Head of mRNA Scientific Strategy & Competitive Intelligence - All Gender

Head of mRNA Scientific Strategy & Competitive Intelligence - All Gender

  • Marcy-l'Étoile, Marcy-L'étoile, 69280
  • Permanent contract 
    Education: Not specified
    Experience: Not specified

    This position was filled!

    Who are they?

    At Sanofi, we pursue the miracles of science to improve people’s lives. In France, more than 20,000 passionate men and women tirelessly push their limits to transform the practice of medicine and improve patient health with drugs and vaccines.

    The desire to advance science is our strength. We want to improve the health of populations and find new solutions for patients by combining scientific progress and advanced technologies.

    In France, we provide more than 400 drugs, vaccines and health products, including 18 vaccines and more than 200 drugs of major therapeutic interest.

    Sanofi’s roots are anchored in France where most of the Research and Development is located. In the French medical research landscape, we hold a central role and actively participate in the construction of a dynamic health sector.

    To contribute to the world of tomorrow, three commitments guide our actions: access to care for the most vulnerable, inclusion of all through work and preservation of the planet. Nothing would be possible without the remarkable mobilization of our employees and partners.

    Job description

    Le contenu du poste est libellé en anglais car il nécessite de nombreuses interactions avec nos filiales à l’international, l'anglais étant la langue de travail. 

    In the race for the future of health – The Sanofi mRNA Center of Excellence (CoE)

    At Sanofi, we chase the miracles of science, and we know mRNA has a role to play in the future of health. And while the pandemic has shaken up our industry, creating new opportunities and risks, we believe the acceleration of innovation with mRNA technology means vaccines and treatments for more people faster than before.

    That’s why we’re looking for bold, optimistic world-changers to join our mRNA Center of Excellence. We’re investing €400m a year into the new Center, hiring a team of 450 dedicated employees, and focusing on implementing an integrated end-to-end mRNA vaccine capabilities and research platform with R&D, digital and CMC teams. 

    Watch our Jobinar’s replay (https://sanofi12.jobinar.com/) to discover more about the ongoing work at our Center of Excellence.

    Bring your ambition and optimism and join us on our journey to discover and deliver transformative medicine to patients through the advancement of our cutting-edge mRNA technology!


    The head of the CoE Scientific Strategy/Competitive Intelligence will support the mRNA COE Head & leadership team to define the middle term & long-term strategy related to the application and evolution of the overall mRNA Technology (mRNA design & nature, Vehicle nature & design) to the prophylactic & therapeutic areas contemplated by Sanofi Strategic office & Therapeutic area heads (Oncology, Rare Disease, Immuno inflammation). As such he will orchestrate within the COE the strategic days preparation for the Vx GBUs, inform the mRNA COE Head of the megatrends in the overall mRNA business ecosystem.


    In this role you will

    • Create a strategic business plan and profile focused for the mRNA Center of Excellence which provides clear direction and positioning for platform within the company
    • Integrate new areas of innovation within mRNA and adjacent spaces and recommends technologies or programs to steer the platform evolution
    • Support COE and R&D to drive key strategic decisions leveraging deep understanding and analysis of competitive intelligence across technologies, pipelines and novel applications
    • Develop threat assessments and demonstrate strategic agility to provide guidance for dynamic planning and execution
    • Conduct deep dive analyses & communicate competitive intelligence across technologies, pipelines, and novel applications within mRNA and adjacent spaces
    • Serve as a cross-functional strategist with Sanofi Research Head, Sanofi New platform Head, Sanofi Research Therapeutic Area Heads, Sanofi Strategic office, Vx GBU Board, Vx New Franchise Head to inform, shape and guide Center of excellence trajectory
    • Support development and synthesis of messaging, slides and white papers for LT, Exec Comm, BOD and key strategic initiatives across the organization 
    • Communicate with leadership across mRNA Center of Excellence and GBUs on current & future state outlooks and areas of potential growth and first-comer status
    • Communicate to VxRD and Vaccine GBUs on current and future state outlooks and areas of potential growth and first-comer status. As such, Lead CoE strategic contributions to the GBU incl. Strat Days exercise, VEC steercos, board meetings


    • COE LT, COE Head & Head of R&B
    • Vx GBU Franchise Strategy: new products & innovation
    • Sanofi Therapeutic areas (Oncology, GMU, Rare disease, neurodegenerative disease)
    • Sanofi Strategic office
    • External communities (Investors)


    • Relevant qualifications & capabilities
    • B.S./M.S./Ph.D. in biology, chemistry, biochemistry, pharmaceuticals with at 8-10 years of pharma/biotech industry experience with a focus on business development and strategy
    • Thought leader with extensive knowledge in mRNA field including comprehensive understanding of RNA, delivery and competitive technologies
    • Knowledge of nucleic acid-based technologies & applications
    • Record of successful due diligence experience and proven capability of evaluating/developing new technologies
    • Direct experience with clear communication to Executive Committees and Board of Directors
    • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
    • Able to work independently and collaborate in team, enthusiastic and self-motivated
    • Demonstrate Play to Win culture behaviours


    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.

    As part of its diversity commitment, Sanofi is welcoming and integrating people with disabilities.


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