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Director, Data Platform Engineering

Moderna, Inc.
Seattle, Washington
Start date
Feb 16, 2024

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The Role:

Data is lifeblood at Moderna and our innovative data platforms are the game-changing connective tissue flowing this vital resource to teams, applications, and insightful solutions that power real-time AI, cutting-edge science, and bold visionary decision-making that improve the health and well-being of millions of lives across the globe.

We have been rapidly scaling our investment in our data platforms to build the most powerful and innovative data stack in all of life sciences and pharma, disrupting how medicine is created and delivered. We are looking to hire a new leader for our Data Platform Engineering team to who brings strong technical expertise, a product mindset that embodies the uniqueModerna Mindsets, and passion to change the future of medicine through technology innovation paired with stakeholder partnership across the organization.

In this role, you will directly lead a large team responsible for our full data platform stack including several newer data platform services including: 1) Our scalable data lakehouse which is connecting vast amounts of structured and unstructured data from our lake, warehouse and other systems into a unified semantic layer to power more complex analytics on big data, enable deeper self-service and serve as a stepping stone to an integrated data fabric and data mesh across Moderna, 2) Our streaming platforms which will unite data in motion into a cohesive streamset to directly fuel real-time AI applications and rapid insight generation in manufacturing, commercial, medical affairs, clinical studies and more, 3) Our data exchange platform will bring discoverability, context and accessibility to our wealth of data through an intuitive persona-based experience allowing thousands of users to get automated access to this data, regardless of which platform it will be consumed in, and more quickly discover, understand and act on the hidden value in that data.

Heres What Youll Do:

  • Lead and coach a team of Data Platform Engineers, Data Architects, and Software Development Engineers (SDEs) as they execute on work to develop, iterate, and scale our new state of the art data stack, while always keeping a focus on customer experience and value

  • Roll-up your sleeves, act as an owner, and lead by example by directly building and delivering components of your products backlog yourself and sitting with your team to share your expertise and help them develop their own competencies

  • Develop data flow pipelines to extract, transform, and load data from various data sources in various forms, including custom ETL pipelines that enable model and product development

  • Drive the team to further build-out and enrich our Lake, Warehouse, Lakehouse, and the microservices architecture that connects it all together

  • Partner closely with Product Managers (PMs), Technical Program Managers (TPMs), business partners and technical stakeholders to develop a product roadmap, architect the platforms and ensure a dense and impactful product backlog which you and your team will deliver on

  • Lead regular checkpoints with your team, including architecture & code reviews, daily standups and backlog reviews

  • Be responsible for the overall technical design strategy and details to deliver against customer needs while staying consistent with our overall data strategy

  • Manage the process of product delivery end to end and team deliverables whether thats development of new integrations, enhancements or operations

  • Drive your team to passionately focus on deeply understanding customer needs and creatively designing, building, and delivering solutions that internal customers will be love, champion and adopt

  • Demonstrate strong understanding of the business and customer value of data products

  • Embed sustainable practices as part of development including data/platform observability, scalable code, metadata enrichment, effective documentation, proactive signal development and testing of the proper scope and rigor

  • Drive the team to diagnose and identify the root cause of problems as they occur

Heres What Youll Need (Minimum Qualifications):

  • Bachelors degree in computer science, engineering, business, analytics, or a related field

  • 12+ years of experience in product-oriented data platform development, data engineering, data governance, or data analytics at scale

  • 4+ years of management experience overseeing engineers

  • Deep experience across the AWS data stack including services such as Redshift, S3, Kinesis, Lambda, Glue, Lakeformation, Cloudfront, EMR, etc

  • Strong working understanding of microservices architecture and modular data platform design with a principled mindset of purposeful simplicity and unification

  • Experience documenting technical systems and user workflows

Heres What Youll Bring to the Table (Preferred Qualifications):

  • Masters degree in computer science, engineering, business, analytics or other related technology discipline

  • 6+ years of management experience overseeing engineers

  • High level of empathy, understanding and communication skills with end-users of the platforms your team will develop including business analysts, data scientists, data & analytics engineers and data owners

  • Experience in cataloging and managing metadata, enabling active data governance, enabling execution of data security protocols and/or federating ownership of data to functional data owners

  • Direct experience in developing a data lakehouse/fabric/mesh, data streaming or a data exchange platform

  • Experience working in high-tech, life sciences or pharma/biotech industries

  • Experience in a regulated environment

  • Experience working in a matrixed organization

  • A desire to make an impact as part of a high-growth, transformational company that isBold, 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 $182,000to $327,500. 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, 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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