Principal Engineer, Manufacturing Science and Technology - Upstream (Cell Culture, Transfection)

AveXis - Libertyville, IL4.5

Full-timeEstimated: $70,000 - $92,000 a year
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.

Responsible for defining and leading development and improvement activities for the manufacturing processes used to manufacture AveXis gene therapy products. This individual will also be responsible for the interpretation of continued process verification data and collaboration with other departments on manufacturing related issues to drive resolution and process improvements.

Serving as a scientific and technical lead for process-related issues and investigations at the site.
Lead and mentor staff. May formally manage a team including writing performance reviews and annual goals, holding one-on-ones, and handling HR related matters.
Partnering with manufacturing to meet the production schedule, ensure commercial supply and uphold quality standards.
Performing trending and monitoring of critical quality attributes/critical process parameters to maintain product quality and to control process drift.
Defining potential process improvements in conjunction with the global process owners and operations and leading the implementation of process changes.
Participating in start-up efforts of new equipment, software or processes in manufacturing.
Assisting in documenting changes/updates to manufacturing processes and working with manufacturing, engineering and validation to implement those changes.
Providing technical/scientific support on project deliverables such as remediation initiatives, plan reports, etc.
Utilizing small-scale production processes and scaled-down lab processes to enable process troubleshooting, with the potential to oversee these experiments at external partners.
Provide leadership for tech transfer of new products and processes to ensure smooth transition from process development into GMP manufacturing.
Identify opportunities to implement operational excellence and continuous improvement.
Partner with Quality to ensure a compliant manufacturing environment.
Assist the technical operations team to resolve any issues related to production.
Completion of requisite training and applicable policies and procedures related to the job function.
PhD in biochemistry, chemical engineering, bioengineering, or a related technical field and at least 8 years of experience in support of biopharmaceutical manufacturing OR
M.S. degree in biochemistry, chemical engineering, bioengineering, or a related technical field and at least 10 years of experience in support of biopharmaceutical manufacturing OR
B.S. degree in biochemistry, chemical engineering, bioengineering, or a related technical field and at least 12 years of experience in support of biopharmaceutical manufacturing.
Excellent oral and written communication skills.
12+ years of experience in biopharmaceutical based GMP manufacturing operations including direct experience in cell culture, recovery, purification, and/or aseptic fill/finish preferred.
Familiar with global regulations on cGMP manufacturing of drug substance, drug product devices, validation/qualification requirements preferred.
Strong technical writing ability.
Proven ability to effectively lead and participate on teams preferred.
Leadership experience of technical staff either directly or in a matrix organization preferred.

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.