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Sanofi Group Manager Continuous Improvement - Vaccine in Swiftwater, Pennsylvania


Job Title: Manager Continuous Improvement - Vaccine

Summary of purpose/major responsibilities:

This position takes the leadership role in identifying and resolving issues of safety, compliance, and efficiency that impact the supply of bulk Biologic vaccine products. This position leads cross-functional teams to support Biologics Manufacturing. Each team has representatives from M-Tech, GEM, Quality Assurance, Sterility Assurance, and Planning, requiring a high degree of relationship building, communication, technical knowledge and leadership.

Key Accountabilities:

  • Responsibilities include project scope and solution development, the use of statistical / lean / FMEA and other methods to performing preliminary options analysis, change control development and execution, commissioning and qualification documentation development and execution, project execution tracking and project completion activities.

  • Represent factory with internal and external suppliers and customers: Act as a technical operational leader with equipment vendors and material suppliers to ensure effective performance of Swiftwater operations. With limited supervision, represent factory leadership and provide input and guidance to external projects.

  • Become a Subject Matter Expert (SME) on the state of the industry trends for Bulk Manufacturing. Through continuing education, remain current with industry knowledge, trends, and best practices. As a SME, provide strategic input required to stay competitive in the bulk vaccine manufacturing market

  • Attend L1 +QDCI board meetings to gather and report out on issues / opportunities existing on the shop floor.

  • Actively develop, promote, and implement safe work practices to ensure safe working conditions for all employees.

Context of the job/major challenges:

  • The Manager, Continuous Improvement, will identify, investigate, gain consensus and resolve issues that impact the supply of Antigen products. They will support large projects and lead small projects to maximize the safety, quality, efficiency, and effectiveness of the antigen factory:

  • The Manager, Continuous Improvement, is tasked with leading change. This position is a responsible interface between operations and support functions and is expected to work effectively with partner functions such as Quality and Manufacturing Technology to ensure continuous improvement of the assigned factory.

  • The Manager, Continuous Improvement, will provide operational input to the bulk antigen continuous improvement team by direct participation and integration into factory operations. This is accomplished through a high degree of shop floor presence and participation with other functions in the focus factory as directed by the CI Team leader.

  • The Manager, Continuous Improvement, will serve as a scientific and technical interface with suppliers and customers of equipment and materials.

  • The Manager, Continuous Improvement, will lead change controls, small process improvement initiatives, and other activities as assigned. The Manager, Continuous Improvement, will assist with deviation investigations and troubleshooting of production equipment.   

  • Supporting Biologics Manufacturing of viral and bacterial vaccines within a platform consisting of approximately 600 employees. Provide support to 6 manufacturing facilities to produce antigen for vaccine representing about 110 million doses of packaged vaccine products. Key performance indicators are:

  • Safety - recordable incident index

  • Compliance - reduction in deviations and avoidance of regulatory observations

  • Supply - on-time delivery of >350 batches annually

  • Cost - continuous 4% reduction in cost of goods per year


  • Minimum 2 years’ experience in a cGMP technical role. BS in Life Sciences, Engineering, or similar technical field.


  • Lean six-sigma green belt/black belt preferred

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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