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Sanofi Group Product Owner - R&D Project in Toronto, Ontario

Reference No. R2658349

Position Title: Product Owner - R&D Project

Department: R&D Portfolio Management

Location: Toronto

Sanofi Pasteur: The world’s leading vaccine company

Sanofi Pasteur, the vaccines division of Sanofi, is the largest company in the world devoted entirely to human vaccines. Our driving goal is to protect people from infectious diseases by creating safe and effective vaccines. Our company distributes more than 1 billion doses of vaccine each year, making it possible to vaccinate more than 500 million people across the globe. Sanofi Pasteur offers the broadest range of vaccines in the world, providing protection against 20 bacterial and viral diseases.

Sanofi is dedicated to supporting people through their health challenges. We are a global biopharmaceutical company focused on human health. We prevent illness with vaccines, provide innovative treatments to fight pain and ease suffering. We stand by the few who suffer from rare diseases and the millions with long-term chronic conditions. With more than 100,000 people in 100 countries, Sanofi is transforming scientific innovation into healthcare solutions around the globe.

Position Summary:

Within Digital R&D, the R&D Portfolio Management Product Line provides products to optimize Sanofi R&D pipeline, to support execution of R&D projects by allocating resources transparently, effectively and efficiently, and to enable decision making on cost, resources and planning.

To date, the Portfolio Continuum program has delivered a global (Pharma, Vaccines and Medical) Project management solution on Planisware SaaS to ensure project planning, resources and cost allocation foundations for R&D operations. A new datahub (Google Cloud) has been also deployed to feed current BI/Reporting/Portfolio simulation solutions.

The R&D Portfolio Product owner is a key leadership role within the Product Line:

  • Delivering the next ambition of the Portfolio Continuum program to implement an event-driven culture and support faster decision-making process (based on Advanced analytics, AI) for R&D pipeline governance and project prioritization.

  • Maintaining a high level of PPM capabilities harmonization (core model) and a limited level of customization while ensuring a continuous increase of business use and needs to support better R&D projects plans.

R&D Portfolio Product Owner is accountable for overall product strategy, oversight and delivery in close relationship with different business stakeholder, R&D Project and portfolio application owners and experts.

He/She is responsible for overall product lifecycle aligned with strategy defined.

This role provides a unique opportunity to work in a dynamic team, fully empowered to optimize/implement existing/new PPM capabilities . This role will also provide hands-on experience on collaborating with diverse vendors and major internal & external stakeholders.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Be the internal voice of the customer for the product and work with customers (as well as Product Owners) to constantly understand and communicate their needs and participate in the approval of the proposed solutions.

  • Defines, creates and communicates product roadmap aligned with business objectives with a goal to deliver on time, on budget and in line with business requirements.

  • Continuously develops and communicates the vision to the development teams and defines the features of the system.

  • Runs the program with Agile methodology, including:

  • Documents and prioritizes product specifications including goals, uses cases, user stories and business requirements

  • Manages backlog refinement and drive features prioritization effort.

  • Is largely responsible for release definition, deciding when enough value has been accrued to warrant a release to the customer.

  • Defines with business product lead and product line owner KPI and value proposition and act according to impacts (Continue, Adjust or stop).

  • Participates to product increment objectives approval and business value achievement measurement.

  • Works cross functionally across the digital organization especially the centralized Digital data and analytics team to define architecture and technical ecosystem.

  • Ensures that Digital Products meet all controls to address applicable quality, regulatory and cybersecurity requirements.

  • Contributes to the definition and to maintain the Non-Functional Requirements (NFRs) to help ensure that the solution meets relevant regulations, standards and other system quality requirements.

Key Requirements:

  • University degree or college diploma in a scientific or IT discipline.

  • Strong experience in digital methodology and agility project management.

  • Strong experience in R&D Project planning, resources and cost capabilities (PPM) on Planisware technology

  • Strong conceptual thinking and problem-solving skills, ability to work well under time constraints and to handle multiple tasks with changing priorities.

  • Must be value oriented: ability to quantify and demonstrate the business value. Performance Management (KPI).

  • Advanced Experience/Technical skills: Planisware V6 or Planisware E7 (On premise or SaaS).

  • Excellent oral and written communication.

  • Presentation and organizational skills, interpersonal skills to ensure efficient relationship with all stakeholders.

  • Proven ability to communicate and present effectively to senior leaders, cross-functional and cross-organizational teams.

  • Proven ability to lead and influence teams without direct authority.

  • Experience of running workshops to gather requirements, e.g. user story workshops.

  • Flexibility, ability to work effectively and collaboratively in a worldwide, multi-cultural, multidisciplinary environment.

  • 5+ years in Technical Project/Program Management roles/PO.

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.

Sanofi, Empowering Life


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.