Manager, Commercial Training

Bannockburn, IL, US
Oct 05, 2019
Administration, Training
Required Education
Bachelors Degree
Position Type
Full time

Ready to join a team committed to developing and commercializing gene therapies for patients and families devastated by rare neurological genetic diseases? AveXis is advancing cutting-edge science, starting with our proprietary gene therapy for the treatment of spinal muscular atrophy (SMA). We are in the midst of an incredible journey and are looking for passionate individuals to join us on this important mission.

AveXis, a Novartis company, is dedicated to developing and commercializing novel treatments for patients suffering from rare and life-threatening neurological genetic diseases. Our initial product is a proprietary gene therapy approved by the US Food and Drug Administration for the treatment of pediatric patients with SMA. In addition to developing a treatment for SMA, AveXis also plans to develop other novel treatments for rare neurological diseases, including Rett syndrome and a genetic form of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis caused by mutations in the superoxide dismutase 1 (SOD1) gene.

AveXis is seeking a Manager, Commercial Training to be a key member of the training team within the company's commercial organization. The Manager, Commercial Training will partner closely with the sales, marketing, advocacy, and managed markets team members as well as the legal and compliance teams to provide input for training strategies and programs that support business objectives and strategic initiatives. This role will review and provide feedback for the department learning strategies and overall design, development and delivery of the training programs necessary to enhance existing programs and to create effective training solutions to meet immediate and long-term goals of the commercial organization. This role will also consult with key team members to ensure ongoing training and development meets current field needs and is delivered effectively using adult learning principles.


  • Collaborate with all internal and external stakeholders to build high impact training programs that align to strategic business imperatives.
  • Work closely with team members in Advocacy, Marketing, Sales, Managed Markets, Commercial Analytics, and other functions to ensure implementation of optimal training for the commercial organization.
  • Develop and implement training programs and content to support business objectives and improve performance behaviors.
  • Partner and play an integral role in compliance training.
  • Reinforce a learning culture by leveraging multiple avenues, such as surveys, assessments, forums and team effectiveness.
  • Work with vendor and consultant services as needed to augment training and development initiatives.
  • Shares best demonstrated practices and informs team of new training programs.
  • Organize, facilitate, and continually improve field training, meetings, and the execution of new materials.
  • Proactively conduct on-going communications with team members to identify training needs and develop specific training objectives to meet those needs.


  • Bachelor's degree, and a minimum of 5 years of progressive pharmaceutical experience with a minimum of 2 years in a training role.
  • High level of interpersonal savvy, organizational agility, emotional intelligence and the ability to deal with ambiguity.
  • Ability to manage change and organizational transformation through collaboration.
  • Results oriented.
  • Delivers high impact and value in projects and initiatives.
  • Proven track record of taking initiative and operating in a pro-active manner.
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively in a highly collaborative role, and independently when necessary.

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.