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Associate Director, CDO Clinical Financial Planning

Moderna, Inc.
Bethesda, MD
Start date
Feb 5, 2024

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Administration, Clinical, Clinical Research
Required Education
Bachelors Degree
Position Type
Full time
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Job Details

The Role:

Reporting to the Director, CDO Business Analytics & Operations Management, the Associate Director, CDO Clinical Financial Planning will collaborate cross-functionally on the development and implementation of cost management tools and processes within Clinical Development Operations (CDO). The ideal candidate will bring experience in analyzing and reporting clinical trial financial data, with a primary focus on clinical trial costing, scenario planning, and exploring trial optionality.

This role is pivotal in rapidly driving financial decision making and requires a candidate who is highly analytical, detail-oriented, and has a knack for transforming complex data into actionable insights. The successful candidate will have a proven ability to communicate complex financial information to diverse teams and stakeholders, and to collaborate effectively across the organization.

This position will also play a key role in clinical study financial risk management and process improvement. They are expected to identify and advise study teams on financial risks and impact to budget, continuously enhance study financial planning processes, ensure compliance with standards and internal processes and procedures, and provide training and guidance on financial planning related to clinical trials.

Heres What Youll Do:

  • Ensure accuracy of clinical trial budgets and forecasting, including modeling clinical study spend and supporting or developing system to support cost models with related assumptions

  • Develop, implement, and support financial planning tools and models focused on costing clinical trials and identifying cost-efficient options

  • Facilitate predictive analytics related to the cost of clinical trials, enabling rapid decision-making and efficiency

  • Collaborate with key stakeholders to transform business questions and data into cost-effective solutions for clinical trials

  • Lead initiatives and projects related to Clinical Financial Planning, ensuring solutions are scalable and follow best practices

  • Deliver accurate, innovative, and timely insights (ex. creation of dashboards and monthly reports providing transparency into clinical trial costs and trends)

  • Collaborate with CDO functions and R&D Finance to establish best practices, processes, and training for the financial planning of clinical trials

  • Provide subject matter expertise to teams on financial planning, budgeting, and forecasting related to clinical trials

  • Support teams in generating data around costing to allow for a financial assessment and impact for new studies, programs, and/or amendments to existing studies

  • Identify potential financial risks for clinical trials and propose mitigation strategies

  • Continuously evaluate and improve the planning process and systems used within role to increase efficiency and accuracy

  • Provide input as needed to financial aspects of contracts and agreements with third party vendors providing services on clinical trials

  • Liaise between R&D finance and CDO to ensure alignment and understanding of financial data on clinical trials

Heres What Youll Bring to the Table:

  • BA/BS required, advanced degree preferred

  • Minimum of 10+ years of experience in a clinical research environment within the pharmaceutical, CRO and biotech industry

  • Minimum of 7+ years of direct experience in clinical trial financial planning, reporting, and analysis

  • Proficiency in financial modeling and forecasting, with a strong understanding of financial systems and databases

  • Experience with ClearTrial or similar software/tools preferred

  • Excellent analytical and critical thinking skills, with a demonstrated ability to transform complex data into actionable insights

  • Record of establishing effective business relationships with internal and external customers, demonstrating strong collaboration skills, commitment to relationship building, and a relentless focus on delivering on commitments

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

  • Effective communication skills, with the ability to explain complex financial information to non-financial stakeholders

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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