Manufacturing Specialist - Upstream

Longmont, CO, US
Nov 24, 2020
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.

The Manufacturing Specialist is responsible to support the primary manufacturing process owner and the manufacturing group by providing required process input to the engineering, validation, MSAT, maintenance, QC and QA groups at both the Durham and Libertyville manufacturing sites. The Manufacturing Specialist will be the owner of portions of the manufacturing process supporting the upstream, downstream, fill/finish, or manufacturing support groups. This individual will be required to ensure manufacturing process alignments between both manufacturing sites and may support new product introductions technology transfers into and out of the manufacturing site.

  • Support the manufacturing process owner (SME) for a portion of the manufacturing process (upstream, downstream, fill/finish, or manufacturing support).
  • Ensures process alignment between the manufacturing sites through collaborative interactions with manufacturing, MSAT, QA/QC, and the supply chain functions at both production sites.
  • Serve as a manufacturing document owner for certain production process steps.
  • Own critical manufacturing deviation investigations and define pragmatic and effective CAPAs.
  • Identify, develop and implement process robustness improvements through lean principals.
  • Lead process specific training for the direct manufacturing group.
  • Support internal and external audits for manufacturing process steps.
  • Support the PMO group for any technology transfer activities.
  • Own manufacturing process related change controls.
  • Responsible for maintaining quality standards to meet GMP requirements, CFR's and internal company policies with respect to the manufacturing process.
  • Responsible for providing manufacturing SME support on capital related projects.

  • Minimum B.S. degree in Engineering or the life sciences and 5 years of work experience in biopharmaceutical based GMP manufacturing operations.
  • Experience in the development of manufacturing documentation and in the investigation of complex manufacturing deviations.
  • In-depth knowledge of FDA regulations and GMP systems and experience providing process support in a highly regulated or pharmaceutical / biotech facility.
  • Applied knowledge of Quality by Design, six-sigma, and operational excellence tools in creating efficient and high-quality processes and end products.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills. Strong technical writing ability required.
  • Travel as required to other internal sites, vendors, and CMOs as required (~20%).

The midpoint of the salary range for this role is $102,000. The base salary offered may vary based on the final candidate's qualifications. The level of this role will also be determined based on the final candidate's qualifications.

Novartis Gene Therapies Benefit Summary:

Annual bonus, long term incentive, health insurance, paid vacation/holidays, potential flexible working arrangements (based on role) and employee recognition scheme are some of the benefits you will receive as an employee of Novartis Gene Therapies.

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.

Novartis Gene Therapies 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.