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Director, Project Controls

Moderna, Inc.
Norwood, MA
Start date
May 28, 2024

Job Details

The Role

In this role, you will Reporting to the Senior Director, Capital Projects and Project Controls, the Director - Project Controls will be responsible for establishing and implementing project controls methodologies across the company including Front End project execution strategy development, estimating, scheduling, cost control, project buyout and logistics for all Moderna Capital Projects Worldwide.

Heres What Youll Do

The Director - Project Controls will be jointly responsible with the Capital Projects Team for managing Modernas annual spend in Capital, Construction and Engineering across all global functions in the organization. The role will ensure the projects are planned strategically, sequenced, budgeted and executed in an orderly compliant manner, ensuring that value from allocated funds are maximized. This includes implementing and managing the following key activities:

Capital Planning:

  • Collaborate with finance, operations and other internal stake holder to develop long range plans

  • Establish and implement means and methods to ensure reliable and accurate quarterly and annual forecasting of cashflow

Project Execution Strategy

  • Establishing Project execution strategy, timeline and budget risk assessment, development of project buyout strategy and setting up project support team

Portfolio Management

  • Establish and implement means and methods to ensure reliable and accurate reporting on portfolio and project status

  • Partner with Project Managers to provide necessary levels of visibility to managements attention

Estimating & Benchmarking :

  • Establish and implement estimating and benchmarking means and methods

  • Prepare initial estimates for mission critical projects

  • Partner with project management teams to ensure accurate estimate

  • Review estimates prior to funding approvals to ensure accuracy

Scheduling & Progress Measurement

  • Establish and implement scheduling and progress measurement means and methods

  • Prepare initial schedules for mission critical projects

  • Partner with project management teams to ensure accurate schedules

  • Review schedules prior to funding approvals to ensure accuracy

Cost Management:

  • Establish and implement means and methods for project Cost Management

  • Ensure timely review of project progress, invoice management and payment

  • Establish and implement means and methods to ensure proper change and vendor management

Contract Management:

  • Partner with sourcing and project management to ensure appropriate contract types and execution strategies are deployed

  • Partner with sourcing and project management to establish means and methods to prepare and review RFP templates, bids and Proposal

Financial and Schedule Risk Management:

  • Establish and implement means and methods to develop and track, and mitigate cost and schedule risks

  • Additional duties as may be assigned from time to time

Team Management

  • Assist in accomplishing department objectives by managing both FTE& contract staff; planning and evaluating department activities

  • Assist in maintaining staff by recruiting, selecting, orienting, and training FTE & contract support personnel

  • Assist in accomplishing staff results by communicating job expectations; planning, monitoring, and appraising job results to FTE & contract support personnel.

  • Coaches, counsels, and disciplines both FTEs and contract support personnel

  • Develops, coordinates, and enforces departmental systems, policies, procedures, and productivity standards.

  • Provide Oversight of accuracy, quality control and cadence of project controls cost deliverables by FTEs and contract support personnel

Heres What Youll Need (Minimum Qualifications)

  • 10-15 years of experience in a delivery of Capital, Construction and Engineering with at least 5 years specifically in the biopharmaceutical industry.

  • 10+ years of management experience in the areas of Project Controls or Capita Project execution around multiple geographies

  • Bachelors degree required. BA/BS in a Technical discipline desired; Masters degree (MBA, MS) preferred.

  • Proficient-level skills in the following key competencies/skills: communications, project management, relationship management, estimating, scheduling, financial acumen, cost and financial management, aptitude for technology, results-focus, professionalism, and success in a matrixed environment.

  • A proven track record of project delivery on fast track, highly technical projects

  • A proven track record of supporting a complex major capital program

  • Ability to work in a highly metric-driven environment.

  • A deep desire to be a key part of building a world-class Engineering function.

  • Ability to lead through service, recommend execution strategies, and deliver business results.

  • Strong collaboration and communications skills required to address and resolve issues in a matrixed environment and with the Finance function.

  • Excellent negotiation, organizational, interpersonal and problem-solving skills

  • Demonstrates strategic enterprise thinking, finding innovative ways to deliver results, and build trust

  • Must possess outstanding communication, analytical, and problem-solving skills and the ability to work with enterprise-wide information systems

  • Ability to interact well with other groups and must be able to take ownership of and follow through on assignments. Must be able to drive results on multiple complex assignments simultaneously with minimal required direction from his/her supervisor.

  • Ability to represent Modernas interests, objectives and policies in a professional and responsible manner.

  • Ability to make effective oral presentations and work as part of a team.

Heres What Youll Bring to the Table (Preferred Qualifications)

  • Bachelors degree required. BA/BS in a Technical discipline desired; Masters degree (MBA, MS) preferred.

  • Deep understanding of Capital Project Controls both Cost and Schedule elements, and associated elements of cost estimating, benchmarking, capturing actuals, monthly and annual forecasting, and tools such as SAP, Primavera P6, Microsoft Project, Oracle Unifier, Procore, Advanced Excel, Smartsheet and other Project Management/Cost Management tools.

  • 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.

As we build our company, we have always believed an in-person culture is critical to our success. Moderna champions the significant benefits of in-office collaboration by embracing a 70/30 work model. This 70% in-office structure helps to foster a culture rich in innovation, teamwork, and direct mentorship. Join us in shaping a world where every interaction is an opportunity to learn, contribute and make a meaningful impact.

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 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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