Gilead Sciences, Inc. Executive Director, Nonclinical Safety and Pathobiology in Foster City, California

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Job Description

Serve as a nonclinical safety development expert, working with other members of the department regarding strategy for nonclinical safety programs and providing oversight in the preparation of nonclinical documentation for global regulatory dossiers and other documents. Responsible for directing and managing a group of PhD-level scientists who serve on research and development project teams apply toxicology principles and strategies to enable the rapid discovery, clinical progression and registration of novel therapeutic candidates. Serves on project teams where he/she is responsible design, implementation, oversight and analysis of nonclinical programs to support drug development candidates across a variety of platforms. Writes and reviews regulatory documents including expert reports to support regulatory filings. Actively supports the integration of early nonclinical safety strategies throughout Research, as well as investigative and mechanistic understanding of safety issues as needed, and the use of leading edge knowledge/principles to support occupational and environmental assessments for products and manufacturing. Plays key role on cross functional project teams. May serve as a Therapeutic Area Leader and as a member of a Therapeutic Area Leadership Team. Hires, develops, and retains high quality scientists.

Actively shares knowledge across R&D. Solves highly complex problems requiring evaluation of business intangibles in addition to thorough scientific assessment. Models behaviors that nurture a culture of innovation. Develops and leverages resources to implement innovative ideas/processes/products across departments/lines, taking appropriate risks to achieve desired results. Encourages/coaches others to take appropriate risks. May participate in and lead significant process improvement initiatives that may impact the department and R&D. Sets objectives and manages multiple projects/ongoing work activities of high complexity. Establishes operational activities/projects that support and help to set longer term direction and strategy for the department. May need to manage resources outside of direct authority. Assesses department level skills and development needs. Develops talent base and anticipates development needs within area of responsibility. Supports the sharing of talent across the organization. Leverages the breadth of performance management to motivate direct and indirect reports to deliver above-target performance for the department. Leads teams that set strategic direction for the department. Recognizes, initiates, and manages change that impacts the department. Communicates effectively cross-functionally to accomplish Company goals.


Recognized expert in the field of nonclinical safety. Experience in biologic/protein/cell therapeutics and/or immunology is desirable. Demonstrates a high level of industry and business knowledge and understanding of the external marketplace. Experience in successful conduct of nonclinical safety programs across the drug development continuum as well as preparation, submission and approval of nonclinical sections of regulatory filings covering all stages of development. Possesses strong leadership and management abilities and is highly effective on teams and as a team leader. Excellent oral and written communications as well as interpersonal skills. Shows vision and possesses strong organizational skills, technical excellence, scientific creativity and critical thinking ability. Maintains broad knowledge of scientific discipline and regulatory environment. Examines functional issues from a broader organization perspective and favorably resolves such issues.

Requires a PhD in pharmacology/toxicology or a related discipline together with a significant amount of experience that has led to a reputation as a leader in the field. A minimum of 12 years of experience regulatory toxicology with at least 10 years’ experience in biopharmaceutical research and development across a variety of platforms. Board certification is highly desirable.

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Gilead Sciences, Inc. is a research-based biopharmaceutical company that discovers, develops and commercialises 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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