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R&D Data Capability & Strategy Lead



Hyderabad, Telangana, India
Posted on Friday, March 1, 2024

About us

Sanofi is a global life sciences company committed to improving access to healthcare and supporting the people we serve throughout the continuum of care. From prevention to treatment, Sanofi transforms scientific innovation into healthcare solutions, in human vaccines, rare diseases, multiple sclerosis, oncology, immunology, infectious diseases, diabetes and cardiovascular solutions and consumer healthcare. More than 110,000 people in over 100 countries at Sanofi are dedicated to making a difference on patients' daily life, wherever they live and enabling them to enjoy a healthier life.

As a company with a global vision of drug development and a highly regarded corporate culture, Sanofi is recognized as one of the best pharmaceutical companies in the world and is pioneering the application of Artificial Intelligence (AI) with strong commitment to develop advanced data standards to increase reusability & interoperability and thus accelerate impact on global health.

The R&D Data Office serves as a cornerstone to this effort. Our team is responsible for cross-R&D data strategy, governance, and management. We sit in partnership with Business and Digital, and drive data needs across priority and transformative initiatives across R&D. Team members serve as advisor s, leader s, and educator s to colleagues and data professionals across the R&D value chain. As an integral team member, you will be responsible for defining how R&D's structured, semi-structured and unstructured data will be stored, consumed, integrated/shared and reported by different end users such as scientists, clinicians, and more. You will also be pivotal in the development of sustainable mechanisms for ensuring data are FAIR (findable, accessible, interoperable, and reusable).

Position Summary

The R&D Data Capability and Strategy Lead serves as the interface between Business and Digital/Data on foundational data capabilities or needs across R&D. This role will be responsible for identification of key use cases across R&D, high level data solutioning (e.g., data strategy, governance/standards, management, infrastructure needs etc.), and oversight of day-to-day operations for their specific data capability.

Main responsibilities:

  • Drive the data strategy for R&D data office and the data governance operating model across functions

  • Manage multiple complex programs and strategically work with business to build Sanofi's data foundations

  • Establish R&D level standards on the nomenclature, content, and structure of information (structured and unstructured data) and metadata, glossaries, taxonomies

  • Define and govern rules for information, metadata and maintain taxonomy consistency

  • Define data governance operational processes (e.g., data quality measurement) in line with policies and standards, clearly articulating roles & responsibilities

  • Establish and disseminate required frameworks, methodologies, tools, standards, taxonomies and templates

  • Work in collaboration with R&D Data Office leadership, business, and R&D Digital subject matter experts:

  • Partner with key stakeholders across R&D functions to identify data-related needs and initiatives (e.g., MDM, data catalog etc) and design innovative data solutions to support business priorities

  • Partner with R&D Digital stakeholders to oversee data-related activities and verify data functionality from ingest through access

  • Drive program management of initiatives and capabilities; ensure on-schedule/on-time delivery and proactive management of risks/issues

  • Establish ways of working across all partner functions for specifically assigned capabilities/initiatives

  • Examine multidimensional datasets and drive business processes updates to be performed and steer the respective change initiatives

  • Oversee maintenance of documentation and act as an expert on data definitions, data flows, legacy data structures, access rights models, etc. for assigned domain

  • Manage and maintain data modelling methodology already established within Data Governance team

  • Educate and guide R&D teams on standards and information management principles, methodologies, best practices, etc.

  • Participate in the evaluation of new technologies and innovation projects related to information management

  • Manage and evolve current data integration standards policies and procedures, and data quality management services

  • Manage maintenance of data lineage and support root cause analysis and impact assessment on data related topics

  • Define and maintain KPIs on data governance products and services

  • May directly or in-directly lead junior data roles (e.g., data modelers, data stewards etc) across end-to-end data activities (ingest through access)

About you

  • Experience: 10+ years of experience in business data management, information architecture, technology or other related field

  • Technical skills:

  • Extensive modelling experience with standard tools

  • Basic programming skills

  • Good knowledge of cross-industry data standards

  • In-depth knowledge in Data Governance functions, processes, technology and deliver the implementation of R&D DG operational model to drive Sanofi's transformation to be data driven organization

  • Functional skills:

  • Strong familiarity with pharma R&D processes and technology

  • Ability to build business relationships and understand end-to-end data use and needs

  • Diplomatic and stakeholder management skills across business, technology, and partners

  • A deep understanding of the data processes and requirements, particularly in R&D

  • Demonstrated strong attention to detail, quality, time management and customer focus

  • Excellent written and oral communications skills

  • Strong networking, influencing and negotiating skills and superior problem-solving skills

  • Demonstrated willingness to make decisions and to take responsibility for such

  • Excellent interpersonal skills (team player)

  • People management skills either in matrix or direct line function

  • Education: Bachelors or Masters degree in Computer Science, Business, Engineering, Information Technology

Pursue progress, discover extraordinary

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