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Associate Director, Early Pipeline Forecasting

Moderna, Inc.
Cambridge, MA
Start date
Nov 30, 2023

Job Details

The Role

Moderna continues to leverage its novel mRNA platform to expand the R&D portfolio and open new therapeutic applications for mRNA across diseases and therapeutic areas. R&D Strategy plays a crucial role for Moderna to achieve its mission to deliver the greatest possible impact to people through mRNA medicines by supporting critical research and development decisions.

The R&D Strategy team operates across research and development to provide analysis and guidance from discovery through development, including:

  • Program Strategy to provide a scientific and business assessment of discovery concepts and novel applications of mRNA

  • Portfolio Strategy to assess acceleration options, expansion opportunities and set portfolio prioritization and sequencing

  • Special strategy topics to provide guidance on complex R&D questions

The Associate Director, Early Pipeline Forecasting, reporting to Sr. Director, Program & Portfolio Modeling, will play a crucial role in leading quantitative analytics and modeling to shape Program and Portfolio decision-making. This role will entail creating and maintaining market and program forecasts for discovery through phase 1 programs and extracting insights to shape program and therapeutic area strategies. These activities will require cross-functional collaboration with R&D Strategy, Commercial, Research, Development and other relevant functions.

Heres What Youll Do

  • Build revenue forecasts for discovery through phase 1 programs across all therapeutic areas to enable program, therapeutic area and portfolio decision-making

  • Lead collection of cross-functional input and expertise to refine program and market assumptions

  • Leverage primary and secondary data and insights to refine and test program commercial assumptions and hypotheses

  • Develop scenario and uncertainty analyses to illustrate and enable planning for multiple market and program outcomes

  • Develop innovative solutions to enable more efficient and accurate early-pipeline forecasting

  • Lead assessment of external data sources and tools and manage vendors

Heres What Youll Need (Minimum Qualifications)

  • 6+ years of experience working for a pharmaceutical/biotech company in forecasting, analytics or strategy, or similar experience in a professional services or investment capacity (e.g., life sciences consulting, investment banking, private equity, or venture capital)

  • MS or PhD preferred, with an understanding of drug development and value creation in the biopharmaceutical industry, and commitment to learn about the science behind our platform technology

Heres What Youll Bring to the Table (Preferred Qualifications)

  • Ability to perform and synthesize in-depth analyses of indications, products, and therapeutic areas, to integrate analysis and broader context into a recommendation, and to defend recommendation in a respectful, objective manner

  • Proficiency in building models for the pharmaceutical/biotech industry

  • Experience in programming languages beyond Excel (e.g., Python)

  • Exposure to advanced analytical/ modeling capabilities

  • Experience using databases and third-party data sources

  • Experience with key primary research methodologies

  • Advanced verbal and written communication skills to communicate across levels and to various audiences

  • 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!

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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