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Reference No. R2661743

Position Title: Program Head

Department: Artificial Intelligence Platform and Applications

About Sanofi:

We are an innovative global healthcare company, driven by one purpose: we chase the miracles of science to improve people’s lives. Our team, across some 100 countries, is dedicated to transforming the practice of medicine by working to turn the impossible into the possible. We provide potentially life-changing treatment options and life-saving vaccine protection to millions of people globally, while putting sustainability and social responsibility at the center of our ambitions.  

Who You Are:

You are an experienced software engineer who is interested in designing and developing comprehensive solutions to support and facilitate business operations. You have a strong understanding of back-end and front-end technologies and have experience implementing highly functional solutions that can scale.   You have a passion for good user experience and know how to ensure user needs are met through agile development and stakeholder engagement. You are an excellent communicator, and can work with subject matter experts, graphic designers, support teams and managers to deliver professional grade solutions.

Our vision for digital, data analytics and AI

Sanofi has recently embarked into a vast and ambitious digital transformation program. A cornerstone of this roadmap is the acceleration of its data transformation and of the adoption of artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) solutions. This has enabled us, to accelerate R&D, improve manufacturing and commercial performance, and bring novel drugs and vaccines to patients faster, all in order to improve health and save lives. 

The Digital Team at Sanofi is a unique data-driven team. We pride ourselves on being data obsessed and highly focused on using state of the art processes along with global technologies to drive impact to our solutions. We measure our insights and products based on how they preform across the globe and hold ourselves to the highest regard as our solutions can impact millions of lives. When tackling a problem, we do not just ask how we will create a solution, but how we will create a solution that reaches across the world with the best possible societal outcome. 

If you are passionate about improving the health and wellness of people across the globe using Data as your means, then you should look no farther than the Digital Team here at Sanofi.   Join us on our journey in enabling Sanofi’s Digital Transformation through becoming an AI first organization. This means: 

  • AI Factory - Versatile Teams Operating in Cross Functional Pods: Utilizing digital and data resources to develop AI products, bringing data management, AI and product development skills to products, programs and projects to create an agile, fulfilling and meaningful work environment. 

  • Leading Edge Tech Stack: Experience build products that will be deployed globally on a leading-edge tech stack. 

  • World Class Mentorship and Training: Working with renowned, published leaders and academics in machine learning to further develop your skillsets.

Location:  The Sanofi Digital Data Team uses a hybrid working model combining remote and office-based work. The Canada Digital Data Hub offices will be located in the greater downtown area of Toronto. 

Position Summary:

The Global AI platform and Applications Program Director is a key senior leadership role within the Global AI platform and application management team; working closely with the head of the department you will be in charge of managing a team of project managers, product owners, scrum masters and business analyst responsible of a portfolio of services and development capabilities. You will provide progress to plan for the management of programs, products and underlying projects, maintaining visibility of the major initiatives efficiently and on budget. You will support the different sub verticals in their resource and budget management (software engineering, Data DevOps, ML Ops engineering, service management ). You will coordinate with the central data strategy team and other data verticals in providing update and collaborate to planning. to

This role needs to have the strong ability to lead an agile transformation, influencing teams to transform their ways of working, establishing a step by step plan to build new capabilities across teams. You will also collaborate with the Global data strategy team in establishing standards and best practices and be the bridge with the other data verticals to ensure perfect alignment of resources and deliverables are met.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Support establishment of standards, processes and procedures, along with best practices to establish PMO capabilities across the global Data Organization in collaboration with center of excellence.

  • Ability to manage financial health of a +20M portfolio, including the business value derived from investments through the delivery of AI products, data platforms, service delivery and people transformation.

  • Be the change agile agent for portfolio, program and project management capabilities within the  team.

  • Champion simplicity & focus in portfolio & project management & monitoring, focusing on value-added practices.

  • Leverage and embed standard technologies to manage programs, products and projects.

  • Assist VP and program leaders in managing strategic programs.

  • Drive the definition of your team’s roadmap – seeing that it is well defined, budgeted, resourced, and aligned with the evolving priorities of the organization, connecting the dots between various projects, programs and people at Sanofi.

  • Establish effective PMO function, regulating regular reporting, quarterly governance reporting, tracking of KPIs for Data strategy and prioritizing efforts based on overall portfolio.

  • Lead and communicate the change and ensure adoption of required capabilities.

  • Enable embedded reporting and tracking across the  portfolio, working hand in hand with the strategy team and sub vertical leads to execute critical initiatives.

  • Manage the run business operations for the AI platform and Application team Organization’s  portfolio, including integration with Finance, Procurement and other corporate functions.

  • Manage the run operations of the data program, including application and support services.

  • Robust leadership of stakeholders through execution, while integrating to broader digital and corporate standards and initiatives.

  • Support management and allocation of centralized resources from centers of excellence for deployment across major data and AI initiatives.

  • Guarantees final deliveries and consistency of the program solutions, including its compliance with applicable quality, regulatory (Data Privacy, GxP, SOX, etc.) and cybersecurity requirements.

Key Requirements:

  • Education in business, engineering or computer sciences at a Bachelor’s level.

  • PMP or similar project management certification preferred. Agile and Scrum certifications would be preferred.

  • 10+ years of relevant experience.

  • Demonstrated strategy-to-implementation consulting experience across digital and the establishment of PMO functions.

  • Demonstrated use of technologies to manage portfolios, facilitate agreement and manage products (e.g. JIRA).

  • Demonstrated ability in the establishing of portfolio management office and associated practices in complex environments.

  • Experience in coaching and leading agile transformations, and building a team and culture around agile practices.

  • Demonstrated experience in managing large, multi-million dollar transformations, establishing the vision for major programs.

  • Understanding of best practices in product management skillsets.

  • Experience leading cross-functional stakeholders to execute high-impact projects.

  • Demonstrated leadership and coaching skills to develop individuals and teams.

  • Working in a technical environment and with excellent understanding of analytics environments.

  • Technical analytics and data skills (e.g. PowerBI experience).

  • Comfortable in using PPM tools such as JIRA, APM service now.

  • Strategic thinker and results driven.

  • Bias for action, with excellent problem-solving skills, analytical and strategic capabilities.

  • Ability to deal with ambiguity and work in autonomy with limited guidelines in a complex stakeholder environment.

  • Effective communication and interpersonal skills.

  • Ability to handle multiple competing priorities with different leaders.

  • Eagerness to learn and inquisitive.

  • Active listener.

  • Rigor, attention to details.

  • Flexibility and capacity to engage meaningfully in driving results in a high workload environment.

  • Emotional Intelligence.

  • Ability to proactively listen, voice and challenge stakeholders with different perspectives.

Sanofi is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity and inclusion. Our goal is to attract, 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.

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