Maintenance and Reliability Technician - Lead

San Diego, CA, US
Jan 13, 2021
Biotech Beach
Required Education
High School or equivalent
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? Since 2013, Novartis Gene Therapies (formerly AveXis) has had one focus: bringing change to those devastated by genetic diseases.

The Novartis Gene Therapies culture embraces this mission. As a compassionate and dedicated team, we are enthusiastic about the science behind our work and finding answers to difficult questions. We are dedicated to communities affected by rare diseases, and these patients and families are the motivation for everything we do.

We have built a team with exceptional depth of experience, unified by a common vision; to develop gene therapies with the potential to positively impact the lives of the patients and families devastated by rare and life-threatening neurological genetic diseases. Though we are proud of what we have achieved to date, we remain relentlessly focused on making that vision a reality.

The Maintenance and Reliability Technician - Lead, is responsible for corrective and preventative maintenance and support services for the building(s) and all equipment at the site.

  • Facilities Maintenance & Engineering are directly responsible for reliable, efficient and sustained operation of the facility and all equipment. Additionally, Facilities supports current project operations and site goal objectives and ensures compliance with regulatory, corporate, and site requirements related to their functional area.
  • Operate, troubleshoot and repair utility systems which may include WFI, RODI, Clean Steam, Autoclaves, Glassware Washers, production vessels, HVAC, Cold/Warm Rooms, control systems, compressed gases, plant steam/condensate, and waste water treatment under little to no supervision.
  • Interpret P&IDs, equipment/system layouts, wiring diagrams, and specifications in planning and performing maintenance and repairs.
  • Support 24x7 site-based operations.
  • Write/revise accurate operational procedures, training documents and maintenance procedures for various utility systems.
  • Supply information and technical data for securing spare parts.
  • Provide responsive customer support with emphasis on customer satisfaction.
  • Perform startup and commissioning activities as required.
  • Work in a collaborative team environment and interact with other support groups such as Engineering, Manufacturing, R&D, Metrology, Quality Assurance, Quality Control, and Validation.
  • Perform preventative and corrective maintenance on laboratory and manufacturing process related equipment within lab and cleanroom environments.
  • Complete and provide accurate documentation, as required in cGMP operations.
  • Oversee work and provide training of less experienced maintenance technicians and/or new technicians.
  • Other related duties as assigned.

  • High School diploma or equivalent and 7 years of experience performing operations and maintenance on utility systems, HVAC systems and/or manufacturing equipment.
  • Licensed in any of the following areas: Electrician, Refrigeration/Air Conditioning, Plumbing, or Waste Water Treatment.
  • Experience in operating and maintaining mechanical systems in a cGMP or other regulated environment.
  • Experience working in a team environment, with excellent communication and organizational skills.
  • Proficient computer skill utilizing MS Office suite applications, Building Management Systems, and Computerized Maintenance Management Systems (CMMS).
  • Ability to climb ladders and lift up to 50 lbs.

The level of this position will be 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.