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Deputy Director, Manufacturing Excellence

date posted 01/14/2022
contract type Full time
job id R2623762
location Toronto, Canada

Reference No. R2623762

Position Title: Deputy Director, Manufacturing Excellence

Department: Manufacturing Excellence 2

Location: Sanofi Pasteur Limited, Toronto

Sanofi Pasteur: The world’s leading vaccine company

Sanofi Pasteur, the vaccines division of Sanofi, is the largest company in the world devoted entirely to human vaccines. Our driving goal is to protect people from infectious diseases by creating safe and effective vaccines.  Our company distributes more than 1 billion doses of vaccine each year, making it possible to vaccinate more than 500 million people across the globe.  Sanofi Pasteur offers the broadest range of vaccines in the world, providing protection against 20 bacterial and viral diseases.

Sanofi is dedicated to supporting people through their health challenges. We are a global biopharmaceutical company focused on human health. We prevent illness with vaccines, provide innovative treatments to fight pain and ease suffering. We stand by the few who suffer from rare diseases and the millions with long-term chronic conditions.  With more than 100,000 people in 100 countries, Sanofi is transforming scientific innovation into healthcare solutions around the globe.

Position Summary :

The Deputy Director, Manufacturing Excellence is accountable for leading and delivering transformational change which will focus on enabling the workforce to achieve improvements. The successful candidate will ensure that continuous improvement principles and methodologies (Sanofi Manufacturing System, Lean, Six Sigma, Autonomous Production Units) are applied consistently and effectively to deliver customer and shareholder value.

The role will be responsible for developing and executing company strategies to step change performance, eliminate waste and drive productivity in cross-functional business processes.

The Deputy Director, Manufacturing Excellence will be responsible for coaching and mentoring others throughout the organization in SMS, lean and continuous improvement methodology and will certify Lean Green Belts to accelerate the organization’s cultural shift to streamline processes at all levels of the business.

This position partners with the company’s global and site leadership and is effective at working at all levels of the organization.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Lead the annual site strategy process for the executive team and cascade priorities to the site manufacturing facilities and shared services.

  • Establish process to identify, prioritize, resource and execute strategic transformation which drives performance improvement, productivity and waste elimination.

  • Using a strong knowledge of Lean principles, drive a robust safety, quality and delivery culture throughout the organization.

  • Instill a continuous improvement mindset throughout the organization with a standardized approach.

  • Work with business leaders to identify process gaps that will be captured in continuous improvement plans and facilitated by the continuous improvement teams for impactful results.

  • Facilitate enterprise level SMS kaizen events for processes that have a cross-functional impact to eliminate waste, reduce cycle time and improve business performance while establishing a sustainable model for continuous improvement.

  • Lead strategic projects and continuous improvement events in alignment with the strategic deployment plan.

  • Develop new programs that support a lean/SMS operating system based on site priorities and the global best in class ambition.

  • Support and develop the increase in team talent, capabilities and results.

  • Mentor and coach teams and the organization in a manner that ensures compliance with standard work as well as motivates improvement strategies.

  • Builds skills and train the organization for change in culture.

  • Drive cross functional collaboration and skills in direct support of lean/SMS principles.

  • Culturally driving discipline to business process, Sanofi LEAD competencies and Standard Operating Practices to instill the right industrial mindset.

  • Conflict resolution in group dynamics.

  • Project constraints (time, cost, scope, & quality), conflicting priorities and risk are the key areas that are managed in order to achieve project success.

Key Requirements :

  • Bachelor of Science, Engineering, Business or Operations. MBA preferred.

  • Six Sigma Black Belt and/or LEAN certification (Methodology, Deployment, Mapping, Change Management, Project Management).

  • Minimum 10 years of experience in industry (preference to a background in Pharma / Biologics manufacturing) with a good understanding of overall business operations knowledge and GMP environments.

  • Minimum 5 years of experience leading complex transformational change to improve business processes.

  • Experienced in staff management and coaching.

  • Excellent oral/written communication skills, competent presentation skills and ability to work across all levels of the organization.

  • Use of technical continuous improvement methodologies and professional expertise (LEAN, Six Sigma, Root Cause Analysis).

  • Effective interpersonal, influencing and change management skills.

  • Exhibit strong scientific and analytical understanding of processes and quality systems.

What We Offer:

  • Be part of a dynamic organization that dares you to innovate and grow your potential.

  • Make a difference in saving lives.

  • Work with top professionals passionate about continuous improvement.

  • Be in a leadership matrix environment with global interface.

  • Share in our collective success with a competitive salary, bonus program and comprehensive health benefits.

Sanofi is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity and inclusion. Our goal is to attract, develop and retain highly talented employees from diverse backgrounds, allowing us to benefit from a wide variety of experiences and perspectives. We welcome and encourage applications from all qualified applicants.  Accommodations for persons with disabilities required during the recruitment process are available upon request.

Thank you in advance for your interest.

Only those candidates selected for interviews will be contacted.

Sanofi, Empowering Life


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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