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Head of Supply Chain at Sanofi

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Job Purpose

  • The Head of Supply Chain Nigeria is accountable for ensuring the effective management of all Sanofi products through the supply chain by:
  • Developing and implementing Supply Chain strategy
  • Optimizing costs whilst maintaining the integrity and efficiency of the Supply Chain
  • Lead the market to become a best-in-class S&OP driven organization
  • Leading, developing and motivating the Supply Chain team
  • Building  strong relationships through the Supply Chain organization, affiliate stakeholders and key customers
  • Scope: All Sanofi portfolio excl. CHC

Key Results/Accountabilities

  • Developing and implementing Supply Chain strategy:
  • Ensure optimal Supply Chain solutions are delivered in alignment with the environment, the Sanofi portfolio and key customer needs
  • Pioneer and develop new and innovative distribution combined with commercial approaches to drive value from the supply chain
  • Ensure continuous insight into developments within the industry: MoH, competitors, stakeholders, customers and providers

Create a cost effective and efficient supply chain operation:

  • Drive maximum cost optimization whilst maintaining the integrity and efficiency of the supply chain itself,
  • Supervise importation process and lead interactions with Nigerian Drug Authority to secure product availability
  • Spearhead distribution-related activities and in particular, manage the 3PL distribution operations to ensure agreed service level agreements are met to deliver high customer service satisfaction and strong growth.
  • Optimize relationships with stakeholders at all points of the supply chain, internal and external, to facilitate the efficient flow from production through to patient.
  • Deliver quality product on time, in full and at the right cost to meet customer requirement
  • Lead and co-ordinate the S&OP/ IBP in the affiliate to ensure realistic but stretch targets for the commercial and Supply Chain teams, while minimizing obsolescence risk and ensuring alignment with Finance & Region.
  • Identify key processes and systems to ensure supply chain operations are robust
  • Anticipate logistics consequences of regulatory activities relating to NPL, site transfers, or variations (including local CMOs)
  • Develop and embed a continuous improvement ethos across the supply chain, providing staff with the tools, techniques and opportunities to question the way we operate and strive to make improvements in efficiency and cost
  • Ensure optimal inventory management

Lead and develop a high performing team of supply chain professionals:

  • Establish an environment where staff are motivated in their roles, well informed about the country strategy and clear on how they can personally contribute.
  • Ensure that team members have the necessary skills and competencies to deliver their accountabilities effectively
  • Identify development and career plans for every individual and manage performance excellence as a priority within the team

Ensure supply chain compliance with corporate and regulatory standards as well as Health and Safety requirements:

  • Ensure all supply contracts comply with relevant Acts, legal demand, and ethical standards
  • Regularly update SOPs and internal procedures to ensure adherence across the organization
  • Identify and correct unsafe working conditions or behaviors and immediately notify any serious incidents
  • Promote/ role model health a healthy and safe workplace environment.

Job-Holder Entry Requirements

  • The position is both strategic and operational and requires somebody with strong experience in S&OP and change management to structural transform the supply chain into a competitive advantage
  • Articulate and possess excellent communication skills to cascade, motivate and interact with senior management teams
  • Proven influencing and negotiation skills to influence and drive changes in a regional/ global environment
  • Strong leadership skills to engage and grow office and remote teams/ distributors towards a culture of high performance and collaboration
  • In depth knowledge of key supply chain processes (forecasting/planning, customer care, distribution, cost and compliance) & current best practices
  • Excellent analytical and organizational skills, including the proven ability to adapt to a dynamic project environment and manage multiple projects


  • Senior role within Supply Chain in cognate companies
  • Fluent in English
  • Confirmed Team leadership
  • Personality with strong delivery skills and focused on results
  • Very good communicator with an ability to discuss on executive level within Sanofi and externally
  • Hability to build an efficient networking with both commercial, Manufacturing & Supply
  • Teamwork
  • Analytical thinking, Customer Focus, Result Orientation, Market & Industry understanding, Accounting and Finance principles

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