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Head of Data Architecture

Toronto, Canada, Bridgewater, New Jersey

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Position Title: Head of Data Architecture

Department: Data Engineering, Architecture and governance

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. 

Key Responsibilities:

  • Demonstrate solid experience in developing Data and AI architecture roadmaps, blueprints and designs for real world solutions.

  • Possess practical knowledge of Data and AI solutions in business processes and business decisions, preferably in a pharmaceutical and life sciences setting.

  • Have solid experience in technical solution identification and realization through translation of requirements into workable, fit for purpose designs and approaches.

  • Provide hands-on support in delivering both data lake/warehouse (data mesh) and AI/ML solutions.

  • Apply architecture frameworks to shape solutions and understand dependencies of technologies in a vast and complex environment.

  • Bring strong relationship management skills in working with peers, colleagues, senior leadership and vendor communities.

  • Lead multidisciplinary teams, with and without external third-party partners/vendors, with direct supervisory and people management responsibilities.

Key Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s/Master’s in business, or STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) preferred or equivalent, with 8+ years of relevant working experience.

  • Extensive knowledge and experience with cloud technologies and services, preferably AWS.

  • Extensive knowledge and experience with data management technologies, preferably Snowflake, Informatica IICS, Informatica MDM.

  • Extensive knowledge and experience with AI/ML technologies, preferably Python, R, Databricks.

  • Working knowledge of Docker, Kubernetes, AKS/EKS/Openshift.

  • Working knowledge of CI/CD, DevOps, DataOps and MLOps.

  • Solid understanding of architectural frameworks and notations, such as TOGAF, C4.

  • Solid understanding of software application development and agile methodologies.

  • Understanding and application of data / digital strategy and governance.

  • Understanding of software development processes and procedures.

  • Understanding of change management and release processes.

  • Experience in using agile delivery tools such as Jira, Confluence, etc. preferred.

  • Strategic thinker with the ability to act as a translator between data and analytics and the business, ensuring business value is achieved through appropriate architecture foundation.

  • Demonstrated techno functional Data and AI capabilities (e.g. data engineering, data architecture, master data management, data lake/warehouse (data mesh), data visualization, artificial intelligence, machine learning, analytical modeling, federated learning, etc.).

  • Exposure to therapeutically areas in a pharmaceutical and life sciences setting and understanding of the associated unique data and analytics requirements

  • Ability to lead and manage agile teams.

  • Experience working cross-functionally in large organizations to solve complex problems and treat large amounts of information.

  • Relationship-oriented with the ability to communicate meaningfully and influence all levels of stakeholders.

  • Storyteller with the ability to translate complex technical jargon and concepts into something simple, accurate and understandable.

  • Ability to deal with ambiguity and work in autonomy with limited guidelines.

  • Effective written communication, presentation, and interpersonal skills.

You should have experience with a few of the above, but we don’t expect all of them. If you’re missing some qualifications but believe your experience is transferable and you have a passion for the role, please do apply. At time of interview, we will look to optimize for fit based on ambitions, skillsets and experience.

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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