Senior Cost Accountant

AveXis Inc.
Libertyville, IL, US
Mar 26, 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 Senior Cost Accountant is an integral member of the Manufacturing site with responsibility for inventory accounting, monthly manufacturing close, analysis of variances, and the annual standard setting process. The Senior Cost Accountant will work closely with the Plant Controller as well as operations personnel providing budget support and offering financial counsel.


  • Lead the implementation and maintenance of inventory and cost accounting systems and procedures.
  • Own the month-end close process providing explanations for actual versus forecast results and reliable reports with which to measure the performance of each operation against established plans and forecasts.
  • Assist with the annual budgeting process and development of quarterly rolling forecasts.
  • Act as a key contributor in the development of standard costs and ensuring the accuracy and reliability of the Company's standard cost and inventory valuation systems and procedures.
  • Embrace the AveXis culture and model work behaviors that are consistent with each of the company's core values: Tenacity, Teamwork, and Integrity.


  • Bachelor's degree in Finance or Accounting is required; CPA, CFA, CMA, or MBA a plus.
  • A minimum of 5 years experience of increasing responsibility across financial disciplines including a minimum of 2 years' experience in cost accounting with responsibility for setting standard costs and analyzing manufacturing variances.
  • Pharmaceutical or biotech experience preferred.
  • Advanced abilities in Excel and database management.
  • Proven knowledge of US GAAP, accounting principles, practices, standards and regulations.
  • Experience with ERP systems required; experience with ERP system implementation a plus.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with senior leaders and collaborate with staff at all organizational levels across various business units is required.
  • Ability to thrive in a fast-paced ever-changing environment.
  • Must have discretion with handling confidential or sensitive information.

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.