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Sr Counsel (Licensing & Collaborations)

Gilead Sciences
Posted Jan 29
Full Time
Foster City, California

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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.

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 global research-based biopharmaceutical company founded in 1987 and headquartered in Foster City, California. Together we deliver life-saving therapies to patients in need. With the commitment and drive you bring to the workplace every day, you will be part of a team that is changing the world and helping millions of people live healthier, more fulfilling lives. Our worldwide staff is a close community where you can see the tangible results of your contributions, where every individual matters, and everyone has a chance to enhance their skills through ongoing development. Our scientific focus has resulted in marketed products that are benefiting hundreds of thousands of people, a pipeline of late-stage drug candidates, and unmatched patient access programs to ensure medications are available to those who could otherwise not afford them. By joining Gilead, you will further our mission to address unmet medical needs and improve life by advancing the care of patients with life-threatening diseases.

Sr Counsel (Licensing & Collaborations)

The Corporate Legal Group at Gilead is seeking a creative, dynamic, and collaborative licensing attorney to join a close-knit team supporting Gilead’s strategic transactions and Corporate Development and Alliance Management groups, including cell therapy transactions for Kite, a Gilead Company. As a legal team, we are thoughtful, innovative, and friendly. As a company, Gilead employs a creative approach to deal making, and we work closely with our colleagues across the organization to support Gilead as a partner of choice in the biopharma industry.

The ideal candidate for this role will thrive in a fast-paced environment and will be a practical and business-minded attorney with significant experience drafting and negotiating licensing, collaboration, and other strategic transaction agreements for biotech and/or pharmaceutical companies, including those working in cell therapy.

The Person In This Position Will, Among Other Things:

  • Work with Gilead’s Corporate Development team, Kite’s Corporate Development team, and other departments within the company to support strategic transactions, specifically to:
    • lead legal negotiations of complex terms in licensing, collaboration and other significant strategic agreements and advise the Corporate Development team in connection with business negotiations, including cell therapy transactions for Kite.
    • serve as a “center of excellence” in the corporate legal department for issues specific to cell therapy licensing, collaborations, and other significant strategic transactions.
    • draft and negotiate a wide range of legal documents typical of a biotech or pharmaceutical organization including term sheets, license agreements, MTAs, collaboration agreements covering all stages a product’s life cycle (i.e., research, development, manufacturing, supply, and commercialization), options and asset purchase agreements; and
    • perform due diligence in connection with a wide range of strategic transactions, including significant collaborations and M&A transactions.
    • Advise Gilead’s internal business partners on contract interpretation, dispute resolution, IP ownership and other legal risks.
    • Assist with the development of policies and procedures and preferred positions for different agreements, particularly those focused on cell therapy transactions.
    • Provide legal advice and support for existing alliances and partnerships.


  • Juris Doctorate from a nationally accredited law school.
  • Admission to applicable state bar, registration as in-house counsel, or ability to gain admission or registration for either in applicable state within 90 days.
  • BS in life sciences or related field preferred.
  • 8 years experience in a law firm and/or in-house advising on, drafting, and negotiating agreements, including significant experience with transactions in the biotechnology or pharmaceutical industry advising clients on both business and legal issues.
  • Significant experience with cell therapy transactions strongly preferred.
  • Team focused and collaborative work style; willingness to build expertise and tackle new challenges in an evolving practice.
  • Ability to manage and serve a wide range of clients within the company by recognizing and responding quickly and pragmatically to urgent situations.
  • Ability to think creatively, devise solutions to challenging problems and effectively drive legal and business issues to closure.
  • Willingness and ability to coordinate activities of many stakeholders across various departments, not only within the company’s headquarters in Foster City, but also throughout the company’s domestic and international subsidiaries.
  • Appropriately triage a heavy workflow, setting priorities with clients and delivering results efficiently.
  • Exercise mature and reliable judgment while enjoying the company's enthusiastic, informal and fast-paced environment.
  • Ability to work independently and as a member of a team.
  • Exceptional and demonstrated written and verbal communication skills.

The salary range for this position is: $237,660.00 - $307,560.00. 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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