• Manager, Strategic Sourcing and Procurement

    Job Locations US-IL-Bannockburn
    Posted Date 4 months ago(3/13/2018 9:55 PM)
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  • Overview

    Ready to join a team committed to moving gene therapies into the clinical setting 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.  We are at the beginning of an incredible journey, and are looking for passionate individuals to join us on this important mission.


    AveXis, Inc. 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 Manager - Strategic Sourcing and Procurement will support multiple functional areas through the direct management and negotiation of various service agreements.


    • Independently leads the negotiation and execution of high quality agreements, including but not limited to favorable IP, financial, and insurance provisions.
    • Partners with functional areas, such as Clinical Development, Medical, Medical Affairs, Manufacturing, Sales, and Marketing to assess and manage the various contracting needs.  
    • Aligns with team to meet business and sourcing goals.
    • Manages all contract types and negotiates agreements up to $5 million. Makes financial decisions, including final cost and payment structure.
    • Ensures compliance with Procurement Policy and requests competitive bids/quotes where appropriate and requests rationale when competitive bidding is not followed.
    • Operates with process-minded approach, with a particular focus on process improvements (i.e., template creation, contract systems).
    • Follows both internal and external compliance requirements and utilizes Fair Market Value (FMV) tools, where applicable.
    • Balances contract volume while achieving savings/cost avoidance targets.
    • Potential to Manage a team up to 3 direct reports.


    • BS/BA Degree.
    • 5+ years of experience in sourcing roles/contract management.
    • Proven negotiation skills.
    • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
    • Excellent planning and organization skills.
    • Strong interpersonal skills commensurate with the need to work closely with both external suppliers and internal stakeholders.
    • Ability to maintain the highest degree of confidentiality and integrity, represent the company’s high ethics, moral behavior, and professionalism.
    • Willingness/Ability to travel up to 10%.

    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.



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