Sr. Manager Clinical Contracts, Clinical Development

Cambridge, MA
August 13 2019
Life Sciences, Biology
Organization Type
Sr. Manager Clinical Contracts, Clinical Development

The Role:

Moderna Inc. is seeking a highly capable clinical contracts manager with strong contract development and negotiating skills to support execution of drug development programs. This key role will report to the Sr. Director of Business Operations and will be responsible for managing the processing of clinical contracts from the identification of need through drafting, review, negotiation, approval, execution, analysis, tracking, and reporting.

The successful candidate will thrive in a fast-paced, dynamic, and nimble environment of an emerging company that depends on strong links and collaboration with external stakeholders (CRO partners, research organizations, alliance partners, etc.). This is an exciting and interdisciplinary role for a qualified, organized, and motivated individual.

Here's What You'll Do:
  • Vendor/Consultant Contract Preparation and Negotiations: Manage drafting of contract documents for outsourced services, either by outside party or Moderna legal department. Review contract documents, ensuring the use of appropriate templates and adherence to master service agreement terms as applicable. Negotiate contract terms as needed. In collaboration with legal department and clinical outsourcing director, ensure that final contracts cover the necessary scope and are consistent with company requirements, applicable regulations, and good business practices. Manage the contract execution process according to Moderna requirements. Advise internal customers on appropriate type of agreement addressing their needs.
  • Site Contract and Budget Preparation and Negotiations: Support the development and maintenance of clinical trial site reference budgets through the management and use of licensed or internal benchmarking tools. Liaise with internal clinical operations leads, legal, and CRO partners to develop site budget negotiation parameters and approval of site contract templates.
  • Contract Maintenance: Ensure contracts executed by Moderna are requested and tracked within legal database. Maintain contract archive. Prepare reports as needed. Review metrics related to the contract process and take appropriate action to improve efficiency and timeliness of contract processing.
  • Process and Template Development: Support development and updating of Moderna's processes and tools, including contract templates. Participate in corporate initiatives.
  • During all stages of activities, interact with internal customers, outsourcing, legal and finance departments, and other functions as appropriate, managing high volume of contract requests to meet project timelines.

Here's What You'll Bring to the Table:
  • Degree in scientific, economic, or legal discipline, or equivalent, with 5+ years pharma/biotech/CRO industry-related experience or equivalent, to include at least 3 years of experience in clinical contract negotiation and finalization.
  • Sound understanding of drug development processes both in small molecules and biologics and experience with clinical development / clinical research organizations.
  • Demonstrated understanding of project management principles as well as sound knowledge of contract terms and conditions, benchmarking and market analysis skills; must have high degree of energy, accuracy and attention to detail.
  • Outstanding communication skills, including excellent verbal and written communication skills, an innovative approach to problem-solving, and an integrated view of business and scientific issues.
  • Must possess good organizational and interpersonal skills as well as great attention to detail.
  • Ability to thrive in a fast-paced innovative environment while remaining flexible, proactive, resourceful, and efficient is essential.
  • Ability to work independently and successfully in a matrix environment, and to prioritize and manage multiple tasks simultaneously.
  • Ability to work in a multicultural team environment and interact with a wide variety of customers. Must be able to relate effectively to people at all levels of the organization.
  • Ability to integrate cross-functional issues and balance competing priorities effectively.
  • High degree of communication, facilitation and problem-solving attitude with complex negotiation and conflict resolution skills
  • Skilled at developing and maintaining professional interpersonal relationships with colleagues internally and externally in order to complete the given tasks.

  • Initiating Action
  • Flexibility/Adaptability to change
  • Effective Communication
  • Persuasiveness
  • Proven ability to multitask
  • Commercial awareness
  • Excellent English language skills
  • Computer skills (MS Office - Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook)
  • Focus on customer needs
  • Commitment to Quality
  • Acts with integrity
  • Thinks strategically
  • Works efficiently
  • Uses technical/functional expertise

Here's What We'll Bring to the Table:
  • Daily on-site catered lunches
  • 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
  • Adoption assistance and discounts to local childcare centers, as well as access to
  • 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

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 .

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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