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Senior Director, Patient-Focused Implementation Science

Gilead Sciences, Inc.
Belmont, CA
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Jul 13, 2024

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Senior Director, Patient-Focused Implementation Science
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, Inc. is a research-based biopharmaceutical company that discovers, develops and commercializes innovative medicines in areas of unmet medical need. We strive to transform and simplify care for people with life-threatening illnesses around the world. Gilead's portfolio of products and pipeline of investigational drugs includes treatments for HIV/AIDS, COVID, HBV, HCV, HDV, Oncology and Cell Therapy as well as Inflammatory Diseases. Gilead is a patient centric, science focused company.

This position reports to the Executive Director, Patient-Focused Implementation Science (PFIS). PFIS is a visionary team within Global Medical Strategy and Operations in Medical Affairs comprised of dedicated and passionate experts with complementary and multidisciplinary backgrounds in health services research, epidemiology, clinical research and implementation and behavioral sciences. We employ evidence-based approaches to address the challenges patients face in navigating their care to close the research-to-practice gap. This involves a systematic, patient-focused approach applying mixed methods, multilevel interventions, and collaborative solutions to address practical challenges in clinical care that impact the adoption of new innovations.

This individual will collaborate with external multi-stakeholder ecosystem partners including health systems, clinicians, payers, community-based organizations, patient advocacy organizations, professional societies, among others to better understand patient needs, challenges, and opportunities to improve patient care; to inform future capabilities important to patients and the Gilead pipeline; and to build strong internal and external networks. This individual will work effectively in a complex matrixed internal environment to help guide strategy to shape and ensure patient needs/insights are considered and integrated into strategy and evidence generation activities to support product development and future launch plans. This individual will have the ability to work across all therapeutic areas, globally and by region, to ensure the successful completion of deliverables and provide strategic, technical, and operational leadership to identify and incorporate innovation across industry benchmarks.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:
  • Identify, lead, collaborate and co-create implementation science initiatives for medical affairs and the enterprise to heighten patient access and optimal patient care
  • Support and continue to evolve Patient-Focused Implementation Science strategy; create authentic platforms and opportunities to understand what matters most to patients to incorporate into strategic planning
  • Deliver relevant and actionable insights to inform organizational decisions that address comprehensive care needs
  • Develop proposals, protocols, execute collaborative initiatives, deploy evidenced-based patient-facing solutions at scale, disseminate findings via abstracts, manuscripts and presentations, following SOPs, oversee legal agreements and budgets ensuring compliance and proper documentation
  • Lead components of cross-functional patient-focused operating model with key functional areas (Scientific Communications, Medical Excellence, Insights, Digital and Analytics, Global Medical Therapeutic Areas, Clinical Development & Operations, Legal, Corporate Strategy, Commercial Strategy, Community Engagement & Advocacy, Advancing Health & Black Equity, Government Affairs) and collaborate with other evidence generating functions (Real World Evidence, Health Economics Outcomes Research, Medical Affairs) to facilitate Gilead patient centricity, strategy and tactics with focus on care coordination, navigation and patient-centered decision making
  • Represent PFIS in pre-competitive patient engagement organization initiatives to shape external perspectives and bring expertise and insights into the organization
  • Enhance organizational understanding of patient behaviors in the real-world setting to affect patient outcomes
  • Provide a perspective of in practice person-centered needs to inform Development decisions
  • Identify opportunities and tailor solutions for internal and external projects within a therapeutic area or above brands to optimize patient outcomes
  • Participate as a recognized leader, expert and spokesperson internally and externally on matters of critical importance for Patient-Focused Implementation Science, presenting at congresses, round tables, advisory boards and educational events

Knowledge, Experience and Skills:
  • Advanced scientific degree (e.g., PhD, ScD, PharmD, MS) with implementation science experience with a minimum of 10 years of relevant experience
  • Preference for a minimum of six (6) years of that experience to be in the biopharmaceutical industry
  • Scientific or clinical experience in one or more of the following: HIV treatment and prevention, oncology (breast, lung, GI, gynecologic, etc.), or inflammatory diseases
  • Experience in implementation science methods, program evaluation, quality improvement, person centered care and outcomes measurement, including experience leveraging digital health solutions and novel use of PROs, PREMs and data generated on the patient experience
  • Experience in leading collaborative initiatives and multi-site research partnerships, including proposal development, protocol writing and study execution and familiar with research design, data analysis and statistics
  • Strong analytic, critical thinking, writing and problem-solving skills
  • Creative, well-spoken and articulate; ability to effectively communicate with multi-stakeholder collaborators and to deliver impactful presentations
  • Strong team player, committed to prioritizing the collective goals of the team over personal ambitions
  • Knowledge of the pharmaceutical industry including field medical operations best practices and implementation science landscape.
  • Strong ability to collaborate across multiple internal and external partners
  • Uncompromising ethical standard and professional conduct
  • Additional Capabilities
    • Managing complexity: Ability to manage complex projects and use networks to solve organizational issues
    • Comfort with ambiguity, paired with a proactive transformational leadership style
    • Prioritization: Ability to define priorities and focus on areas that add value
    • Problem Solving: Ability to identify the crux of a problem, and propose actionable solutions
    • Communication: Extreme clarity of communication, focused on key issues
    • Project Management: Clear organizational skills/ability to drive a team to solve complex problems
    • Collaborative style and the ability to influence at senior levels
    • Innovative self-starter with the resilience to work effectively in a fast-moving environment

The salary range for this position is: $274,635.00 - $355,410.00. 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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