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Sanofi Group Global Research Program Manager in Framingham, Massachusetts

Position Overview:

The Global Research Project Manager fulfills the role of Chief Operating Officer for projects from discovery to early development. They manage operational activities to ensure the translation of the project strategy into an operational plan, develop alternatives, identify risks and mitigation approaches, and manage variances in terms of time, budget and quality.

Key Individual Accountabilities:

  • Contribute to the definition of a strategy for the project and lead its translation into a realistic, robust and ambitious plan.

  • Drive the execution of the operational plan across functions in terms of timeline, resources and quality.

  • Identifies with Core Teams and requests resources required for the project and makes sure resources are assigned and aligned.

  • Builds the operational plan, coordinates and tracks all project-activities in order to allow optimal progress and decision making (e.g. manage contracts, budgets, meetings, timelines, reports, legal questions etc.).

  • Ensures execution of functional plans along agreed timelines: monitors sub-teams to drive execution of plans against strategy.

  • Ensure appropriate risk analysis and mitigation.

  • Identifies risks and issues, tracks relevant project KPIs and proactively identifies issues and proposes plans to solve.

  • Co-lead and motivate the team to be high performers.

  • Foster appropriate communication in close collaboration with all stakeholders.

  • Manages stakeholders, point of contact of the different interfaces: between sub teams, between team and functions/platforms, and between stakeholders and committees.

  • Ensures adequate entry of project status information into various dashboard and tracking tools.

  • Manages teams through milestones and stage gate reviews.

  • Support due diligence for external assets that would enter the portfolio in research.

Skills and Competencies:

  • Leadership, management, and coordination.

  • Ability to manage complex project and coordinate multiple activities and stakeholders in a matrixed environment.

  • Organizational and Planning Skills.

  • Highly organized.

  • Proficient in planning.

  • Knowledge of tools (MS Project, Think Cell, OPTIME etc.) a plus.

  • Critical analysis and solution driven thinking.

  • Ability to challenge status quo and to propose alternatives.

  • Ability to anticipate risk and work with team to develop mitigation strategies.

  • Influencing and negotiating.

  • Ability to negotiate and influence stakeholders skills to build mutual beneficial solutions.

  • Communication and networking.

  • Highly proficient in communication and presentation.

  • Ability to build a network and leverage network to ensure projects are positioned for success.

  • Motivational and influential with team.

  • Strong knowledge of full value chain including development, regulatory, commercial.

  • Strong knowledge of overall the pharma environment.

Basic Qualifications:

  • PhD in life sciences or MD or PharmD or Master in life sciences AND 5+ years in the pharmaceutical industry (R&D), or bachelors in science an 10+ in pharmaceutical industry.

  • Some industry experience managing or leading R&D projects, or 2+ years experience on an industry R&D global core team.

  • MBA or PMP 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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