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Sanofi Group Project Planning Manager in Cambridge, Massachusetts

Position Overview:


The Project Planning Manager is responsible for managing the planning of each project (from Prospective Research to Life cycle management) under his/her responsibility in ensuring a proactive support to the Project Leader, Project Manager and Project team. For each of his/her project, he/she is leading and coordinating operational planning actors to ensure alignment between project and operational plans. He/She is also participating in the management and the evolution of the planning toolsets: templates, processes, tools.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Develop the planning of each project belonging to the R&D portfolio, for both research & development, based on the strategy/tactic discussed by the project team and on governance decisions, including prioritization

  • Analyze the project timelines and ensure optimal critical path

  • Alert the project team on any planning issues and provide guidance on project planning optimization

  • Develop scenario and provide recommendation for optimization

  • Lead the planning team to align project and operational planning with the project strategy

  • Collaborate efficiently with all operational planning actors to ensure consistency between the project plan and the operational plans

  • Monitor the progress, the deviation with their explanations and the associated action plan

  • Ensure project planning variance analysis on a monthly basis as well as on a quarterly basis

  • Maintain in the planning system, the planning & resources information linked to the Therapeutic Area activity for his/her projects

  • Provide regular consolidate update/reporting to all project stakeholders, Project team, R&D governance, Committees and Working Groups

  • Ensure consistency and high quality production of data on the whole project plan to support portfolio management

  • Participate in or lead any initiative delegated by the Project Planning Local Head, targeting the evolution of the project planning tool (including reporting & quality control), the establishment and the maintenance of processes as well as best practices and the definition and the maintenance of libraries of templates

  • Take over any specific delegation assigned by the Local Head

Key Internal and External Relationship

Project Leader, Project Manager, Project Team Members, Operational Planning & Capacity Manager, Project Finance Controller, Global Regulatory Affairs Operational Planning Manager, Enterprise Planning Tools, Portfolio Reporting, Integrated Analysis, Planning Community Leadership Team.

Basic Qualifications:

  • Engineer / Pharmacist / Master / PhD in a Scientific degree or in Project Management.

  • 5 years working in the pharmaceutical industry with understanding of research & development and project management/planning.


  • Solid knowledge of drug development process and in-depth understanding of interconnections between all contributors to the project strategy at all stages of development.

  • High level knowledge of the main steps of discovery.

  • Solid project management skills (experiences in Project team).

  • Knowledge of a planning tool.

  • Ability to coordinate activities and stakeholders.

  • Capacity to analyze and synthetize data / information.

  • Team work and transversal collaboration, strong networking skills.

  • Customer oriented and Quality focused.

  • Ability to understand databases and to quickly acquire proficiency with computer systems and new applications.

  • Excellent team spirit and collaborative mindset.

  • Solid communication skills, written and oral.

  • Attention to detail, rigorous.

  • Adaptability in a highly changeable environment.

  • Fluent in English.

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.



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.