Senior Project Manager, Site

AveXis Inc.
Libertyville, IL, US
Sep 27, 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 Senior Project Manager, Libertyville is responsible for driving project management activities supporting manufacturing and supply chain deliverables at the Libertyville site. This person will be instrumental in coordinating and managing projects across the manufacturing, engineering, QC and QA functions including: inspection prep projects, site maturity model projects, and business continuity projects. This includes managing projects cross-functionally as with key consultants/subject matter experts. This person will also serve a critical role on the site leadership team, by facilitating key topics and resolving issues quickly. The successful candidate will be responsible for managing project timelines, as well as facilitating effective communication and information across the site. This person will be responsible for communicating project status, issues, assessing risks, and proposing solutions to the team.


  • Management of cross-functional projects to ensure Libertyville site deliverables are met to support product launch.
  • Manage the Libertyville site Maturity Model, and ensure clear ownership of projects, clear project charters and project plans, and escalate/resolve issues as they arise.
  • Manage the Libertyville site Business Continuity Plan and facilitate business continuity projects.
  • Facilitate Site Leadership Team meeting, provide management team with weekly/monthly metrics and progress dashboards reflecting status of all cross-functional site activities.
  • Highlight and escalate issues along with mitigation options/solutions.


  • Minimum B.S. degree in science related field; PMP Certification preferred but not required.
  • Direct, hands-on experience in manufacturing, quality, and CMC regulatory experience; direct experience with health authority inspections preferred.
  • Strong project management and presentation skills; Ability to synthesize detailed information and provide critical insights across manufacturing and supply chain.

This position will be located out of our Libertyville site.

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.