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Senior Director, Commercial Digital Innovation

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Job Description

Gilead Sciences, Inc. is a research-based biopharmaceutical company that discovers, develops, and commercializes innovative medicines in areas of unmet medical need. We strive to transform and simplify care for people with life-threatening illnesses around the world. Gilead's portfolio of products and pipeline of investigational drugs includes treatments for HIV/AIDS, liver diseases, cancer, inflammatory and respiratory diseases, and cardiovascular conditions. 

Gilead was founded in 1987 in Foster City, California. Since then, we have grown to become one of the world’s largest biopharmaceutical companies, with over 10,000 employees across six continents, and business locations in 38 countries.

We have the following exciting opportunity in our Foster City, CA location:

Sr. Director, Commercial Digital Innovation

The Sr. Director reports directly to the Global Vice President, Digital Commercial Innovation and is based in Foster City, CA.  He/She has responsibility for the development, scale and delivery of digital innovation initiatives to solve business needs while illuminating the build of new capabilities and competencies.

Key Responsibilities

  • Help define and articulate Gilead’s Commercial Digital Strategic Framework, inclusive of all applicable digital vehicles (targeting patients, caregivers, HCPs, payers, policy makers), content strategy, KPI dashboards and organizational capability needs.
  • Present digital concepts to senior stakeholders and provide compelling thought leadership on digitalization that can be leveraged by marketing, communications, and executive teams
  • Partner closely with marketing teams, IT, medical affairs to form strategic partnerships, build, pilot and scale digital initiatives and capabilities into our brands/disease areas
  • Apply deep understanding of the pharmaceutical industry, payer, provider, and patient dynamics alongside knowledge of the digital technology and partnership landscape to develop and shape the business case for digital opportunities
  • Employ a standardized methodology that includes customer perspectives, industry trends, competitive analysis, and technology disruptions to create leading industry digital thought leadership to assist patients and customers, and implement processes that support the delivery of digital work across the commercial business
  • Drive the digital capability across Gilead Global Commercial teams, set baseline, measure progress, measure resultant business impact, adjust as needed
  • Establish detailed digital roadmaps and strategies for multiple channels at local and global scale; provide input and guide stakeholders portfolio of digital projects/programs 
  • Partner with legal and compliance to account for and uphold diverse privacy and compliance requirements across geographies
  • Continuously gather data insights to build efficiencies and address gaps in capabilities
  • Evaluate the use of Big Data and Artificial Intelligence to drive the commercial value


  • Bachelor's degree with 16+ years’ experience with extensive knowledge of technology led business strategy transformation; or 14+ years with MBA/MS with extensive knowledge of technology led business strategy transformation.
  • Significant experience in the pharmaceutical industry and demonstrate capabilities in digital solutions and the use of digital technologies to transform business models and provide new customer value-producing opportunities
  • Excellent influencing and networking skills paired with stakeholder management experience in a multi-layered global environment
  • Experience in Agile methodology and execution and design thinking
  • Availability to travel internationally as required


Results orientation. The ideal candidate will thrive in a fast-paced, high-growth environment.  He/She 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 candidate will be adept at clearly defining objectives and priorities and establishing appropriate milestones through a strong understanding of the market and innovative approaches. He/She will assign accountability and incorporate disciplined processes to ensure success and nimbly handle ‘derailments’ with contingency plans and coordination.

Team leadership. The successful candidate will have demonstrated the ability to build, develop, and motivate a team as evidenced by effective hiring, coaching, and mentoring of direct reports.  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 comfortable with challenging current market paradigms to achieve and exceed goals. He/She will also have constructed an appropriate succession plan and process.

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

Collaboration and Influence. The qualified candidate must 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 must therefore 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.

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