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Head of Operational Excellence Manufacturing and Supply, Specialty Care - All Genders



Multiple locations
Posted on Wednesday, October 11, 2023

Poste mentionné en anglais compte tenu des dimensions globales du poste

  • Ideal working location: Gentilly/ France

  • Possible working location: Europe, Sanofi will provide you with a SPA contract - Shared Professional Activities - to perform the role from Europe and spend 75% of the working hours abroad

  • Travel expectations up to 40% in Europe & US

  • Job type: Permanent

About the job

Join Sanofi as Head of Operational Excellence Manufacturing and Supply (M&S) Specialty Care. In this role you are accountable for developing, planning and leading the performance roadmaps for the site network in order to improve business performance to achieve Top Decile ambition, maintaining thus global competitiveness.

Our Team:

You will be reporting to the Head of Manufacturing & Supply Specialty Care GBU.

We are Sanofi. We are an innovative global healthcare company, driven by one purpose: we chase the miracles of science to improve people’s lives. Our teams across the world strive to transform the practice of medicine, turning the impossible into the possible for patients. We’re transforming strategy, culture, and process through ONE Sanofi Manufacturing & Supply Ambition that will connect our science to the communities we serve.

At Manufacturing & Supply Specialty Care, our mission is to realize these miracles in the domain of Immunology, Oncology, Rare disease, Rare blood disorders…, making quality products dependably available to patients and more affordable to a larger number of patients, everywhere in the world.

In the upcoming years we’re launching multiple new medicines to address unmet medical needs.

We’re fully committed and engaged to our One Sanofi ambition, collaborating with and leveraging capabilities and talents across other GBUs.

While reliably supplying today, we’re building novel capabilities and innovative technologies to deliver the new miracles of tomorrow.

Main responsibilities:

Boost industrial performance

Develop and lead implementation of the Sanofi Manufacturing System (SMS2.0) program for the manufacturing sites of the network regarding:

  • Sanofi Manufacturing System to continuously improve all aspects of manufacturing operation, sustaining cost reduction improvement, in compliance with Sanofi Quality and HSE standards

  • Establish harmonized Production Capacity measurement system & related Asset utilization improvements

  • Drive Productivity improvements programs: yields & process losses, write-off,

  • Drive Plant cycle time and release Lead time adherence/reduction programs

Manage the Specialty Care pipeline of procurement-related saving initiatives including:

  • Identify and explore areas of opportunity by structuring, facilitating, and coordinating “idea generation workshops” with Procurement to find further saving initiatives on Materials, Indirect and MRO & Energy

  • Ensure each site has an up-to-date portfolio of savings initiatives endorsed by the Site Head

Monitor industrial performance & Compare with Benchmark to strive for Top Decile

Establish the measurement system to monitor overall the site performance:

  • Organize +QDCIS dashboard from level5 and below to prepare for level 6 escalation

  • Monitor performance of individual sites to identify and implement improvement measures in collaboration with site senior management and site ME managers, through monthly reviews of performance versus defined targets, ensuring accountability at site level for results

  • Track monthly performance dashboard and monthly report

  • Drive budget and StratPlan exercises to connect performances drivers and outcomes to the financial impacts

Industrial Methods

  • Organize the regular update of the network installed and available production capacity, by node for each site

  • Perform Global capacity analysis for Strategic Plan and budget preparations as well as the review process.

  • Provide expertise services/intervention to address troubleshooting or debottlenecking of process flows related to equipment, including diagnostic for transformation


  • Build a network internally and externally to organize benchmark studies related to the best practices in/out of our industry

  • Organize Team participation into the Company benchmark studies (including but not limited to POBOS)

  • Make proposals to implement the best practices in the network.

Build capabilities for industrial performance

  • Establish the capabilities building system for the network

    • Support manufacturing sites as required, ensuring that the correct organization, resources and expertise are in place. Develop and nurture Continuous Improvement champion network

    • Conduct and/or support Lean workshops and training. Actively support certification programs.

    • Organize communication between sites on SMS activities to ensure best practice sharing, cross-fertilization and implementation

    • Leverage all Sanofi M&S Industrial Performance programs

  • Connect with Industrial Franchise community to challenge all investment projects and provide performance intervention alternatives providing inputs for Strat Plans or Capital Projects Gate approvals

  • Promote performance mindset at all levels of the organization through Lean events, standardization and simplification initiatives, collaborators priorities setting up and review, recognition system, and learning organization.

  • Drive cost efficiencies while maintaining all safety, compliance and “time to market” objectives.

Manage Sourcing Risk

  • Regularly mapping procurement-related risk areas and identifying specific risks

  • Developing and implementing a Supplier Risk Framework aligned with MSV Sourcing Risk Roadmap

  • Owning and maintaining the risk register for materials, suppliers, specifications, regulations, and financials

  • Creating awareness of risk amongst procurement teams and adjacent functions to ensure effective due diligence

  • Prioritizing identified risks and implementing measures to prevent or minimize their impact, while ensuring alignment with the business

About you

  • Experience:

    • Strong experience in Industrial Performance or Site Manufacturing with proven track record in Lean Manufacturing Principles / Lean transformation in pharma

    • Crisp understanding of pharmaceuticals industrial requirements and commercial universe. Economics & financial knowledge & expertise. Experience in operational role

    • Demonstrated success in leading and evaluating performance improvement programs. Ability to train staff in performance improvement methodologies

    • Demonstrated success in establishing and maintaining cooperative partnerships at both local and international levels

    • Exposure to cross sites & cross GBUs networking

  • Soft skills:

    • Change management skills. Disrupts the status quo while remaining pragmatic and focus on priorities

    • Robust leadership skills to engage direct team as well as manage multiple/transversal teams

    • Persuasion / bringing other together to gain consensus and reach global optimum

    • Strong capabilities on stakeholder management to drive decision making process

    • Complex problem solving / Judgment & decision making / Critical thinking

    • Result oriented

    • Business and financial acumen

  • Languages: Oral and written fluency in English

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.

At Sanofi, we provide equal opportunities to all regardless of race, colour, ancestry, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, citizenship, marital status, disability, or gender identity.

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