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Senior Process Engineer - Utilities

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AveXis, Inc.
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Libertyville, IL 60048
Job Description


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.

AveXis is seeking a Senior Process Engineer – Utilities/Electrical Engineer for the overall performance and monitoring of Black Utility Systems. Responsible for providing operational and project support for Plant utility systems. The operational support will include equipment/system troubleshooting and providing in-house engineering expertise to the maintenance and manufacturing staff.

The primary focus of the position is on Cleanroom utilities and operations (HVAC, Chilled Water, Clean Compressed Air/gases, Hot Water, and Electrical,). All system improvements will be made in conjunction with Manufacturing, Facilities, Validation, Quality Assurance, and Regulatory.


+ Act as subject matter expert (SME) and system owner for the following systems:

+ Cleanroom HVAC

+ Plant Utilities (Chilled Water, Clean Compressed Air, and Electrical distribution for GMP and non-GMP environment. Black utilities including Boilers, Chillers, Cooling Towers, Air Compressors, Air Dryers, Pumps, Emergency Generators, and Electrical Switchboard System

+ Troubleshoot issues, determining root cause of problems.

+ Provide imaginative, thorough and practicable solutions to a wide range of difficult problems.

+ Develop alternative courses of action that are based on logical assumptions, factual data and engineering principles.

+ Troubleshoot support for complex utility equipment problems as elevated by the plant manufacturing and facilities customer(s).

+ Accountable for all phases of the Change Control process for owned changes.

+ Owns and ensures timely closure of plant equipment and system related CAPAs.

+ Provide and/or ensure generation of all supporting documentation (scope documents; approval slides; work orders; protocols).

+ Read and understand mechanical, electrical, and P&ID drawings.


+ Bachelor’s degree in Chemical, Electrical, or Mechanical Engineering, or related field or equivalent experience required. PE license is desirable.

+ Experience in a regulated environment, preferably in pharmaceuticals or medical device manufacturing (cGxP)

+ Minimum 5 years of experience with Cleanroom HVAC and clean utility systems.

+ Demonstrated ability to work and collaborate in cross functional teams, research development, manufacturing in a fast pace, dynamic team setting.

+ Working in a team environment, with excellent communication and organizational skills.

+ Strong interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills are essential.

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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Job Locations US-IL-Libertyville

Posted Date 1 month ago (3/6/2020 3:25 PM)

Job ID 2020-4760

\# of Openings 1

Category Engineering/Validations/BioProcess

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