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VP, Human Resources Business Partner, R&D

Moderna, Inc.
Cambridge, MA
Start date
Jun 6, 2023

Job Details

The Role:

The Vice President, Human Resources Business Partner will be responsible for establishing and maintaining strategic, effective, and influential relationships in support of our rapidly expanding global Research and Development organization. She/He/They will ensure the efficient and effective delivery of key cross-functional and Human Resources-related projects and objectives. The individual possesses a track record of successfully influencing and partnering with senior-level global leadership and HR peers to build organizational capability and design efficient global, cross-functional teams. This HR leader will establish foundational processes, provide clear communication, and foster effective teams. The primary purpose of this role is to partner with the relevant leadership teams to deliver against the business and people growth objectives, promoting a high-performance culture. In addition, this role will be a strong people manager and lead a small, global team - mentorship, empathy, empowerment, and an eye for development is key.

The Vice President, Human Resources Business Partner will also be part of the Human Resources Leadership team and will work with that team, and other subject matter experts, to align practices and initiatives with the Companys overarching strategic and operational goals.

Heres What Youll Do:

  • Provide strategic counsel to the President of R&D and his leadership team in the areas of organizational effectiveness, org design, talent management, succession, employee development, executive coaching, and employee relations.

  • Lead and grow an established team of strategic, global HR business partners who support the functional leaders and their leadership teams.

  • Be the lead of talent decisions and workforce planning, in partnership with Talent Acquisition partners to enable a strategic global workforce plan

  • Look across the R&D organization and other close collaborators to optimize the performance of their teams, aligning on shared goals and imperatives, and resolving issues

  • Contribute to creating, and executing on, solutions for best practice initiatives in such areas as employment, employee communication, performance management, HR operations, talent and career development, employee relations, compensation, benefits, and HRIS delivery

  • Support continued growth and infrastructure by identifying talent gaps and development areas across R&D - and other areas as the business grows

  • Provide guidance and key input on proactive workforce and long-range planning, identify gaps in capability, and develop action plans to address.

  • Contribute to the HR transformation underway at Moderna and the evolving role of the HRBP, HR Operations, and COE (Center of Excellence) functions.

  • Represent R&D in business reviews and conversations at the Executive Committee level on talent strategies, programs, initiatives, and organizational needs and imperatives.

Heres What Youll Bring to the Table:

  • Prior successful experience working in a high growth environment, in the technology, biotechnology and/or pharmaceutical industry is required

  • Prior proven, executive-level HR business partnership experience within a global commercial organization, including organizational design/effectiveness, team building, performance management, career coaching and leadership development

  • Bachelor's degree required

  • 20+ years progressive Human Resources experience in employee relations, talent management, compensation & benefits, performance management, recruiting, and training

  • Strong ability to maintain, shape and evolve culture

  • Proven experience in influencing business and functional strategies and change management through an organization and teams

  • Strong collaborative style, with the ability to flex to the needs of different business leaders and comfort in challenging assumptions in a dynamic and fast-paced environment

  • Experience leading or participating in enterprise-wide initiatives in a fast growth environment is required, including skill in partnering with other members of the HR team and the executive team to drive corporate goals

  • Experience with establishing new global HR processes and identifying/implementing innovative HR digital solutions. We are digital first at Moderna

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!

About Moderna

Since our founding in 2010, we have aspired to build the leading mRNA technology platform, theinfrastructure to reimagine how medicines are created and delivered, and a world-class team. We believe in giving our people a platform to change medicine and an opportunity to change the world.

By living our mission, values, and mindsets every day, our peopleare the driving force behind our scientific progress and our culture.Together, we are creating a culture of belonging and building an organization that cares deeply for our patients, our employees, the environment, and our communities.

We are proud to have been recognized as a Science Magazine Top Biopharma Employer, a Fast Company Best Workplace for Innovators, and a Great Place to Work in the U.S.

If you want to make a difference and join a team that is changing the future of medicine, we invite you to visit to learn more about our current opportunities.

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

Moderna is a place where everyone can grow. If you meet the Basic Qualifications for the role and you would be excited to contribute to our mission every day, please apply!

Moderna is proud to be an equal opportunity workplace and is an affirmative action employer.

Moderna is committed to equal employment opportunity and non-discrimination for all employees and qualified applicants without regard to a person's race, color, sex, gender identity or expression, age, religion, national origin, ancestry or citizenship, ethnicity, disability, military or protected veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, marital or familial status, or any other personal characteristic protected under applicable law. Moderna is an E-Verify Employer in the United States. We also consider qualified applicants regardless of criminal histories, consistent with legal requirements.

Belonging, Inclusion, and Diversity are critical to the success of our company and our impact on society. Were focused on attracting, retaining, developing, and advancing our employees and believe that by cultivating diverse experiences, backgrounds, and ideas, we can provide an environment where every employee is able to contribute their best.

Moderna is committed to offering reasonable accommodations to qualified job applicants with disabilities. Any applicant requiring an accommodation in connection with the hiring process and/or to perform the essential functions of the position for which the applicant has applied should make a request to the Talent Acquisition Partner or contact the Accommodations team at (EEO/AAP Employer)




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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