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mRNA Analytical Development CRO Management Leader - Scientist - Vaccine in Waltham, Massachusetts

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 with R&D, digital and CMC teams.

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!

Intro about the position - About the Opportunity

The CRO Management Lead within mRNA Center of Excellence will be responsible for focused on management of CROs supporting Analytical Development CMC activities for preclinical through late-stage development programs. The ideal candidate will have relevant experience and a track record of accomplishments in the life sciences/ pharmaceutical/biotechnology industry.

The CRO Management Lead will support both internally within Sanofi Analytical Science US site and externally at CRO for various analytical CMC activities.

The successful candidate is expected to have a relevant background (5+ years of industry experience) in analytical chemistry, biochemistry, biotechnology, etc., with some experience in CRO or project management in the pharmaceutical or biotech field developing clinical and commercial candidates.

Key responsibilities for position

About growing with us for winning with us - In this role you will….

  • Organize analytical activities internally and work with analytical team leaders to enhance functional activities, i.e., support in-process and product development and testing.

  • Manage CROs who perform analytical testing and methods development for the mRNA analytical science group.

  • Collaborate with the technology transfer team to ensure successful analytical method transfer and validation and testing at CROs, and vice versa, transfer methods back internally to Sanofi.

  • Collaborate with the CMC project managers to align timelines and ensure milestones for analytical activities are met.

  • Planning, initiation, execution and tracking of project activities.

  • Serve as meeting organizer/driver for activities within US analytical team to achieve key deliverables. This includes backlog preparation, sprint planning, scrum meeting, and facilitation.

  • Proactively monitor project progress and provide timely communications to the leadership team.

  • Own and manage information on sharing platforms (i.e., Teams/SharePoint).

Qualifications/Education & Work Experience

  • BS (10+) or MS (7+) years of relevant experience in the biopharmaceutical or CRO industry.

  • BS or MS degree in chemical, biomedical, biochemical, or process engineering, chemistry, materials sciences, or formulation sciences, coupled with an understanding of analytical chemistry.

  • Technical bench experience in analytical development or QC testing and/or hands on experience with CE/CGE, HPLC, PCR, ELISA, and gel electrophoresis etc. is preferred.

  • Excellent organizational skills with great attention to detail.

  • Strong interpersonal skills, self-awareness and ability to manage team dynamics.

  • Strong written and oral communication skills, with some experience managing cross-functional communication.

  • Strong and collaborative work ethic. Results-oriented and demonstrates a focus on achieving (business) results.

  • Ability to facilitate meetings, enhance team communication, support decision making, influence outcomes, and ensure alignment among internal and external stakeholders.

  • Knowledge and understanding of laboratory terminology, good documentation, and good laboratory practices.

  • Excellent knowledge with all aspects of MS Office including MS Project and Visio, SharePoint and MS Teams.

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.

As a healthcare company and a vaccine manufacturer, Sanofi has an important responsibility to protect individual and public health. All US based roles require individuals to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as part of your job responsibilities.

According to the CDC, an individual is considered to be “fully vaccinated” fourteen (14) days after receiving (a) the second dose of the Moderna or Pfizer vaccine, or (b) the single dose of the J&J vaccine. Fully vaccinated, for new Sanofi employees, is to be fully vaccinated 14 DAYS PRIOR TO START DATE.



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.