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Global Medical Program Lead, Respiratory- Cambridge/MA

Cambridge, Massachusetts

Job ID R2520567 Date posted 09/17/2019

Position Description

This individual provides program/project management expertise and operational support for complex, TA-focused, Medical programs and projects in partnership with the TA Medical Lead(s). The MPL helps drive the strategic direction and operational execution of objectives, operational and project budget planning and business reviews, as well as inform the Head of Project Management resource allocation needs to ensure appropriate prioritization of Medical projects across the Sanofi Genzyme portfolio.

The MPL will co-lead the Global Medical Team (i.e. GBT Medical Sub-team), to develop and maintain accurate plans, documentation, and resource forecasts for both trial and non-trial activities specific to the TA of responsibility. Additionally this individual ensures smooths day-to-day operation of the GMT, helps resolve program issues, and helps facilitate alignment across sub-teams and line functions.

The role reports directly to the Head of Medical Program Management within the Sanofi Genzyme Global Medical Ops & Effectiveness Team.

Key Responsibilities

Strategic Direction

  • Partners with Global Medical Lead (GML) to co-lead GBT Medical Sub-team (Global Medical Team (GMT)) to develop and maintain the asset Medical strategy and integrated Medical plan in conjunction with overall commercial strategy, life-cycle management requirements, and evidence generation/publication needs.
  • Proactively identifies resource requirements necessary to progress program development in alignment with the Medical and TA objectives.
  • Drives clarity within GMT and other relevant stakeholders to communicate asset strategic imperatives and ensure appropriate prioritization of activities and investments (for Medical CSS, ISS, and non-trial activities).

Program Execution

  • Identifies ways to optimize program execution without compromise to patients or compliance.
  • Accountable to maintain the integrated Medical plan, ensuring delivery of critical path activities.
  • Accountable to ensure timely and accurate updates to key information within reporting systems.

Program Operational Excellence

  • Manages the strategic GMT forum to ensure progress of asset programs. This includes establishing meeting agendas, facilitating team discussions, and driving to clear and timely team actions and decisions.
  • Partners with the GML to provide financial oversight of the program including trial and non-trial budgets. Includes consolidation, vetting and prioritization of GMT spending to deliver critical path activities.
  • Ensures asset strategy and integrated medical plans have a patient-centric focus, incorporating innovative approaches that are meaningful to patients, HCPs, regulators & payers, and adhere to the highest standards of operational excellence in life cycle management.

Risk Management

  • Proactively identify potential issues or obstacles and achieves resolution or plans contingencies.
  • Responsible to ensure schedules and financial forecasts provided by work package owners are accurate and up-to-date, supporting aligned plans and efficient execution of the strategy.
  • Follow issues through to resolution ensuring that all key stakeholders are informed of outcomes and program implications, providing clarity and direction in urgent or unexpected situations.
  • Independently resolves complex issues and competing priorities that may impact achievement of goals, creates mitigation plans and drives to resolution.

Communication and Reporting

  • Manages scheduled and ad-hoc program status reporting, citing progress to program goals/KPIs, proactively identifying risk with planned mitigation(s), and providing rationale for timeline and budget variances.
  • Responsible for leading preparation efforts for governance engagement to support and drive asset objectives and deliverables.
  • Participate in quarterly/annual portfolio analyses to communicate program development progress, opportunities, and risks to Medical Senior Management.
  • Facilitates relevant communications to appropriate cross-regional, cross-functional, cross-divisional and Alliance partners (as appropriate).

Other Accountabilities

  • Provides direction and mentors junior colleagues to work strategically and drive results; identifies opportunities for project managers to demonstrate their abilities; uses effective coaching techniques to refocus energy and address barriers to success; leads by example.
  • May have responsibility for line management of project managers as well as contractors within the Global PM function.

Role Requirements

  • Degree in a scientific discipline (e.g. BS, MS, PhD, PharmD, MD, DVM) or related degree with substantial project management and/or project leadership experience.  Business qualifications such as MBA or professional project management qualification such as PMP® of added benefit.  
  • 5+ years in the industry in expanding roles in Medical or related field, including experience and understanding of the current pharmaceutical environment, with experience managing complex projects, ability to successfully bridge between different fields of expertise, and managing program risks and challenges (including scenario and contingency planning).
  • 3+ years or equivalent multi-/cross functional team experience
  • Strong knowledge of drug development process, regulatory and business requirements
  • Expert planning and tracking skills, with the ability to synthesize summary of details across GMT
  • Knowledge of resource (effort and budget) planning and management
  • Well organized, focused on results, capable of managing multiple projects, excellent time management skills with respect to priorities and self-management
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills (written and verbal) for bridging across diverse, cross functional, multi-national, geographically dispersed teams

Core Competencies

  • Act for Change- embrace change and innovation to initiate new and improved ways of working. Essential sub-competencies for the roles include:
  • Cooperate transversely- collaborate effectively with peers, stakeholders and partners across the organization, within and across Global Business Units, to positively impact business results.

Essential sub-competencies for the roles include:

  • Strategic Thinking & Decision Making – ability to think and plan broadly and long-term to inspire excellence in execution and timely decision making based on information available.

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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