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Director, Engineering Instruments & Controls

Moderna, Inc.
Norwood, MA
Start date
Sep 27, 2022
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The Role:

The Director, Engineering Instruments & Controls is responsible for controls design and instrumentation application associated with our Capital Projects. The candidate should have good knowledge of PLC and DCS technology platforms and their applications and have the ability to generate or review and approve project documentation such as functional descriptions, panel layout drawings, logic drawings, controls list (BOM, I/O, Alarm and Setpoint Lists) as well as complete Factory Acceptance Testing (FAT) in vendor locations or in the commissioning phase of projects in the field. The Director, Engineering Instruments & Controls will have the ability to design control device hardware and software (flow, pressure, temperature, motor drives, and control valves). The Director, Engineering Instruments & Controls will be expected to maintain timeliness, accuracy, and thoroughness throughout the project lifecycle. This individual will lead vc projects in the I&C discipline and will likely participate in more than one project at a time. The Director, Engineering Instruments & Controls will work closely with vendors, consultants, clients, and project leadership in providing control solutions. Travel to support global manufacturing expansion could be up to 25% at critical project phases.

He/she may serve as the overall project lead or project technical lead. The role requires the ability to manage multiple contractors and a portfolio of technical projects at the same time.

This role reports into Senior Director of Engineering and is based in Norwood, MA

Heres What Youll Do:

  • Lead the Automation, Instrumentation and Controls portion of concurrent complex capital projects at both site and global levels, manage a team of engineers and contractors to proactively identify risks and develop mitigating strategies, while communicating to stakeholders and driving timelines

  • Strives to ensure the digital and process automation scope is removed from the critical path on all projects

  • Partner with end users and support functions to develop automation and I&C systems technical roadmaps and capital investment strategies

  • Develop and deploy innovative solutions that contribute to achieving Modernas sustainability goals

  • Lead a collaborative team of engineers and act as a mentor to help grow technical expertise.

  • Establish and provide support services for technical issue resolution

  • Partner with Digital teams to ensure a robust, optimized, and integrated digital landscape

  • Participate on management teams to implement efforts and projects to meet evolving business needs

  • Apply an operational excellence mindset to help identify, devise, and recommend new opportunities to optimize current processes

  • Ensure safety and data integrity is prioritized in the design, delivery, and maintenance of all projects and operational activities.

  • Develops the Process Automation, Instrumentation and Control Standards for global deployment.

  • Implementation of automation, Instrumentation and Control solution across global network

  • Lead the automatization of existing manual processes.

Heres What Youll Bring to the Table:

  • Bachelors degree or equivalent in science, engineering or computer science, MBA or PhD is a plus

  • Minimum 18 years of experience in an engineering organization designing, implementing, and supporting various industrial systems and working in a GMP environment

  • Proven track record in leading Industry 4.0 initiatives or projects

  • Extensive experience in the delivery of capital projects as part of the design team

  • Ability to provide direction and guidance to external design firms to deliver capital projects

  • Experience in providing technical support to manufacturing facilities

  • Strong understanding of manufacturing systems, lab systems, enterprise systems and standalone systems.

  • Experience working with shop floor equipment, lab equipment, utility equipment and IIoT devices.

  • Experience with different Industrial systems like (process control, historian, application/web servers, building management systems, utility systems, lab systems and cross platform communication)

  • Experience evaluating, selecting, and implementing digital systems

  • Ability to adapt to a fast paced, startup-like environment

  • Experience in defining, scoping, and managing technology initiatives

  • Strong knowledge GAMP and GxP compliance regulations

  • A desire to be 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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