Sanofi Group External Innovation Lead, Immunology in Cambridge, Massachusetts

The global Business Development & Licensing (BD&L) department is part of the Global Strategy & Business Development (S&BD) unit. The mission of Global BD&L is to seek and execute external growth initiatives to address the Sanofi Group´s strategic priorities. This mission is fully supporting Sanofi´s 2015-2020 strategic roadmap, specially aligned with the following strategic priorities: Reshape the portfolio and Sustain innovation in R&D.

The key activities of Global BD&L are the search, evaluation, structuring, negotiation and closing of strategic alliances with external companies beyond Sanofi Group, involving products and other product-related assets.

The main responsibilities of Global BD&L include:

• Seek and execute external growth and collaborations opportunities (Alliances and Licensing) in coherence with the Group´s strategy;

• Evaluate the economic interest of external projects maximizing value creation for the Group.

The External Innovation team within BD&L is responsible for leading the search, scientific assessment and early stage transactions for R&D opportunities, in close alignment with the Global Business Units.

The External Innovation Lead, Immunology defines the external innovation strategy and coordinates global search & assessment activities for the therapeutic area (TA). S/He acts as the main point of contact to the TA to drive search, evaluation and partnering of external innovation solutions that meet the TA needs to maintain and expand a competitive portfolio of projects and technologies.

Principal Job Duties

  • External Innovation Strategy: As a member of the Immunology Research leadership team, the Head of External Innovation develops a comprehensive and feasible External Innovation strategy for the TA in line with the TA portfolio needs & identified gaps. The Head of External Innovation serves as a thought partner to the TA Head and Leadership Team, with the ability to both support and challenge key stakeholders in R&D and across the organization to drive opportunities through the evaluation process. Working closely with other members of the R&D and BD&L leadership team, s/he ensures that Sanofi maintains a world-class Immunology R&D pipeline.

  • Search and Evaluation: The External Innovation Lead and his/her team lead global external search and assessment efforts for the TA, with the scope throughout the R&D lifecycle, with strong emphasis on pre-POC assets. Responsibility to build relationships with key scientific leaders, academic partners and biotech companies and is seen as a subject matter expert in Immunology research and therapeutics. Required to maintain an up-to-date awareness of the current landscape and trends in Immunology research, technology and clinical practices.

  • Active deal projects : The External Innovation Lead and his/her team in collaboration with transactions colleagues (i) identify and propose attractive deal opportunities, (ii) ensure high quality project leadership and management (iii) manage the overall interface to governance bodies and (iv) align resources and decision making throughout the deal process . S/he oversees, steers and sets objectives for global TA External Innovation efforts and coordinates and prioritizes across the global TA EI project portfolio.

  • Member of External Innovation Leadership Team : As a member of the EI leadership team, the External Innovation Lead helps to set the direction for the EI group in terms of goals and priorities, talent management, functional strategic initiatives, processes and tools. S/he contributes to building a world class partnering organization made up of highly capable and motivated professionals who together form a vibrant learning community. S/he also acts as an ambassador for Sanofi External Innovation to external audiences. #LI-SA

Basic Qualifications:

 PhD, MS, MD, PharmD degrees in one of the areas of drug discovery, with an experience in Immunology preferred  Extensive scientific experience, preferably obtained through >10 year experience in multiple R&D functions in the pharmaceutical industry. Outstanding scientific excellence in disease biology, discovery and early development a strong plus  Evidence of ability to set and communicate a strategic vision and inspire excellent performance

 Evidence of organizational and project management skills

 Evidence of successful line management with strong coaching skills

 Deep commitment and high performance demonstrated in all aspects of work

 Fluency in English, orally and in writing Core Competencies

 The ideal candidate has deep experience and knowledge of global drug discovery and early development activities

 Must have or have ability to rapidly acquire in-depth knowledge in Immunology drug discovery and development

 Ideally, should have multi-year successful track record in external R&D, partnering and/or business development. Excellent track record of identifying, implementing and managing novel partnering opportunities.

 Strategic thinking in combination with understanding science and technologies and their impact on the overall business. Entrepreneurial attitude to trigger innovative solutions based on cutting edge technology.

 Demonstrated leadership skills in leading senior level hierarchical and non-hierarchical, international, multi-functional global teams. Ability to inspire, motivate and coach.

 Excellent networking ability in cross-cultural environment inside and especially outside Sanofi. Strong interpersonal, communication, presentation skills.

 Negotiation skills across all levels of the organization and with external parties.

 At the same time performance- and achievement–oriented with excellent project management skills; able to work to agreed timelines and a focus on execution and implementation.

 Excellent problem-solving, conflict-resolution and decision-making skills. Result and quality oriented: able to analyze inputs from all involved departments, to identify the impact, draw conclusions, to set direction and define appropriate actions.

 Ability to represent the company in external scientific/academic world and to act as an ambassador for Sanofi.  Willingness to travel domestically and internationally as needed.

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.