Sr. Director, Regulatory Strategy - Infectious Diseases

Cambridge, MA
Jun 07, 2022
Required Education
Bachelors Degree
Position Type
Full time

The Role:

Moderna, Inc. is seeking a Director/Sr. Director of Regulatory Strategy to support Infectious Diseases/Vaccines programs to be based in its Cambridge headquarters. This is a newly created role intended for a forward looking, creative regulatory strategist able to anticipate and address the challenges involved in gaining market approval for messenger RNA infectious disease vaccines as unprecedented new drug modality in the U.S. and other markets. The Director/Sr. Director will be a strategic leader within Regulatory Affairs, responsible for developing and executing regulatory plans for assigned programs, and as an expert within Regulatory, will be relied on to articulate clear and compelling regulatory strategy, highlighting risks and opportunities when appropriate, accounting for the complex interplay between major global Health Agencies, and leveraging the mRNA platform technology.  Prior regulatory experience with infectious disease & vaccine development preferred.

Here's What You’ll Do:

  • Sets strategic direction and leads the development of content, format and accountability for regulatory submissions and related supplements and amendments.

  • Advises project teams regarding the development and implementation of regulatory strategy through the clinical and nonclinical development processes.

  • Conducts risks and gaps assessment and Identifies potential areas of regulatory concern and responds to new government/regulatory developments.

  • Monitors regulatory developments related to mRNA platform with focus on vaccine development and advises project teams regarding the development and implementation of regulatory strategy through the clinical development processes.

  • Establishes and maintains excellent relationships with global health agencies.

  • Responds to requests for additional data, organizes and manages participation in meetings. Negotiates directly and effectively with health agencies regarding company's filings.

  • Reviews and approves technical data and verifies accuracy of clinical data and execution of clinical projects to regulatory authorities.

  • Develops, implements, and reviews current policies and practices in compliance with Federal and international regulatory agencies.

  • Serves as regulatory affairs executive to provide input on trials and filing activities and to ensure that report systems are maintained and compliant.

  • Monitors regulatory publications to keep apprised of new or changing regulatory developments and potential strategic impact.

  • Develops and maintains the Target Label Profile and the Company Core Data Sheet.

  • Reviews all external materials for regulatory compliance.

  • Collaborates with internal teams and Moderna partners to achieve project goals, including development content and management submissions to Health Agencies.

  • Serves as overall global regulatory lead accountable for all regulatory aspects of his or her assigned project(s), including development and implementation of the global regulatory development plan for the project. 

  • Ensure the global regulatory strategy for assigned project(s) is consistent with the business objectives and have been negotiated with relevant health authorities as appropriate 

  • Identify areas in need of improvement and lead the development and implementation of process improvements 

  • Manage resources for assigned project(s), including ensuring adequate regulatory resources, skills, and budgets are available to deliver the project deliverables 

Here’s What You’ll Bring to the Table:

  • BA/BS degree in a scientific/engineering discipline.  Advanced degree Preferred.

  • 12+ years of experience in the Pharmaceutical industry

  • 8+ years of experience in Regulatory strategy, including specifically: Vaccine Development

  • Expert knowledge of relevant FDA, EU, ICH guidelines and regulations related to Infectious Disease vaccine programs.

  • Strong experience with CTD format and content regulatory filings

  • Experience with developing and implementing competitive regulatory strategies 

  • Demonstrated track record in securing product approvals and maintaining a complex portfolio

  • Knowledge of and broad experience with regulatory procedures and legislation for drug development, product registration, line extension and license maintenance – preferably from at least both US and EU 

  • Direct experience of leading regulatory authority meetings in different phases of drug development 

  • Regulatory knowledge across therapeutic areas including infectious diseases and vaccine development is preferable. 

  • Preferred: Delivery of at least one major application (NDA/BLA/MAA/JNDA etc.)

  • Ability to work independently to manage multiple projects in a fast-paced environment. 

  • Ability to effectively collaborate effectively in a dynamic, cross-functional matrix environment to drive meeting each program’s critical regulatory milestones.

  • Partners with internal teams and Moderna partners to develop content and manage submissions to regulatory bodies.

  • Effectively communicate the regulatory strategy, risks, mitigations and overall plans to Regulatory Affairs the Project Team and senior management, as relevant.

  • May be responsible for line management and development of direct reports.

  • Identify areas in need of improvement and lead the development and implementation of process improvements.

  • Outstanding communication skills (verbal and written) and willingness to share knowledge and lessons learned.

Moderna is pleased to provide you and your family with a comprehensive and innovative suite of benefits, including:

  • Highly competitive and inclusive medical, dental and vision coverage options
  • Flexible Spending Accounts for medical expenses and dependent care expenses
  • Lifestyle Spending Account funds to help you engage in personal enrichment and self-care activities
  • Family care benefits, including subsidized back-up care options and on-demand tutoring
  • Free premium access to fitness, nutrition, and mindfulness classes 
  • Exclusive preferred pricing on Peloton fitness equipment
  • Adoption and family-planning benefits
  • Dedicated care coordination support for our LGBTQ+ community
  • Generous paid time off, including:
    •    Vacation, sick time and holidays
    •    Volunteer time to participate within your community
    •    Discretionary winter shut down 
    •    Paid sabbatical after 5 years; every 3 years thereafter
  • Generous Paid Leave offerings, including 18 weeks of 100% paid parental leave for all new parents
  • 401k match and Financial Planning tools
  • Moderna-paid Life, LTD and STD insurance coverages, as well as voluntary benefit options
  • Complimentary concierge service including home services research, travel booking, and entertainment requests
  • Free parking or subsidized commuter passes
  • Location-specific perks and extras!

Candidates should be aware that Moderna currently maintains a policy requiring all US-based employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and receive a booster shot once eligible. Newly hired employees must be vaccinated and boosted prior to their employment start date. Moderna is an equal opportunity employer and will provide a reasonable accommodation to those unable to be vaccinated or receive a booster where it is not an undue hardship to the company to do so as provided under federal, state, and local law.

About Moderna

In over 10 years since its inception, Moderna has transformed from a research-stage company advancing programs in the field of messenger RNA (mRNA), to an enterprise with a diverse clinical portfolio of vaccines and therapeutics across seven modalities, a broad intellectual property portfolio in areas including mRNA and lipid nanoparticle formulation, and an integrated manufacturing plant that allows for rapid clinical and commercial production at scale. Moderna maintains alliances with a broad range of domestic and overseas government and commercial collaborators, which has allowed for the pursuit of both groundbreaking science and rapid scaling of manufacturing. Most recently, Moderna's capabilities have come together to allow the authorized use and approval of one of the earliest and most effective vaccines against the COVID-19 pandemic.

Moderna's mRNA platform builds on continuous advances in basic and applied mRNA science, delivery technology and manufacturing, and has allowed the development of therapeutics and vaccines for infectious diseases, immuno-oncology, rare diseases, cardiovascular diseases and autoimmune diseases. Moderna has been named a top biopharmaceutical employer by Science for the past seven years. To learn more, visit

Moderna is a smoke-free, alcohol-free and drug-free work environment.

Moderna is committed to equal employment opportunity and non-discrimination for all employees and qualified applicants without regard to a person’s race, color, gender, age, religion, national origin, ancestry, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation or any characteristic protected under applicable law. Moderna will make reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with known disabilities, in accordance with applicable law.