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Sanofi Group Head of Digital R&D Strategy and Operations in Cambridge, Massachusetts

Head of Digital R&D Strategy and Operations

Support the Digital R&D team’s ambition as a subject matter expert on the overall strategic thinking, project prioritization, governance processes, and transformation.


  • Partner with senior leaders of Digital, Digital R&D, and R&D business to deliver strategy and solutions that meet the needs of users

  • For each Digital R&D domain, ensure objectives are positioned for long-term success with practical roadmaps for carrying out strategy, managing change, monitoring and gauging processes, and taking remedial steps

  • Facilitate the establishment and execution of the roadmap and vision for Digital R&D operational management, including the governance frameworks that will ensure a smooth functioning of the organization, the drive towards an agile mindset and the interaction with the R&D business stakeholders

  • Lead a team of operational analysts who will facilitate strategic planning cycles and financial planning against budgets

  • Apply business strategy while driving technology strategy, balancing short term and long-term needs of R&D and the Digital organization

  • Coordinate strategic plan and budget exercises

  • Develop and implement processes and policies and work with domain leaders to define, prioritize, and develop projects and programs

  • Engage an end-to-end approach by connecting all the pieces of data to deliver insights and KPIs in the way we measure internal performance

  • Provide advice, guidance, direction, and authorization to carry out investment while tracking performance and conducting post implementation ROI reviews

  • Ensure knowledge and experience is shared within the team and the wider company

  • Take an active role in the performance management process by completing goal setting, interim review, and year-end review on a timely basis and soliciting ongoing feedback


  • Minimum 7 years of operations management and end-to-end development life-cycle support and strategy

  • Excellent communication, interpersonal and influencing skills

  • Detailed planning, budgeting and reporting capabilities

  • A strategic mindset as well as be able to lead and develop teammates

  • Excellent analytical and problem-solving abilities

  • Results orientated with ability to plan and deliver against project deadlines

  • Bachelor’s degree in business, science, finance or relevant field from an accredited college or university; Master’s degree from an accredited college or university preferred

  • Pharma and R&D experience; Digital expertise a plus

  • Drives for Results

  • Creates a sense of urgency in pursuit of business goals/results

  • Sets meaningful and energising stretch goals for the group

  • Creates momentum for change and takes action to sustain it

  • Strategic Ability

  • Is entrepreneurial; seizes new opportunities to achieve goals

  • Identifies trends, challenges and opportunities by scanning external environments

  • Dealing with Ambiguity

  • Defines issues clearly despite incomplete or ambiguous information

  • Can control emotions; stays calm and positive under pressure or when setbacks occur

  • Integrity & Trust

  • Behaves with integrity; in an honest, ethical and trustworthy fashion

  • Admits responsibility for mistakes

  • Is aware of his/her own weaknesses and strives to address them

  • Fluent in English. French or other languages is a plus

Sanofi 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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