• Facilities Specialist - Site Services

    Job Locations US-NC-Durham
    Posted Date 6 days ago(4/12/2019 4:23 PM)
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  • Overview

    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.


    AveXis is seeking a Facilities Specialist - Site Services to assure the effective function of a cGMP facility and to provide an efficient and safe working environment for employees and their activities by using best business practices to manage resources, services, and processes to meet the needs of the company.


    • Develop and implement a facility management program including preventative maintenance and life-cycle requirements
    • Management and development of pest control program
    • Conduct and document regular facilities inspections
    • Ensure compliance with health and safety standards and industry codes
    • Allocate and manage facility space for maximum efficiency
    • Coordinate intra-office moves
    • Supervise maintenance and repair of architectural aspects of the facilities
    • Oversee facility refurbishment and renovations
    • Plan and manage facility central services such as pest control, reception, security, cleaning, and architectural repairs
    • Implement best practice processes to increase efficiency
    • Obtain quotes from vendors and suppliers
    • Calculate and compare costs for goods and services to maximize cost-effectiveness
    • Negotiate contracts to optimize delivery and cost saving
    • Coordinate and monitor activities of contract suppliers
    • Manage contractor and vendor relationships
    • Manage and review service contracts to ensure facility management needs are being met
    • Ensure delivery schedules, quantity and quality criteria are met
    • Check completed work by contractors and vendors
    • Verify payment and invoicing match contract pricing
    • Manage, develop and training of contract staff
    • Prepare and track facility budget
    • Monitor expenses and payments
    • Generate and present regular reports and reviews of facility-related budgets, finances, contracts, expenditures and purchases
    • Develop and implement cost reduction initiatives
    • Provide prompt response to requests and issues from facility occupants


    • Bachelor’s degree in Facilities Management or 10 years of experience, Facilities Engineering or related qualification such as project management, business management, or construction management
    • Working in a cross functional team environment, with excellent communication and organizational skills
    • Working knowledge of principles and practices of project management, business administration, procurement, contracts, financial principles and practices
    • Sound knowledge of health, safety and environmental regulations
    • Experience in construction, maintenance, and all facets of facility operation
    • Strong cGMP and regulatory knowledge
    • Strong knowledge of architectural finishes and components
    • Planning, problem analysis, and decision-making skills
    • Proficient computer skill utilizing MS Office suite applications, Building Management Systems, and Computerized Maintenance Management Systems (CMMS) 
    • Working in a team environment with excellent communication and organizational skills
    • Customer service focused
    • Ability to climb ladders and lift up to 50 lbs

    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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