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Deputy Director, Continuous Improvement FFIP Digital Systems – Vaccines

date posted 01/27/2023
contract type Full time
job id R2666239
location Swiftwater, Pennsylvania

Deputy Director, Continuous Improvement FFIP Digital Systems – Sanofi, Vaccines


Swiftwater, PA

Who You Are:

The Deputy Director Continuous Improvement FFIP Digital Systems provides project management and operational leadership to strategic projects and programs in the Formulation, Filling, Inspection, and Packaging (FFIP) department by directing the relationships and processes for execution of the FFIP functions in key initiatives.  This position will lead the operations work-stream as part of our new Formulation and Filling facility, communicating and driving the operational vision, collaborating with functional area heads to secure expertise and execution resources and responsible for the operational readiness in collaboration with the End-to-End Project Leader.  In addition to lead the operations work-stream of the new facility, the Operation Project Leader will manage projects that are key to the growth of the FFIP platform by implementing new technologies in our existing facilities.

Where We Are:  

Swiftwater is located in Monroe County, Pennsylvania about 90 miles west of New York and less than 12 miles from the New Jersey Border.  The Swiftwater site is Sanofi Pasteur’s US headquarters shared by Commercial Operations, R&D, Regulatory Affairs and the Industrial Operation teams. The 500-plus acre campus consists of 40 buildings and 14 modular buildings, housing more than 3,000 employees, including nearly 1,850 employees in Industrial Operations. The Site is located in the beautiful Pocono Mountains, affordable Northeastern Pennsylvania with convenient highway access.

Job Highlights:

  • Manufacturing and Supply:  Accountable for the project execution and operational readiness activities through handoff to operations for Formulation, Filling, Visual Inspection, and Packaging projects to assure that on time delivery of the project in support of manufacturing and supply ambitions is delivered at the appropriate quality level and at appropriate cost.

  • Project Management:  Apply best practices and lessons learned in portfolio management, project management, and resource management. Assess FFIP project resource capacity, analyze against project demand, identify resource gaps, and develop remediation to deliver projects.  Work with cross functional stake holders to develop, identify, prioritize and plan projects that fit franchise/site master plan.  Projects scope for department driven initiatives typically in the $5M-$40M range.

  • Innovation and Continuous Improvement:  Drives continuous improvement through formal projects and process technical improvements.  Implements innovative ways of working and project management best practices.  Integrates knowledge in Lean manufacturing, operations, and aseptic process in the design and implementation of “lean by design” projects.

  • Strategy Deployment:  Translates the FFIP industrial asset strategy into actionable plans, which are executed to deliver best in class operations and facilities.  Leads start-up efforts for new facilities, manufacturing lines, and products including ensuring regulatory approvals.  Develop product introduction strategies, staffing plans, and work plans that deliver new capabilities to timelines defined by business strategy.

  • Serves as a member of the FFIP Continuous Improvement Team and works cross-functionally to respect needs of business partners within Manufacturing, Materials Management, Quality, Manufacturing Technology, Manufacturing Excellence and Technical Services.


  • BS in Life Sciences, Engineering, or Management.  

  • 5+ years of combined pharmaceutical manufacturing, maintenance, or engineering experience.  

  • Must have excellent written and verbal communication skills, as well as the ability to actively, and cooperatively influence and work with cross functional teams. 


  • Minimum of 3+ years responsibility of leading multi-function industrial Projects or Operations teams in Pharmaceutical industrial environment.  

  • Project Management Institute (PMI) certifications preferred: Project Management Professional (PMP) and/or Portfolio Management Professional (PfMP)

  • MBA or Advanced degree a plus.

  • Formulation, Filling and Packaging operations or technical background.


  • Approximately 5-15% travel for site visits, vendor relationship management, technical visits (FAT), conferences, and training.

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.  

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.

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