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Associate Director, SAP PLM Architect

Company: Gilead Sciences, Inc.
Location: Raleigh
Posted on: January 26, 2023

Job Description:

Associate Director, SAP PLM Architect
United States - North Carolina - RaleighUnited States - California - Foster City

Gilead Sciences, Inc. is a research-based bio-pharmaceutical company that discovers, develops and commercializes innovative medicines in areas of unmet medical need. With each new discovery and investigational drug candidate, we seek to improve the care of patients living with life-threatening diseases around the world. Gilead's therapeutic areas of focus include HIV/AIDS, liver diseases, cancer and inflammation, and serious respiratory and cardiovascular conditions.

Making an impact on a global scale
Inclusion is one of the company's five core values. That's because we know that we are stronger and more innovative at Gilead when we are informed by a diverse set of backgrounds, experiences and points of view. Gilead Sciences is a biopharmaceutical company that discovers, develops and commercializes innovative therapeutics in areas of unmet medical need. The company's mission is to advance the care of patients suffering from life-threatening diseases worldwide.

When you join Gilead, you join our mission to change the world by enabling people to live healthier and more fulfilling lives. Come join a mission-driven bio-pharmaceutical organization that values inclusion and diversity, has a strong portfolio of products, and is constantly

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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 pursuing scientific invention to prevent and treat life-threatening diseases, including HIV, viral hepatitis, and cancer. Gilead has operations in more than 35 countries worldwide, with headquarters in Foster City, California.

You will be part of a team that is helping millions of people live healthier, more fulfilling lives. We are a close community where every individual matters and everyone has a chance to enhance their skills through ongoing development. Inclusion is one of our core values, which means we are creating and fostering a work environment where our differences are valued, and everyone feels respected and empowered to bring their authentic selves to work. By joining Gilead, you will further our mission to discover, develop and deliver innovative therapeutics for people with life-threatening diseases.

The Gilead Business Services center in Raleigh's Research Triangle region will be home to some of the company's critical shared service teams in North America, including Information Technology, Global Financial Solutions, HR Operations and Procurement Services Desk. These functions provide the necessary support to ensure Gilead's business runs effectively and efficiently. The center will also be a catalyst for standardization of processes, digital transformation, and technology optimization. Please check out more at

The Associate Director, SAP PLM Architect is responsible for solutions architecture and delivery of PLM-Product lifecycle Management system capabilities to support product development teams. To be effective in this role, he/she must build partnership with PDM PLM business teams, business process owners and stewards, IT business partners to understand individual business drivers, and then integrate these requirements into the global strategy to enhance the adoption of SAP PLM capabilities. The successful candidate should be bold in strategy, measured in execution. This role's preferred location is Raleigh, NC but candidates located in Foster City, CA will also be considered

This leader should have the business acumen and communication skills to shape, articulate and execute a cohesive strategy. He/she will act as a trusted advisor regarding technology enablement, innovation opportunities and partner to implement appropriate enhancement or new technologies

Gilead IT operates in a vertically integrated DevOps model, and as such the leader will oversee and manage FP&A Business Engagement, Solution Architecture, Solution Delivery, Solution Test, and Solution Operations. In addition, he/she will partner with other IT functions to implement and optimize the appropriate country, regional or global solution.

The Associate Director, SAP PLM Architect should have the following skills:

  • Business Partnership: Collaborate with IT Business partners, Solution excellence teams and Process leads to co-create technology roadmaps. Understand the value drivers of the PDM business and ensure IT solutions are scalable.
  • Domain Expertise: Provides deep insight into SAP PLM capabilities and business processes that advance user adoption, improve customer satisfaction, and simplify financial oversight.
  • Business Analysis: Leads requirement analysis, gap analysis, process mapping, including understanding implications for the current and future PLM functional capabilities. This includes developing high-level proposals and facilitating business endorsements
  • Solutions Architecture: Able to synthesize customer needs and challenges presented by multiple competing - internal and external - priorities with PDM PLM functions. Leads assessments and assesses PLM solutions fit into the overall SAP landscape to preserve the integrity of business processes while enforcing technology standards. This includes preparing recommendations to drive decision making with pros and cons, and trade-off analysis within and between different solution platforms.
  • Delivery: Ensures development and deployment execution align with standards, methodologies, and processes. Establishes governance and active leadership and direction to functional/technical teams throughout the implementation lifecycle
  • Leadership: Proven ability to build, develop and lead teams and rally organization around the vision.
    Essential Duties and Job Functions
    General responsibilities for this position will include (but are not limited to) the following:
    • Lead continuous improvements to drive IT effectiveness with the business and IT
    • Identify, screen, and evaluate new solutions opportunities, within SAP and partner ecosystem, to address unmet business needs of PDM product development teams.
    • Architect SAP PLM business processes that are optimal and comply with regulatory and compliance requirements. This includes owning and directing use case analysis, prototypes, blueprinting, functional design specification, process mapping, build, testing, validation, deployment and go-live.
    • Lead internal and external resources in support of business-related projects and activities
    • Oversee project execution and actively manage the project portfolio
    • Collaborate with partners - business and IT - to identify future business needs and prioritize resources/effort to deliver solutions, including enterprise-wide transformation from Oracle to SAP
    • Manage and lead team through thoughtful performance management and individualized career development plans based on individual needs and corporate strategy
    • Deliver on portfolio investments and ensure business value/outcomes are realized based on prioritized business needs
    • Embed and measure user experience and value realization in every stage of investment decisions; create insight-based high quality customer experience
    • Manage innovation investments and drive for cost-to-serve efficiencies; enable advanced digital capabilities
    • Report progress and program activities to Gilead ITLT and other senior leadership forums
      Basic Qualifications:

      Associate's Degree and Twelve Years Experience OR Bachelor's Degree and Ten Years Experience OR Master's Degree and Eight Years Experience OR PhD and Two Years Experience

      Preferred Qualifications:
      • 10+ years of experience, preferably within the Biotech / Pharmaceutical industry; 2-5 years in architect role(s)
      • Hands-on experience in implementing SAP PLM product development processes/modules - Recipe development, BOMs, Specification management, status management, Inspection plans, Document Management, Label & artwork management, and Engineering Change Management (ECM)
      • Experience with SAP MM, PP-PI, and QM, MDG, workflows, preferably using S4-HANA
      • Proficient in current Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMP), Part 11 and Annex 11 requirements
      • 3 years of experience in Master data management with expertise in implementing SAP Master Data Governance (MDG)
      • Strong leadership capability, executing as appropriate in the areas of responsibility
      • Broad knowledge of current and emerging technologies, technology directions and strategic application to business needs including the ability to differentiate between a relevant trend and hype
      • Ability to improve operational efficiency, service delivery, and information management across the IT organization
      • Excellent oral and written communication skills, including the ability to explain technology solutions in business terms, establish rapport and persuade others
        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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