Associate Director, Project Management - 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.

The Gilead R&D Project & Portfolio Management function has an opportunity available for an Associate Director, Project Management to manage one or more complex and/or high-profile project and/or cross project therapeutic teams in one of our core Therapeutic Areas: oncology, virology, or inflammation.  

Key Responsibilities:

  • Works in partnership with project leaders to develop, gain approval, and execute on the project strategy.
  • Co-chairs timely, efficient, and action-oriented project team meetings and is responsible for coordinating team operations and communications. 
  • Directs complex project communications and ensures that all project customers are fully informed and knowledgeable of project activities and their status.
  • Organizes preparation of high-quality documents for review by governance committees in collaboration with the project team and represents the Development Project Team at Governance meetings, when needed.
  • Organizes Project Management support for various functional areas on the Project; attends sub-team meetings; organizes ad hoc working groups.
  • Organizes the formation of Project Teams and Request for Development (RFD) Teams with leadership of the functional areas, and guides transition of projects between development phases.
  • Co-leads the design, implementation, and update of life cycle development plans, which articulate the vision & strategy for asset maximization and Development Plans which define the scope of project team deliverables, ensuring Development Plans integrate TA/ disease area and molecule vision & strategy, with timing, scope and resources.
  • Provides leadership to the team and functional areas to anticipate and identify complex project issues which pose a challenge to achieving strategic goals; proposes and implements plans to resolve such issues and execute corrective actions.
  • Provides updated project documents and information for quarterly budget reviews, quarterly investor relations/Board updates and annual Portfolio Review.
  • Contributes to the research, development and commercial project strategies. 
  • May represent Project Management on Franchise Teams and attend senior management committees as requested.
  • Enable high-performing teams by ensuring there are good team dynamics within the project team.
  • May be responsible for developing and implementing continuous improvement and optimization initiatives across the department.
  • Ensures project work complies with established practices, policies and processes. 

Qualifications/Core Competencies:

  • Extensive knowledge of the drug development process and deep understanding of and application of principles, concepts, practices, and standards of pharmaceutical project management.
  • Expertise in developing and managing project scope, deliverables, risks and resource requirements.
  • Strong leadership presence with the ability to translate strategy into action.
  • Excellent analytical skills with an ability to summarize and present complex information in a clear and concise manner. 
  • Outstanding verbal and written communications skills with the ability to effectively interact with all levels within the company.
  • Must be able to understand and communicate scientific and business elements associated with the therapeutic area(s) of assigned projects. 
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills and understanding of team dynamics.
  • Ability to lead without authority, influence and motivate teams.
  • Ability to help teams anticipate, plan, and adapt to an evolving environment.
  • Ability to take accountability and empower individuals and teams to make effective decisions which are aligned with the company’s vision, values and goals.
  • Ability to create an inclusive environment and lead empowered teams who operate with high standards of alignment, trust, accountability, expertise, transparency, and collaboration.
  • Advanced knowledge and skill with Microsoft Project, Microsoft Excel and other reporting and tracking tools. 
  • Must be able to work under minimal and at times no supervision.


  • Bachelor’s degree and minimum 10 years of relevant project management/scientific experience within the pharmaceutical industry; OR a MS or MBA and minimal 8 years of relevant experience; OR a PhD in a scientific field or a PharmD, DVM or MD degree with 4+ years of relevant experience. A scientific background is preferred. Experience must include 5+ years of leading cross-functional project management activities within the pharmaceutical industry, building, managing and articulating comprehensive, complex, cross-functional plans. Familiarity with Oncology drug development is desirable.
  • PMP (Project Management Professional) or other PM certification or equivalent a plus.
  • Line management supervisory experience is desirable. 


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