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Sr. Director and Head of Global Corporate Real Estate

BioMarin Pharmaceutical Inc.
San Rafael, California
Start date
Apr 12, 2024

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Who We Are

It takes a village, and at BioMarin our corporate groups are the people behind our success. Groups such as IT, Finance, Legal, Global Compliance & Ethics, and our People Team provide foundational support of all areas of operation at BioMarin.  

Job summary In this newly created role, the Head of Corporate Real Estate (CRE) will be responsible for BioMarin’s real estate strategy for our global portfolio, including strategic planning, site selection, negotiations, lease renewals, transaction management, and workplace strategy and implementation.   This individual will report directly into BioMarin’s Executive Vice President, Chief Legal Officer and oversee a team of BioMarin employees along with indirect/outsourced team members.   Responsibilities: 
  • Collaborate with key leaders to ensure the real estate portfolio is aligned with BioMarin’s overall strategy in all aspects of site selection, acquisition, and disposition
  • Lead, manage, and develop CRE programs, database systems, and projects regionally with an emphasis on collaboration with business leaders and stakeholders across the regions to understand and support local, regional, and corporate business initiatives and strategies
  • Manage and lead outside broker firms, related outsourced vendors, consultants, agencies and specialists as needed regionally to shore up technical or specific knowledge gaps in support of capital projects and leasehold improvements
  • Manage and develop budgets; be accountable within a global budget and work closely with Corporate Finance on cost initiatives and reporting
  • Effectively manage and oversee the execution of real estate transactions (leasing and/or purchase or sale) in the company's real estate portfolio using negotiating skills, appropriate vendors (e.g., brokers, legal support, lease administration, utility, other services), asset management, and financial analysis techniques
  • Responsible for understanding and maintaining local and regional governmental compliance in relation to Real Estate
  • Drive RE Workplace Strategy by ensuring cross-functional partnership and collaboration  for all initiatives (space & occupancy planning, design, etc.)
  • Manage and lead CRE updates to Sr Executives on global portfolio transactions and renewal as needed
 Experience, Knowledge, and Skills: 
  • Bachelor’s degree with a minimum 10+ years of relevant experience in global real estate in a corporate environment
  • Strong executive presence with a track record of effectively engaging with a broad range of high level stakeholders
  • Leads with an Enterprise mindset
  • Extensive knowledge of lease documents, principles and practices relating to international real estate transactions; Ability to seek out and understand varying regulatory requirements
  • Leadership experience in on-going development and improvement of standards and integrated policies, processes, controls, and procedures across all corporate real estate functions
  • Ability to negotiate, consult, and influence decisions of key stakeholders, internal clients, and external vendors
  • Strong analytical, planning and organizational skills with attention to detail; Ability to make strategic decisions in a fast-paced, agile environment
  • Success in this role is highly dependent on the ability to collaborate and develop great working relationships with various teams across BioMarin such as functional leaders, individual country site management, and manufacturing and operations teams
  • Ability and willingness to travel ~10-20% to support projects as required

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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