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Sr. Counsel, Manufacturing and Supply Chain

Moderna, Inc.
Norwood, MA
Start date
Feb 4, 2023

Job Details

The Role

This newly created role is an exciting opportunity to be an integral part of a growing legal team. The Sr. Counsel, Legal - Manufacturing and Supply Chain will be responsible for providing best in class legal support for our US Manufacturing and Technical Development teams as part of our Global TechOps Legal team. The successful candidate will play a critical role in building our manufacturing network to ensure continuity of supply across the companys diverse pipeline of novel mRNA therapeutics and vaccines, including the Modernas personalized cancer vaccine which is currently in development. The successful candidate will have experience in managing the legal aspects of building out a commercial pharmaceutical manufacturing network and supply chain and supporting end-to-end operational activities from process development through GMP manufacture and distribution to end customers.

Heres What Youll Do

  • Partner cross-functionally and collaborate with business and legal stakeholders acting as enterprise connector to ensure global excellence, consistency and compliance.

  • Act as legal business partner to technical development, US manufacturing, US quality, engineering, supply chain and procurement teams and provide strategic guidance to ensure excellent execution.

  • Become an instrumental contributor to the Global CMC Legal Team and help build and transform Modernas legal support for Technical Operations globally.

  • Draft, negotiate and support contract implementation with third parties and complex construction projects, and support dispute resolution efforts as required.

  • Provide strategic support on GxP and regulatory compliance topics, including interactions with health authorities globally as required.

  • Drive best in class legal support for policies, processes, templates, governance principles and support structures as we grow and scale globally.

  • Additional duties as may be assigned from time to time

Heres What Youll Need (Minimum Qualifications)

  • J.D. from a national law school and admission to any state bar in the United States.

  • Must be licensed to practice law in Massachusetts via the MA Board of Bar Overseers or licensed in at least 1 other jurisdiction.

  • Minimum 7+ years experience in the biotechnology or pharmaceutical industry required.

Heres What Youll Bring to the Table (Preferred Qualifications)

  • Experience within a law firm and pharmaceutical/biotechnology company supporting manufacturing, engineering, construction, supply chain and quality preferred.

  • Enthusiasm and a passion to enable an exciting new technology platform through successful launches of innovative mRNA-based medicines.

  • Strong drafting and communication skills, and an ability to maintain a high level of attention to detail without losing sight of the big picture.

  • Experience in a variety of contracting and transactional matters including drafting and negotiating manufacturing, distribution, construction, engineering, procurement, supply and quality agreements.

  • Experience of the regulatory environment in which a global pharmaceutical company operates, including familiarity with GxP, trade compliance and pharmaceutical legal requirements.

  • Commitment to client service, finding solutions, relationship building, continued learning, proactivity and confidentiality.

  • Excellent interpersonal skills that are demonstrated by being articulate, direct and forthright, and serving as a collaborative and decisive team member and a strategic thinker with a broad perspective

  • Ability to manage and prioritize multiple matters simultaneously and to respond to rapidly shifting priorities in ambiguous or challenging situations

  • Demonstrated ability to own projects and consistently meet tight timing requirements and high-quality standards

  • Strong verbal and written communication skills, including proven ability to interact and communicate effectively with individuals from multiple departments at all levels of the organization.

  • Ability to handle confidential and proprietary information using impeccable discretion and judgment

  • 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 year-end shutdown
    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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