Manager, Global Strategic Sourcing

AveXis Inc.
Libertyville, IL, US
Nov 19, 2018
Required Education
Bachelors Degree
Position Type
Full time

Ready to join a team committed to moving gene therapies into the clinical setting 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 at the beginning of an incredible journey, and are looking for passionate individuals to join us on this important mission.

AveXis, Inc. 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, 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 Manager, Global Strategic Sourcing is responsible for supporting the development and implementation of a supplies strategy for AveXis clinical trials. The individual will develop strategies that align with specific business needs, incorporate best practices, negotiate contracts, manage risk and supplier performance and manage continuous improvement initiatives.


  • Supports category management for assigned categories to deliver key performance indicators, including: risk management, supplier rationalization, joint innovation, supplier performance, etc.
  • Develops and drives global strategies focused on identifying and contracting with suppliers that meet key business needs and the aforementioned category management goals.
  • Has responsibility for identification, qualification and performance management of assigned supplier base.
  • Aligns team and category management processes to meet business needs and sourcing goals.
  • Acts as the key interface with AveXis partners ensuring alignment of objectives, and commitments.
  • Interfaces with Clinical Operations, Supply Chain, Clinical and Supplier Quality and other functions to obtain alignment to execute strategies that support their key objectives


  • Bachelor's degree in Business or technical field. MBA preferred
  • Minimum of 5 years' experience in sourcing roles in biotech or pharma industry.
  • Demonstrated consultative/collaborative style
  • Knowledge of, or experience in, the supply chain of drug product and supplies for clinical trials - including procurement, warehousing and logistics, preferred.
  • Experienced in project management.
  • Business acumen - knows how to assess market/business requirements dynamics and negotiate agreements that yield meaningful business value.
  • Experience working in highly regulated industries such as life science, medical device, or pharmaceutical.
  • Experience in a continuous improvement environment with a track record of achieving year over year results.
  • Influences without authority to motivate and manage a cross-functional team in multiple geographies.
  • CPSM or equivalent preferred

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.