Lean Deployment Leader (Associate Director / Director)

Novato, California
May 03, 2022
Biotech Bay
Required Education
Bachelors Degree
Position Type
Full time
BioMarin is the world leader in delivering therapeutics that provide meaningful advances to patients who live with serious and life-threatening rare genetic diseases. We target diseases that lack effective therapies and affect relatively small numbers of patients, many of whom are children. These conditions are often inherited, difficult to diagnose, progressively debilitating and have few, if any, treatment options. BioMarin will continue to focus on advancing therapies that are the first or best of their kind.

BioMarin’s Technical Operations group is responsible for creating our drugs for use in clinical trials and for scaling production of those drugs for the commercial market. These engineers, technicians, scientists and support staff build and maintain BioMarin’s cutting-edge manufacturing processes and sites, provide quality assurance and quality control to ensure we meet regulatory standards, and procure the needed goods and services to support manufacturing and coordinating the worldwide movement of our drugs to patients. Come join our team and make a meaningful impact on patients’ lives.


Building on the OE plan that has been developed across TOPS, work with key stakeholders to deploy an effective lean management system over the next three years in the US region.

The role will report into the head of Business Process Improvement (BPI). The position


  • Co-build & maintain best practice deployment materials that can be used to help evolve & fine tune operations within TOPS. Work with experienced internal & external partners to develop these materials.
  • Build capability across the OE community to ensure that our deployment methodologies are aligned and are of the right quality.
  • Build capability within TOPS to help the business continue to grow and evolve its expertise in lean over the coming years.
  • As part of the overall capability building, it will likely be necessary to lead deployment efforts on the ground at various times. Thus it will be important to have the capacity to build systems and capability in parallel.
  • Be available to support acute business challenges as they arise, where lean methodologies may be a clear business solution.
  • Work with stakeholders at all levels to deepen OE capabilities within BioMarin.


  • Cognitive capability – Ability to learn quickly and to be able to share those learnings to wider colleagues in a way that is understandable.
  • Ownership and Accountability – Takes accountability for actions, drives results, and able to learn from mistakes. Delivers on promises, goals, and expectations. Makes quality decisions and resolves problems with minimal delay as appropriate. Asks “what can I do to help?”
  • Collaborative Leadership - Ability to influence with or without authority, facilitate groups with diverse perspectives, bring teams to consensus/alignment.  High tolerance for ambiguity and able to create order from chaos.  Builds credibility through solid relationships and solid track record of results.
  • Communication - Ability to communicate effectively up and down, at all levels of the organization, present complex and/or new ideas with clarity and simplicity.  Ability to draft and deliver clear and concise procedures or business process documents.
  • Planning/Organization - Excellent planning and prioritization skills with the ability to multitask and adapt.  Able to synthesize large amounts of information.  Able to deliver results despite shifting environment.
  • Analytical Problem Solving – Ability to identify problems, define problem statement clearly and accurately and apply structured and disciplined methodology to identify data-driven root causes.  Innovative and effective in solution development, risk mitigation, and execution.



  • Science or Engineering background required, ideally with some Business background preferred but not essential.
  • Formal Lean training/qualifications preferred with a thorough understanding of operational excellence strategies.


  • Must have extensive experience in driving lean to a high standard.
  • Must have a demonstrated track record in driving performance through self and others by inventively harnessing surrounding (albeit often) constrained resources.
  • Minimum 10 years of experience in industry with some in biopharma.
  • Sound knowledge of cGMPs and equivalent industry regulations.

PLEASE NOTE: Absent a Medical or Religious reason that prohibits vaccinations, all our incoming employees must be vaccinated for COVID-19.

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.