Human Resources Generalist

Durham, NC, US
Mar 13, 2019
Bio NC
Required Education
Masters Degree/MBA
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 Generalist for our Durham site to carry out HR responsibilities in the areas of benefits enrollment, training, facilitating time tracking, performance management, onboarding, new hire orientation and legal compliance. This individual will work closely with the HR team both locally and remotely to define and accomplish HR goals that support business success.


  • Review and make recommendations to site policies and procedures.
  • Organize meetings and partner with external vendors to execute.
  • Respond to employee inquiries regarding policies, procedures, benefits and general questions.
  • Coordinate training on HR topics (i.e. new manager training, harassment training).
  • Ensure onboarding and new employee orientation properly introduces employees to the culture. Identify opportunities to improve and scale orientation to accommodate the rapid growth of the company.
  • Provide guidance and support to managers in the areas of performance management and employee relations, with oversight from Site HR Head.
  • Investigate accidents and work closely with EH&S and Occupational Health on workers compensation claims.
  • Champion the Avexis Core Values and identify ways to improve employee satisfaction.
  • Partner with HRIS to ensure that employee data is up to date and accurate.
  • Conduct Exit Interviews to determine reason for separation.
  • Resolve benefits-related issues.
  • Assist with new hire processes and questions.
  • Work with other corporate support functions to handle the proper processing of employee-level processes such as payroll and employment verification.
  • Maintain responsibility for company compliance with federal, state and local law pertaining to all employee topics.


  • 4-year college degree required. Master's degree in labor Relations, Industrial Relations, or similar discipline a plus.
  • Minimum 3 years of related Human Resources experience required, preferably in pharma, biopharma, or biotechnology. Experience working in a manufacturing, operations, or supply chain environment a plus.
  • Exceptional communication skills and demonstrated ability to work with all levels of people within our organization required.
  • Strong analytical skills and attention to detail and judgmental capability.
  • Demonstrated proficiency working in a matrix team environment and multitasking.
  • Demonstrated ability to develop work processes and establish standards.
  • Must demonstrate a high-level of accommodation and flexibility with a "hands on approach" in our fast-paced environment of constant change; able to perform well under pressure and deadlines.
  • The ideal candidate will be well organized and confident to work independently but also a strong team player.
  • Outstanding customer service skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively communicate with all levels of the organization.

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.