Sanofi Group Digital Catalyst Initiative Leader in Cambridge, Massachusetts

Sanofi is establishing a digital team dedicated to accelerating digital transformation across Sanofi. This group will work to implement Sanofi’s digital strategy, by bringing dedicated expertise and by partnering with other parts of the company. The focus will be on Sanofi’s digital priorities, which span the pharmaceutical value chain, from digitizing clinical trial operations to scaling multi-channel customer engagement capabilities. The group will also initiate programs to develop digital capabilities and talent.

The team: The Digital Catalyst team will be responsible for driving implementation of select projects, setting the gold standard for translating strategy to implementation. This group will not only implement directly, but will catalyze digital implementation by partnering with other stakeholders to amplify their impact. In the first year, this group is expected to work on digitizing clinical trial operations. This group will also take on other ad hoc projects (e.g., improving social media guidelines, digital asset governance). A key goal for this group is to simultaneously demonstrate rapid progress in the target areas, while also role modelling digital ways of working (e.g., test and learn, fail fast).


Lead implementation of 1-2 strategic digital initiatives at a time. The successful candidate will be highly focused, dedicating his/her time to a handful of initiatives to ensure their success. She/he will have full responsibility for executing these initiatives, but will need to partner across the organization to implement successfully. Specifically, she/he will:

  • Manage the project: develop the project plan and track progress against it

  • Assemble and lead a cross-functional implementation of relevant business partners across Sanofi

  • Lead the team in developing the implementation solution. The solution may or may not be technical. Key questions might include: build vs. buy vs. partner? If partners are needed, what are the key criteria in selecting them?

  • Run pilots; implement effectively and track performance / record learnings for Sanofi

  • In pilots where external vendors/partners are needed, the successful candidate will act as a scout and alliance manager, in conjunction with business development and/or procurement, identifying emerging companies relevant to that initiative and building the relationship with the leaders at the partner company over time.

Example digital initiatives underway in this team so far include multi-channel patient recruitment for clinical trials and automating report writing. More senior Initiative Leaders will be tasked with a larger number of initiatives and/or more challenging initiatives.

Build capability and enthusiasm

  • Develop training and other capability development programs

  • Deliver training in the US and globally; may include both webinars and live formats

  • Develop communication updates

  • Support change management

Act as a center of expertise on digital implementation and acceleration

  • Advise / partner with teams on how to do this in their area

  • Capture implementation learnings from across the broader digital team.

* Key Responsibilities may differ among employees with the same job title and may change over time, in accordance with business needs

LEADERSHIP QUALIFICATIONS: N/A if this position does not have direct reports

  • Think strategically

  • Act for change

  • Develop people

  • Cooperate transversally

  • Lead teams

  • Strive for results

  • Make decisions

  • Commit to customers


  • Undergraduate degree required

  • Experience in digital project implementation (4-6 years). This could take many forms. For instance:

  • Consultant, involved with projects that focused on digital implementation

  • Agency manager, involved with designing digital assets

  • Software company project or product manager; programming team leader with project management responsibilities

  • A proven executor with outstanding project management skills and a “getting things done” mentality. Must be a strong and relentless operational problem-solver, skilled at finding creative ways to overcome roadblocks and deliver.

  • Distinctive people skills. Able to work effectively in a highly matrixed, culturally diverse, global organization. Finds the right balance between pushing for change and bringing people along with us.

  • A sincere passion for building digital capabilities: a strong educator and digital evangelist

  • Must be digitally savvy: familiar with basic digital concepts (SEO, UI/UX); regular user of consumer digital devices and apps; ideally, early adopter of new technologies.

  • Intermediate to advanced Microsoft PowerPoint and Excel skills are required (or Alteryx/Tableau, etc.)


  • Advanced degree or additional certifications (e.g., programming certifications) a plus

  • Experience in the healthcare industry, particularly pharmaceuticals, a significant asset

  • French language skills a plus

Sanofi US Services, 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. #LI-SA

Sanofi is a global healthcare leader focused on patients' needs, engaged in the research, development, manufacturing and marketing of therapeutic solutions focused on patients’ needs. Sanofi has core strengths in diabetes solutions, human vaccines, innovative drugs, consumer healthcare, emerging markets and Sanofi Genzyme.

At Sanofi, our ambition is to be an integrated global healthcare company, focused on patients’ needs. Much more than just a leading pharmaceutical company, Sanofi is committed to transforming scientific innovations into solutions and services that protect health, enhance life, and respond to the needs of the 7 billion people in the world. We trust our ambition to guide and inspire us as we work to create a future with optimal health and wellness for everyone.

Sanofi is a global healthcare leader focused on patients' needs, engaged in the research, development, manufacturing and marketing of therapeutic solutions focused on patients’ needs. Sanofi has core strengths in diabetes solutions, human vaccines, innovative drugs, consumer healthcare, emerging markets and Sanofi Genzyme.