Head of Data & AI Strategy, Portfolio and Operations

Job title: Head of Data & AI Strategy, Portfolio and Operations

Company: Sanofi

Job description: Reference No. R2728774

Position Title: Head of Data & AI Strategy, Portfolio and Operations

Department: Digital Data

Location: Downtown area of Toronto, Ontario

At Sanofi, we chase the miracles of science to improve people’s lives. We believe our cutting-edge science and manufacturing, fueled by data and digital technologies, have the potential to transform the practice of medicine, turning the impossible into possible for millions of people.

As one of Canada’s leading investors in life sciences, manufacturing and research and development, we focus on delivering new and better ways to address unmet medical needs. Our life-changing and lifesaving products are grounded in science that Canadians can trust. They empower self-care, prevent and treat diseases, and help people live better.

Our vision for digital, data analytics and AI

Sanofi has 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 perform 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.

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, leaders and academics in machine learning to further develop your skillsets.

Who You Are:

You are a dynamic leader, looking to manage Sanofi’s Data and AI Transformation. Leading the Global Data and AI Strategy team, you’re interested in ensuring that we are innovative, have good relationships with key partners, have a sound strategy we can deliver to go all in on AI, and that this strategy meets execution, leading a team that is building data and AI products on scalable technology platforms. Your role includes adopting a consistent, agile and lean way of managing of the data portfolio, including operational integration with other units and teams, tracking the delivery of our programs from a scope, schedule and budget perspective.

The Head of Data & AI Strategy is an essential role in enabling, empowering, and managing our data transformation, across the programs within our digital data portfolio, while collaborating with business units to focus the strategy. They will be at the center of data and AI innovation at Sanofi. The role includes key components of enabling the portfolio management function, improving the operations of the Digital Data team, and establishing best practices for strategy and business operations.

Key Responsibilities:

Lead strategic programs with cross functional teams, ensuring we build the right products, with scalable data foundations, on easy to use and scalable platforms.

Be the driver of change for Sanofi to adopt a data driven mindset, curating and sharing the right training curriculums to upskill the various personas in the organization.

Work with digital team members to maintain strong relationships with key tech and consulting partners, ensuring value add and co-development.

Manage the PMO function, with QBRs, regular reviews and use of the standard tools to manage value, scope, and finances.

Driving the change and define key performance indicators (KPIs) and metrics to measure the success and impact of data and AI initiatives.

Implement a feedback loop to continuously assess and improve the effectiveness of data and AI strategies.

Participating in key strategic initiatives on evolving topics allowing Sanofi to go all in on AI, responsibly.

Deliver ad-hoc strategic initiatives of the Digital Data organization, in a management or support capacity in collaboration with the Strategy arm of the team.

Collaborate with and partner with data strategy initiatives to ensure consistent and effective interactions with GFs and GBUs on joint initiatives.

Partner with corporate functions to ensure smooth delivery of operations.

Tell the story internally and externally as to how Sanofi is approaching AI.

Identify and mitigate potential risks associated with data and AI initiatives, including ethical considerations, biases, and security vulnerabilities according to our responsible AI pillars.

Develop contingency plans to address unforeseen challenges or disruptions in data and AI projects.

Key Requirements:

Demonstrated strategy-to-implementation digital / data consulting experience.

Minimum master’s degree in relevant field required.

Ability to influence and lead without authority.

Acting as a translator, gathering business needs, pain points, requirements and overall strategy to design the right data and AI solutions.

Storytelling to create communications for executives, digital leaders and the average Sanofi-an.

Demonstrated ability in the establishment and adoption of portfolio management practices in complex environments.

Demonstrated techno-functional capabilities program management (e.g. data engineering, data science, architecture, cloud, data visualization).

Product management skillsets.

Leading the development of capabilities within a team, including the development of a build, borrow and buy strategy.

Experience leading complex, cross-functional stakeholders to execute high-impact projects.

Bias for action, with excellent problem-solving skills, analytical and strategic capabilities

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.

Knowledge of healthcare

Pursue Progress

Discover Extraordinary

Better is out there. Better medications, better outcomes, better science. But progress doesn’t happen without people – people from different backgrounds, in different locations, doing different roles, all united by one thing: a desire to make miracles happen. So, let’s be those people.

Watch our and check out our Diversity, Equity and Inclusion actions at !

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.

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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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Location: Toronto, ON

Job date: Tue, 23 Jan 2024 23:12:23 GMT

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