(Contract) Cost/Plant Accountant, Financial Operations

Norwood, MA
March 07 2019
Organization Type
(Contract) Cost/Plant Accountant, Financial Operations

The Role:

This role is an exciting opportunity to be a critical part of the Accounting team supporting a high growth organization that is radically changing the biotech industry. Working at Moderna's new state-of-the-art, LEED certified, cGMP manufacturing facility in Norwood, MA. This 200k sq. foot campus is critical as we continue to move more of our therapies into the clinic and require in-house manufacturing. We need a seasoned Cost/Plant Accountant to support manufacturing operations, supply chain management and facilities for this site. Responsibilities will focus on the areas of inventory, cost of goods and fixed assets.

We work collaboratively as a team, we boldly strive for excellence, we are constantly curious and committed to ongoing learning and improvement, and we are relentless in our pursuit of the best talent in the industry. The anticipated time frame for this role is 9 months.

Here's What You'll Do:
  • Maintain standard costs for all raw materials, WIP, semi-finished and finished goods processes
  • Maintain standard cost system to ensure accuracy of inventory valuation and support annual manufacturing cost standard updates
  • Monitor inventory transactions and processes including scrap, inventory, cycle counts and cost of goods to ensure accuracy and compliance with corporate policies
  • Assist in month-end closing, prepare journal entries as necessary for inventory, cost of goods, and fixed assets
  • Prepare general ledger reconciliations for all inventory and cost of goods accounts
  • Prepare and analyze department expense variances (actual to budgets/forecasts)
  • Coordinate with Supply Chain Management and Manufacturing departments to discuss and resolve issues in areas such as production, purchasing, accounts payable, receiving, shipping, and other
  • Prepare and verify product costs in support of all cost-based pricing contracts, intercompany transfer pricing and shipping valuations
  • Create and maintain purchase price variance reports and other cost/inventory reports.
  • Maintain internal control documentation
  • Prepare for and participate in internal and external reviews and audits
  • Support in the preparation of annual budgets and short-term forecasts.
  • Assist with the day-to-day accounting activities where needed
  • Work on special projects as required

Here's What You'll Bring to the Table:
  • BS/BA in Accounting/Finance and five years of relevant accounting experience, including experience in a costing role
  • Experience in a process manufacturing environment and a general understanding of discrete manufacturing
  • Public company experience a plus, with a working knowledge of cGMP
  • Knowledge of U.S. Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP)
  • SAP experience highly desired
  • Strong communication skills, ability to present financial information in a meaningful understandable way
  • Self-motivated and ability to work independently and collaboratively and strong organizational skills are essential
  • Ability to work in a time-sensitive and high-volume environment
  • Excellent computer skills, including Microsoft Office suite and related tools
  • A desire to be part of a high-growth, transformational company that is Bold, Relentless, Curious, and Collaborative.

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.