Paralegal, Transactions and Strategy


Cambridge, MA

The Role:

The 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 written and verbal communication skills, and strong attention to detail to provide comprehensive support across licensing, collaboration, M&A, CMC and commercial partnership agreements, 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 supporting the attorneys in the Business Development and Licensing Legal team across all areas of their practice (e.g., support in negotiations, conducting due diligence, leading substantive issues in disclosure schedules and ancillary agreements, conducting legal research), reviewing and responding to requests for contract initiation and review, generating agreements using legal templates, negotiating the terms of routine agreements, and updating the company’s contracts management system with key agreement terms. In addition, the successful candidate will support legal team budget management, administrative matters, pro-actively identify and implement process improvements, prepare reports and presentation materials, and help coordinate the efforts of the legal team towards achieving short- and long-term goals.

Here’s What You’ll Do:

  • Support attorneys during negotiations and drafting of strategic agreements

  • Conduct due diligence on potential counterparties

  • Conduct factual and legal research on important matters

  • Manage the intake of requests for contract initiation through the company’s contract management system and oversee the progression of a high volume of contracts through to finalization and archiving

  • Draft, review, and assist with the negotiation of CDAs, MSAs, MSAs, renewals, amendments and other routine agreements, and assign other incoming matters to the appropriate members of the legal team

  • Manage the approval, signature, and archiving processes

  • Assist in identifying and executing strategic and 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

  • Assist with budget matters and optimizing workflows within the legal department and conduct financial analysis on outside counsel spend using the company’s e-billing system

  • Assist with administrative matters

  • 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

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

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

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent.

  • Minimum of 3-7 years of paralegal experience, preferably within a leading life sciences corporate law firm, or a legal department in the pharmaceutical or biotechnology industry

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

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

  • 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

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 year-end shutdown
    • 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!

About Moderna

Since our founding in 2010, we have aspired to build the leading mRNA technology platform, the infrastructure to reimagine how medicines are created and delivered, and a world-class team. We believe in giving our people a platform to change medicine and an opportunity to change the world.

By living our mission, values, and mindsets every day, our people are the driving force behind our scientific progress and our culture. Together, we are creating a culture of belonging and building an organization that cares deeply for our patients, our employees, the environment, and our communities.

We are proud to have been recognized as a Science Magazine Top Biopharma Employer, a Fast Company Best Workplace for Innovators, and a Great Place to Work in the U.S.

If you want to make a difference and join a team that is changing the future of medicine, we invite you to visit to learn more about our current opportunities.

Moderna is a smoke-free, alcohol-free and drug-free work environment.

Moderna is a place where everyone can grow. If you meet the Basic Qualifications for the role and you would be excited to contribute to our mission every day, please apply!

Moderna is proud to be an equal opportunity workplace and is an affirmative action employer.

Moderna is committed to equal employment opportunity and non-discrimination for all employees and qualified applicants without regard to a person's race, color, sex, gender identity or expression, age, religion, national origin, ancestry or citizenship, ethnicity, disability, military or protected veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, marital or familial status, or any other personal characteristic protected under applicable law. Moderna is an E-Verify Employer in the United States. We also consider qualified applicants regardless of criminal histories, consistent with legal requirements.

Belonging, Inclusion, and Diversity are critical to the success of our company and our impact on society. We’re focused on attracting, retaining, developing, and advancing our employees and believe that by cultivating diverse experiences, backgrounds, and ideas, we can provide an environment where every employee is able to contribute their best.

Moderna is committed to offering reasonable accommodations to qualified job applicants with disabilities. Any applicant requiring an accommodation in connection with the hiring process and/or to perform the essential functions of the position for which the applicant has applied should make a request to the Talent Acquisition Partner or contact the Accommodations team at (EEO/AAP Employer)