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Associate Director, EHS&S

BioMarin Pharmaceutical Inc.
San Rafael, California
Start date
Apr 4, 2024

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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.  

Associate Director, EHS&S   Position description The EHS&S Associate Director serves as the primary subject matter expert on EHS Management Systems and EHSS audit processes along with supporting the overall BioMarin Environment, Health, Safety and Sustainability (EHS&S) operations, with a global focus on auditing, compliance assurance and management systems.    This position is based in BioMarin’s corporate headquarters located in San Rafael, California.   This position is offered as a hybrid role; remote may be considered.   Key responsibilities
  • Serve as the primary EHS subject matter expert on EHS management systems (e.g ISO 14001 and 45001) and audit processes.
  • Develop EHSS audit program to monitor BioMarin sites against BioMarin EHSS standards, compliance risks and management system certification. 
  • Work within existing (or build new) governance teams and EHS&S systems to demonstrate and verify compliance with EHS regulations, permits, statutes, local ordinances, and other externally driven requirements.
  • Lead or conduct EHS inspection readiness programs in preparation for EHS regulatory agency inspections at BioMarin sites in Northern California (Novato Campus, San Rafael Campus, and Petaluma Research Building).
  • Lead and train EHS Staff on risk assessments to identify, assess and reduce environmental risks, high hazard processes, and financial costs related to new and existing materials used in manufacturing and research and development operations.
  • Manage a series of vendors using financial and performance levers to deliver needed services to stakeholders.
  • Assist in development of environment, health and safety policies, procedures, and related documents.
  • Develop and maintain strong relationships with internal partners/stakeholders.
  • Use Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) as required.
  • Use EHS&S and company software systems effectively.
  • Perform other tasks as assigned by supervisor.
  • 10-15 years prior experience with bachelor’s degree in engineering, Safety, Industrial Hygiene, Environmental Science, or relevant discipline.
  • Experience working as an internal EHS auditor for a multi-national organization, with demonstrable background of improving compliance at a local site or regional network.
  • In-depth knowledge of international EHS management system standards (e.g. ISO 14001, 45001).
  • Excellent interpersonal skills in a fast-paced manufacturing (or research) facility, preferably with a track record of maintaining close, tactical alignment with business needs. 
  • Capable of presenting EHS data and key risk information to all levels of the organization – up to and including the C Suite.
  • Prior certification/work experience as an ISO auditor.
  • Certification in an EHS specialty (eg. CIH, CSP).
  • Prior experience in a biopharmaceutical setting.
  • Prior experience integrating disparate sites under an emerging global standard.
  Qualification guidelines EDUCATION  
  • Bachelor’s degree is required. 
  • Master’s degree is preferred.
  • Up to 25% domestic and international travel may be required.
  • Potential for two to three direct reports from the EHS Specialist level up to EHS Sr. Manager
  Note: This description is not intended to be all-inclusive, or a limitation of the duties of the position. It is intended to describe the general nature of the job that may include other duties as assumed or assigned. 

Equal Opportunity Employer/Veterans/Disabled

An Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, or protected veteran status and will not be discriminated against on the basis of disability. 


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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