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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.

The Corporate Legal Group at Gilead is seeking a creative, dynamic and collaborative attorney to join a close-knit team supporting Gilead’s strategic partnerships and the Alliance Management group. This role will be an integral member of the cross-functional team supporting existing collaborations as we work with our colleagues to reflect Gilead’s position as a partner of choice in the biopharma industry.

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

The person in this position will, among other things:
  • Work with Gilead’s Alliance Management team and other departments within the company to support strategic partnerships, specifically to:
    • Provide legal support and analysis on contract interpretation, dispute resolution, IP ownership and other legal risks in connection with the partnerships;
    • lead legal negotiations of amendments, ancillary agreements and other documents in connection with the ongoing activities between Gilead and it’s strategic partners;
    • perform due diligence and associated support in connection with Gilead’s analysis of potential option exercises.
  • Assist with the development of policies and procedures, and preferred positions for different agreements.
  • Provide legal support for cross-functional working groups and project teams formed to provide broad organizational support for our 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.
  • At least 12 years 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.
  • Prior experience with or exposure to international regulatory processes for pharmaceutical products and laws and regulations governing clinical trials 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.

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