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Director, Process Development

Moderna, Inc.
Norwood, MA
Start date
Sep 17, 2023

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The Role:

Moderna is working to develop first-in-class messenger RNA (mRNA) based medicines. We are seeking a highly skilled and motivated Director to join our Nucleic Acid Process Development (NAPD) team in Norwood, MA. Reporting to the Executive Director of NA Process Development you will define and steer the mid and long-term nucleic acid process development strategy. From pre-clinical through commercialization, NAPD is accountable for nucleic acid process definition, development, characterization, scale up, and technology transfer. Our teams goal is to develop, characterize, and implement robust clinical/commercial manufacturing processes for parenteral products. You will be responsible for technical, team, and organizational leadership to advance Modernas exciting mRNA pipeline and technology platforms.

Heres What Youll Do:

  • Lead a high-performing team, consisting of engineers and scientists to define and drive the execution of our nucleic acid process development strategy. This includes planning and hiring talent, technology investments, regulatory strategy as well as interaction with our external partners.

  • Lead the continuous maturation of our nucleic acid process development business processes

  • Lead matrixed nucleic acid process development teams to advance development, process characterization, technology transfer, and regulatory authoring of our mRNA portfolio candidates

  • Interface closely with Manufacturing Sciences and Technology (MS&T) and External Manufacturing organizations to execute and support clinical and commercial technology transfers to internal and external facilities.

  • Collaborate with key stakeholders (MS&T, Mfg., Quality, Supply Chain, Clinical, LNP, etc.) to define, optimize, and maintain effective interfaces, hand-offs, and business processes

  • Provide technical and organizational mentorship to leads, scientists, and engineers

  • Advance platform and functional initiatives through direct contributions and matrixed leadership

  • Authoring and review of regulatory submissions

Heres What Youll Bring to the Table:

  • Degree in Chemical/Biomedical Engineer, Pharmaceutical Sciences, Biochemistry, or related discipline

  • Minimum of 10 years (PhD), 10-15 years (MS), 15-20 years (BS) industry experience in biopharmaceutical, biotechnology, or nucleic acid development

  • Demonstrated understanding of the Development Lifecycle from R&D through commercialization, including an understanding of the interdependencies of functional groups.

  • Strong Experience in nucleic acid process development and commercialization, including working closely with external CDMOs.

  • Creative/innovative/problem solver that actively drives progress

  • Passion for people management and development

  • Outstanding communication, presentation, and writing skills and ability to tailor messaging to audience.

  • Ability to manage multiple projects in a fast-paced environment.

  • Ability to effectively collaborate effectively in a dynamic, cross-functional matrix 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!

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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