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Gilead Sciences, Inc. Executive Director, Medical Affairs – Tecartus Global Asset Lead in Santa Monica, California

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Job Description

The Executive Director, Global Medical Affairs will have overall responsibility for globally developing and executing the strategies and tactics for Tecartus and pipeline assets, including several indications in Mantle Cell Lymphoma, Adult Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia and Rare Tumors. You will work within Kite Medical Affairs Department in partnership with other global and regional Medical Affairs Cell Therapy Leaders. This role will report to the Vice President, Cell Therapy Medical Affairs Franchise Strategy.

This role can be based at our headquarters in Santa Monica, CA or be Remote based.


  • Develops and leads the execution of disease area Medical Affairs Strategy and collaborates with the cross-functional Cell Therapy Team in Santa Monica, CA

  • Responsible for products Plan of Action (POA) and tracking the execution of each tactic

  • Chairs Research Review Committee for products under their responsibility. Responsible for evaluating non-registration clinical research globally, including Investigator sponsored research [ISRs]; Observational research; and collaborating with the Real-World Evidence team on data generation strategy.

  • Ensures the successful dissemination of innovative clinical information to thought leaders and fostering medical and scientific information exchange from and throughout the specific disease communities

  • Develops and maintains positive professional relationships with thought-leaders based on mutual respect and reciprocal scientific information exchange related to medical therapies. This includes obtaining feedback from the independent community of relevant healthcare professionals about disease areas of focus and relevant studies.

  • Leads programs that ensure the delivery of timely, accurate and succinct communication of fair-balanced clinical and scientific presentations to healthcare professionals, both proactively and in response to requests for information, consistent with promotional compliance and regulatory requirements

  • Provides timely coaching and constructive feedback to a team of 4 direct reports and within this matrix organization, for Medical Affairs and to other key functional stakeholders.

  • Acts as a patient advocate to ensure the successful delivery of therapy; will respond to call centers to triage issues

  • Supports robust scientific internal and external training activities and medical communication

  • Lead medical strategy for early pipeline and managed access programs

Basic Qualifications

Doctorate Degree and 12 years of clinical or medical affairs experience

Preferred Qualifications

  • 10+ years Medical Affairs experience

  • One or more of the following advanced degrees in life sciences: MD, DO, PharmD, or PhD

  • 7+ year’s clinical experience in hematology oncology therapeutic area

  • Strategic thinking skills with demonstrated ability to successfully lead the ideation, development of a plan and move to action

  • Demonstrated success managing teams (directly or indirectly) across global matrix organizations

  • Willingness and ability to work hands-on and with a sense of urgency, in a fast-paced, entrepreneurial environment

  • Existing global contacts with hematology institutions and/or hospitals

  • Previous pharmaceutical industry experience

  • Solid working knowledge of regulatory and compliance environment

  • Outstanding written and verbal communication skills with the ability to effectively present to and engage with a wide range of audiences

  • Computer proficiency in all common IT work tools

  • Ability to travel frequently (+/- 30%)


Results orientation. The ideal candidate will thrive in a fast-paced, high-growth environment, will have a strong drive to meet and exceed goals, even under adverse circumstances, and is willing to take ownership of problems and make decisions in order to move forward. The individual will be adept at clearly defining objectives and priorities and establishing appropriate milestones through a strong understanding of the market and innovative approaches. The candidate will assign accountability and incorporate disciplined processes to ensure success and nimbly handle ‘derailments’ with contingency plans and coordination.

Leadership. The successful candidate will have demonstrated the ability to lead and influence within a matrix organization globally and regionally. Additionally, this individual will have a track record of successfully leveraging diversity of thought to achieve the highest level of results. The ideal candidate will develop an inclusive culture enabling the team to function comfortably within the current challenging medical education landscape to achieve and exceed goals.

Strategic Orientation. The successful candidate will be able to articulate evolving priorities for the business, identify educational opportunities and adapt short-term plans. This includes the ability to strategically assess customer needs and build/execute specific, segmented strategies to educate and inform a diverse set of customers. The successful candidate will have passion for, and success in, developing medical affairs strategies that have measurable educational impact.

Collaboration and Influence. The qualified candidate will be able to influence without ownership, which they will do by demonstrating competence and confidence, being personally accessible and likable, being a good listener, use fact-based persuasion, passion, and persistence as appropriate to the audience and issue at stake. Gaining the support and involvement of key internal constituencies will be critical to success, as will influencing those important constituencies external to the company. The successful candidate will have excellent skills at influencing outcomes and shaping and catalyzing dialogue across and outside the organization. Credibility and integrity are critical attributes to effectively command the respect and trust of key individuals.


The salary range for this position is: $301,325.00 - $389,950.00. Kite 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.

Kite is a biopharmaceutical company engaged in the development of innovative cancer immunotherapies with a goal of providing rapid, long-term durable response and eliminating the burden of chronic care. The company is focused on chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) and T cell receptor (TCR) engineered cell therapies designed to empower the immune system's ability to recognize and kill tumors. Kite is based in Santa Monica, CA. For more information on Kite, please visit . Sign up to follow @KitePharma on Twitter at .

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