Director, Corporate Strategy

AveXis Inc.
Bannockburn, IL, US
Sep 25, 2018
Required Education
Bachelors Degree
Position Type
Full time

Ready to join a team committed to moving gene therapies into the clinical and commercial settings for patients and families devastated by rare neurological genetic diseases? AveXis is advancing cutting-edge science to treat rare and life-threatening genetic diseases starting with our clinical-stage, proprietary gene therapy candidate, AVXS-101. We are in the midst of an incredible journey and are looking for passionate individuals to join us on this important mission.

AveXis, Inc., a Novartis Company , is a clinical-stage gene therapy company, dedicated to developing and commercializing novel treatments for patients suffering from rare and life-threatening neurological genetic diseases. Our initial product candidate, AVXS-101, is our proprietary gene therapy product candidate currently in development for the treatment of spinal muscular atrophy, or SMA, Type 1, the leading genetic cause of infant mortality, and for the treatment of SMA Type 2. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration, or FDA, has granted AVXS-101 Orphan Drug Designation for the treatment of all types of SMA and Breakthrough Therapy Designation, as well as Fast Track Designation for the treatment of SMA Type 1. In addition to developing AVXS-101 to treat SMA Type 1 and Type 2, we also plan to develop other novel treatments for rare neurological diseases, including Rett syndrome (RTT) and a genetic form of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) caused by mutations in the superoxide dismutase 1 (SOD1) gene.

The Director of Strategy will lead strategic evaluations and strategic initiatives to enable AveXis to become a world leader in gene therapy.


  • Develop targeted internal and external evaluations and propose solutions to key strategic questions and lay the foundation and framework for the future of AveXis.
  • Collaborate with AveXis Leadership Team (ALT) members and senior leaders across AveXis to evaluate strategy and plan implementation to achieve performance and operational objectives.
  • Define strategic content as well as lead strategic cross-functional projects/initiatives.
  • Prepare presentations for internal and external communication, including Novartis Board of Directors, Novartis Executive Committee, Pharma Executive Committee, AveXis Leadership Team, etc.
  • Support ad-hoc strategic requests, as needed.


  • Advanced university degree, e.g. MBA.
  • Experience at a Top 5 consulting firm or significant healthcare boutique consulting firm with proven experience as project manager. Alternatively, significant multi-year experience in the industry or as entrepreneur with clear healthcare experience.
  • Ability to synthesize detailed information, provide critical insights and make clear conceptual arguments.
  • Superior writing and presentation skills.
  • Proven project management, implementation/execution abilities are required.
  • Gene therapy industry experience preferred, but not required.

This position will be located out of our Chicago area office, with 20% travel.

The level of this position will be based on the final candidate's qualifications.

Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.

AveXis is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity, national origin, genetics, disability, age, sexual orientation or veteran status