Associate Director, Data Architecture, Stewardship, & Analytics – Research Informatics


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Cambridge, MA

Job Description

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Job Overview:

The Role:

Moderna is rapidly growing across our Research Science portfolio. That growth is not limited to new team members joining an organization, but also to the Data that these teams create. The Digital for Research Product Team is looking for a Data Architecture and Stewardship leader to be a keeper of the processes, policies, rules, and standards by which our Research Scientists define and consume their most critical data. This role will also be a maker of analytics and visualization dashboards, so familiarity with scientific facing BI tools (Spotfire, Tableau, Vortex) is a must. This position reports into the Director, Research Informatics and is based in Moderna’s Cambridge, MA office.

Here's What You’ll Do:

  • Define ownership and accountability of critical data assets to ensure they are effectively managed and maintain integrity throughout their lifecycle at Moderna

    • Be a true Steward of the Data Journey for Moderna Research Scientists

    • Define and execute training procedures for data capture best practices

    • Understand problem space for our end users as it relates to data analytics and consumption

  • Lead cross-functional teams (Digital, Business, IT, and external vendors) to ensure that data and analytics are fit for purpose (including completeness, accuracy and integrity)

  • Manage business metadata and processes to ensure proper use of data being read, created, collected, reported, updated or deleted

  • Identify, cultivate, and advise relationships with relevant stakeholders as appropriate on data governance related matters

  • Leverage data as a strategic asset enabling data-driven decisions and analytics of our Research Scientists

  • Partner with our Global Security team to drive the appropriate data privileges for our Research Scientists

  • Partner with our Business Intelligence and Data Analytics team to build delightful analytics and visualization dashboards and define best practices for data standards

  • Drive productivity and efficiency of daily business operations by generating and maintaining high quality data standards and mechanisms for data capture

Here’s What You’ll Bring to the Table:

  • Minimum 9 years of experience working in data analytics, architecture, management and/or governance

  • Experience within either a) the Research arm of a pharmaceutical or biotech organization or b) a digital vendor supporting this industry

  • Strong data management background

  • Ability to partner with business and technical subject matter experts to ensure standardization of operational information

  • Accountability for the execution of Research-wide data governance policies and procedures

  • Strong Communication Skills/Able to Persuade/Influence Others at various Organization Levels and the ability to foster lasting partnerships

  • You have a strong understanding of the Research cycle that is employed across the pharma or bio industry

  • You put team before tasks by collaborating actively with all team members and supporting them.

  • You work independently yet engage proactively with team members, colleagues, and stakeholders to get alignment and drive projects forward.

  • You don't hesitate to dive in and work alongside the team.

  • A desire to be part of a high-growth, transformational company that is Bold, Relentless, Curious, and Collaborative

  • Bachelor's degree in Computer Science, Biotechnology or equivalent required, Masters or Ph.D. preferred

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 winter shut down
    • 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!

Candidates should be aware that Moderna currently maintains a policy requiring all US-based employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and receive a booster shot once eligible. Newly hired employees must be vaccinated and boosted prior to their employment start date. Moderna is an equal opportunity employer and will provide a reasonable accommodation to those unable to be vaccinated or receive a booster where it is not an undue hardship to the company to do so as provided under federal, state, and local law.

About Moderna

In over 10 years since its inception, Moderna has transformed from a research-stage company advancing programs in the field of messenger RNA (mRNA), to an enterprise with a diverse clinical portfolio of vaccines and therapeutics across seven modalities, a broad intellectual property portfolio in areas including mRNA and lipid nanoparticle formulation, and an integrated manufacturing plant that allows for rapid clinical and commercial production at scale. Moderna maintains alliances with a broad range of domestic and overseas government and commercial collaborators, which has allowed for the pursuit of both groundbreaking science and rapid scaling of manufacturing. Most recently, Moderna's capabilities have come together to allow the authorized use and approval of one of the earliest and most effective vaccines against the COVID-19 pandemic.

Moderna's mRNA platform builds on continuous advances in basic and applied mRNA science, delivery technology and manufacturing, and has allowed the development of therapeutics and vaccines for infectious diseases, immuno-oncology, rare diseases, cardiovascular diseases and autoimmune diseases. Moderna has been named a top biopharmaceutical employer by Science for the past seven years. To learn more, visit

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.