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Sanofi Group Sr. Clinical Research Director- Cambridge/MA, Bridgewater/NJ in Cambridge, Massachusetts


The Clinical Research Director (CRD), Immunology & Inflammation (I&I) Therapeutic Area is responsible for contributing in the creation and execution of the clinical development strategy for projects in the I&I Therapeutic Area (TA) with specific expertise in rheumatology. The CRD is expected to contribute to the growth of the I&I TA by proactively contributing scientific knowledge and advancing operational capabilities by challenging “the status quo”.

Principal Duties & Responsibilities

Based upon an in-depth understanding of the science, the strategic potential of the compound and the clinical domain for development, the CRD is responsible for:

  • Drafting the extended synopsis of studies that he/she will be responsible for, and contribute to the clinical development plans (CDP), review of Investigator’s brochure, the clinical sections of integrated development plans (IDP), and overseeing the execution of such plans by the respective operational units in compliance with SOP, GCP and other regulations.

  • Assisted by related Sanofi functions (e.g. clinical operations, project management, and procurement), responsible for defining timelines, budgets and contingency/risk management plans to assure successful execution of the clinical trials.

  • Defends the CDP in front of internal management committees, regulatory agencies, and alliance partners. The CRD may provide input into strategies to increase understanding of the mechanism of action of the drug including but not limited to the identification of biomarkers. On an ad hoc basis the CRD will be requested to contribute expertise to specific tasks such as the evaluation of potential in-licensing candidates.

  • Work will focus in part on rheumatology programs across I&I.

Scientific and technical Expertise

This position requires a strong scientific and clinical foundation in rheumatology and immunology as well as in all aspects of pharmaceutical drug development. Advanced leadership skills and the ability to effectively collaborate with external partners, regulators, and diverse internal stakeholders and collaborators are essential prerequisites.

  • Has and maintains deep scientific, technical and clinical expertise in immunology and rheumatology

  • Understands and keeps updated with the pre-clinical, clinical pharmacology and data relevant to the molecule of interest and in rheumatology field

  • Critically reads and evaluates relevant medical literature with deep understanding of the data and status from competitive products

  • Maintains visibility within the rheumatology therapeutic area to maintain credibility with internal and external stakeholders

  • Ensure that all development activities are targeted towards timely achievement

  • Interacts with opinion leaders and consultants.

  • Owns (in collaboration with Project Team), the “Extended synopses” for individual studies CDP and clinical sections of IDP and is responsible Clinician for the implementation of clinical strategy

  • Influences the definition of the product value proposition (in collaboration with respective functions)and the focus of the research strategy, by providing input on existing clinical needs and approaches to clinical development strategies for research projects

Complex Problem Solving

  • As CDPs are sophisticated documents that require the ability to integrate highly complex scientific, medical and operational information, strong scientific, medical and analytical skills are required.

  • An innovative and open-minded approach to problem solving is critical to arrive at the optimal solution for complex development challenges.

Regulatory responsibilities

  • Represents the Project Team and Sanofi at key regulatory agency meetings as the medical spokesperson for the studies and project

  • Ensures clinical data meets all necessary regulatory standards

  • Supports registrations, label submissions and modifications

  • Participates in Advisory Committee preparation

Scientific data dissemination

  • Ensures timely submission and dissemination of clinical data

  • Supports the planning of advisory board meetings

  • Establishes and maintains appropriate collaborations with knowledge experts

In addition to the above activities the CRD must ensure that all activities of the Global Project Team are conducted in compliance with current regulations, laws and guidance from FDA, EMA, and CHMP, as well as with Sanofi’s policies and procedures.

Basic Qualifications

  • Medical Doctor. Should be board certified or eligible in rheumatology or immunology

  • Must have completed education and training at a medical school that meets the requirements of the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME)

  • More than 5 years of clinical or scientific, or more than >10 years industry, experience within the field of rheumatology or immunology or drug development for compounds in these areas.

  • Strong scientific and academic background with deep understanding of the disease

  • Clinical research, pharmaceutical experience or experimental medicine experience in rheumatology or immunology preferred

  • Knowledge of drug development preferred

  • Good networking ability in cross-cultural environment

  • Strong interpersonal, communication, presentation, and negotiation skills across all levels of the organization

  • Performance oriented with ability to work along agreed timelines and a focus on strategy and execution

  • Outstanding communicator. Excellent problem-solving, conflict-resolution and decision-making skills

  • Fluent in English (verbal and written communication)

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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