Project Planner



Technologiepark 21 Zwijnaarde Belgium

Function type

Specific R&D Program Management Position


About the Opportunity

We are looking for a project planner to join the Project and Portfolio Management department, reporting to the Head Project Planning.

The project planner is responsible for developing and updating the strategic and operational project plan and budget ensuring adequate monitoring of critical milestones with respect to timeline and budget, to support portfolio management. The project planner will be appointed to multiple projects simultaneously.

About Ablynx, a Sanofi Company

Ablynx, a Sanofi company, is engaged in the development of Nanobodies®, proprietary therapeutic proteins based on single-domain antibody fragments, which combine the advantages of conventional antibody drugs with some of the features of small-molecule drugs. Nanobodies have potential uses in the treatment of a range of serious and life-threatening human diseases. Ablynx advances a portfolio of Nanobody-based therapeutic programs in several major disease areas, including inflammation, haematology, immuno-oncology and oncology.

Key Individual Accountabilities

Project Plan

  • Create and update the project plan with input from Project Team to ensure the project strategy is reflected in terms of Planning, Resources & Cost (PRC) into the operational plan

  • Analyze the project deliverable timelines and critical path activities to look for optimizations and/or identify risks/issues; escalate feedback to the Project Team; study the potential impact of recommended solutions; prepare project critical path simulations for alternative project scenario’s

  • Act as primary contact and key expert on project timelines and resource demand within the scope of Ablynx

Project Resources

  • Ensure coherence of resource and external cost forecast for the assigned projects, perform diligent evaluation of the internal capabilities and capacity, be part of outsourcing decision

  • Review and update external study information on a monthly basis to ensure alignment with financial accounting information in SAP

Project team

  • Coordinate Ablynx planning meeting on a regular basis to guarantee efficient coordination of activities

Planning Resource Cost (PRC) tools

  • Ensure the project strategy is reflected in terms of Planning, Resources & Cost (PRC) into the operational plan in overall Sanofi PRC tools

  • Check if time tracking on his/her site has been correctly done

About you

  • Analytical, synthesis and reporting skills

  • Strong computer skills, MS office including MS Project, experience with SAP, Power BI and Spotfire would be a plus

  • Experience with working in a matrix structure

  • Excellent organizational and prioritizing skills

  • Work effectively, accurately and autonomously

  • Exercising judgment, impact of decisions and consequence of error

  • Fluent in English, written and spoken

  • Good interpersonal skills, team player

Expected qualifications

  • Minimal educational qualifications: MSc in scientific or engineering discipline

  • Minimal experience: knowledge and understanding of the pharmaceutical industry R&D value chain, ideally worked for at least 3 years in a R&D function within Biopharma

About Sanofi

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At Sanofi we work across human health from vaccines to rare diseases, and consumer healthcare. This creates opportunities to work across different areas to build a diverse and exciting career. Sanofi has the capabilities and resources to support your aspirations to fulfil your ambitions and be the best you can be.

Our purpose at Sanofi is to work passionately every day to understand and solve healthcare needs of people across the world. Our ambition is by 2025, to be a top 3 innovative, global and diversified human healthcare company. One that embraces transformative technologies and is focused on its area of excellence, which means we’re not there to try to solve everybody’s problems. We want to focus on those areas where we know we are making a difference.

The values we live by are teamwork, courage, respect and integrity.

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