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Head of Global Events

date posted 09/24/2021
contract type Full time
job id R2612919
location Cambridge, United Kingdom

The Head of Global Events is responsible for overseeing a centralized team who will manage the events for Sanofi across all GBU’s globally.  The Head will oversee all global and local events, including Scientific External Experts events, congresses and large internal meetings.  The Head must have a proven ability to apply knowledge and experience in the compliance and legal areas, in systems and within an operating environment which will support the company’s goals and objectives. The role is a leadership role that can operate with a strategic view and can translate ideas into courses of action, while collaborating with teams on a tactical basis. The role requires a demonstrated track record creating, enhancing and implementing initiatives that promote institutional consistency while achieving department and Company objectives.

The primary responsibilities for the Head of Global Events include the following:

  • Align, oversee and lead a centralized team of Meetings and Congress professionals for all Sanofi Global Business Units

  • Align, oversee and lead a team of Customer Engagement professionals under the direction of the Head

  • Strategic business partner for global/local franchises and management to develop and implement best in class events; support businesses with key information so they can make informed decisions

  • Responsible for department resource planning and delegation of activities across franchises to ensure top level  service is achieved on a consistent basis with consideration of budgetary or spend reduction initiatives; continually evaluate organization structure to achieve optimal service across brands, event types and geographies

  • Lead Events Transformation Journey initiatives to successful and timely completion, including eVENT Digital Platform, RCQ Prioritization Methodology, Hybrid Playbooks, global policies, vendor evaluations/RFP’s; drive digital innovation throughout Sanofi events

  • Responsible for the development and implementation of meeting and congress strategy to advise business units of innovative solutions while ensuring cost effectiveness; institutionalize event prioritization and level of participation across Sanofi

  • Interpret business requirements and determine strategies to improve efficiency and effectiveness, collaborate and share knowledge with Global/Local teams and across franchises; provide constructive and insightful views and solutions to issues

  • Stay abreast of industry trends and incorporate into the business strategy for events

  • Drive change management initiatives and process improvements within the unit and across TA’s, functions, countries, globally as applicable

  • Influence, partner and lead internal teams and represent the team across disciplines and functions; positively and effectively represent the Sanofi company with external organizations

  • Ensure vendors and partners consistently meet or exceed their obligations and agreements; perform continuous evaluation of services

  • Provide metrics/dashboards and KPI’s on events volumes and service level agreements

  • Ensure compliance with all applicable regulations and company policies/SOP’s and provide guidance and strategic advice to business stakeholders; formulate and enforce internal controls and general rigor around meetings, congresses and customer engagements; continually review internal controls and close all gaps; ensure global Transparency laws are adhered to with timely and accurate reporting

  • Oversee the development of training materials and have such training effectively delivered to audiences as needed

  • Recruit, coach and develop staff to build a strong team capable of executing department functions, plans and objectives

  • Play a key role on projects/initiatives across the organization; drive effective change throughout the organization

Formal Relocation support will be provided for candidates that are authorized for employment in the U.S. or France. This role does not provide formal sponsorship to work in the U.S. or France.


  • A minimum of a Bachelors’ degree is required

  • MBA degree is preferred

  • A minimum of 12 years’ experience in the planning of meetings, congress and customer engagement areas is required

  • Direct experience in Pharmaceutical/Life Sciences industry is required for this role

  • Will consider candidates that have strong experience in Global Transformation Leadership

  • Demonstrated experience in formally leading, managing, coaching and developing a Team is required

  • Event planning certification is preferred

  • Member of event industry organizations is preferred

  • This position may require up to 30% overall business travel


  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills with all levels of the organization

  • Knowledge and experience in understanding of processes related to the meetings, congress and customer engagement, including compliance and legal requirements, global Transparency laws

  • Strong financial acumen; budgeting; cost analysis

  • Ability to influence, collaborate, negotiate and deliver solutions in a highly complex, matrix environment

  • Digital/innovative mindset; ability to lead others through change

  • Flexible, able to adapt to changing business priorities

  • Extreme attention to detail and capable of asking insightful questions

  • Ability to multitask and deliver results within timelines; ability to work well under pressure

  • Strong interpersonal skills; customer-service oriented

  • Ability to present informational dashboards to executive levels and a variety of audiences

  • Strong sense of urgency, personal commitment and ownership over work

  • Superior organizational skills; self motivated

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. #GD-SG; #LI-GZ

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.

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