Director, Strategic Sourcing and Procurement

AveXis Inc.
Bannockburn, IL, US
Apr 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, Strategic Sourcing and Procurement is responsible for developing and implementing the overall sourcing strategy for AveXis. The individual is chartered with developing strategies that align with specific business needs, building a strong functional organization, establishing best practices, negotiating global contracts with preferred suppliers, identifying and driving continuous improvement initiatives. The Director, Strategic Sourcing and Procurement will be a key leader within the company assisting with vision setting and development of new capability across the enterprise.


  • Sets sourcing strategy based upon key business drivers: assurance of supply, risk management, supplier performance, joint innovation, etc.
  • Develops and drives 5-year global strategies focused on identifying and contracting with suppliers that meet key business needs and share AveXis core values.
  • Primary responsibility for identification, qualification and performance management of global strategic supplier base.
  • Align team and category management processes to meet business needs and sourcing goals.
  • Act as the key interface with AveXis partners ensuring alignment of strategies, and commitments.
  • Interfaces with senior leaders to obtain sponsorship and resources to implement sourcing strategies that support their key objectives.
  • Manages a team of 3-5 direct reports.


  • Bachelor's degree in Finance, Business Administration, or related discipline.
  • 10-15 years of experience in sourcing roles, contract management, and procurement, with 5-10 years leading a sourcing function or team of procurement / sourcing professionals.
  • Demonstrated success working in a complex operating environment, preferably biopharmaceuticals, biotechnology, or pharmaceuticals preferred.
  • Proven negotiation skills.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Excellent planning and organization skills.
  • Strong interpersonal skills commensurate with the need to work closely with both external suppliers and internal stakeholders.
  • Ability to maintain the highest degree of confidentiality. Ability to model and demonstrate work behaviors that are consistent with each of the company's core values: Tenacity, Teamwork, and Integrity.
  • Travel up to 10%.

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.