Associate Corporate Counsel, Transactions

Moderna Theraputics Cambridge , MA 02138

Posted 6 months ago

Associate Corporate Counsel, Transactions

The Role:

The role is an exciting opportunity to become a critical component of the legal and business operations of a leading high-growth company in the biotech industry. We need a pragmatic, business-minded professional with a deep understanding of the concepts customarily addressed in contracts for the life sciences industry to structure, draft, and negotiate the full gamut of commercial and technology-related contracts, including research agreements, technology licenses, manufacture and supply agreements and government contracts. The successful candidate will be responsible for managing and strengthening the company's contracting processes and supporting internal business partners by interpreting complex contractual terms, providing risk assessments and recommendations, and negotiating and closing agreements with third parties.

Here's What You'll Do:

  • Partner with internal business development, finance, research, manufacturing and other business teams to identify and understand their business requirements, and negotiate contracts in accordance with those requirements and the company's overall objectives, priorities and policies

  • Provide post-execution relationship support by interpreting contract language for internal clients, drafting amendments and working to help avoid/resolve potential issues

  • Become proficient with the company's integrated contract management system and work with other members of the legal group to continually improve the company's templates and internal contracting process

  • Work closely with members of finance and other departments to help ensure compliance with cross-functional policies and procedures

  • Integrate your contract assessment with our public company disclosure and review cycle; assess materiality; work with other members of the group to ensure timely and correct disclosure

  • Recognize high pressure, time sensitive situations and respond clearly and pragmatically with high quality and timeliness

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

  • J.D. from an accredited law school; admitted into practice and in good standing in at least one state

  • 6 - 10 years of experience drafting and negotiating a wide variety of contracts related to research, development, licensing, manufacturing and other business arrangements in the life sciences industry is required, ideally in both a law firm setting and as a member of a legal department in a pharmaceutical/biotech company

  • Strong drafting and communication skills, and an ability to maintain a high level of attention to detail without losing sight of the big picture

  • Commitment to client service, finding solutions, relationship building, continued learning, proactivity and confidentiality

  • General understanding of the concepts, terminology and interdependencies that are important in the research-based pharmaceutical industry, including with respect to intellectual property rights

  • Excellent interpersonal skills that are demonstrated by being articulate, direct and forthright, and serving as a collaborative and decisive team member and a strategic thinker with a broad perspective

  • Ability to manage and prioritize multiple matters simultaneously and to respond to rapidly shifting priorities in ambiguous or challenging situations

  • Demonstrated ability to own projects and consistently meet tight timing requirements and high quality standards

  • Strong verbal and written communication skills, including proven ability to interact and communicate effectively with individuals from multiple departments at all levels of the organization

  • Ability to handle confidential and proprietary information using impeccable discretion and judgment

  • Experience managing the intake, processing, digital execution and tracking of a large number of agreements using a contract management software system

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

  • 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, with an additional day added after each year of service (beginning Jan 2019), 7 sick days per year, in addition to a discretionary winter shut down and 13 company paid holidays (includes 2 floating holidays)

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

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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Associate Corporate Counsel, Transactions

Moderna Theraputics