Job Location:
United States – North Carolina – Raleigh

Gilead Sciences is continuing to hire for all open roles. Our interview process may be conducted virtually and some roles will be asked to temporarily work from home. Over the coming weeks and months, we will be implementing a phased approach to bringing employees back to site to ensure the health and safety of our teams.


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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 is 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 is a catalyst for standardization of processes, digital transformation and technology optimization.

The Senior Payroll Accountant reports to the Associate Director, Payroll Accounting, Tax, Compliance, Reporting, & Projects. This role is responsible for the execution and delivery of payroll accounting, payroll tax, month end close, and compliance for payrolls processed in the United States. The position requires the individual to be highly self-motivated, innovative, effectively multi-task, prioritize work, demonstrate accountability, and effectively collaborate with both internal and external business partners to perform towards best practice payroll solutions.

The Senior Payroll Accountant is accountable for executing all activities performed, align to best practice through increased use of technology enablers to create capacity, increase efficiency, quality, and ensure systems and internal controls adequately support U.S. payroll, employment taxes, all applicable labor laws, regulations, and company policies. A high degree of professionalism and discretion is mandatory in handling sensitive and confidential information.

Key responsibilities include:

Operations/Technology/Continuous Improvement:

• Reconcile various payrolls throughout the year; regular payrolls, stock option payrolls, and off-cycle payroll runs.

• Responsible for executing on all assigned activities related to month end• Prepare journal entries, provide appropriate support documentation, ensure timely processing, and research and resolve all reconciling items.

• Provide quarter-end and year-end payroll support.

• Accountable for identifying, capturing, accounting for, and resolving issues with unclaimed property.

• Utilize emerging technology and best practice to increase efficiency and quality of service delivery.

• Actively participate in process improvement initiatives.

• Support strategic and cross functional projects.

• Actively participate in implementing new technology and integrating business partner needs to deliver high quality service to employees, and to ensure compliant and accurate reporting.

• Other duties and special projects, as assigned.



• Responsible for participating in various payroll audits and controls throughout the year as required.

• Execute and maintain the internal control environment over the financial as well as the business process aspects of the payroll business process.

• Assist Payroll colleagues with various Federal, State, and Local legislations.

• Responsible for keeping up with the regulatory changes and implementation of various tax changes.

• Maintain process integrity, internal and SOX controls, and ensure compliance with all applicable laws and regulations.


Business Partnering/Customer Engagement:

• Build and maintain credibility with internal/external business partners and employee population from a Business Service Center model.

• Actively partner with various internal/external business partners to deliver on payroll activities

• Participate in the generation, review, analysis and reporting of evolving KPI’s and Service partnership agreements.

• Collaborate and partner with cross functional business partners and International colleagues to identify and implement options to improve the quality of service delivery from a global perspective and pursue opportunities for global process delivery in line with best practice.

Knowledge & Skills:

• Support development of global process maps, desk-top manuals, and documentation.

• Excellent interpersonal skills, an inquisitive mind, and the ability to work effectively with multiple, cross-functional stakeholders.

• Strong analytical skills and a critical thinker; must have the ability to use excellent judgment and resolve issues with dexterity and effective decision making.

• Excellent communications skills: written, verbal, and presentation.

• Results Orientated. The ideal candidate will be results-driven and must thrive in a fast-paced, dynamic environment.

• Knowledge of US GAAP and SOX Controls.

• Ability to operate successfully across diverse geographical locations and cultures.

• High level of self-motivation, accountability, leadership, positive attitude, and strong work ethic.

Basic Qualifications:

• BA or BS degree in Accounting and/or Finance with 5 years of experience and proven knowledge of payroll accounting best practice programs in a large complex multi-national corporation.

• Master’s degree in Accounting and/or Finance with 3 years of related experience as mentioned above.

• A minimum of 1 year of experience with SAP or best practice ERP systems.

• Advanced proficiency with Microsoft tools (Excel, Outlook, Word, Visio, PowerPoint).

Preferred Qualifications:

• Knowledge of US GAAP and SOX Controls.

• Experience with Workday is preferred.

• Experience working in a global Finance organization.

• Experience in biotech or pharmaceuticals industry a plus.

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As an equal opportunity employer, Gilead Sciences Inc. is committed to a diverse workforce. Employment decisions regarding recruitment and selection will be made without discrimination based on race, color, religion, national origin, gender, age, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, genetic information or characteristic, gender identity and expression, veteran status, or other non-job related characteristics or other prohibited grounds specified in applicable federal, state and local laws. In order to ensure reasonable accommodation for individuals protected by Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Vietnam Era Veterans’ Readjustment Act of 1974, and Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, applicants who require accommodation in the job application process may contact [email protected] for assistance.

Following extensive monitoring, research, consideration of business implications and advice from internal and external experts, Gilead has made the decision to require all U.S., Canada, Australia, Singapore, and Hong Kong employees and contractors to receive the COVID-19 vaccines as a condition of employment. “Full vaccination” is defined as two weeks after both doses of a two-dose vaccine or two weeks since a single-dose vaccine has been administered. Anyone unable to be vaccinated, either because of a sincerely held religious belief or a medical condition or disability that prevents them from being vaccinated, can request a reasonable accommodation.​

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Our environment respects individual differences and recognizes each employee as an integral member of our company. Our workforce reflects these values and celebrates the individuals who make up our growing team.

Gilead provides a work environment free of harassment and prohibited conduct. We promote and support individual differences and diversity of thoughts and opinion.

For Current Gilead Employees and Contractors:

Please log onto your Internal Career Site to apply for this job.