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Global Project Head - Vaccine

Company: Sanofi
Location: Cambridge
Posted on: May 26, 2023

Job Description:

Major Responsibilities:
To support sustainable growth, Sanofi Vaccine's ambition is to build an innovative and well-balanced Vaccine Research and Development/LCM portfolio. Within the research phase this implies both continuous assessment of potential targets from the universe of Infectious Disease to enrich the portfolio and the efficient execution of approved projects.
The Research Global Project Head (GPH) is a leadership position with strong connectivities with the entire organization, and beyond. He/She will have two main missions:

  • to lead cross-functional teams to identify new target opportunities, deliver initial Target Product Profile/Target Value Proposition and lay out credible research and development plans to support timely decisions on portfolio entry. This is estimated to represent about 30% of her/his time
  • to lead the cross-functional team (rGPT) in charge of delivering one or more endorsed research project. This is estimated to represent about 70% of her/his time The GPH will lead the research project team and design the project strategy together with all the functions sitting at the Project Team. She/he will pursue the aspiration of delivering as efficiently as possible the end goal, being a registered differentiated vaccine that addresses medical need for patients and offers financial return for the company.
    The role is accountable for overall project strategy and execution in the research phase:
    • Leads a global and transversal team of Subject Matter Experts to deliver high value creating projects
    • Defends the project strategy at governance boards, including scientific review as well as investment decisions
    • Manages multiple internal and external stakeholders, including at executive levels
    • Provides input into team member performance reviews
    • Fosters and implements internal or external innovation solutions for the development of First in Class/Best in Class Vaccines for infectious disease targets by creating an efficient close collaboration across Sanofi to identify novel technologies and approaches
    • Close collaboration with Innovation and Ext R&D, Antigen Design, Global Immunology Functions and the mRNA Center of Excellence.
    • Stays informed on the state-of-the-art approaches for vaccine development, characterization and immunological assessment, through efficient internal connections, and Competitive pipeline assessments
    • Secures IP strategy and integrated scientific communication
    • Is accountable for developing both integrated strategy & development plan and its effective execution through the project team, in compliance with approved timelines & budget
    • is accountable for building and maintaining aligned strategy with external partner (if any)
    • Ensures that the right interactions with regulatory authorities are in place
    • Ensures that risk-mitigation plan is articulated, escalated, validated by relevant internal governance bodies and monitored
    • Resolve resource & budget issues with functions or decision bodies in order to meet project objectives Education/Requirements:
      • Ph.D. (in a science field), MD or Pharm D., with at least 5-8 years of experience in vaccine R&D or equivalent experience in other discipline in the Vaccine Value Chain
      • Strong scientific background with excellent understanding of global vaccine development activities along the entire Value Chain from research up to market access
      • Strategic thinking and leadership abilities in combination with understanding science, technologies and business of biopharmaceutical product development
      • Performance oriented with ability to work along agreed timeline and budget, and a focus on strategy and execution.
      • Ability to evaluate new internal & external opportunities (technology, new vaccine, targets, mAbs, enabling sciences...)
      • Good networking ability in cross-cultural environment
      • Ability to connect dots between functions within the organization and data/ideas from internal/external experts to build a coherent tactic
      • Experience in or demonstrated evidence for the capacity to lead cross-functional group of professionals
      • Excellent communication skill to ensure a good understanding of opportunities & challenges by senior stakeholders
      • Ability to foster collaborative practices between functions and to energize and inspire people
      • High sense of responsibility and fairness, to secure unbiased recommendation to Internal Decision Body
      • Fluent English communication skills, verbal and written
        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.
        As a healthcare company and a vaccine manufacturer, Sanofi has an important responsibility to protect individual and public health. All US based roles require individuals to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as part of your job responsibilities.
        According to the CDC, an individual is considered to be "fully vaccinated" fourteen (14) days after receiving (a) the second dose of the Moderna or Pfizer vaccine, or (b) the single dose of the J&J vaccine. Fully vaccinated, for new Sanofi employees, is to be fully vaccinated 14 DAYS PRIOR TO START DATE.
        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.

Keywords: Sanofi, Cambridge , Global Project Head - Vaccine, Other , Cambridge, Massachusetts

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