May 14, 2023

Associate director medical affairs operations research program

  • Gilead Sciences
  • Frederick, MD, United States

Job Description

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Job Description

Kite’s External Research Program (ERP) advances our enterprise portfolio through external innovation and data generation. This role will oversee the implementation of all clinical and observational investigator-sponsored and collaborative studies.

Program Planning Execution

  • Provide day-to-day oversight of administration and operations for ISRs and collaborative studies from concept approval to study closure in partnership with global and local Medical Affairs teams, Translational Medicine, Legal/Compliance and external stakeholders across multiple regions
  • Oversee preparation for governing body meetings
  • Lead study start up team and collaborative program study teams
  • Support relationships with alliance partners
  • Ensure timely tracking of project obligations; financial planning, operational, manage all issues and conflict proactively to the benefit of the projects
  • Ensure effective, accurate, and timely communication to meet the needs of the asset team and stakeholders
  • Contribute process improvements and new project management approaches, methods, resources, and capabilities
  • Provide insights into the overall Kite portfolio that guide near-, mid-, and long-term planning
  • Ensure data compliance and adherence for ERP planning, implementation, reporting, KPIs and communication
  • Demonstrate a partner of choice mindset with external researchers and reinforce standards and expectations for all Kite teams to present externally

Basic Qualifications

Doctorate and 2+ years of project management experience


Master’s and 8+ years of project management experience


Bachelor’s and 10+ years of project management experience


Associate and 12+ years of project management experience


High School Diploma/GED and 14+ years of project management experience

Preferred Qualifications

  • Medical, pharmacy or advanced scientific degree essential
  • 7+ years of relevant biopharmaceutical experience, including experience working on strategic initiatives, project planning and/or project management
  • 5+ years of biopharmaceutical and/or management consulting experience
  • Experience of working in an international environment
  • Knowledge of the fundamentals of Project Management and its application to drug development with sound understanding of drug development process
  • Understanding of Phase 4 trials and mandatory registries
  • Excellent organizational skills including attention to detail and prioritization
  • Excellent communication, interpersonal skills, meeting facilitation and presentation skills
  • Displays flexibility, targeted problem-solving skills, and resourcefulness to cultivate path forward in ambiguous and constrained circumstances
  • Demonstrated skills and success in relationship building, negotiation and influencing
  • Prior experience creating dashboards in Smartsheet or Excel to give a visual representation of key metrics, status updates, and task priority

The salary range for this position is: $157,165.00 - $203,390.00. Kite 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.

Kite is a biopharmaceutical company engaged in the development of innovative cancer immunotherapies with a goal of providing rapid, long-term durable response and eliminating the burden of chronic care. The company is focused on chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) and T cell receptor (TCR) engineered cell therapies designed to empower the immune system's ability to recognize and kill tumors. Kite is based in Santa Monica, CA. For more information on Kite, please visit Sign up to follow @KitePharma on Twitter at

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