Quality Control Investigations Manager (Biochemistry)

AveXis Inc.
Libertyville, IL, US
Apr 20, 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.

As part of the Quality Control organization, the Investigations Manager will be responsible for oversight of the investigation and completion of QC non-conformances aimed at identification of root cause, assessing potential impact as well as implementation of corrective actions and preventive actions. Additionally, this role will identify and lead continuous improvement projects using Six Sigma methodologies. The Investigations Manager will oversee the initiation and execution of QC non-conformances, and coach/mentor investigators. The successful candidate will work in a cGLP environment and must have working knowledge of biopharmaceutical laboratory processes, the ability to manage multiple ongoing projects concurrently, have strong meeting facilitation and conflict resolution skills, a strong technical writing capability, be action oriented and compliant minded while performing investigations. The Investigations Manager must have the ability to understand and problem solve in an environment that is focused heavily on Chemical and Biological issues.


  • Authoring and managing those who author, minor, major, and critical investigation reports related to QC testing Laboratory Investigations (LI) and non-conformances.
  • Provide leadership and coaching to QC investigators.
  • Conduct personnel interviews and system reviews; act as an unbiased investigator with questions surrounding the specific issue.
  • Perform appropriate root-cause analysis for events utilizing investigation tools (e.g., 5 Whys, Fishbone Diagrams).
  • Assign and implement proper corrective action and preventive action (CAPA) to resolve and prevent recurrence of events.
  • Facilitate and participate in meetings, aligning internal review team and area subject matter experts on an agreed to investigational path forward.
  • Conflict resolution, problem solving in a cross functional setting, and ability to meet timelines for closure of exception events.
  • Remain current in regulatory expectations and industry practices regarding investigations, change controls and CAPAs.
  • Management of multiple projects and timelines concurrently.
  • Ability to adhere to standard timeline and escalate actions appropriately for resolution in a timely manner.
  • Utilize appropriate risk management tools for recommendation on disposition of materials.
  • Support manufacturing and Quality to assist in the data collection from manufacturing and preparation of necessary documentation to support Annual Product Reviews.
  • Technical writing to support testing operations including but not limited to test methods, change controls, training documentations, protocols and white papers.
  • Track, trend and facilitate QC related deviations, investigations, change controls and CAPAs.
  • Perform and conduct risk assessments.
  • Support the overall continuous improvement program for the entire QC group. Provide coordination of activities relating to Continuous Improvement and enhancing knowledge of the tools and techniques of Continuous Improvement / Lean methods.
  • Identify opportunities in QC for the company and execute Continuous Improvement activities as appropriate.
  • Support strategic proposals, progress updates and presentations to all levels of the site organization.


  • Bachelor of Arts/Science or equivalent combination of education with strong and broad relevant experience.
  • Prior leadership experience required.
  • Prior experience in quality investigations and deviation writing in a QC environment required.
  • Must have the ability to work in a fast paced, high workload environment, and be able to manage multiple projects and objectives for on-time event closure.
  • Must work well on a team and be able to trouble shoot and problem solve in a cross functional team setting.
  • Must be proactive, action oriented, and have the ability to adapt to a change.
  • Must be able to identify and flag risks in a timely manner to keep deliverables on track.
  • Must have strong communication skills both verbally and written.
  • Must have proven logic and decision-making abilities, critical thinking skills.
  • Must be able to accommodate testing schedule as required.
  • Must have strong Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint) skills.
  • Six Sigma Yellow, Green or Black Belt certification is 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.