that support Gilead products around the world.

Core Responsibilities:

Leadership: Organizes, builds, manages and motivates a large, global organization of over 800 employees; challenges conventional thinking in order to explore new ideas and encourages those around to do the same; supports the team to anticipate, plan and adapt to a changing environment; seeks and acts on feedback, maintains openness to others' suggestions to improve productivity; creates an environment where others feel empowered and accountable; is a role model exemplifying Gilead's Core Values

Delivery Excellence: Leads the Global Medical Affairs function supporting the commercial launch of Gilead products within the global marketplace and support of marketed products. Oversees medical affairs strategy that supports product's lifecycle from investigational new drug (IND) to loss of exclusivity (LOE), including lifecycle extension activities

Strategic Thinking: Defines the medical strategy and guides the development of global medical affairs plans that focus on maximizing the probability of product success and launch while balancing risk and maintaining compliance; Prioritizes key medical affairs issues for Gilead and oversees the development of a strategy and plan that prepares for futures success of Gilead products. Provides input to and aligns with commercial brand plans

Influence and Partnership: Forms strong, collaborative partnerships with other Gilead functional leaders to plan, execute, and troubleshoot global medical affairs programs; Partners with R&D, Commercial and Public Affairs, and other functions to provide early insight and feedback to influence decisions that facilitate the product approval, launch and support process; Partners with other industry leaders, where appropriate, to address macro issues affecting the industry; Understands industry best practices and medical affairs requirements that affect benefit-risk evaluations. Partners across the Development organization to establish and ensure healthcare compliance

Patient Centricity: Strong focus on leading the Medical Affairs organization to put patients first in all that we do, add value for patients and their families, and engages patients in our medical affairs and development programs

Additional Responsibilities:

Innovation: Keeps current with advances in medical affairs strategies and approaches and overall drug development; Actively monitors how competitors are developing and executing medical affairs strategy and looks for novel ways for Gilead to apply these learnings; Seeks opportunities to utilize data and technology to enhance decision-making and operations

People Development: Attracts industry-leading talent and grows leaders; Develops others by identifying and mentoring high performers and building a culture of inclusion and collaboration throughout the organization; Delegates responsibility and empowers others

Decision-making: Guides and leads in a cross-functional organization to partner and work effectively with all aspects of R&D, including Research, Clinical Development, Commercial, and Program Management; Maintains current knowledge of the medical affairs environment by reviewing and implementing current policies/practices where appropriate

Communication: Advocates on behalf of Gilead and our partners and effectively communicates complex medical affairs concepts in both written and oral communication to internal and external stakeholders

Compliance: Responsible for implementing compliant systems and processes and medical governance of all medical affairs activities

Capabilities and Requirements:

Extensive medical affairs experience and a strong command of the evolving global medical affairs environment. In particular, experience:

leading KOL collaboration and engagement

driving efficiency of medical information and communication

managing scientific communications and medical education

directing evidence generation and outcomes research

building digital technology systems and processes for medical affairs processes

Considerable experience having successfully led and supported global, commercial drug launches within medical affairs across multiple therapeutic areas

Played an active role in creating, shaping and influencing medical affairs policy and process

Strong ability to create and fulfill a vision in a matrix environment having worked collaboratively with internal stakeholders across different functions

Proven ability to develop strong external relationships with key stakeholders, including physicians, collaborative networks, patient advocacy groups, etc.

Proven ability to build strong internal partnerships, especially with Commercial Operations and Clinical Development colleagues

Extensive organizational design and optimization experience to support an expanding drug portfolio

Excellent oral and written communication skills, including the ability to translate between business leaders, scientists and technologists

Credibility and reputation within the Medical Affairs profession externally in order to attract and retain top talent with a history of creating teams that can thrive in a fast-paced, matrixed environment

Proven leadership, collaboration, relationship building, and interpersonal skills

Education and Qualifications:

MD preferred; will also consider PharmD, or PhD

15+ years of biopharmaceutical drug development and medical affairs experience

Broad experience across multiple biopharmaceutical medical and development functions ( e.g. clinical development, patient safety, etc.) preferred

Broad experience in medical affairs across multiple geographies, e.g. USA and Europe preferred

Previous experience in a biopharmaceutical company as a country medical director preferred

Direct experience working in a globally, matrixed environment interacting with health leaders in a variety of settings and geographies

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