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VP, Program Leader

Company: Moderna Theraputics
Location: Cambridge
Posted on: June 7, 2021

Job Description:

The Role:

Moderna is seeking a motivated and energetic Program Leader for our Rare Disease programs to drive the program strategy and maintain accountability of program execution. The successful candidate will work in close coordination with the program manager to drive the strategy of the program and enable the execution of the set timelines. The Program Leader will lead a cross-functional team across clinical operations, regulatory affairs, clinical pharmacology, biomarkers, CMC, non-clinical, and medical to deliver against the program strategy. The successful candidate will have experience in late-stage readiness and development of rare disease programs.

The successful candidate is able to work independently and thrive in a proactive can-do culture and team milieu to lead the clinical development activities for mRNA-based therapies for our current Rare Disease programs while leveraging success in those to catalyze development across the most promising Rare Diseases for mRNA therapy with unmet medical need. You will work closely with colleagues in Therapeutics Development including autoimmune disease, cardiovascular and pulmonary disease, and immuno-oncology, while also having a change to interact with colleagues in infectious disease. The candidates will be a highly effective internal and external team player and terrific communicator and collaborator.

Here's What You'll Do:

The Program Leader will be involved in high-level leadership of the assigned program(s):

  • Lead the cross-functional teams for a rare disease program(s)

  • Represent the program status, scenarios, and trade-offs with senior leadership, internal stakeholders, and external stakeholders

  • Align on a program direction in coordination with senior functional leaders and program representatives

  • Support development of regulatory documents and HA interactions

  • Engage external stakeholders including KOLs and key PIs; engage advisory boards in order to develop an effective program strategy

  • Accountable for the integrated development plan for the rare disease program(s)

  • Develop a program budget in coordination with the program manager, finance and functional representatives; identify trade-offs

  • Work with senior leadership to support late-stage development activities including endpoints for registration, patient reported outcomes, and health-economics

  • Work with corporate affairs to continue patient advocacy efforts for both MMA and PA

Here's What You'll Bring to the Table:

  • BS/MS degree in a scientific field with 15+ years of experience or Ph.D or MD with 10-12 years of experience in a biotechnology or pharmaceutical setting

  • Experience in rare disease drug development including the transition of novel candidates from discovery through licensure

  • Proven track record of successful cross functional program leadership or management supporting early- and late-stage programs

  • Strong ability to lead cross-functional teams; engage senior leadership, health authorities, and KOLs

  • Prior experience managing or working within cross-functional project teams with timeline management and budgetary responsibility

  • Must be adept at working in a fluid environment and foster a strong collaborative spirit internally and externally.

  • Strong written and oral communication skills as well as demonstrated organizational aptitude

Here's What We'll Bring to the Table:

  • On-site subsidized cafeteria or catered lunches
  • Company-provided iPhone
  • Free parking, monthly subway pass or a subsidized commuter rail pass
  • Free annual corporate membership to Bluebikes
  • Highly competitive healthcare coverage including: medical offered through BCBS (HMO/PPO), dental, and vision offered through VSP
  • Flexible Spending Accounts for medical expenses and dependent care expenses
  • 16 weeks of 100% paid parental leave for all new parents
  • 16 weeks 100% paid family caregiver leave
  • 20 weeks 100% paid medical leave
  • Eligible for "Moderna Month" (one month paid sabbatical after five years of service and eligible for additional one month paid sabbatical every 3 years thereafter)
  • Adoption assistance and discounts to local childcare centers, as well as access to
  • 401k (traditional and Roth offered) with 50% match on first 6% deferred. Match is vested immediately
  • A suite of Moderna paid insurance coverage, including: life insurance, short-term and long-term disability
  • Voluntary legal assistance plan
  • 15 days' vacation and 7 sick days per year, in addition to a discretionary winter shut down and 11 company paid holidays (includes 2 floating holidays)

About Moderna:

In 10 years since its inception, Moderna has transformed from a science research-stage company advancing programs in the promising-but-still-unproven field of messenger RNA (mRNA), to an enterprise with its first medicine having treated millions of people, a diverse clinical portfolio of vaccines and therapeutics across six modalities, a broad intellectual property portfolio in areas including mRNA and lipid nanoparticle formulation, and an integrated manufacturing plant that allows for both clinical and commercial production at scale and at unprecedented speed. Moderna maintains alliances with a broad range of domestic and overseas government and commercial collaborators, which has allowed for the pursuit of both groundbreaking science and rapid scaling of manufacturing. Most recently, Moderna's capabilities have come together to allow the authorized use of one of the earliest and most-effective vaccines against the COVID-19 pandemic.

Moderna's mRNA platform builds on continuous advances in basic and applied mRNA science, delivery technology and manufacturing, and has allowed the development of therapeutics and vaccines for infectious diseases, immuno-oncology, rare diseases, cardiovascular diseases and auto-immune diseases. Today, 24 development programs are underway across these therapeutic areas, with 13 programs having entered the clinic. Moderna has been named a top biopharmaceutical employer by Science for the past six years. To learn more, visit

Moderna is a smoke-free, alcohol-free and drug-free work environment.

Moderna is committed to equal employment opportunity and non-discrimination for all employees and qualified applicants without regard to a person's race, color, gender, age, religion, national origin, ancestry, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation or any characteristic protected under applicable law. Moderna will make reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with known disabilities, in accordance with applicable law.



Keywords: Moderna Theraputics, Cambridge , VP, Program Leader, Other , Cambridge, Massachusetts

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