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Associate Director, Global Category Leader - Lab Operations and Supply Chain

BioMarin Pharmaceutical Inc.
Novato, California
Start date
Mar 25, 2023

Job Details

Who We Are

For more than two decades, going our own way has led to countless breakthroughs, bettering the lives of those suffering from rare genetic disease. In 1997 we were founded to make a big difference in small patient populations. Now we seek to make an even greater impact by applying the same science-driven, patient-forward approach that propelled our last 25 years of drug development to larger genetic disorders, as well as genetic subsets of more common conditions. Through our unparalleled expertise in genetics and molecular biology, we will continue to develop targeted therapies that address the root cause of the conditions we seek to treat. Applying our knowledge to make a transformative impact is not just a calling, but an obligation to those who will benefit most. The end goal has always been better lives and now we can reach more.

And the more people we reach, the more our impact can grow. We transform lives through genetic discovery.

Our Culture

Our desire to make a positive impact on our patients extends to our employees and BioMarin is committed to fostering an inclusive environment where every person feels seen, valued, and heard – so employees can thrive in all areas of their lives, in and outside of work. We seek to provide an open, flexible, and friendly work environment to empower people and to provide them with the ability to develop their long-term careers. Ultimately, we want to be an organization where people enjoy coming to work and take pride in our efforts to help patients.

By providing a foundation for all operations company wide, BioMarin’s Corporate Groups teams support our mission of providing first and best in class therapeutics to patients who live with rare diseases. Our teams include groups such as finance, legal, human resources, corporate compliance and ethics, and information technology. Come join our team and make a meaningful impact on patients’ lives.


As Global Category Leader of Lab Operations & Supply Chain, you are part of the TOPS Global Sourcing & Procurement (GSP) organization accountable for driving and delivering business value across a group of indirect suppliers that support lab equipment, lab services, lab supplies and Supply Chain for the Technical Operations (TOPS) and R&D organizations of BioMarin. You are a member of the GSP leadership team providing key input to the TOPS GSP 5-year strategy, annual objectives & goal prioritization process, talent management process, and employee engagement continuous improvement programs.

This role is responsible for leading a team of procurement professionals including 2 Category Managers, 3 Buyers and a team of lab services providers. Through effective leadership you will successfully realize goals & objectives, develop your people, create an inclusive culture with your team and stakeholders, and ensure best practice sharing.

Global Sourcing & Procurement is a key function within the Finance Organization that delivers value to BioMarin by leveraging market intelligence, subject matter expertise and business insights in the procurement of good and services and management of BioMarin’s third party spend. Through collaboration with our external suppliers and internal business partners, TOPS GSP helps bring innovative new medicines to patients.

As Global Category Leader Lab Operations and Supply Chain, you are responsible for developing and executing a global category strategy, leading strategic sourcing initiatives and projects together with business partners, executing on strategic programs to achieve savings targets and other drivers of business value. You will lead complex contract negotiations and ensure contract value realization and supplier performance through effective Supplier Relationship Management business reviews. Thanks to your strong leadership, communication, and influencing skills, you ensure stakeholder alignment and support to deliver value through the implementation of category strategies and initiatives. You establish effective working relationships with functional stakeholders to ensure alignment and full realization of the benefits of the category strategy. You lead your team to deliver on strategic objectives and metrics while supporting the development of your staff.


  • Accountable for the creation and application of a business aligned long term, end-to-end Lab Operations & Supply Chain category strategy and the development of an annual pipeline of strategic category initiatives that deliver value for the business.
  • Execute category initiatives and ensure responsibility for delivery and reporting of savings.
  • Develop, negotiate, support, and manage global contracts with suppliers in line with stakeholder / business needs.
  • Utilize deep analytics to understand category spend and identify opportunities to gain efficiencies, including optimize cost savings.
  • Leverage on market and supplier intelligence to drive value through our knowledge, insights, and governance processes.
  • Drive market intelligence and innovation - assess global market conditions and direction of assigned categories; partner with suppliers and internally to drive innovation
  • Develop and lead cross-functional teams in support of lab equipment/services/supplies and Supply Chain procurement initiatives that leverage volume and knowledge to achieve maximum value.
  • Design sourcing strategies and develop supplier relationships that achieve maximum value from the current and potential supplier base. Continuously refine strategies to adapt and improve delivery of objectives.
  • Lead supplier selection process and negotiate contracts. Develop actionable recommendations based on a clear definition and articulation of options and tradeoffs. Develop action plans that anticipate implementation problems and leverages internal and supplier capabilities while building full commitment throughout the process.
  • Monitor category spending, both in aggregate and via patterns/cycles, and continuously evaluate options to reduce total cost of ownership. Propose policy and business case to drive corporate discipline in lab and Supply Chain efficiency. Establish and deploy standards and monitor compliance.
  • Serve as a conduit for innovation from supplier base. Develop market intelligence and benchmarking. Act as subject matter expert in capital procurement and supplier market dynamics. Proactively identify new markets and supplier sources.
  • Develop in-depth knowledge of category specifications, BioMarin products and processes and regulatory requirements.
  • Maintain in depth understanding of supplier capabilities, capacity and overall financial stability. Assess supply risk and develop appropriate strategies to mitigate that risk. Ensure that suppliers have developed and tested contingency plans.
  • Demonstrate in-depth understanding of contract terms and conditions including key performance requirements. Assure compliance to contracting policy and established contracts.
  • Lead and facilitate resolution of supplier issues. Work closely with all related internal functions including Supply Chain, Technical Development, Engineering, Manufacturing, Quality, Compliance, Regulatory Affairs, and R&D.
  • Establish functional scorecards and other communication vehicles to measure and report performance including supplier performance and value realized.
  • Build cross functional awareness of the supplier management role across the organization.
  • Lead continuous improvement initiatives throughout the organization in the enhancement of functional processes and in the realization of material / service supply opportunities.

Experience / Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's Degree in engineering, business, or life sciences; MBA desirable, C.P.M. or A.P.P. desirable.
  • 10+ years strategic procurement experience with extensive knowledge of category management and advanced sourcing, complex contract negotiations expertise
  • 7+ years management experience – successfully leading teams.
  • Prior lab/supply chain procurement experience, ideally with responsibility for development and implementation of procurement strategies in biotech / life sciences industry.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, including solid interpersonal, analytical and presentation skills.
  • Excellent project management skills
  • Strong risk management skill set required to drive innovative solutions and problem-solving analysis and resolution

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.


BioMarin is a global biotechnology company dedicated to transforming lives through genetic discovery. In 1997, the company was founded to make a big difference in small patient populations, focusing on giving much-needed attention to the underserved communities of those with rare diseases. BioMarin sought to help patients whose voices could not always be heard and treat conditions that were not always in mainstream medical conversations. Throughout its history, BioMarin has worked tirelessly to make a difference by pursuing bold science. The company’s first approved therapy was inspired by a father who refused to accept there was no therapy for his son’s rare diagnosis. That relentless pursuit to change the course of his son’s future through the power of science is at the core of who BioMarin is today.

Through the company’s expertise in genetics and molecular biology, BioMarin has developed eight first or best-in-class targeted therapies that address the root cause of the conditions it seeks to treat, helping to better the lives of those struggling with rare genetic disease. The company’s purposeful and scientifically precise team of physicians and scientists has honed each treatment modality to seek transformative therapies.

Now, BioMarin seeks to make an even greater impact by applying the same science-driven, patient-forward approach that propelled the last 25 plus years of drug development to larger genetic disorders, as well as genetic subsets of more common conditions. Each drug candidate pursued is guided by a fundamental understanding of the genetics and underlying biology of the condition it will address. The company believes that applying its knowledge to make a transformative impact is not just a calling, but an obligation to those who will benefit most. The more innovative solutions developed, the more lives BioMarin can impact.

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