Director - Data Acquisition, Clinical Data Science

Gilead Sciences

Gilead Sciences

Data Science
Uxbridge, UK
Posted on Tuesday, February 13, 2024

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At Gilead, we’re creating a healthier world for all people. For more than 35 years, we’ve tackled diseases such as HIV, viral hepatitis, COVID-19 and cancer – working relentlessly to develop therapies that help improve lives and to ensure access to these therapies across the globe. We continue to fight against the world’s biggest health challenges, and our mission requires collaboration, determination and a relentless drive to make a difference.

Every member of Gilead’s team plays a critical role in the discovery and development of life-changing scientific innovations. Our employees are our greatest asset as we work to achieve our bold ambitions, and we’re looking for the next wave of passionate and ambitious people ready to make a direct impact. Join Gilead and help create possible, together.

Job Description

Director - Data Acquisition, Clinical Data Science

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.

This position is office based at our Stockley Park or Cambridge sites in the UK

This role reports to the Head of Gilead data office, RWE Generation, Clinical Data Science and is based at different Gilead sites. This individual has responsibility for acquiring all data across clinical, development, medical affairs function and Gilead affiliates. This individual will work in close collaboration with the Development organization, Commercial, Procurement, Medical Affairs, IT, and other functions at Gilead in implementing data acquisition processes and is expected to operate with a “one Gilead” mindset & play a key role in the global Gilead Data Office set up.

Key Responsibilities:

Operationalize Gilead Data Office, in sync with Enterprise efforts .

  • Own data strategy & acquisition workstreams from end to end which includes but not limited to collaborate with other functional leads to developed and implement a harmonized data acquisition process, data on-boarding, and utilization considerations, acquiring budgets, working with vendor partners for creating long term partnerships as well as running proof of concept analytical projects.

  • Responsible for access and governance of all data asset for the medical and clinical data science team

  • Set up processes for (secondary) data lifecycle management

  • Support operating model and change management considerations for data governance across the enterprise

  • Participate in Data Governance council meetings to address queries and understand upcoming features/data assets.

  • Establish data as an enterprise asset by x-functional partnering & serving as the data steward / expert across the enterprise

  • Lead the interaction with end users to gather business requirements / metrics and communicate value of the data acquired.

  • Drive quarterly / yearly data strategy sessions

  • Develop best-in-class data strategy model for product launches

  • Responsible for all governance conversations and contracting for data partners in collaboration with commercial data strategy

  • Build business cases for new and exploratory data assets

  • Drive analytical proof of concepts for new data assets and establish long term partnerships for successful POCs.

  • Partners with IT, Analytics and other Global RWD stakeholders relevant to the data office and assist in value assessment of data assets

  • Explore new technologies to innovate and help other team members in areas of data investigations, data conflicts, manual data steward queue etc.

  • Work closely with legal and contracting to ensure both commercial and medical use cases are described appropriately

Ensure Data Quality, Privacy and Protection

  • Author, publish & own key data governance policies (e.g. Data Quality, Data Definition, Data Creation), in collaboration with cross functional data governance council

  • Partner with legal and compliance to account for and uphold diverse privacy and compliance requirements across geographies

  • Operationalize technology and process-based protections for data integrity, privacy, and regulatory compliance, including assurances for analysis validity

  • Be abreast of changing regulations relating to pharmaceutical data and ensure compliance with regulations from the systems and data consumption perspective

Knowledge & Skills:

  • Ability to effectively communicate technical and qualitative information to non-technical executives through interpersonal, verbal, and written channels.

  • Understanding/awareness of the Pharmaceutical business model (Product Development, Marketing, Sales, Sales Operations, Marketing Analytics, Medical Affairs, Contracting etc)

  • Excellent influencing and networking skills paired with stakeholder management experience in a multi-layered global environment

  • Experience with Cloud platforms (like AWS) preferred

  • Strong project management skills and demonstrated ability to drive large and complex cross-functional projects and sustain them long term.

  • Ability to work with and coordinate demands from multiple internal customers; highly collaborative

  • Ability to recognize and interpret business issues/opportunities and recommend solutions through analysis / proof of concepts.

  • Ability to present complex information in an accurate and persuasive manner to all levels of management.

  • Deep knowledge of pharmaceutical data

  • Availability to travel internationally as required

Minimum Experience

  • Bachelor's degree with significant experience with extensive knowledge of pharma data and technologies; or MBA/MS with extensive knowledge of pharma data and technologies.

  • Previous RWE / Data Strategy and/or Business Technology experience.


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 be 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.

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 data strategies that have measurable business impact.

Collaboration and Influence. The qualified candidate must be able to influence without ownership, demonstrate competence and confidence, be a good listener, and 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 well as influencing important constituencies external to the company. The successful candidate must have excellent skills at influencing outcomes and catalyzing dialogue across and outside the organization. Credibility and integrity are critical to effectively command the respect and trust of key individuals.

The Gilead Difference

Everyone at Gilead is motivated by our overarching mission to discover and deliver innovative therapies that improve patient care in areas of unmet medical needs. But it’s just what we do that gives us an edge, it’s how we do it. We expect everyone at Gilead to lead by example, guided by our core values:

  • Integrity (always doing the right thing)

  • Teamwork (collaborating in good faith)

  • Excellence (working at a high level of commitment and capability)

  • Accountability (taking personal responsibility)

  • Inclusion (encouraging diversity)

Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO)

It is the policy of Gilead Sciences, Inc. and its subsidiaries and affiliates (collectively "Gilead" or the "Company") to recruit select and employ the most qualified persons available for positions throughout the Company. Except if otherwise provided by applicable law, all employment actions relating to issues such as compensation, benefits, transfers, layoffs, returns from layoffs, company-sponsored training, education assistance, social and recreational programs are administered on a non-discriminatory basis (i.e. without regard to protected characteristics or prohibited grounds, which may include an individual’s gender, race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, creed, physical or mental disability, marital status, sexual orientation, medical condition, veteran status, and age, unless such protection is prohibited by federal, state, municipal, provincial, local or other applicable laws). Gilead also prohibits discrimination based on any other characteristics protected by applicable laws.

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