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Executive Director, Program Leader, Oncology

Moderna, Inc.
Cambridge, MA
Start date
Jun 3, 2024

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Science/R&D, Oncology
Required Education
Bachelors Degree
Position Type
Full time
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Job Details

The Role:

Moderna is seeking a highly motivated and dynamic Program Leader for our Oncology programs to drive program strategy and maintain accountability of program execution in a manner consistent with Modernas mindsets and core values. The successful candidate will work in close coordination with the program manager to drive program strategy and delivery according to established timelines. The Program Leader will lead a cross-functional matrix team consisting of functional representatives from clinical development, clinical operations, regulatory affairs, translational medicine, clinical pharmacology, clinical biomarkers, CMC, non-clinical sciences, and medical affairs to deliver against an ambitious program strategy. The successful candidate will have experience in the successful and innovative development of Oncology programs from IND to early development and into late development.

The successful candidate can lead independently and thrive in a proactive can-do culture and dynamic team milieu to lead the clinical development activities for our innovative mRNA-based therapies for our current and emerging Oncology programs while leveraging success in those to catalyze development across the most promising programs for accelerated development. The candidate will work closely with colleagues in Oncology Development and other therapeutic areas in Moderna as needed. The ideal candidate will be a highly effective internal and external team player and terrific communicator and collaborator to ensure program success. He or she must have excellent skills at building high performing teams and be able to exert influence without authority across many diverse functions.

Come join Moderna at an exciting time to realize the transformative potential of mRNA therapeutics in Oncology!

Heres What Youll Do:

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

  • Lead the cross-functional development team for Oncology programs

  • Represent the program status, development 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 Health Authority (HA) interactions

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

  • Accountable for the integrated development plan for the Oncology programs

  • Lead the program team to make data informed decisions and recommendations (dose selection, go/no go decisions etc)

  • Develop a realistic 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 clinical endpoints for registration, patient reported outcomes, and health-economics

  • Provides strong scientific and project leadership, balancing pragmatism and innovation consistent with Moderna R&D strategy

  • Creates, leads, and delivers continuous improvement of the R&D mission and improve productivity within each phase of development

  • Model and build highly effective team behaviors to achieve ambitious project goals

  • Lead the program team to solve and overcome unforeseen obstacles with innovation and agility

Heres What Youll Bring to the Table:

  • Bachelors degree with 15+ years; or MS with 10+ years; or MD or PhD with 5+ years relevant experience in a biotechnology or pharmaceutical setting

  • Experience in oncology drug development including the transition of novel candidates from discovery through early development. Experience with filing and approval a plus.

  • Proven track record of successful cross functional program leadership or management supporting early- and late-stage programs through regulatory milestones(IND/BLA)

  • 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 dynamic and fluid environment and foster a strong collaborative spirit internally and externally.

  • Strong written and oral communication skills as well as demonstrated organizationalaptitude

  • Ability to manage multiple projects in a fast-paced environment.

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

  • Exceptional problem solving skills

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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