Director, Human Resources

AveXis Inc.
Bannockburn, IL, US
Feb 12, 2019
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 (ZOLGENSMA®). 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, Human Resources position is responsible for aligning business objectives with employees and management in a fast-paced biotechnology environment. The position serves as a key partner to management on human resource related matters for multiple functional groups. The role assesses and anticipates HR-related needs and communicates needs proactively with our HR department and business management. The position seeks to develop integrated solutions and formulates partnerships across the HR function to deliver value-added service to management and employees that reflects the business objectives of the organization. The Director, Human Resources maintains an effective level of business knowledge, understands the culture, and integrates into the environment as a true business partner.


  • Implements corporate policy at the business unit/function level.
  • Facilitates organization and leadership development efforts, working with employees and managers to address root causes of human resources issues.
  • Plays a significant role in administering talent management and succession planning activity within client organization.
  • Resolves employee relations issues through a systematic approach.
  • Develops and drives company-wide programs and initiatives (e.g., performance and salary review, workforce planning, and organizational change).
  • Serves as a strategic business partner, change agent, and member of the line management staff.
  • Selects, develops, and evaluates personnel to ensure the efficient operation of the function.
  • Integrates talent and performance management related actions and outcomes across all functions within aligned organizations. Measures, monitors and activates outcome-based talent actions.
  • Ensures the effective delivery of all HR programs and services. Responsible for HR results in the business, including client satisfaction, HR effectiveness and associated financial results.
  • Establishes, builds and maintains strong relationships with key HR partners from all practice areas to ensure elements of HR are successfully coordinated to meet business needs and priorities.
  • Ensures compliance with applicable Company Policies and Procedures.
  • Maintains credibility with Senior Management to maximize successful outcomes.
  • Identification of trends and new approaches to business processes should be both incremental as well as "ahead of the curve."
  • Diagnoses, develops and delivers HR strategies, programs and services that influence and drive the needs of the respective business.
  • Builds trust-based, collaborative, sustainable relationships with executives, managers and customer groups.


  • Bachelor's degree required; Master's in Labor Relations, Business, Industrial Relations or similar discipline a plus.
  • Experience at a senior level HR position, demonstrating success working in a complex operating environment, preferably biopharmaceuticals, biotechnology, or pharmaceuticals.
  • Demonstrated ability to build strong relationships and leverage partner HR functions to deploy resources and programs that positively impact the business.
  • Demonstrated understanding of organizational development activity including high performing teams.
  • Proven ability to communicate effectively with senior leaders and collaborate with staff at all organizational levels.
  • Demonstrated in-depth knowledge of employment/labor regulations.
  • Ability to learn fast, know the business, and change course quickly when needed.
  • Ability to model and demonstrate work behaviors that are consistent with each of the company's core values: Tenacity, Teamwork, and Integrity.
  • Strong communication, organizational and presentation skills.
  • Demonstrated high level of professionalism, confidentiality and discretion.

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.