Sr. Director, Clinical Research (MD) - Oncology

Foster City, California
We offer a competitive salary and benefits package.
May 27, 2021
Jun 26, 2021
Full Time

We want the courageous, the self-starters, the compassionate doers, the make-it-possible-ers. Because those are the kind of people who are best able to make an impact for people with cancer. So, what’s missing? Just someone like you.

Gilead Sciences, Inc. is a research-based biopharmaceutical company founded in 1987. Together we deliver life-saving therapies to patients in need. With the commitment and drive you bring to the workplace every day, you will be part of a team that is changing the world and helping millions of people live healthier, more fulfilling lives. 

Gilead has declared Hematology-Oncology as one of the key therapeutic areas for future growth. Gilead is growing its pipeline in immune-oncology through internal research, partnerships and acquisitions. This role provides an exciting opportunity to participate in the future growth of Gilead Oncology.  This role will play a key role in development of pipeline programs and will support evaluation of internal and external opportunities for expanding the pipeline.

  • The clinical research physician will play a key role at all stages of development for product programs from the drug discovery stage through product registrations world-wide.
  • The successful candidate will have oversight for ongoing and planned product trials within the Oncology therapeutic area.
  • The Clinical Research MD will report to a more senior member of the Oncology clinical team, who has direct responsibility for the overall research strategy and clinical and scientific development activities.           

Core Responsibilities:

  • Strategic Thinking: Understands the competitive landscape within Oncology, including having a perspective on how clinical practice and patient needs are evolving as well as therapeutic area trends and their relevance to the Gilead portfolio; Responsible for clinical development’s assessment of both internal and external opportunities to advance Gilead’s portfolio and actively seeks opportunities to form external partnerships to strengthen Gilead’s Oncology portfolio and probability of success.
  • Influence and Partnership: Establishes and maintains strong, collaborative relationships with Research, Development, Business Development, and Commercial stakeholders; Establishes and maintains an external network including relationships with the innovation community, medical and scientific organizations, governmental bodies and patient organizations within Oncology; Leverages to identify opportunities and sources of innovation; Sets the expectation for and models a collaborative and enterprise mindset.
  • Delivery Excellence: Responsible for ensuring that key Oncology program is aligned with disease area strategies and appropriate activities are prioritized; Facilitates efforts across therapeutic area and is accountable for the technical execution of programs within the Oncology portfolio; Supports the operational direction for programs clinical research teams within the Oncology organization, which includes responsibility for scientific and medical aspects of clinical studies such as protocol design, risk benefit assessment, and medical monitoring.
  • Innovation: Thinks creatively and brings innovative solutions to the TA; Identifies and leverages advances in clinical development, where appropriate, such as real-world data, analytics, and innovative trial designs.
  • Decision-making: Supports a culture of rigorous data-driven decision making that rewards truth-seeking behavior; Encourages employees to exercise good judgement and embrace decision making; Empowers capable individuals to be accountable decision-makers.
  • Communication: Advocates on behalf of Gilead and effectively communicates complex medical/clinical concepts in both written and oral communication to both internal and external stakeholders

Essential Duties and Job Functions: 

You have a track record of successfully developing Oncology therapies. You will have the ability to thrive in a matrix environment and work collaboratively with internal stakeholders across different functions. You have practical experience in identifying, vetting and managing external partnerships including vendors, academic and industry collaborators. You have excellent oral and written communication skills, including the ability to translate between business leaders, scientists, and medical professionals.                      

  • Will be part of a team responsible for all scientific aspects of conceptualizing and planning trials.
  • Will be part of a team responsible for the preparation/review of regulatory documents, IND annual reports, IND safety reports, investigator brochures, and development plans.
  • Provides or oversees medical monitoring for clinical trials, including assessment of eligibility criteria, toxicity management, and drug safety surveillance.
  • Ensures adherence to regulatory requirements of study conduct and industry standards of Good Clinical Practice.
  • Coordinates the collection and analysis of clinical data for internal analysis and review.
  • Will be part of a team responsible for managing the preparation and/or review of data listings, summary tables, study results, study reports, and clinical NDA sections.
  • Prepares presentations for scientific conferences as well as for clinical study investigator meetings and expert advisory meetings.
  • Develops manuscripts for publication in peer-reviewed journals.
  • Will be part of a team responsible for defending the clinical development program before regulatory authorities.
  • Serves as a scientific and clinical resource within Gilead Clinical Research
  • Provides scientific and clinical guidance to Biology, Toxicology, Clinical Trials Management, Biometrics, Global Drug Safety, Regulatory, and Project Management staff.
  • Assists in the clinical evaluation of business development opportunities.

*Knowledge, Experience and Skills:

  • MD degree and board certification or equivalent years of clinical research experience in Oncology
    • Two (2) + years required in the pharmaceutical industry with a proven success record in clinical research studies and trial design.
      • *Executive Medical Director Level to be considered with 6+ years of drug development experience either within biopharma industry, academic/research organizations early through late stage development, including the design and conduct of clinical studies
    • Relevant industrial or academic experience in clinical research with basic understanding of Good Clinical Practices.
    • Ability to think analytically and strategically to formulate, develop, and execute clinical plans.
    • Strong leadership skills with an ability to set vision, lead change, and mentor others.
    • Ability to work effectively in a multidisciplinary team to cultivate an inclusive environment of respectful, open, and honest dialogue and to foster a robust sharing of ideas and creative problem solving.
    • Excellent scientific written and oral communication skills.
    • Facility with engaging internal and external experts in constructive scientific and clinical dialog around study design, study conduct, and interpretation of clinical results.
    • Well-developed sense of integrity, strong work ethic, scrupulous attention to detail, clear ability to establish and maintain timelines, and persistent commitment to ensuring a high level of quality.
    • Ability to travel domestically and internationally to company, scientific, regulatory, investigator, and other meetings (~20-30% travel expected).


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