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GSF - External Innovation Director - Shanghai

date posted 12/02/2022
contract type Full time
job id R2661896
location Shanghai, China

Job Responsibilities

  • As a member of the China Business Development team, and reporting to the Head of Business Development China, the individual will participate in identification and partnering of external innovation solutions that meet TA needs to maintain and expand a competitive portfolio of projects or technologies.

Principal Job Duties

  • SearchandEvaluation:Theindividualwillparticipateinglobal external search and evaluation for the TA, with a focus on China based opportunities. The scope of search is throughout the product life-cycle. Evaluation activity focuses on assets or technologies that will enter the TA R&D portfolio and includes execution of CDAs and in-depth technical assessment with R&D and other appropriate stakeholders prior to the formal decision to initiate Due Diligence.
  • Activedealprojects:Theindividualwill(i)identifyandproposeattractive deal opportunities, (ii) ensure high quality project leadership and management from project initiation to TA-focused internal governance, and to final transaction for early stage projects and technologies (iii) manage the overall interface to corporate level governance (iv) align resources and decision making throughout the deal process in collaboration with Business Development & transactions colleagues and (v) provide input/guidance to optimal scientific deal structures and inflection points, minimizing contractual risk.

Basic Qualifications:

  • PhD or MD degrees in Oncology / I&I or a closely related field
  • Extensive scientific experience, preferably obtained through >7 year experience in multiple functions in the pharmaceutical industry. Outstanding scientific excellence in TA biology, discovery and early development a strong plus.
  • Evidence of organizational and project management skills
  • Deep commitment and high performance demonstrated in all aspects of work
  • Fluency in English and Chinese, orally and in writing


The ideal candidate has deep experience and knowledge of global drug discovery and early development activities, with an excellent understanding of all aspects of pre-clinical drug discovery

  • Must have in-depth knowledge in TA drug discovery and development
  • Strong understanding of China healthcare environment and policies, innovation ecosystems, entrepreneur and innovation networks, as well as academia.
  • Ideally, particularly in the absence of deep therapeutic knowledge, should have multi-year successful track record in external R&D, partnering and/or business development. Excellent track record of identifying, implementing and managing novel partnering opportunities.
  • Strategic thinking in combination with understanding science and technologies and their impact on the overall business.
  • Excellent networking ability in cross-cultural environment inside and outside Sanofi. Strong interpersonal, communication, presentation skills. Promote cross functional collaboration, particularly with the External Innovation teams located outside of China to ensure alignment and support.
  • Negotiation skills across all levels of the organization and with external parties.
  • Performance- and achievement–oriented with excellent project management skills; able to work to agreed timelines and a focus on execution and implementation.
  • Excellent problem-solving, conflict-resolution and decision-making skills. Result and quality oriented: able to analyze inputs from all involved departments, to identify the impact, draw conclusions, to set direction and define appropriate actions.
  • Ability to represent the company in external scientific/academic world and to act as an ambassador for Sanofi.
  • Willingness to travel nationally/internationally as needed.

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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