Senior Manager, Site Communications


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.

Position Details

Senior Manager, Site Communications
Northern Illinois
Libertyville, IL

The Senior Manager, Site Communication leads the strategy and execution of internal and external communications for all of AveXis’ manufacturing sites, including supporting the Technical Operations and Quality organizations.


  • Communicates across sites and developing content for company channels. 
  • Lead strategy and implementation of manufacturing site communications, inspiring and engaging internal stakeholders. 
  • Create connections between sites and functions, making everyone feel part of the same team virtually. 
  • Support Technical Operations, Quality and site leaders with internal and external communications needs. 
  • Create engaging content and experiences, delivered via channels such as town hall meetings, intranet articles, social media, etc. 
  • Contribute content to corporate channels and act as seamless part of the Corporate Communications team, contributing on other corporate initiatives as needed. 
  • While primarily internal communications focused, partner with AveXis and Novartis communications leaders on external speaking engagements support or media relations activities, as needed. 
  • Maintain communication with all levels of management and employees, often dealing with confidential information. 
  • Other Related duties as assigned.
  • Bachelor’s degree in communications or related discipline. 
  • 10 years of internal and/or biopharmaceutical/healthcare communications experience. 
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills. 
  • Demonstrated experience in healthcare communications, preferably experience with both internal and external communications in a technical field. 
  • Comfortable working in an entrepreneurial environment; in other words, a hands-on, roll up the sleeves approach will be essential. Strong focus on operational and strategic skills. 
  • Team player who thrives in a fast-paced organization and who is able to think outside the box and make decisions, sometimes with limited information. 
  • Resourceful problem-solver and self-starter, with the appetite to deliver results while dealing with ambiguity. 
  • Reflects the Company core values – Integrity, Teamwork and Tenacity – and possesses a genuine care for patients with a desire to make a meaningful difference in their lives. 
  • Demonstrated competency in establishing key relationships and supporting internal clients and colleagues remotely. 
  • Strong collaborative skills and the ability to thrive in a science driven organization, able to convey complex concepts and strategies, orally and in writing. 
  • Must be a well-organized, high energy, detail oriented, and persistent communicator with the ability to identify/focus on key issues, prioritize efforts, and ensure follow up with timely/quality results. 
  • Travel is estimated to be up to 25% (getting to each site monthly).

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.

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