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Director, Income Tax

Moderna, Inc.
Cambridge, MA
Start date
Mar 24, 2023

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The Role

We are seeking a highly experienced Director, Income Tax, to join our team. The successful candidate will act as a subject matter expert for income tax accounting during the preparation and filing of the company's income tax returns and related compliance activities, ensuring compliance with tax laws and regulations, and providing strategic tax planning guidance to senior management. The Director will work in close partnership with the FLT members and other business leaders to ensure the company's tax obligations are met and optimized.

This role reports to the SVP, Global Tax, and is located in Modernas Cambridge, MA offices.

Heres What Youll Do

  • Oversee compliance of income tax reporting and effective tax quarter close processes by collaborating with diverse global tax and finance teams, including external auditors

  • Manage the company's tax accounting and reporting processes, including the calculation of the company's effective tax rate and the preparation of tax footnotes for financial statements

  • Research, analyze and interpret existing and proposed guidance with respect to income tax accounting, to identify the practical implications and clearly and concisely conveying results

  • Analyze effective tax rate drivers in a dynamic environment and provide education and training to key stakeholders, including other members of the finance team

  • Provide insight and guidance on ASC 740 income tax accounting as subject matter expert for the company

  • Provide guidance on effective tax rate implications related to business transactions, including mergers and acquisitions and other strategic initiatives

  • Stay up to date with changes in tax laws and regulations, assess their impact on the company, and assure that effective tax rate implications are embedded in all tax planning strategies

  • Engage in open conversation with stakeholders in different disciplines, including Controllers, FP&A, Treasury, and Investor Relations, to ensure accuracy and timeliness of income tax reporting in its financial statements and press releases

  • Partner with tax and key stakeholders on special projects, expanding your network in and out of tax by driving prioritization and process improvements in tax accounting

  • Collaborate with external auditors and manage the income tax provision process

Heres What Youll Need (Minimum Qualifications)

  • Bachelor's degree in Accounting, Finance, or related field

  • CPA required

  • 12+ years combined experience in income tax and/or accounting in a public accounting firm or large, multi-entity corporation

  • ASC 740 Income tax accounting experience

  • Experience with purchase accounting rules under U.S. GAAP

Heres What Youll Bring to the Table (Preferred Qualifications)

  • Strong verbal and written communication skills with the ability to interact with all levels of professionals in Tax and across other finance functions

  • Strong analytical skills and attention to detail

  • Proficient in use of Microsoft Applications

  • Proficient in use of OneSource Tax Provision software

  • Experience leading others, globally and cross-functionally

  • Strong organization, prioritization and communication skills

  • Ability to communicate complex tax information in a clear and concise manner

  • Experience with application of technology and automation platforms (Alteryx, Dataiku, PowerBI, Tableau, Python) in tax environment

  • Advanced education or certification such as MBA, CPA, or MBT

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

  • Ability to work in a fast-paced, dynamic environment

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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