Paralegal, Research, Development & GA at ModernaTX, Inc.

Posted in Other 16 days ago.

Location: Cambridge, Massachusetts





Job Description:

The Role



This role is an exciting opportunity to become an integral 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 excellent organization skills and strong attention to detail to provide comprehensive lifecycle management for a high volume of contracts, as well as create and improve processes and practices to improve the day-to-day efficiency and effectiveness of the legal team.


The successful candidate will be responsible for reviewing and responding to time-sensitive requests for legal review, generating agreements using legal templates, managing negotiations through execution, and helping to continually improve the company's contracts management system and processes. The person will be joining a legal who prides themselves on being businesspeople with law degrees. This individual must be able to interact closely with their stakeholders, understand the concerns, and deliver on fast-paced, highly visible contracts.



Here's What You'll Do



  • Manage the intake of legal escalations through the company's contract management system and oversee the progression of a high volume of contracts through to finalization


  • Draft, review, and assist in negotiating a high volume of contracts in support of the G&A, Research, Development, and Clinical organizations assign incoming matters to the appropriate members of the legal team as necessary


  • Coordinate with internal teams, other functional areas, and external parties to ensure timely completion of agreements and appropriate contractual terms


  • Assist in identifying and executing process improvement projects, measuring progress, and continually using data to inform next steps


  • Prepare a variety of reports for tracking and documenting legal team activities to improve efficiency and cost-effectiveness


  • Educate others on core contract management processes for the generation, execution, and maintenance of contracts


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


  • Manage contract template processes, including systematic reviews of templates and playbooks, and incorporation of best contracting practices and provisions


  • Assist with group budget management and processes associated with group outside counsel and consultant spend using the company's legal e-billing system


  • Support legal team members on special projects and be willing to grow and take on additional responsibilities





Here's What You'll Need (Minimum Qualifications)



  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent required


  • Minimum of 5 years of direct contract management experience, preferably within a legal department in the pharmaceutical or biotechnology industry


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





Here's What You'll Bring to the Table (Preferred Qualifications)



  • Experience with Agiloft contract management software a plus


  • Ability to draft contracts, renewals, statements of work, amendments, etc. from templates, and review and negotiate basic contracts, including CDAs, MTAs, Services Agreements and Consulting Agreements


  • Strong organization and project management skills, excellent judgment, and a great deal of resourcefulness


  • Desire to be part of a team, courage to speak up when necessary, and drive to get work completed


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


  • Tech-enabled background that will identify automation options throughout the contract lifecycle


  • 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


  • Comfortable working in a fast-paced, high-energy environment that requires strong organization, prioritization and attention to detail


  • Willingness to take on additional responsibilities as required


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






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 www.modernatx.com.


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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