Gilead Sciences, Inc. Senior Safety Specialist, Pharmacovigilance & Epidemiology in Foster City, California

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Job Description

Essential Duties and Job Functions:

  • Participates in Study Management Teams and responsible for Pharmacovigilance & Epidemiology (PVE) input and operational support in clinical trial activities (i.e., protocol & CRF reviews, clinical data management plan reviews, CRO agreements & SAE process flows)

  • Develop drug safety presentation for investigator meeting presentations

  • Training of CRO and investigators

  • May lead and manage functional projects or work streams (e.g. monitoring CRO activities)

  • Perform study unblinding and clinical trial reconciliation independently

  • Data review responsibility to ensure data entries made by Safety Coordinators are accurate

  • Interact with other PVE functional areas to process adverse events efficiently and reliably and liaise with clinical department, affiliate, marketing CRO's as needed on safety data issues

  • Review, extract and accurately enter AE data from ICSR reports from both investigational and postmarketing products

  • Interpret case-related information including medical conditions, lab results and procedures, as well as compile complete narrative summaries

  • Review, enter, and verify follow-up information for cases and make accurate determination of significant information

  • Perform review of ancillary documentation accompanying ICSR reports and identifies pertinent information for incorporations into the case narrative

  • Correctly identify cases requiring targeted follow-up, determine relevant follow-up required and prepare follow-up queries

  • Meet specific data and quality targets for case handling and remain current with case handling SOPs, guidance documents and database technology

  • Organize workload to ensure compliance with SDEA and other global regulatory reporting requirements for ICSR

  • Demonstrate general understanding of appropriate labeling documents for Gilead products

  • Work with Submissions Team to properly identify global regulatory reporting requirements especially for Gilead sponsored clinical trials reports

  • Organize training materials and train new employees in functional area

  • Identify cases requiring investigator letters and draft investigator letters independently

  • Perform quality check of ICSR for junior staff members

  • May develop and/or assist with providing aggregate data review of quality checks for the PV Operations team and assist with review of non-reportable cases with minimal supervision from Manager

  • May particpate in assigned projects such as inspection readiness activities or inpection interviews and assist with peer review of cases


  • Health care professional degree (i.e. RN, PharmD) and 2+ years of drug safety experience or 1+ year of clinical practice experience; Bachelors degree in a Life Sciences field with 3+ years of drug safety experience; or Associates degree with 4+ years of experience in the drug safety field

  • Proven effective interpersonal and communication skills, both written and oral

  • Demonstrated computer skills in Microsoft environment (Microsoft Excel, Power point and Word)

  • Case processing experience is required

  • Understanding of medical terminology and the ability to summarize medical information required

  • The ability to assess data and understand the medical/safety implications

  • Demonstrates initiative, teamwork and accountability

  • Demonstrated success working both independently and in collaboration with others

  • A quality driven individual with strong attention to detail and accuracy is required

  • Strong organizational skills, and ability to adapt to change

  • A demonstrated ability to manage own workload, prioritize, plan and organize assignments and work under strick timelines is required

  • Ability to follow guidelines and procedural documents

  • Self-motivated and capable of working independently

  • Understands safety database structures and is familiar with data retrieval tools

  • Ability to effectively represent PV Operations on multidisciplinary teams


  • Safety database and data entry experience

  • Knowledge of clinical trials activities

  • Knowledge and experience with safety reporting and regulatory compliance and experience with international safety reporting/regulations

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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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