Sanofi Group Clinical Sciences and Operations (CSO) Project Leader in Cambridge, Massachusetts

Clinical Sciences and Operations (CSO) Project Leader

Job Summary:

The Clinical Sciences and Operations Project Leader (CSO PL) is part of the Core Project Team, representing CSO. As such they ensure full team & platform alignment, including key stakeholders e.g., Clinical Supplies, Legal, and Procurement. The Project Leader engages the CSO cross functional team to fuel the project development strategy and develop reliable but aggressive operations plans. He/She monitors the plan execution, reports on status and ensures relevant risk mitigation (timelines, budget, & quality) is developed as needed.

The Project Leader is accountable for ensuring the deliverables via effective account, program, project management and leadership skills in a manner that will optimize, integrate and utilize CSO resources and competencies. The Project Leader contributes to the definition of the outsourcing strategy for the project. Ensures reliable performance and productivity by leading and coordinating all platform expertise and services for the allocated project(s) / program(s) and is accountable to both the Project Team and platform for project deliverables, including the timelines, quality and budget.

The Project Leader is also the CSO’s main interface with other platforms/units for the project and enabling functions.

Job Responsibilities

  • Ensures appropriate communications channels are maintained and reporting schedules adhered to. Key relationship manager for the program.

  • Responsible for providing input into the operational strategy and accountable for adapting operational plans, with input from all applicable functions within the CSO, in order to propose the optimal clinical operations solutions and scopes of work that creates the most value for the project, team and the platform.

  • Builds a strong relationship with the project team, platform team and key stakeholders

  • Develops and negotiates study/program budgets, timelines and other expectations in order to establish clear expectations. Accountable for financial oversight of the project/program. Re-negotiates when required.

  • Responsible for routine reporting of the project’s status to the team & platform

  • Assesses the impact of the project on the platform

  • Accountable for ensuring the study/program performance within the CSO and for driving the multi-disciplinary CSO project team according to project requirements & defined project objectives in order to create the most value for the project.

  • Transmits clear project requirements to the CSO functions.

  • In conjunction with the function leads within the CSO, builds study teams that are adapted to meet project’s needs/requirements.

  • Sets team goals and provides performance reviews for the team.

  • Lead CSO Operational Project Team meetings to address status (operational, budget & resource) and critical issues.

  • Foster a true, business minded, customer-oriented atmosphere and skill set for the project team allocated across functions.

  • Develop and implement continuous improvement for assigned projects to ensure the quality of the deliverables.

  • Provides oversight for and is accountable for project performance to ensure it meets the project expectations as far as timelines, quality and budget. Makes adjustments to the plan and/or team as required.

  • Anticipates project risks and develops and implements a risk management plan to minimize negative impact in fulfilling project deliverables.

  • Lead development of phase transition plans for project.

  • Supervise maintenance of the project management information and tracking.

  • Represents CSO when collaborating and goal setting with other platforms and enabling functions in order to successfully meet the requirements of the project.

  • Leads the discussion on the choice of vendors for outsourced programs, provides input into vendors used for specific activities and is accountable for deliverables of full-package outsourcing.

  • Contributes to CSO business expansion and to developing the CSO catalogue for services

  • Identify opportunities for improving organizational processes to continue to drive organizational excellence.

Required Education/Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree in relevant scientific and/or medical field and a minimum of 8 years’ experience in clinical research in pharmaceutical industry.

  • Project management experience.

  • Transversal and strategic leadership capabilities.

  • Ability to drive for a high performance cross functional team that empowers and motivates individual members and the team as a whole.

  • Business acumen

  • Excellent organizational, interpersonal and communication skills (verbal & written)

  • Customer and quality focused

  • Capability to effectively handle large complicated global projects that integrate various disciplines

  • Proactive

  • Ability to driver decision making process

  • Innovative problem solving

  • People, Change and influence management skills

  • Ability to see and manage expectations

  • Self-motivation, results driven, detail-oriented and good organizational skills

  • Ability to resolve conflict

  • Strong negotiation skills

  • Culturally sensitive

  • Familiarity with computer software.

  • Strong interpersonal skills required to effectively collaborate with customers (physicians, scientists and managers from various disciplines) and set and manage expectations clearly.

  • Serves as internal consultant and primary liaison with all groups outside of the CSO platform for projects.

  • Able to build credible service/deliverables for both the CSO and its customers

Preferred Education/ Experience

  • MS Degree in relevant scientific and/or medical field

  • People management experience

Sanofi US Services, Inc. and its U.S. affiliates are Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action employers committed to a culturally diverse workforce. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race; color; creed; religion; national origin; age; ancestry; nationality; marital, domestic partnership or civil union status; sex, gender, gender identity or expression; affectional or sexual orientation; disability; veteran or military status or liability for military status; domestic violence victim status; atypical cellular or blood trait; genetic information (including the refusal to submit to genetic testing) or any other characteristic protected by law.



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