Head, Organizational and Talent Development

Cambridge, MA
January 16 2020
Life Sciences, Biology
Organization Type
The Role:

Organizational and Talent Development is the ultimate cross-functional team within any organization. Every day you will work with key stakeholders across the organization to develop our people, drive impact, and help Moderna develop our unique culture as we work on creating new medicines for patients. You will be the ambassador of Moderna's culture, which prides itself on boldness, curiosity, relentlessness and collaboration. You will focus on guiding Moderna team members to become the best versions of themselves by developing their skills, guiding them on how to increase their impact, and building lifelong relationships.

As Moderna continues to evolve, the needs and skills of our leaders are evolving too. As the Head of Organizational and Talent Development you will be responsible for setting the strategic vision for onboarding our new talent, providing continuous and innovative learning and training, developing leadership and organizational resiliency models and working with senior leaders to drive strategy through people management. This requires a keen understanding of business needs and challenges, extreme cross- functional collaboration, and creative visioning to set the path forward. This position works closely with senior leaders to understand talent needs of each function, provide consultation and develop organization and talent related plans and/or programs specific to each function. This position works closely with Talent Acquisition and our HRBP leaders to ensure there is a deliberate strategy and plan for attracting, developing, and retaining talent. This role manages a team of 3 learning and development professionals and will continue to build a team as we grow our organizational development function. You will design and implement key processes related to Succession Planning and Management, Performance Management, Talent Development, Leadership Development, Mentoring, Career Pathing, Training and Change Management. This position reports to the Chief People Officer and will be primarily located at our facility in Norwood, Massachusetts with travel to Kendall Square, Cambridge, as needed.

Here's What You'll Do:
  • Provide organization development solutions and services to the Company which focus on delivering our long-range plan through alignment of strategy, structure, processes, people, and rewards.
  • Create a learning and development strategy that addresses workforce capabilities, skills and competencies needed to support current and future strategies. Ensure learning and development programs embrace new technologies and multi-faceted delivery approaches.
  • Address a variety of questions including: What do newly hired leaders needs to effectively lead and drive value? What is needed to prepare our next crop of senior leaders? What does a director or senior director need to lead organizations that have doubled or tripled over the past 12 months?
  • Develop appropriate metrics and tracking mechanisms to build accountability, measure results, and optimize the impact of the talent management and organizational development programs. You will have proven ability to analyze and interpret data and leverage those insights into critical decisions.
  • Work with HRBP's and the leadership team to create a holistic people strategy that incorporates talent planning, organizational effectiveness, and driving a diverse and inclusive culture.
  • Champion and represent Moderna's unique culture and values. Create programs that safeguard, extend and advance our culture as a differentiator compared to other companies across our locations
  • Build upon existing and develop new innovative talent management programs and processes to improve the new hire experience, engagement, performance, and movement of talent across the Company- this may include development and management of talent profiles, career paths, performance management processes, multi-source feedback, succession planning, and talent reviews.

Here's What You'll Bring to the Table:
  • 20+ years of professional experience in human capital consulting, management consulting, or talent strategy with a Master's/advanced degree in leadership, adult learning, organizational effectiveness, organizational behavior, organizational development or an MBA.
  • Pharma and/or biotech industry experience. Significant experience in building and scaling organizations including those exceeding 2,000 employees on a global basis.
  • Experience in multiple human resources disciplines including HR Business Partner (HRBP), talent management, learning and development, OD, or talent acquisition
  • Demonstrated success in strong program or project management with impeccable interpersonal, and team building skills
  • Excellent communication skills, with strong senior presence; you have the ability partner closely with senior executives and execute quickly
  • Experience managing a team to execute on goals and implement and leverage digital infrastructure effectively
  • Flexible and agile in your approach to leveraging data and making rapid decisions

Here's What We'll Bring to the Table:
  • On-site subsidized cafeteria
  • Company-provided iPhone
  • Free parking, monthly subway pass or a subsidized commuter rail pass
  • Free annual corporate membership to Bluebikes
  • Highly competitive healthcare coverage including: medical offered through BCBS (HMO/PPO), dental, and vision offered through VSP
  • Flexible Spending Accounts for medical expenses and dependent care expenses
  • 16 weeks of 100% paid parental leave for all new parents
  • 16 weeks 100% paid family caregiver leave
  • 20 weeks 100% paid medical leave
  • Eligible for "Moderna Month" (one month paid sabbatical after five years of service and eligible for additional one month paid sabbatical every 3 years thereafter)
  • Adoption assistance and discounts to local childcare centers, as well as access to care.com
  • 401k (traditional and Roth offered) with 50% match on first 6% deferred. Match is vested immediately
  • A suite of Moderna paid insurance coverage, including: life insurance, short-term and long-term disability
  • Voluntary legal assistance plan
  • 15 days' vacation and 7 sick days per year, in addition to a discretionary winter shut down and 11 company paid holidays (includes 2 floating holidays)

Why join Moderna:

Moderna is advancing messenger RNA (mRNA) science to create a new class of transformative medicines for patients. mRNA medicines are designed to direct the body's cells to produce intracellular, membrane or secreted proteins that have a therapeutic or preventive benefit with the potential to address a broad spectrum of diseases. 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.

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 named a top employer by Science for the fifth year in a row. 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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