Senior Accountant (General Accounting)

AveXis Inc.
Bannockburn, IL, US
Apr 16, 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 Accountant will be responsible for accounting; analysis and operations support related accounting and reporting activities for AveXis. This role will work closely with the broader Accounting and Reporting team to ensure accurate month end reporting, controls compliance, coordination of close process and preparation of materials for review of financials with management.


  • Contribute to month-end financial closing and reporting process for AveXis.
  • Ensure all key topics are raised proactively and aligned with stakeholders to minimize surprises.
  • Account reconciliation and analysis.
  • Liaison and coordinate with the broader Accounting and Reporting team, AR, AP, Fixed Assets Intercompany etc. for balance sheet analysis for Month End close, periodic reviews with management and to support audits.
  • Preparation of trend and other analysis to support review of Balance Sheet and Income Statement for month end reporting.
  • Ensure accounting policies, processes and operating procedures are clearly defined, in line with Group standards, up to date and documented.
  • Ensure all processes performed comply with Novartis standards and policies (i.e. global processes, Novartis Accounting Manual, Novartis Financial Controls Manual, Management Authorization Levels, etc.).
  • Resolve accounting related issues as required.


  • Bachelor's Degree in Accounting Required.
  • Experience maintaining fixed assets in a manufacturing company required.
  • ERP Experience required.
  • 4+ years of accounting experience.
  • Strong understanding of US GAAP required.
  • CPA preferred.
  • Superior written and oral communication skills.
  • Strong understanding of internal controls, including direct experience with SOX compliance.
  • Advanced abilities in Excel.
  • Pharmaceutical or biotech experience preferred.

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.