Government Affairs Lead, Global Patient Solutions (Sr. Director)

14 May, 2022


Government Affairs Lead, Global Patient Solutions (Sr. Director)

Gilead Sciences
Washington, D.C.

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Job Description


Gilead is a research-based biopharmaceutical company that discovers, develops and commercializes innovative medicines in areas of high unmet medical need. The company strives to transform and simplify care for people with life-threatening illnesses around the world. Founded in 1987, Gilead has approximately 13,000 employees and operations in more than 35 countries worldwide.

Gilead is known for its innovative medicines, start-up culture, lean teams and deep expertise of its people. Gilead has a heritage of being grounded in science.

The Gilead Global Government Affairs and Policy team aims to act as a critical link, connecting governments with Gilead science and connecting Gilead with policymakers’ needs and expectations. We strive to be a thought-leading function, valued for our analysis and insight and capability to inform policy change that enhances patients’ access to Gilead’s innovation. Our vision of success is to foster an environment where governments value, reward and support access to Gilead’s innovation.


Summary of the role:

Senior Director, Government Affairs – Global Patient Solutions (GPS), will be based in either Washington, DC or London, reporting to the Executive Director of the Inter-Continental Region within the International Government Affairs team. The ideal candidate is a dynamic, business-focused, and creative individual who is knowledgeable about the financing, access and coverage of health care services and treatments in low- and middle-income countries and has a strong background in government affairs. The successful candidate will be part of the GPS leadership team and will have the opportunity to shape Gilead’s presence in approximately 140 low- and middle-income countries in Africa, South and Southeast Asia, Central America, and the Caribbean.


Job Description:

The Senior Director’s primary responsibility will be to work closely with all parts of Gilead’s GPS business to develop relationships with government officials to support commercial and corporate objectives.

The Senior Director will help manage the company’s government and consultancy relationships in GPS Markets and will work in close collaboration with Gilead’s country teams as well as headquarters teams to enhance local relationships.

The Senior Director will build strong cross-functional relationships with Gilead’s Value and Access, Medical Affairs, Regulatory, Legal, and Public Affairs teams. Within Government Affairs and Policy, this individual will be responsible for prioritizing regional advocacy needs and identifying resources available across the team that can support GPS advocacy, coordinating closely with Policy, U.S. Federal Government Affairs, and other sub-teams as needed.


  • Build and maintain trust-based relationships with policymakers in priority GPS governments, leading outreach to national ministries and regional governmental organizations like the African Union. Develop new relationships as needed.
  • Partner with US Federal Government Affairs to align Gilead’s outreach with key US Government Agencies, such as the State Department (including PEPFAR), the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Global Affairs, USAID, and relevant health security programs to support GPS objectives.
  • Collaborate with the Policy team to develop GPS-relevant policy positions, stakeholder mapping and advocacy action plans.
  • Serve on the GPS Leadership Team and represent Government Affairs and Policy views on the policy environment and potential impact on Gilead and GPS priorities. Support GPS leadership in developing novel approaches to a constantly changing external environment.
  • Serve as the primary point of contact for Gilead Government Affairs and Policy in the GPS markets.
  • Support country-level advocacy strategies and implementation of global or GPS initiatives.
  • Coordinate internally with all functions to ensure successful and efficient operations in the GPS Markets (e.g., Value and Access, Policy, Legal, Medical Affairs, Public Affairs).
  • Work closely within Gilead to earn the confidence of senior executives and help them understand the political and business environment and the value of Government Affairs in the GPS region.
  • Provide timely updates to internal management on opportunities, challenges, and risks in the GPS policy and government affairs environment.
  • Manage relationships with trade associations and other membership and advocacy groups in the GPS region.
  • Supervise consultants, contractors or direct reports providing local government relations support within GPS subregions or markets.
  • Contribute to a strong GPS communication plan, leveraging all internal and external communication opportunities, to establish Gilead as an industry leader in driving innovative patient solutions for resource-challenged settings. Guide the creation of presentations and narratives that demonstrate Gilead’s unique partnerships and role in the broader healthcare landscape.
  • Ensure integrity and uphold Gilead’s corporate values and adherence to laws, regulations, and compliance principles in every market.

Knowledge, Experience and Skills

  • Minimum 13-15 years’ experience with a successful track record of being a leader in policy setting environments in government, and/or in policy and government relations functions with a corporation, consultancy, trade association or special interest group.
  • Master’s degree or MBA or equivalent preferred.
  • Strong existing relationships with GPS government officials, policymakers, and agencies at a national and as regional level.
  • Significant experience in the biotechnology or pharmaceutical industries.

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Job posted: 2022-05-14