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Head of Global Cyber Security

BioMarin Pharmaceutical Inc.
San Rafael, California
Start date
May 20, 2024

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Title: Head of Global Cyber Security   Location: San Rafael, CA Work style:  Hybrid local onsite three days + per week   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.  Position Summary: The Head of Global Cyber Security is responsible for BioMarin's overall cybersecurity strategy, personnel, processes, and technologies. Reporting to the Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer, Information Technology, this senior-level role will be a key member in the IT Leadership Team, providing cybersecurity oversight and guidance for BioMarin. The Head of Cyber Security serves as the owner for all cybersecurity activities related to the availability, integrity, and confidentiality of BioMarin's systems and information. A key element of this role is working with executive management to determine acceptable levels of risk for the organization and be able to influence all levels of leadership towards a more secure cyber posture. With the significant complexity around this function, it is vital to be an effective collaborator with the myriad of other teams and stakeholders. The successful candidate will have held a similar role as Head of Cyber Security at a comparable-sized or larger Global organization and be able to demonstrate experience leading a robust Cyber Security program as well as managing a sizeable team of both internal and outsourced resources. RESPONSIBILITIESCyber Security Strategy and Roadmap  
  • Establish annual and long-range security and compliance goals, define cybersecurity strategies, metrics, reporting mechanisms and program services.
  • Develop and manage a framework for evaluating the maturity of the cybersecurity program and a roadmap for continual improvements.  
  • Stay abreast of emerging cybersecurity threats, trends, and technologies, continuously enhancing the company's security posture. 
Team Management and Oversight
  • Manage team performance and support career guidance of a high performing international team that supports Governance, Risk, and Compliance GRC), Cyber Operations and Threat Intel, and Cyber Engineering.
  • Provide direction and oversight to BioMarin's augmented Cyber Security Operations Center (CSOC) and discretionary Cyber Security projects and initiatives. 
Establish and Maintain Cyber Security Policies and Standards
  • Lead the development and implementation of effective and reasonable policies and practices to secure sensitive data and ensure information security and compliance with relevant regulatory and legal policies.
  • Be a true champion of partnering with business leaders and Customer Facing IT (CFIT) to ensure risk assessment and risk management processes are well understood, and cybersecurity policies and standards are consistently applied. 
  • Manage the Vendor Risk assessment process, including recurring verification of vendor risk profiles.
Cyber Security Operation and Incident Response
  • Provide leadership for cybersecurity incidents and act as the primary control point during significant incidents. Convene a Cybersecurity Incident Response Team (CIRT) as needed.
  • Collaborate closely with the Cyber SOC for incident response.
  • Provide leadership for cybersecurity-related audits and reviews within the Information Management organization, and partner with other groups as necessary.
Effective Communications 

Communicate complex and technical issues to diverse audiences in an easily understood and actionable manner.

  • Present updates to various levels of the organization to include quarterly updates to BioMarin Audit Committee.
  • Represent the company in discussions with regulators, industry partners, and stakeholders on information security and compliance matters.  
  • Degree in a technology-related field or business administration.  
  • Professional security management certification (e.g., CISSP, CISM) preferred.  
  • Minimum of 12+ years of experience in information security, risk management, and technology management.
  • Proven track record of designing and implementing effective cybersecurity programs, including risk management, threat detection, and incident response.         
  • A strong background in biotech, pharmaceuticals, or healthcare is preferred.
  • Understand the unique requirements of qualified (GMP) and non-qualified environments typically utilized in the Biotech industry. 
  • Knowledge of common information security management frameworks and practices, such as ISO/IEC 27001, NIST, SOX, GDPR, and HIPAA.
  • Experience with contract and vendor negotiations and management, including managed services.
  • Cost center management—ability to create an annual cyber-related budget and demonstrate quarterly financial performance.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills and high level of personal integrity.  
  • Innovative thinking and leadership with an ability to lead and motivate cross-functional, interdisciplinary teams.  
  • Strong communication skills with the ability to manage up, down, and across the organization.  
  • Extensive knowledge of regulatory requirements and compliance standards relevant to the biotech and healthcare industries, such as HIPAA, GDPR, FDA regulations, etc.   
  • Commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, with a demonstrated ability to foster a culture of belonging and respect in the workplace. 
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.
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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