Sanofi Group Project Leader Translational Sciences in Cambridge, Massachusetts

Job overview

Utilization of translational medicine is one of the key objectives of Sanofi’s Research & Development (R&D). Innovative IT solutions and services are paramount to achieve this goal. This position will be managing the IT projects to deliver such solutions and services (including by not limited to the DTR program) to key business stakeholders in translational medicine and in translational informatics worldwide.


As part of a global IS R&D team, you will be leading projects from different R&D domains including, but not limited to, data science and data analytics. The position will be primarily responsible of:

  • Coordination and Supervision - Coordinates, manages and monitors the workings of various IS projects in the ITS R&D organization. Acts as a liaison between business users and implementation team, communicating appropriately and effectively with co-workers, customers and supervisors, maintaining awareness of project status and any potential delay, situation or concern that may affect the outcome of the project.

  • Lead Project Implementation – Facilitates the definition of project scope, goals and deliverables. Defines project tasks and resource requirements. Implements projects with a strategic purpose, adhering to quality standards and procedures through the project lifecycle.

  • Innovatively advise R&D teams regarding new or existing IT technology, solutions and standards of the industry

Requirements & Qualifications


  • University degree in an IT or scientific field (i.e. Bioinformatics, Medicine Informatics, Biology)

  • An expertise to translate scientific requirements from translational sciences into value-added IT-solutions is a must have

Required knowledge and/or experience

  • Proven track record of successfully conducted projects as Project Manager

  • Good interpersonal skills and the ability to communicate with all levels of staff—executive, management and staff—both written and verbally

  • Leadership Skills: Ability to lead small transversal and/or cross-functional teams of experts for successfully implementing software solutions for our research data scientists

  • Strong project management skills including: Budget planning and spending, task planning, delegation and follow-up, communication of results, any certification (e.g. PMP, PMI, PRINCE2 etc.) is a plus

  • Broad Expertise in state-of-the-art IT technologies especially in the field of advanced analytics and data engineering:

  • Data Architecture and Cloud Computing basics

  • Good notions of ETL/Datawarehouse (e.g. Talend/Informatica, AWS Glue/ Redshift)

  • Big Data Integration and Processing (e.g. Hadoop, Spark) with SQL/NoSQL Databases (e.g. MongoDB)

  • Machine Learning basic understandings (e.g. Tensorflow, MLlib)

  • Statistics software and programming language (e.g. R, python, SAS)

  • Scientific expertise in Translational Medicine and/or Bioinformatics, e.g.:

  • Targets finding and validation

  • OMICS / Next Gen Sequencing workflows management

  • Ability to understand pathway analysis software

  • Curiosity and innovative mind set: openness to learn in a fast-pace environment

  • Self-motivated and detail-oriented, with good organizational, follow-up, computer, and analytical skills

  • Ability to conduct oneself professionally, maintaining confidence, confidentiality, integrity and objectivity

  • Passion for learning and staying on top of current IT technologies in advanced analytics

  • Experience in the support, maintenance, and continuous improvement of IT systems and processes would be a plus

  • Experience in working in Pharma/Biotech company would be a plus

Terms of employment

This position has no direct report.

Based on the project context, travels might be required to the various R&D locations of Sanofi in North America (Boston area, Swiftwater/PA, Toronto), France (Paris, Lyon, Montpellier and Strasbourg) or Germany (Frankfurt).

Start date : Q4 2018

Working hours : 40

What makes this position unique?

Big data and more widely the topic of data science/analytics has been thrust into the limelight over a couple of years. It has raised considerable interest in the Pharma industry has a key aspect to accelerate drug discoveries and improve R&D efficiency. As a project leader in a state of the art field, you will have a unique opportunity to make a difference in healthcare by delivering solutions which can positively impact Sanofi large portfolio of R&D projects. Eventually this can help Sanofi speed up the release of new drugs to the patient, especially for pathology where no or few treatments exist.

Benefits of working in this role

You will join a dynamic and global ITS R&D team scattered over 3 different regions (AMER, EMEA, AsiaPac) with many opportunities to take on multiple projects which contributes to the R&D value chain (Research, Translational Medicine, Preclinical…)

Location information

640 Memorial Dr, Cambridge, MA.

Based on project’s needs, occasional visits to other Sanofi’s buildings in the Boston area might be required (Waltham, Framingham and Westborough).

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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