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US Ethics & Compliance Advisor

Gilead Sciences
Posted Jan 14
Full Time
RemoteFoster City, California
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Job Description

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.


We empower our leaders to step up, share ideas, listen, learn, and lead. We’re welcoming bright, diverse, and imaginative minds; we’re nurturing them to foster an environment of inclusion and growth where innovation is encouraged. We expect our people leaders to model that environment, and to focus on creating inclusion, developing talent, and enabling teams.


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

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. 




US Ethics and Compliance Advisor



POSITION OVERVIEW:  Leads the team of Ethics and Compliance Advisors who provide ethics and healthcare compliance support for US business functions.






  • Act as the key point of contact for ethics and compliance support adhering to critical business activities within our US market, including activities planned by Commercial, Medical Affairs, and Public Affairs teams, among others

  • Establish a forward-looking strategic vision that aligns the Ethics and Compliance organization with the overarching goals of our company, serving as the foundation upon which our strategic priorities are built; conduct a thorough needs assessment, taking into account regulatory changes, industry trends, and internal dynamics to inform the development of strategic priorities that address our most critical challenges and opportunities; engage with key stakeholders, both within the Ethics and Compliance Organization and across the broader company, to gather insights and perspectives, ensuring that our strategic priorities are well-rounded and responsive to the needs of the organization; and evaluating the risk landscape, identifying areas where our ethics and compliance efforts can have the greatest impact in mitigating risks and enhancing our ethical standards.

  • Establish clear and measurable performance metrics to track the progress of our strategic priorities, allowing for ongoing assessment and adjustment to ensure we are on track to meet our objectives

  • Lead overall strategic and risk-based approach for activity reviews consistent with established policies and processes, advising on ethics and compliance insights and recommendations, including outreach to relevant stakeholders or subject matter experts when appropriate

  • Provides strategic advice and support to the business and other key stakeholders in operationalizing compliance processes and executing within legal and compliance-related requirements

  • Prioritize and set training strategy and educational sessions to enhance ethics and compliance understanding among stakeholders

  • Collaborate with the Privacy and Data Ethics team, as well as the Global Legal Business Partner team, to operationalize requirements related to data privacy, information security, cyber laws, and industry codes, reinforcing our commitment to ethical data practices

  • Support compliance-related incident response processes with internal stakeholders

  • Create, influence, support and facilitate policy, training and communications, monitoring, risk assessments, due diligence, transparency, and other healthcare compliance needs

  • Stay abreast of relevant ethics and compliance developments and industry trends, collaborating with the Global Business Legal organization and other compliance teams, to ensure Gilead operates within the ethical and compliance frameworks mandated by regulatory authorities and our own core values

  • Work in partnership with, and influence within the Global Business Legal organization and other stakeholders to help ensure the organization operates within ethical and compliance frameworks mandated by regulatory authorities and in alignment with our company's values

  • Lead, inspire, and develop the team, fostering a high-performance culture. Provide mentorship, guidance, and professional development opportunities to enhance the team’s capabilities and effectiveness.





We are all different, yet we all use our unique contributions to serve patients. Please see the following for the qualifications and skills we seek for this role.




Minimum Education & Experience



  • Bachelor’s degree is required. A Juris Doctorate or fully qualified legal credentials in one or more geographies of operations is preferred but not required.

  • Extensive professional experience in-house in biotech, pharmaceuticals or other highly regulated industries or law firm advising in all relevant areas of practice for these industries. Ideally the majority of the years of career spent in-house.

  • 16+ years of experience, with a BA/BS degree or 14+ years of experience, with an MS/MA or MBA, or PhD

  • Management experience and ability to mentor and supervise a team of professionals.

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English.



Knowledge & Other Requirements



  • Invest time and effort in building strong relationships with relevant stakeholders. Act as a trusted advisor and cultivate a collaborative environment. based on mutual respect and understanding.

  • Approach challenges with a problem-solving mindset.

  • Work together with colleagues across Legal and Ethics and Compliance teams to find ethical and compliant solutions

  • Cultivate and display the ethics and values for which Gilead strives, and actively engage with stakeholders from a place of trust and partnership. Be firm when needed, even when working with more senior stakeholders. 

  • Apply a deep understanding of the biopharma industry, Gilead's business objectives, and the specific challenges faced by different departments. This will enable the legal and compliance team to provide tailored and practical advice.  

  • Respond promptly to inquiries, requests, or concerns raised by business stakeholders. Demonstrate a sense of urgency in addressing their needs and provide timely feedback. 

  • Foster open and transparent communication channels with business stakeholders. Clearly communicate requirements, explain the rationale behind decisions, and provide regular updates on relevant changes or developments. 

  • Continuously evaluate and improve internal processes to ensure efficiency and effectiveness in supporting the business in achieving company goals. Minimize unnecessary bureaucracy and simplify workflows to facilitate smooth interactions. 

  • Embrace a culture of continuous improvement. Actively seek feedback from business stakeholders and strive to enhance the quality and effectiveness of support provided.

The salary range for this position is: $255,425.00 - $330,550.00. 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.