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Sr. Director, Human Resources

Foster City, CA, USA | Gilead Sciences

  • Industry:
    Pharmaceutical / Biotech
  • Position Type:
    Full-Time
  • Functions:
    General Management
    Human Resources
  • Experience:
    12-15 years
Job Description:
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Job Description


Gilead Sciences, Inc. is a research-based biopharmaceutical company founded in 1987. 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 millions 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. Director, Human Resources, HRBP – Dev. Ops.


Knowledge, Experience and Skills:


Excellent verbal, written, and interpersonal communication skills are required. Must possess strong influencing skills.

Understanding of business objectives and the ability to translate those objectives into HR priorities.

Requires a thorough knowledge and understanding of Human Resources legislation/employment law, principles, policies, and procedures.

Must be able to develop solutions to a wide range of highly complex problems, which require an in depth degree of ingenuity, creativity, and innovation.

Prior experience and desire to manage staff.

Ability to exercise judgment and independently determine and take appropriate action within defined HR policies and procedures.

Key Rey Responsibilities:


Provides leadership in the areas of planning, development, implementation, administration and budgeting for client group (Dev. Ops.).

Manages Senior HR Representatives and drives the delivery of key HR programs and services, including compensation, recruitment, training and development.

Provides advice and feedback regarding the design and rollout of programs.

Drives strategies to develop bench-strength and succession plans

Drives the delivery of key HR programs and services, including compensation, recruitment, training and development. Provides advice and feedback regarding the design and rollout.

Advises VP(s), SVP(s) and other senior management on HR policy and program matters, making or recommending appropriate decisions, which may be significantly complex.

Viewed as subject matter expert and maintains contacts with external sources to stay apprised of current trends and new legislative changes.

Develops concepts, techniques, and standards for flawless execution on the delivery of various HR services including succession planning, talent acquisition, performance management, compensation planning, and leadership development.

While not necessarily the subject matter expert in each HR specialty areas, must be able to initiate discussions regarding organizational changes and to present each of the HR specialty functional areas (training, compensation, benefits, etc.) when working with management.

Designs, develops and implements communication strategies to introduce new processes and Company initiatives. Ensures effective communication strategies are in place within the organization and builds two-way communication channels.

Ensures multi-location continuity in terms of philosophy, company culture, and practices which fosters uniform direction and thinking.

Identifies opportunities to expand and strengthen HRBP’s role in supporting client’s organization.

Analyzes business needs, defines the talent management strategy within the client group and influences recruiting decisions.

In partnership with Learning & Development, delivers and implements leadership development programs.

Selects, develops, and evaluates HR staff, outsourcing, and consulting and professional services organizations to ensure the efficient operation of the function.

Manages complex employment relations issues.

Qualifications and Education:


14+ years of relevant experience in the HR field and a BA or BS degree, preferably with an emphasis in HR or Business.

A Master’s degree can be substituted for 2 years of relevant experience.

Gilead Core Values:


Integrity (Doing What’s Right)

Inclusion (Encouraging Diversity)

Teamwork (Working Together)

Excellence (Being Your Best)

Accountability (Taking Personal Responsibility)


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