(Contract) Recruiting Lead, Talent Acquisition – Clinical Development

Cambridge, MA
March 07 2019
Life Sciences, Biology
Organization Type
(Contract) Recruiting Lead, Talent Acquisition - Clinical Development

The Role:

This role is an exciting opportunity to be a critical part of the talent engine fueling a high-growth organization that is radically changing the biotech industry. As our Clinical Development organization continues to grow, we need a seasoned life science recruiting leader to rapidly build talent pipelines, tenaciously hunt the best players in our industry (globally), and be a strong and visible talent business partner to our Chief Medical Officer and his entire Clinical Leadership Team (including Regulatory Affairs, Clinical Operations, Pharmacovigilance, Clinical Development). This role will manage a small team to ensure best in class talent are hired for this group. We work as a team, we believe in striving for excellence, and we are relentless in our pursuit of the best talent in the industry. The anticipated time frame for this role is six months.

Here's What You'll Do:
  • Partner with our Chief Medical Officer and other Moderna leaders to lead recruiting efforts for our Clinical Development organization.
  • Utilize our Clinical Employee Value Proposition to create and communicate robust sourcing and recruitment marketing strategies that position Moderna's Clinical organization as an 'employer of choice'.
  • Build senior leadership (Director and above) talent pipelines through proactively networking, employee referrals, cold-calling, events and other creative channels. The ideal candidate will not rely on incoming applications or external agencies as primary channels.
  • Create and monitor talent metrics for the Clinical organization, including managing our Clinical Headcount Plan, Weekly Talent Dashboards, and other talent-related activities.
  • Mentor and inspire a small team that will fuel the Clinical recruiting engine - including: a contract sourcing specialist, contract clinical recruiter and coordinator resource.
  • Help define and reinforce a consistent recruiting process at Moderna that results in a superior candidate and hiring manager experience. This includes robust manager kick-off sessions, interview team prep/debrief sessions, and use of behavior-based interviewing skills and assigned focal areas.
  • Leverage external and internal talent data to best inform hiring managers, and guide them to make smart hiring decisions.
  • Develop strong partnerships with Moderna HR Business Partners and Total Rewards teams.
  • Conduct in-depth talent phone screens, in-person interviews, and facilitate internal team discussions regarding candidates.
  • Be BOLD and RELENTLESS in creating new ideas to identify, engage, attract, and assess talent into Moderna. You don't take no for an answer and you see a solution for the biggest of challenges.

Here's What You'll Bring to the Table:
  • A minimum of 10+ years of progressive experience as an in-house corporate recruiter and people manager in a high-growth biotech environment - including in the clinical development space
  • A desire to be part of a high-growth, transformational company that is Bold, Relentless, Curious, and Collaborative.
  • Ability to manage upwards of 8-10 senior level searches (full life cycle)
  • Demonstrated commitment to being seen as a true 'talent advisor' to the business
  • Exceptional sourcing and closing skills (you are a tenacious hunter that turns over every rock and naturally builds talent networks)
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills - you are outgoing, communicative, and seek to build relationships on a daily basis
  • You drive for results and set a high bar for yourself and others
  • A natural ability to be organized in how you think, communicate and conduct your work
  • A 'digital first' mindset
  • A curious mindset that allows you to constantly learn and challenge the status quo
  • Great pride in your work - you recruit because you love it and enjoy having an impact on the growth of the Company
  • Respect for others and a desire to work as a team. We win together.

Why join Moderna Therapeutics

At Moderna, we believe messenger RNA, or mRNA, is the "software of life." Every cell in the body uses mRNA to provide real-time instructions to make the proteins necessary to drive all aspects of biology, including in human health and disease. Given its essential role, we believe mRNA could be used to create a new category of medicines with significant potential to improve the lives of patients.

Headquartered in Cambridge, Mass., Moderna currently has strategic alliances for development programs with AstraZeneca, Plc. and Merck, Inc., as well as the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), an agency of the U.S. Department of Defense; and the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA), a division of the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Moderna has been ranked in the top ten of Science's list of top biopharma industry employers for the past four years. To learn more, visit www.modernatx.com .

Our Mission:
Deliver on the promise of mRNA science to create a new generation of transformative medicines for patients.


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.

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