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Principal Engineer, Identity and Access Management (IAM)

Moderna, Inc.
Cambridge, MA
Start date
Sep 24, 2022

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The Role

This role is an exciting opportunity to be a critical part of the talent engine fueling a high growth organization that is radically changing the biotech industry. Reporting to the Director, Identity and Access Management, the Principal Identity and Access Management (IAM) Engineer will be responsible for implementing and managing Modernas identity services and platforms. The individual must have a proven track record in delivering identity solutions that are functional, secure, scalable, and reliable. As a member of a small team in a fast-paced environment, this role will require both strong intellectual agility and hands-on technical skill. The ideal candidate will have worked in the Life Sciences industry. At Moderna, we work collaboratively as a team, boldly strive for excellence, are constantly curious and committed to ongoing learning and improvement and are relentless in our pursuit of the best talent in the industry.

This position can be based in our Norwood or Cambridge, MA offices or our office in Atlanta, GA.

Heres What Youll Do

  • Lead the design, engineering, and deployment of IAM related solutions, ensuring a functional, reliable, and secure environment

  • Troubleshoot complex issues, provide technical guidance and act as Subject Matter Expert

  • Manage enterprise identity cloud directories, including Okta Workforce and Okta CIAM

  • Lead integration efforts between Okta and other platforms and services

  • Participate in or lead troubleshooting and incident resolution of complex high severity incidents

  • Develop detailed architecture, standards, design, and implementation documentation

  • Analyze the current environment to identify technical and operational opportunities and develop continuous improvement action plans

  • Participate in disaster recovery, capacity planning, performance monitoring, and maintenance to ensure high availability

  • Work with internal and external application support teams to extend the use of our identity solutions via direct Active Directory integration, SAML, RADIUS or other mechanisms

  • Plan and manage project tasks, schedules, and resources related to identity solution rollouts

  • Understand and adhere to Moderna operational processes following an ITIL framework to ensure auditability and compliance with industry standards (SOX, GMP, HIPAA, GDPR, etc.)

  • Work with our CSV team on the development and upkeep of quality documentation relating to IAM deployments and operations

  • Provide 24x7 support as needed for emergency situations and planned maintenance activities

Heres What Youll Need (Minimum Qualifications)

  • 10+ years of experience as an Identity Engineer/Architect or similar role

  • BS degree or equivalent experience required

  • Experience with designing, implementing, and maintaining an enterprise level Identity Access Management platform based on Okta

  • Experience in security and implementation of best practices such as least privilege, privileged access management, passwordless authentication, etc.

  • Experience with governance and compliance, including SOX and GxP controls

  • Experience with AWS IAM concepts including SSO, Directory Services, CM and other relevant technologies

Heres What Youll Bring to the Table (Preferred Qualifications)

  • In-depth knowledge of Authentication, Authorization, and Auditing as they relate to Identity and Access Management

  • In-depth knowledge of Federation SSO principles and protocols, to include SAML, OAUTH and Open ID Connect

  • GCP IAM experience a plus

  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills with good stakeholder engagement

  • Demonstrated ability to manage multiple competing tasks simultaneously and complete work within allocated timeframes

  • Self-starter with ability to work in a team environment

  • Strong ability to learn new technologies in a short time

  • Computer Science or Math background preferred

  • Previous experience working in a regulated life sciences environment (GMP, GLP, GCP) preferred

  • A desire to make an impact as part of a high-growth, transformational company that is Bold, Relentless, Curious, and Collaborative

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 persons 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.




Moderna is advancing messenger RNA (mRNA) science to create a new class of transformative medicines for patients. Moderna’s platform builds on continuous advances in basic and applied mRNA science, delivery technology and manufacturing, providing the Company the capability to pursue in parallel a robust pipeline of new development candidates. Moderna is developing therapeutics and vaccines for infectious diseases, immuno-oncology, rare diseases and cardiovascular diseases, independently and with strategic collaborators.

mRNA is now a turning point in the history of science, medicine, technology, even humankind itself. With this breakthrough discovery, many of the world’s biggest and most challenging medical problems are no longer a question of “how?” but merely a question of “when?”

Come with us as we pursue the uncharted reaches of possibility and make your mark on the future of medicine.


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