Maintenance Planner

AveXis Inc.
Libertyville, IL, US
Oct 11, 2018
Required Education
Associate 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.

AveXis is seeking a Maintenance Planner who is responsible for planning work for all equipment in a Biopharmaceutical processing plant. This planning will include creating equipment records, developing maintenance plans and scheduling work to coincide with the production schedule.


  • Provide Technical Support for Maintenance Resources and Reliability Maintenance Teams.
  • Handle special projects and activities as assigned.
  • Accountable for deployment and sustainability of Libertyville site maintenance programs.
  • Responsible for compliance with all regulations. People safety and Product Quality.
  • Ensure adequate level of technical expertise to maintain an effective operation.
  • Participate in the business planning and budgeting process.
  • Develop short and long-term cost containment/reduction strategies.
  • Effectively work with plant production scheduling, operations, and other contracted services to achieve AveXis business goals.
  • Coordinate, communicate, and interpret policy for technicians to ensure that maintenance work is thoroughly planned, scheduled, scoped, estimated, and are properly staffed and implemented in accordance to plan.
  • Maintain an understanding of the department's strengths, weaknesses, and resources, identifying potential organizational problems and opportunities. Communicate and reinforce roles and responsibilities of the team and how they support Company/Plant/Department strategies.


  • Comprehensive administrative and technical background attained through Associates degree in Manufacturing Technology or equivalent experience; 6-8 years.
  • Broad exposure to several technical disciplines, such as power transmission, lubrication technology, and electrical/electronic control systems.
  • Maintenance experience in a technical capacity of pharmaceutical processing equipment including; bioreactors, filtration systems, fillers, Clean Room Air Systems.
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook) and other applicable computer software.
  • CMMS Maintenance and Materials Management functionality.
  • Experience in developing maintenance plans for both preventive and predictive maintenance.
  • Experience in Reliability Centered Maintenance Techniques and application to manufacturing equipment.
  • Extensive experience in Root Cause Failure Analysis techniques and application.
  • Budget process: create and deliver.

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.