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mRNA - R&D Data Science, Innovation and Engagement Leader - Vaccine



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Waltham, MA, USA
Posted on Tuesday, September 5, 2023
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mRNA – R&D Data Science, Innovation and Engagement Leader - Vaccine

Waltham, Massachusetts, Marcy-l'Étoile, France

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mRNA – R&D Data Science, Innovation and Engagement Leader


Seniority level - senior

Responsibility level – leader

Location – Waltham MA US (primary preferred location) or MLE

In the race for the future of health – The Sanofi mRNA Center of Excellence (CoE)

At Sanofi, we chase the miracles of science, and we know mRNA has a role to play in the future of health. And while the pandemic has shaken up our industry, creating new opportunities and risks, we believe the acceleration of innovation with mRNA technology means vaccines and treatments for more people faster than before.

That’s why we’re looking for bold, optimistic world-changers to join our mRNA Center of Excellence. We’re investing €400m a year into the new Center, hiring a team of 450 dedicated employees, and focusing on implementing an integrated end-to-end mRNA vaccine capabilities and research with R&D, digital and CMC teams.

Bring your ambition and optimism and join us on our journey to discover and deliver transformative medicine to patients through the advancement of our cutting-edge mRNA technology!

Intro about the position

About the Opportunity

In this position, you will directly contribute to the acceleration of R&D mRNA vaccines and therapeutics by bringing your knowledge and project leadership in Research and Development to ensure the identification of innovation and delivery of Data Science programs as part of the Data and Computational Science team in the mRNA CoE. This team brings end to end data integration and advanced analytics (pre-clinical, biomarkers, process development, CMC, clinical) in the mRNA CoE. Deploying and exploiting digital solutions (AI/machine learning, data, analytics) to integrate the full data value chain, extracting actionable information for a move to a full data driven strategy and decision-making process, to increase probability of success and to accelerate mRNA vaccines and therapeutics development and launch. You will be the point of contact within different functions in the mRNA CoE and with the Digital and Data organization for one or more Data Science programs.

Key Responsibilities for position

About growing with us for winning with us

You will be accountable for:

  • Identifying opportunities and delivering the mRNA Research Data Science program roadmap to achieve scientific and business strategic objectives to deliver value and realize the benefits.

  • Participate in the establishment of mRNA R&D data science and digital roadmap

  • Coordinate multiple stakeholders within the mRNA CoE (research data scientists, mRNA scientists, Preclinical and Biomarker teams) and related activities involving data and computational solutions.

  • Coordinate with large and strategic programs outside of the CoE, with the Data and Digital Organization like Research Operations Foundation, Research Data Fabric and Scientific Compute AI platforms and be accountable for right prioritization and execution for the mRNA CoE, etc.

  • Facilitates the relationships of program teams, stakeholders and vendors and sets up and maintains detailed program and projects roadmaps and interactions

  • Ensure the program execution and be responsible for overall mRNA CoE program governance, planning, budget management, staffing (internal and external resources), communication & change management, risk management, compliance, and associated mitigations.

  • Reports on program progress, issues and achievements both to mRNA CoE LT and governance bodies

  • Pro-actively propose scenarios and prioritization in case of gaps, specificities, or risks, and facilitate alignment & endorsement by mRNA CoE LT and Digital RD LT

  • Chairs and manages program and projects reviews with the appropriate business areas and related service-line / strategic digital programs leaders

  • Takes the Business Project Leader/Product Owner role for selected projects and framing his program to get the appropriate project structure: Project Leaders, program governance, projects organization, communication, budget.

  • Maintain up-to-date several key project management tools to ensure program execution is on track, prioritize, schedule and monitor project milestones and communicate key decisions

  • Act as scrum master. Facilitate pod ceremonies throughout each sprint (daily standup, sprint planning, sprint demos, retrospectives, and backlog refinements). Contribute to preparing meeting agenda & minutes.

  • Guarantees final deliveries and consistency of the program solutions

Competencies / Requirements for position

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Qualifications/ Education & Work Experience

  • PhD or MS Degree in Biochemical Engineering, Biochemistry, Biotechnology Engineering, Bio Sciences or a technical and/or scientific discipline with strong understanding of mRNA synthesis, DNA sequence analysis, plasmid engineering, translational research, and biomarker

  • Project leadership or Product Owner and Agile methodology experience

  • 5 to 10 years direct work experience in R&D delivering Data Science or Digital related projects.

  • Tact, diplomacy, people skills, and excellent networking and communication (both oral and written) skills in general are important.

  • Highly flexible and adaptable individual able to thrive in a fast pace and transforming environment

  • Matrix leadership and influencing skills to create team spirit of excitement where all stakeholders feel committed to the objectives.

  • Change management with the capability to build team momentum for innovation

  • Strategic thinking to set a long-term roadmap for the mRNA CoE.

  • Analytical and problem solving oriented.

  • Experience in multiple functions and large projects lead and in understanding customer's voice and quality requirements

  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills to ensure efficient relationship with all stakeholders and top management of the company

  • Fluent in English (speaking and writing)

  • Understanding of drug/vaccine discovery and development processes is a plus

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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