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Gilead Sciences, Inc. Executive Director, Head of Medical Governance in Morris Plains, New Jersey

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Job Description

Would you like to play a crucial role in developing life-saving therapies? Are you excited to use your scientific insight to partner with internal teams, and external partners as we strive to cure unmet medical needs?

R&D Quality and Medical Governance is seeking a Senior/Executive Director, Head of Medical Governance to join our R&D Quality and Medical Governance organization. In this role you will lead a function to design and implement process controls for Medical Affairs processes to provide assurance of adherence to guardrails and promote culture of collaboration with accountability. You will partner closely with Medical Affairs, Legal, Commercial and other R&D functions in applying a risk-based approach to key activities which include strategic planning, scientific materials, and external engagements. You will leverage document management and learning solutions that are managed by R&D Quality Process, Documentation and Learning and serve as a key member of the R&D Quality and Medical Governance Leadership Team advancing a culture of Quality and compliance across Gilead.

We seek an individual with strong leadership skills, expert knowledge of the regulations governing drug development and post marketing activities as well as deep understanding of Medical Affairs activities.

Primary Responsibilities

Build and maintain a comprehensive Medical Governance program which includes policy and guidance document management, compliance-focused education, risk-assessments and oversight of key processes. Assure completeness and currency of documentation that describe policy and process across Medical Affairs non-GxP activities. Establish educational programs to enable understanding of existing, revised and newly implemented Medical Affairs programs. Maintain a risk inventory of the Medical Affairs landscape, providing risk-based rationale to facilitate decision-making, demonstrate sound judgment, and support the development and execution of effective and comprehensive action plans to address compliance risks. Serve as an expert and provide guidance on and interpretation of compliance regulations, standards and management systems related to Medical Affairs for internal stakeholders Interface with key internal business stakeholders and external groups including Medical Affairs, Legal, Commercial and other Gilead R&D functions. Maintain current pulse on external environment, evolving risk and regulation landscape and best practices across the industry. Supports overall R&D Quality & Medical Governance goals and objectives including but not limited to resource budget and outputs, and line management oversight of the team. Supervise, develop, train and manage internal staff. This includes fostering a commitment to quality and compliance in individuals and a culture of quality and compliance within the organization. Support management of internal audit and regulatory inspection activities such as readiness preparation, inspection management, and/or response management as needed. Leads intra or interdepartmental teams such as continuous improvement initiatives.


  • Bachelor’s degree with 12+ years; Master’s degree with 10+ years; or PhD with 8+ years of R&D compliance experience.

  • Experience in Medical Affairs discipline required.

  • Experience in implementing principles for Risk Management (e.g., ICH Q9, ICH E6 R2) required.

  • Experience leading business process improvement projects required.

  • Proven effective verbal, written, interpersonal skills to include delivering presentations to executives

  • Recognized as an expert resource on a range of compliance topics.

  • Management of junior and senior staff.

  • Demonstrated effective verbal and written communication skills.

  • Proficient in Microsoft Office suite.

  • Experience with Audit management/CAPA management programs strongly preferred.

  • Excellent organizational and project management skills.

  • Able to lead and mentor effective cross functional teams.

  • Ability to travel approximately 20% required.

About Gilead R&D Quality and Medical Governance

Gilead R&D Quality and Medical Governance is a phenomenal place to develop your skills and expertise. Our strong pipeline of therapies will provide you opportunities to be challenged and stretched while supported and developed by our diverse and expert team.

We are a committed team of highly skilled Quality and Medical Governance professionals dedicated to helping deliver life-saving therapies for unmet needs. We bring our passion for science, discovery, and creative thinking into everything we do.

We are an inclusive and diverse community, who are supported by strong leaders that are committed to giving each of us a voice while achieving our mission. Our collaborative and supportive structure will help you develop your skills, experience, and your career.

Are you ready to explore how you can play a vital role on the team and help deliver life-saving therapies to patients around the world?

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