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Correlation Ventures

Senior Research Project Team Leader



Cambridge, MA, USA
Posted on Wednesday, September 13, 2023

Position Summary

Positioned within the Inflammation & Immunology Therapeutic Area Research organization, you will provide strategic and operational oversight on projects from discovery through development candidate nomination in a matrixed setting and serve in early development teams as the research representative. You will play a central role in building & mentoring a project leader team and delivering high-quality clinical development candidates to build a world-class immunology portfolio.

Key responsibilities

  • Lead cross-functional project teams, represent project teams at all levels of the organization, and ensure smooth transition of the project through milestones and governance committees.

  • Oversee the strategy, resourcing and operational aspects of the project, and be accountable for the robustness of data and quality of the overall project package for milestone transitions.

  • Operate with a portfolio mindset and recommend Go / pause / No-Go decisions for projects based on internal data, timelines as well as competitive landscape. Propose, generate buy-in and operationalize an accelerated path for high-impact, time-sensitive projects.

  • Provide clear viewpoints and guidance on strategic positioning and differentiation of projects.

  • Translate project strategy and progress into meaningful presentations and communications.

  • Serve as a key contact for TA Research Head, TA leadership and key stakeholders across Sanofi.

  • Serve as an advisor, mentor and thought partner to functional area leads within the project, including biology leads and modality leads.

  • Develop and maintain a strong and collaborative working relationship with key stakeholders in therapeutic area research, development, commercial, platform as well as corporate functions.

  • Help build an efficient and collaborative project leader organization, as well as train and mentor the next generation of project leaders.

Required profile

  • PhD in immunology or an adjacent discipline in biology.

  • 10+ years of experience in pharmaceutical R&D, preferably in Immunology.

  • A broad understanding of targets, target classes, disease indications, unmet medical needs, modalities as well as therapeutic product landscape and trends in Immunology.

  • Strong scientific knowledge and insight in all aspects of drug discovery processes and workflows in preclinical research, as well as experience working with development, regulatory and commercial functions.

  • Successful track record of delivering clinical candidates by managing large cross-functional teams with complex scope across geographies.

  • Excellent scientific, interpersonal, listening, communication, collaboration, presentation, negotiation and conflict-resolution skills.

  • Strong project and program leadership skills and a solid track record of executional excellence, moving with fast lead-time from idea to action.

  • Ability to build effective teams through “alignment, execution and renewal” in a complex and fast changing environment independently from reporting lines.

  • Ability to influence and persuade key stakeholders / decision makers to obtain buy-in.

  • Ability to think strategically to develop a compelling vision, be creative to provide novel solutions, as well as be detail-oriented to solve project-intrinsic problems and challenges.

  • Authentic and strong communicator with an ability to discuss at all levels within Sanofi and externally, ensuring an impactful communication. Ability to facilitate and steer difficult conversations to sustainable outcomes and move to action.

Preferred profile

  • Experience with multiple drug modalities (small molecules, biologics, multi-specifics)

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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