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Gilead Sciences, Inc. Associate Director, Supplier Quality in Foster City, California

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Job Description

Role and Responsibilities:

We are currently seeking an industry leader for an Associate Director, Supplier Quality role, who will report to Director, Supplier Quality within the Global Quality Systems & Compliance department. This role is responsible for direct quality oversight of material suppliers and will serve as the Quality Lead for specific Supplier Category (e.g., Single Use Systems, Packaging, Devices). The role is highly visible, offer tremendous growth potential, and requires technical acumen, strong leadership, and collaboration with cross-functional stakeholders across QA, Global Supply Chain, Manufacturing Operations and Technical Development.

Essential Duties and Job Functions:

  • Provide supplier quality oversight of material suppliers (e.g., media, chemicals & excipients, single use systems, primary & secondary packaging component, device) under a centralized SQM function

  • Manage suppliers holistically by utilizing internal (e.g., deviation trends, OOS) and external signals (e.g., regulatory intelligence, external audits)

  • Manage supplier change notifications or vendor-initiated changes

  • Manage supplier investigations and corrective actions

  • Manage completion of audit observation responses in a timely and effective manner

  • Align and negotiate Quality Agreement terms with internal stakeholders and external partners

  • Deploy quality risk management principles to ensure appropriate risk mitigation and control is exercised at the commodity/material level when approving supplier corrective actions

  • Monitor and measure the effectiveness of suppliers and provide periodic updates to Senior Leadership

  • Develop and implement processes for supplier management and material management lifecycles

  • Manage master data in SAP for supplier information to ensure alignment globally

  • Travel may be required up to 20%

  • Other responsibilities as required to meet business needs

Knowledge, Experience and Skills:

Basic Qualifications:

  • 10+ years of relevant experience in a GMP environment along with a bachelor’s degree in science/engineering ( OR)

  • 8+ years of relevant experience and a master’s degree in science/ engineering

  • Prior people management experience preferred


  • Experience with direct supplier oversight and proficiency at the commodity/material level

  • Knowledge of filling operations, packaging operations and related issues

  • Knowledge of incoming inspection processes including material inspection plans, certification of materials and AQLs

  • Knowledge and working experience in some of the following areas:

  • Single use systems (extractables and leachables, leakage defects)

  • Syringes (glass breakage investigations/certifications, fractography)

  • Needles (defect investigations, e.g., hooked, bent, and cracked needles)

  • Vials (delamination issues, cracked vials, developing reinspection processes, understanding of manufacturing processes)

  • Stoppers (knowledge of coring, particulate investigations)

  • Devices (manual needle guard issue resolution, auto-injector issues, component manufacturing)

  • FDA inspection presenter experience

  • Working experience in managing strategic partners and relationships

  • In addition to QA experience, background in process or technical development, or manufacturing

  • Demonstrated leadership skills and ability to make critical decisions related to projects and tasks

  • Experience with applying risk management principles while providing supplier quality oversight

  • Strong relationship management skills including ability to adapt communication style and content to suit audience and stakeholder needs

  • Candidate must be self-driven and work well in a team, taking on different roles as needed

  • Candidate must be able to prioritize tasks and drive toward solutions, while working in a fast-paced and changing environment

The salary range for this position is: $172,890.00 - $223,740.00. Gilead considers a variety of factors when determining base compensation, including experience, qualifications, and geographic location. These considerations mean actual compensation will vary. This position may also be eligible for a discretionary annual bonus, discretionary stock-based long-term incentives (eligibility may vary based on role), paid time off, and a benefits package. Benefits include company-sponsored medical, dental, vision, and life insurance plans*.

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  • Eligible employees may participate in benefit plans, subject to the terms and conditions of the applicable plans.

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Our environment respects individual differences and recognizes each employee as an integral member of our company. Our workforce reflects these values and celebrates the individuals who make up our growing team.

Gilead provides a work environment free of harassment and prohibited conduct. We promote and support individual differences and diversity of thoughts and opinion.

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Gilead Sciences, Inc. is a biopharmaceutical company that has pursued and achieved breakthroughs in medicine for more than three decades, with the goal of creating a healthier world for all people. The company is committed to advancing innovative medicines to prevent and treat life-threatening diseases, including HIV, viral hepatitis and cancer. Gilead operates in more than 35 countries worldwide, with headquarters in Foster City, California.

Following extensive monitoring, research, consideration of business implications and advice from internal and external experts, Gilead has made the decision to require all Canada, Australia, Singapore, and Hong Kong employees and contractors to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as a condition of employment. T he health of our employees, contractors, their loved ones, our partners and the communities and people we serve is a top priority. Vaccination is the most effective way currently available to deliver on that priority.

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