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Sanofi Group Head, US Public Affairs and Patient Advocacy-Oncology in Cambridge, Massachusetts

Sanofi believes the US healthcare system should understand and solve for what matters most to patients. Sanofi is committed to working with patients and advocates to accelerate research and development of medicines that address unmet needs, and to developing solutions that overcome barriers, so people have affordable and sustainable access to the right preventions and treatments.

The Public Affairs & Patient Advocacy team partners with the US advocacy community on issues that are critical to patients and champion them internally and externally:

  • Advance Innovation - Listen to and partner with advocates to incorporate patients’ insights from research through commercialization.

  • Ensure Access – Partner with advocates to improve patient access and affordability, and keep patients’ needs at the center of policymaker and payer decisions.

  • Improve Health - Partner with advocates to empower patients to have informed discussions with their providers about solutions to improve their health.

Given these core beliefs for empowering patients’ lives, the Head, US Public Affairs and Patient Advocacy Oncology position is responsible to:

  • Builds and maintains relationships with US oncology advocacy groups.

  • Identify shared goals, strategies and initiatives between Sanofi and the US advocacy community focused on patients’ needs.

  • Align with Sanofi colleagues across R&D, medical, Business Unit and other functions of Corporate Affairs both in the US and globally to ensure a consistent and intentional engagement strategy.

  • Ensure compliance and transparency to enhance company reputation and earn public trust.

This position reports directly to the Vice President & Head of US Public Affairs & Patient Advocacy and is member of the US Public Affairs & Patient Advocacy leadership team and the US Oncology Business Unit Extended Leadership team.

Sanofi US is only considering candidates who are currently legally eligible to work in the U.S.


  • Lead the creation and execution of comprehensive strategies to collaborate with the oncology US advocacy communities to ensure patients’ needs are met and that barriers to access are addressed.

  • Establish or maintain Sanofi as a trusted partner with US advocacy groups by identifying common goals and areas of collaboration focused on patient needs.

  • Collaborate across US Corporate Affairs (state and federal government relations, policy and reimbursement, CSR, and communications), business units, market access, HEVA, medical affairs, R&D, and global functions to ensure alignment and deliver maximum value to US external advocacy partners.

  • Represent Sanofi and participate in relevant external meetings throughout the year.

  • Manage 1 to 2 direct reports, by utilizing best in class managerial approaches and modeling leadership competencies such as effective communication, managing execution, coaching, and engaging/inspiring.

  • Forward thinking with a strong ability to influence and change how Sanofi engages with US oncology advocacy groups, including analyzing market trends, issues, and environmental factors to anticipate opportunities and risks of importance to Sanofi and patients; work with appropriate functions to counsel management and impact company decision-making process.

  • Ensure compliance with all corporate, industry, and regulatory guidelines.

  • Must be able to travel when required

  • Position is based in Cambridge, Mass. or Washington, DC.


  • A minimum of a BA/BS degree in scientific, public health, policy or a related field is required.

  • Master’s degree is desired

  • A minimum of 10 years of experience in the pharmaceutical industry is required.

  • A minimum of 7 years of experience in patient advocacy is required.

  • Progressive experience in partnering with Patient Advocacy communities with the Breast space is required

  • Progressive experience in partnering with Patient Advocacy communities within the Lung space is preferred

  • This position may require up to 25% overall travel with focused travel within the NA geography

Selected candidate will possess proven skill sets in the following areas:

  • US advocacy oncology experience: understand the complex oncology market and have a familiarity with the science and the advocacy community

  • Partnership: Proven skills as an effective collaborator who can engender credibility and confidence within and outside the company, able to effectively convey ideas verbally and in writing.

  • Strategic thinking: able to align function’s objectives with overall company strategy; able to anticipate and address issues in an evolving and complex environment, and strong ability to prioritize workload and communicate team priorities.

  • Execution excellence: able to implement programs from planning to execution with tangible impact and measurable results.

  • Leadership: to engage with, earn trust, and inspire actions in both external stakeholders/partners and internal management/colleagues.

  • Writing and communication: Ability to distill and present complex information in a clear, simple, and convincing manner for diverse audiences.

  • Creative skills: Ability to bring innovative solutions to challenges facing patients

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. #GD-SA; #LI-SA

At Sanofi diversity and inclusion is foundational to how we operate and embedded in our Core Values. We recognize to truly tap into the richness diversity brings we must lead with inclusion and have a workplace where those differences can thrive and be leveraged to empower the lives of our colleagues, patients and customers. We respect and celebrate the diversity of our people, their backgrounds and experiences and provide equal opportunity for all.