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Sanofi Group Deputy Director, Operational Quality - Vaccines in Toronto, Ontario

Title : Deputy Director, Operational Quality - Vaccines

Reference No. R2612748

Location : Toronto, Canada

Sanofi Pasteur: The world’s leading vaccine company

Sanofi Pasteur, the vaccines division of Sanofi, is the largest company in the world devoted entirely to human vaccines. Our driving goal is to protect people from infectious diseases by creating safe and effective vaccines. Our company distributes more than 1 billion doses of vaccine each year, making it possible to vaccinate more than 500 million people across the globe. Sanofi Pasteur offers the broadest range of vaccines in the world, providing protection against 20 bacterial and viral diseases.

Sanofi is dedicated to supporting people through their health challenges. We are a global biopharmaceutical company focused on human health. We prevent illness with vaccines, provide innovative treatments to fight pain and ease suffering. We stand by the few who suffer from rare diseases and the millions with long-term chronic conditions. With more than 100,000 people in 100 countries, Sanofi is transforming scientific innovation into healthcare solutions around the globe.


The Deputy Director, Operational Quality provides quality oversight and guidance to the designated Autonomous Production Unit (APU) or area of responsibility, on all aspects of Shopfloor / operational activities. The incumbent is accountable for quality and compliance of licensed products, in alignment with Sanofi Pasteur Quality Standards, Quality Systems, and current Good Manufacturing Practices. The incumbent is expected to work independently with a high level of autonomy and authority for decision making, and coaches team members to develop and to enable innovation and continuous improvements.

This position requires strong collaboration and communication with key responsible Partners in the APU, and with other stakeholders across the organization, including within OQ-SA, Validation Services, Product Quality, QC and Quality Systems.

Key accountabilities

  • Provides coaching and leadership to Operational Quality team and shopfloor staff, assuring that processes are executed effectively, compliantly and thereby enabling and promoting a Quality culture.

  • Develops and supports a high performance team environment that partners with production and operates with strong process knowledge and risk-based decision making, required on the shopfloor to support cGMP compliance.

  • Responsible for timely and thorough deviation investigations, guiding the investigation team as required throughout the investigation process (problem definition, scope, investigation strategy, RCA, CAPAs) and ensures that batch decisions are compliance and science-based, and supported by strong data driven justification.

  • Ensures timely review and approval of deviations, SOPs, CCRs, CAPAs and other GxP documents and reports that are within scope.

  • Participates and leads self-inspections, periodic internal reviews/audits to ensure compliance procedures are followed, and participates in external audits/inspections.

  • Identifies and mitigates risks, and leads Shopfloor Quality improvement within the APU and more broadly as applicable.

  • Ensures alignment to Global and new Regulatory requirements, participating in gap remediations, compliance and Site Projects.

Scope and dimensions

Breadth of responsibility (global/regional/country/site) :

  • Scope may be one of the following Operational areas (but not limited to): cP, DTPPD/ Adsorption, Formulations, Filling and Packaging (FF&P), QC, Technical Services at the Toronto Site

  • Scope includes from seed to final packaged vials

  • Position liaises across all Industrial Affairs departments, RA, other Sanofi-Pasteur sites, CROs and Health Authorities

  • This is position has direct reports

Key dimensions: headcount (direct and indirect) budget, doses, Capex… - Key indicators on which the job holder will be evaluated :

  • Some interaction with other sites on an infrequent basis is required for the purpose of sharing best practices and benchmarking

  • External/Internal Audit observations and remediation execution

  • Staff management including performance reviews and development plans

Freedom to act, level of autonomy :

  • Position has a high degree of autonomy and is expected to make decisions and interpretations within broadly defined requirements

Education and experience

Specific degree, duration of experience (Required to hold the job) :

  • M.Sc. in Microbiology, Biochemistry, Immunology, Pharmacology, Chemical or Biomedical Engineering with 8 or more years of relevant experience in Pharmaceutical and/or Biological manufacturing

  • Experience interacting with regulatory agencies and health authority inspections is required

Key technical competencies and soft skills

  • Strong leadership and management capability

  • Excellent knowledge of cGMPs, compliance trends and vast amount of experience with inspections/audits

  • Excellent problem solving (root cause analysis), investigation skills

  • Strong influencer and communicator

  • Solid experience with continuous improvement methodologies and risk-based approaches

Sanofi is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity and inclusion. Our goal is to a ttract, develop and retain highly talented employees from diverse backgrounds, allowing us to benefit from a wide variety of experiences and perspectives. We welcome and encourage applications from all qualified applicants. Accommodations for persons with disabilities required during the recruitment process are available upon request.

Thank you in advance for your interest.

Only those candidates selected for interviews will be contacted.

Sanofi, Empowering Life


At Sanofi diversity and inclusion is foundational to how we operate and embedded in our Core Values. We recognize to truly tap into the richness diversity brings we must lead with inclusion and have a workplace where those differences can thrive and be leveraged to empower the lives of our colleagues, patients and customers. We respect and celebrate the diversity of our people, their backgrounds and experiences and provide equal opportunity for all.