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Sr. Program Manager, XRV Early Development

Moderna, Inc.
Cambridge, MA
Start date
Jun 6, 2024

Job Details

The Role:

The External Research Ventures (XRV) at Moderna is responsible for identifying, executing, and managing collaborations with external partners. XRV is a small but dynamic team seeking a Project Manager to help drive cutting-edge programs in Discovery and Preclinical phase, working with internal and external teams, leading the transition from partner to internal teams, and progressing programs to IND filing. Project Managers work closely with Project Leaders and Cross-functional stakeholders to develop and enable the execution of research plans and timelines from Discovery, through IND-Enabling studies, to IND filing. Additionally, there may be the opportunity within XRV to assist with Alliance activities or participate in capability assessments of potential partners. Project Management experience is required, ideally in a research or preclinical drug discovery setting.

Heres What Youll Do:

  • Coordinate and participate in meetings with external partners, work with partner project manager to develop and foster productive cross-company relationships; assist Alliance Manager with governance meetings and other activities.

  • Manage internal cross-functional team that oversees partnership. Manage material production and shipment for partner programs.

  • Build and facilitate internal cross-functional core teams. Schedule and facilitate meetings, prepare agendas and meeting minutes, track action items, manage team dynamics, and escalate risks as appropriate, to ensure execution of research plans.

  • Develop cross-functional project timelines and track activities against them; maintain up-to-date status on internal portals for reporting and forecasting; ensure accurate communication of program needs across the Moderna ecosystem.

  • Work with Project Leader on program objectives and priorities, scenario planning, governance presentations.

  • Work with the Finance group to implement and track program budgetand forecasts.

Heres What Youll Bring to the Table:

  • Bachelors degree in a scientific field with 7 years of experience in a biotechnology or pharmaceutical setting.

  • Knowledge of early drug development including the transition of novel candidates from discovery through first in man studies.

  • Proven track record of successful project management experience preferably supporting early-stage drug development programs.

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

  • Strong knowledge of project management tools and software.

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

  • Ability to thrive in a fast-paced environment; ability to adapt to changes with demonstrated flexibility to pivot fearlessly as warranted and needed.

  • Acts like an owner, acts with dynamic range, pursues options in parallel and removes viscosity, and strives to push past possible.

  • Preferred: Laboratory experience in an academic or biotechnology setting

  • Preferred: Project/program management training

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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