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Sanofi Group Site Head Operations - Pearl River, NY & Meriden, CT in Pearl River, New York

Who You Are:

You are an experienced Operations people leader looking for a new challenge and who is equally passionate to be an integral part of realizing the Sanofi Pasteur credo – “to live in a world where no one suffers or dies from a vaccine preventable disease”. You have specific experiences to share related to people engagement/development, a safety mindset, focus on quality and continuous improvement.

What You Will Do:

The Site Head of Operations – Meriden & Pearl River is responsible for leading Vaccines Industrial Affairs for Sanofi Pasteur sites in Meriden, CT and Pearl River, NY. Ensures strategy development, Innovation, continuous improvement and quality culture, in order to manufacture various vaccines according to the most stringent safety, quality, regulatory and cost requirements and delivery schedules. Partners with Vaccines Industrial Affairs leadership, developing and implementing medium and long term strategic plans for the sites, anticipating future customer’s needs and assuring sustainable best performance level in a changing environment. Leads the operations in Governmental agency compliance, contact, audit and investigational reviews. Leads and ensures Health, Safety, Security and Environmental Compliance and leads the fostering of strong relations with Governmental agencies and Community groups. Leads the support Service teams in support of the sites. Leads and ensures the fostering of strong employee relations and communications with all employee groups.

Who We Are:

Protein Sciences, a Sanofi Company uses its recombinant platform technology to produce our flagship product Flublok, the new generation of flu vaccine and leveraging this technology to develop one of Sanofi’s COVID-19 vaccines. We are undergoing the most exciting step in our Sanofi integration journey. You will be joining a dynamic and diverse Site Leadership Team (SLT) focused on performance and committed to develop the next generation of Biotech game changers and energized, agile and results-oriented colleagues at all levels of the organization.

Where We Are:

  • Pearl River is located in Orangetown, south of Nanuet and west of Blauvelt in Rockland county, NY. Pearl River is a hamlet near the New Jersey border and within 35 miles of New York City.

  • Meriden is located at the Crossroads of Connecticut, being bisected by two of the State’s major freeways (I-95 and 91), Meriden is situated midway between the cities of New Haven and Hartford, located 20 miles to the north and south, respectively. The City is located within 25 miles of many world-class educational institutions.

Job Highlights:

  • Leads the Site Strategy, Planning and Development: Assures coherence of the Site Master Plan and Long Term Industrial Plan with VIA strategic orientations and directives; Identifies and anticipates evolutions needed at the site level in order to assure best positioning to achieve future goals and standards; responsible for the development of operational strategies and tactical implementation to ensure the highest standards of ethics within Sanofi and affiliates, its suppliers, customers, local community, employees and governmental agencies for the sites. Oversees development of the sites budgets, CAPEX and Headcount projections to ensure the facilities maintain a state of cGMP compliance. Leads integration of Flublok Pearl River manufacturing with VDL facilities at Swiftwater, PA. Leads and ensures the fostering of strong employee relations and communications in partnership with functional leadership. Develops and motivates people, empowers them and creates a culture of ownership and accountability to drive organizational performance.

  • Manufacturing and Supply: Leads organization in ensuring appropriate product supply to meet customer demand, at optimal production costs. Sets strategy and plan for achieving and maintaining targeted inventory. Interaction with CMOs as needed to meet business needs. Ensures optimized use of Company’s internal resources in each site (people, equipment, facilities). Responsible for the Meriden & Pearl River Industrial Affairs strategy and planning.

  • Integration of Flublok Pearl River manufacturing with VDL Retrofitted facilities: Leads integration of Flublok drug substance operations from Pearl River to VDL facilities. Operations integration requires supporting various functional teams for smooth transition of all PSc processes to Swiftwater processes while ensuring that the product knowledge is retained across manufacturing, quality, supply chain and other support functions. This transition requires functional resource planning to meet budgeted head count (transfer or hire) and ensuring quick manufacturing ramp up to meet on time design capacity while also maintaining commitments for PSc operations. The candidate will also provide leadership to the VDL Operations team during design, construction, qualifications to meet commercial supply commitment.

  • Quality & Compliance: Leads the sites in ensuring the delivery of all products in accordance with the highest regulated standards and within established cost and timelines. Ensures continuous support to guarantee sites’ achieving and maintaining highest compliance standards. Ensures the sites meet all Quality Objectives and assesses the performance of all personnel in respect to their impact on product quality. Leads organization and is the key contact for governmental agencies for production Governmental agency compliance, contact, audit and investigational reviews.

  • Health, Safety, Environment & Security : Oversees and leads the sites in the development and management of compliance policies, programs and practices with Governmental and Industry Health, Safety and Environment protection rules, with engagement of all site associates to apply the policies, procedures and regulations applicable to their work. In coordination with North America Security Center of Excellence, oversees security programs, processes and policies ensuring site, employee and product security.

  • Public Affairs - Government and Community: Manages the site manufacturing agenda with government regulators and other external and internal stakeholders in order to ensure that the state-of-the-art engineering and manufacturing capability and results are recognized and accepted.

  • Networking: Builds and maintains close relationships within and outside of the company to maintain awareness of national and international industrial, manufacturing, sales and research activities in order to anticipate how current developments may impact company performance. Leads in maintaining strong community relationships with local municipality and state teams.

  • Innovation and Continuous Improvement: Promotes and incorporates new technology into manufacturing processes in order to reduce costs, improve quality and delivery capability. Ensures that the team is developing its performance in a sustainable way, in line with Sanofi Pasteur’s Industrial objectives and plans; foster a culture of Excellence, Openness and Transparency at site level. Systemically ensure these improvements and/or investments are budgeted and effectively implemented. Attracts, motivates, develops and leads staff in order to ensure the continuous improvements in manufacturing and quality processes.


  • Bachelor’s degree in Engineering or Biological Sciences or related field of study.

  • 15+ years direct operating experience in Pharma/Biotech, Industrialization, Project Management, and Quality experience in a global, matrix environment

  • Demonstrated large scale complex Supply Chain Manufacturing Management experience

  • Strong people leadership skills

  • Demonstrated experience with complex budget, financial controls, capital project leadership

  • Demonstrated experience interfacing with Governmental agencies and regulatory boards.


  • Advanced degree in Engineering or Biological Sciences and MBA preferred

  • Certifications: Lean Six Sigma certification – green or black belt or other certifications


  • Approximately 20-30% travel for site visits, vendor relationship management, conferences and training. Mostly between Pearl River, NY and Meriden, CT

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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