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Sanofi Group Director Project Management in Toronto, Ontario

External Job Description

Title : Director Project Management

Reference No : R2597247

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 Director Project Management acts as End to End Project Controller large & complex projects in Toronto and / or strategic Programs. This position will be focused to lead the end-to-end project controlling activities for up to two large and complex projects at the Toronto site in support of the flu program, to deliver a new flu building and new formulation, filling, inspection and packaging assets (total investment of approximately CAD 925M).

  • The End to End Project Controller reports functionally and directly to the Senior Director and End-to-End Flu Program Leader (B200 and FFIP).

  • The End-To-End Project Controller role is heavily matrixed and works in partnership with senior E2E Project Leader and is specifically accountable for organizing, consolidating and challenging the project cost, schedule and resource plan, working in collaboration with the project leader and workstream leaders (including from Engineering, Quality, Operations, MTech, HSE, ITS,

  • Finance, Procurement, and Regulatory) to ensure projects are delivered on time, on budget and meet expectation. This is a critical role in the overall management of the projects and coordination of all functions supporting projects. The controller must interact and foster collaborative relationships with work stream controllers, project team members, Toronto VIA Finance, site leadership, Global PMF, and the leadership from external partners.

  • The End-to-End Project Controller is accountable for the application of good project management practices, the VIA Project and Program Management handbook and the reference documents therein.


  • Develop, track, and optimize overall integrated project schedule and budget across all workstreams and functions through all project phases.

  • Work in close collaboration with engineering/MTech project schedulers and controllers

  • Supervise/manage resources dedicated to integrated scheduling, financial reporting, and project documentation

  • Serve as back-up to Project Director to lead meetings and/or communications

  • Defines project activity plan, monitors and controls adherence to the plan (schedule, cost, resource plan; Document the project’s critical path.)

  • Anticipates gaps or deviation, identifies discrepancies and proposes remediation plan as applicable through robust financial and business analyses to explain variances versus target

  • Ensure that the project plans are ambitious but achievable by ensuring that they are set up with necessary elements and the relevant connecting milestones between functions/work streams and verifying that the linkages are consistent with the project strategies

  • Work with the cross-functional project team members to ensure that resources are anticipated, planned/budgeted and allocated to meet the demands of the project plan

  • Coordinate the cross-functional project teams on cost and schedule to ensure it is up-to-date by reporting true and faithful status of the project and provide project teams, PMO management, steering committees, site leadership, and global leadership with consolidated financial and timeline information (forecasts and actuals)

  • Challenge the key underlying assumptions on work stream budgets, timelines, and resources with function/work stream leaders

  • Perform financial and business analyses, as / when needed, either on project or operational matters and report / explain variances versus target

  • Consolidate, monitor, challenge and ensure reforecasts with project team members: cost, schedule, resources, and risk

  • Identify and recommend opportunities for improvement, such as timeline acceleration while balancing cost and without compromising on quality

  • Collect, enter into Planisware (Project Portfolio management software), and maintain / update all information (cost, schedule, resources) from workstreams

  • Leads risks identification, quantitative & qualitative risk analysis, definition, implementation and monitoring of mitigation plans

  • Identifies inter-dependencies among work stream activities and lead the project team on risks prioritization and mitigation

  • Communicate lessons learned across the corporate project management function

  • When scope change is required (by the Steering Committee or other drivers), prepare and coordinate the necessary elements supporting the decision making by site and global governance committees – with particular focus on financial and regulatory impact

  • Ensure the follow-up and communication of project scope changes and execution changes

  • Organize and manage Steering Committee meetings

  • Support site PMO in applying the Project Management Handbook and Sanofi Pasteur project management standards and best practices



  • University degree such as Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Engineering or Business studies

  • PMP certified

  • PMI Agile certification or equivalent is a plus.


  • 15 years experience in managing strategic complex projects in challenging environment preferably in pharmaceutical industry and/or manufacturing environment.

  • Project Management processes, project schedules, project cost estimation and forecasting

  • Ability to develop business cases, change orders, collating/consolidating work-stream financial information

  • Demonstrated experience in Agile / Lean project management and Scrum agile methodology and visual management; Previous experience as ScrumMaster.

  • Experience with Planisware Portfolio and Project management solutions is highly desirable


  • Demonstrated leadership experience

  • Expert in project management (respect project constraint such as time, cost, scope, quality to achieve project success)

  • Expert in project risks management (risk identification, qualitative and quantitative analysis, remediation plan development and monitoring)

  • Outstanding organizational skills, time management and dealing with conflicting priorities

  • Strong interpersonal skills (with demonstrated stakeholder management, conflict management / resolution in group dynamic)

  • Advanced skills of Excel and MS Office applications and efficient use company tools such as SAP, TrackWise, QeDoc, Excel etc. with the ability to adapt to

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.