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Sr. Director, Engineering Excellence

Moderna, Inc.
Seattle, Washington
Start date
Nov 29, 2023

Job Details

The Role

Reporting to the VP of Engineering Excellence, the Sr. Director, Engineering Excellence, will join an organization at the core of transforming Modernas enterprise service-oriented architecture and software development practices. What we are delivering impacts every system and every builder at the company. Engineering Excellence (EE) consists of Builder Tools & Platforms (BT&P), Attribution Services, Monitoring & Alarming, Incident Management, and the Voice of The Builder organizations. You will span all of these domains to provide technical guidance, raise the bar for quality, with an emphasis on automation, applying AI, extensibility and futureproofing. Together the EE organization is fundamentally revolutionizing the way services are built, deployed, accounted for and owned, monitored and managed. We are building from the ground up to deliver foundational services that ensure quality from step zero, eliminate undifferentiated work for builders, prevent tech-debt from being (re)introduced to our systems. Your work will ensure the platforms and capabilities delivered by each EE domain are of the highest standard, that together they provide compounding value, and that they create enablement for initiatives and roadmaps inside of Cyber Security, Compliance, Cloud & Digital Infrastructure, Commercial, R&D, and Manufacturing.

This role will be based in our Seattle, WA office and offers flexibility to work remotely 30% of the time. Candidates must be based in, or willing to relocate to, the greater Seattle area. Given our high level of collaboration and fast pace, this role is not able to be remote. In addition, this role will travel to other offices as we continue to expand Modernas technology footprint.

Heres What Youll Do

  • Deliver vision-lead strategy, architecture and design artifacts, and executive status reports regarding the roadmap of our enterprise Service-Oriented Architecture.

  • Directly influence prioritization of initiatives with far-reaching builder productivity, security, and compliance implications.

  • Define engineering standards and policy, and design mechanisms that codify them into default builder patterns or constructs.

  • Facilitate tough business and technical tradeoffs across multiple domains and properties to promote long-term value through architectural coherence.

  • Defragment our environment and promote scalability with authoritative sources of truth, singular front doors, and common services that solve common challenges experienced by every builder in the company.

  • Bounce between tactical execution and implementation, and strategic thought leadership. The first half of an average day might look something like leading design sessions with Jr. Engineers one hour, presenting our monitoring strategy to the Executive Leadership Team the next, then participating in the Identity and Access Management steering committee meeting.

  • Put build-first, product and product owner mindsets on display and foster these mindsets in engineering teams across the company.

Heres What Youll Need (Minimum Qualifications)

  • Bachelors degree in a math or science discipline with 10+ years of relevant job experience or a Masters degree in match or science discipline with 6+ years of relevant job experience

  • Dynamic range both (tactically and strategically) of technical domains spanning security, build systems, asset discovery and management, asset ownership attribution, incident management / response.

  • Demonstrated ability to articulate enterprise architecture strategy and vision.

  • Demonstrated ability to deliver and / or dramatically improve the scalability and performance of systems.

  • Demonstrated ability to influence the roadmaps and priorities of peer organizations.

  • Demonstrated ability to broker and receive executive sponsorship of far-reaching initiatives.

  • Demonstrated ability to build and pilot prototype solutions.

Heres What Youll Bring to the Table (Preferred Qualifications)

  • Maniacal bias for action, unwavering ownership, and extraordinary ability to dive deep when necessary to understand business needs and balance the right priorities and tradeoffs

  • Has exceptional influencing skills; adept at driving cultural change and gaining mindshare through partnership, collaboration, and leadership rather than leveraging title or line authorityas first order mechanisms

  • Exceptional ability to communicate, receive, and internalize constructive feedback

  • Humility and uncompromising integrity

  • Experience in a start-up environment

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

Under Washington State law, Moderna is required to provide a reasonable estimate of the salary range for the jobs covered by this description. Base compensation for these positions in Washington State range from $182,000 to $327,000. Actual salary determinations will take into account factors such as work location, prior education and experience, job-related knowledge, and demonstrated skills. Compensation decisions are made on the facts and circumstances of each case.

In addition to base compensation Moderna employees are eligible for a comprehensive incentive compensation package including an annual cash bonus, new hire equity and an annual refresh, 401(k) match, competitive and inclusive medical, dental, and vision coverage options, flexible spending accounts for medical and dependent care, Life, LTD, and STD insurance, paid family leave offerings, including at least 18 weeks of 100% paid parental leave, lifestyle spending account, adoption, surrogacy, and family-planning benefits, generous paid time off, including:
Vacation, sick time, and observed Company-wide holidays
Paid volunteer time to participate within your community
Discretionary winter holiday shut down
Paid 4-week sabbatical after 5 years, and every 3 years after

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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