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Business Analyst - R&D Portfolio

Toronto, Canada, Cambridge, Massachusetts, Bridgewater, New Jersey



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Position Title: Business Analyst - R&D Portfolio

Department: R&D Portfolio Management

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:

Within Digital R&D, the R&D Portfolio Management Product Line provides products to optimize Sanofi R&D pipeline, to support execution of R&D projects by allocating resources transparently, effectively and efficiently, and to enable decision making on cost, resources and planning.

To date, the Portfolio Continuum program has delivered a global (Pharma, Vaccines and Medical) Project management solution on Planisware SaaS to ensure project planning, resources and cost allocation foundations for R&D operations. A new datahub (Google Cloud) has been also deployed to feed current BI/Reporting/Portfolio simulation solutions.

All other standard Project management capabilities are supported through Smartsheet solution (R&D users and other function) or Project for the web fully integrated within Office 365 suite.

Who You Are

You are a dynamic Business Analyst, interested in challenging the status quo, by having a deep understand of business processes, value drivers and technology to achieve desired outcomes.

You have keen attention to detail and take the time to understand stakeholders’ needs and challenges. You continually seek to improve your knowledge of new technologies and industry standards to drive the development of simple, yet effective solutions. You enjoy partnering with stakeholders to design and implement data management best practices and procedures. You are a collaborative self-starter, see challenges as opportunities, and are results oriented.

About growing with us

In this role, you will be the Digital Business Analyst for Project Management solutions of the R&D Portfolio product line.

Key Responsibilities:

Business Analyst will be directly accountable and responsible to:

  • Work with Digital and Business stakeholders to elicit high-level requirements and capture business and end user needs; understand the customer journey, processes, data use, analysis, and quality - and define user requirements. Proactively monitor industry, functional, and technology trends.

  • Analyze new and existing processes and propose process improvements that can increase accuracy, efficiency, and/or value.

  • Communicate solution tradeoffs to business stakeholders to frame and influence project decisions.

  • Identify and analyze business needs and coordinate between stakeholder groups to address them.

  • Assess the risks of various solutions and prioritize competing business demands based on business impact and Digital strategy.

  • Collaborate with the Product Owner, business and digital teams.

  • Support business case creation.

  • Ensure that data is managed / analyzed in compliance with applicable quality, regulatory (Data Privacy, GxP, SOX, etc.) and cybersecurity requirements.

  • Ensure stable PPM service to business by monitoring service quality and incident management by closely working with support team.

  • Manage external vendors (costs, product lifecycle,…).

  • Periodically have a meeting with key stakeholders to ensure service pain points and business priorities are reflected in Digital delivery plan.

Key Requirements:

  • Ability to understand business needs. Strong capacity to develop consistent, clear analysis and report potential issues.

  • Advanced Experience/Technical skills on PPM standard application as Microsoft Project, Smartsheet.

  • BSc/MSc diploma and/or 4+ years of experience in an IT/Digital environment.

  • Accountable, Proactive, Collaborative and Agile.

  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.

  • Action orientated with ability to work quickly and efficiently in a fast-moving environment.

  • Self-starter with excellent problem-solving ability.

  • Ability to multi-task, takes initiatives and prioritize effectively.

  • Positive team player who demonstrates collaboration and teamwork with internal and external stakeholders at all levels within the organization.

  • Lean and agile practice (intermediate).

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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