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Head of Sample Management



Cambridge, MA, USA
Posted on Wednesday, May 24, 2023

Head of Sample Management

Cambridge, Massachusetts


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Head of Sample Management US, Integrated Drug Discovery


Integrated Drug Discovery (IDD) is the small molecule drug discovery platform within Sanofi. IDD is an international, interdisciplinary group that spans medicinal chemistry, structural biology, screening, biochemistry, biophysics, cellular pharmacology, delivery technologies, sample management and more. Our vision is to deliver valuable, high quality synthetic drugs of varying modalities to improve the lives of patients. Our mission is to provide innovation and key enabling technologies to drive the discovery of synthetic small molecules, peptides and emerging synthetic modalities as drug candidates in the Sanofi Research Portfolio; to deliver high quality science and innovative approaches to drug discovery, and to perform as a highly collaborative flexible and forward-looking organization with broad impact across the Sanofi pipeline. As part of our team, you will have an opportunity to work with talented and passionate colleagues in Integrated Drug Discovery, a global organization located in Cambridge, MA, Vitry-Alfortville, France and Frankfurt, Germany. We are seeking a dynamic Head of Sample Management US IDD. This position is based in Cambridge, MA and will directly report to the Site Head of Integrated Drug Discovery in the US.


The Head of Sample Management in the US coordinates all small molecule and biological samples in the US; leads the Sample Management Department in the US within IDD; serves on the US IDD Leadership Team, the IDD Global Sample Management Council. The Head of Sample Management leads a department of internal scientists and managed service personnel and heads the sample management facility in Cambridge, MA. The Head of Sample Management is the key US contact for trade compliance and import/export/shipping logistics. The Head of Sample management US also coordinates with other platforms (e.g., DMPK, Large Molecule Research), all therapeutic areas (Inflammation & Immunology, Oncology, Rare and Neurological) and international (e.g., Frankfurt, Germany & Vitry, France) and domestic sites to insure sample management deliverables, best practices and efficiency in sample management.


  • Department Head, Sample Management US, Integrated Drug Discovery

  • IDD/US Leadership Team member

  • IDD Global Sample Management Council Member

  • Management of internal scientists and managed service personnel

  • Responsible for trade compliance, import/export & shipping logistics

Strategic Impact and Influence

  • Transversal scientific role supporting IDD and other research platforms such as DMPK and Large Molecule Research, and therapeutic areas such as Immunology and Inflammation, Oncology, and Rare & Neurological Disease

  • International coordination and collaboration with Sample Management members in Frankfurt Germany, Vitry, France and other Sanofi sites.

  • Liaison to alliance management and business development

Scientific and Operational Knowledge

  • Works seamlessly across all small molecule, biological sample modalities, formats, temperatures, etc.

  • Expertise in storage automation, assay ready plates, dose response plates, high throughput screening enablement

  • Maintains up to date knowledge of evolving storage, handling, and dispensing technologies

  • Expertise in international trade compliance, import/export, tariff, and shipping logistics, IP risk mitigation, human tissue compliance

  • Digital savvy, experience in varying sample management tools expected; in silico expertise in Mosaic a plus

  • Identifies opportunities for Sample Management efficiencies and excellence


  • Management of internal group and managed service personnel

  • Recruit, train, develop, mentor sample management scientists on a variety of infrastructure platforms, across sample formats, across logistical deliverables, and in silico needs

Basic Qualifications

  • PhD Scientific degree with 10 years of sample management experience in biopharma; or Bachelor’s or Master’s degree with 18 years of sample management experience in biopharma

  • Extensive managerial experience

  • Experience in sample management across all small molecule and biological modalities

Preferred Qualifications

  • At least 15 years of experience in a Sample Management position in the biopharma industry.

  • 5 years of experience in a leading role in a sample management department within biopharma.

  • Extensive managerial experience of internal and managed services

  • Expert in sample storage, handling, and dispensing across all modalities

  • Strong track record of operational excellence

  • Results oriented and focused on providing service and solutions to the organization with a strong motivation for operational excellence

  • Comfortable and efficient in fast moving complex global environment

  • Excellent, open and concise communicator; good listener and observer; able to interact with executive leadership

  • Customer-oriented mindset; aimed at simplifying sample management, shipping, importing, etc. for Sanofi scientists

  • Distills complex challenges into simpler, actionable solutions

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