Human Resources Specialist

AveXis Inc.
Bannockburn, IL, US
Mar 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.

AveXis is seeking a Human Resources (HR) Specialist to support the HR team on a variety of data, reporting and project activities. The Specialist will be a resource for employee inquiries and facilitate several HR processes.


  • Provide support to the HR Business Partners on a variety of deliverables including reporting, HR system support, data changes and job description development support.
  • Provide high touch candidate support from offer to onboarding including welcome communication, monitoring background check statuses, and coordinating New Employee Orientation at multiple sites.
  • Maintain personnel files in compliance with applicable legal requirements. Keep employee records up-to-date by processing employee status changes in Workday in a timely fashion.
  • Maintain employee documentation electronically in Workday as well as in paper files as necessary.
  • Create and maintain positions and organization structure in Workday.
  • Conduct data audits within Workday, partnering with the HR team and correcting errors as needed.
  • Participate in HR projects to improve processes such as Workday integrations to other systems.
  • Facilitate human resources processes such as biweekly time tracking.
  • Monitor the HR mailbox, assisting employees with questions and requests; provide information regarding AveXis HR policies or resources as appropriate; refer questions and issues as necessary to appropriate HR staff member.
  • Verify information for employment verifications and other HR related requests.


  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent experience.
  • 3 years of experience in an HR support role or equivalent experience.
  • Ability to effectively communicate policies and information, knowing when to escalate questions or issues.
  • Excellent attention to details and accuracy of data, ability to prioritize and follow through on requests.
  • Must be able to handle HR/Payroll related information with strict confidentiality and professionalism.
  • Well organized, able to multi-task, meet deadlines and recommend process improvements.
  • Solid verbal and written communication skills with proven customer service focus.

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.