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Planning Operations Lead

BioMarin Pharmaceutical Inc.
Novato, California
Start date
May 24, 2024

Job Details

Who We Are

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.

Planning Operations Lead - Novato 

Closing Date - Friday 31st May 2024

The Planning Operations Lead will be reporting directly to a Global External Operations Leadership member, the Director of Supply Chain Operations, and will serve as an integral leader of the Supply Chain Operations team in Global External Operations. RESPONSIBILITIES The greater Supply Chain Operations department is responsible for the site production planning and scheduling, ready process, warehouse operations, operational purchasing, ERP recipe management, as well as oversight of receipt and shipping of all materials to and from our External sites.  Specifically, under the remit of the Planning Operations Lead will be: 
  • Ready Process
  • Inventory control
  • Warehouse and Inventory Management
  • Continuous improvement
 The Planning Operations Lead will manage Ready, Inventory Control, Continuous Improvement and Warehouse functions in Global External Operations to ensure reliable product supply to a global patient population. This role translates production plan into material inventory and production requirements to meet target inventory levels and maintain customer supply from External facilities.The incumbent must also ensure that all consumables are purchased and available on time to support external operations. This will involve close collaboration with both internal stakeholders and external partners. Furthermore, this role will involve leading owning continuous improvement efforts in  The Planning Operations Lead will be required to foster close working relationships with multiple departments at a local level, such as Operations, Scheduling, Quality, External sites, and Finance, as well as globally within the network. Global Procurement and Supply Chain, as well as other groups such as IT, are all key partners. Main areas of responsibility: 
  • Implement and maintain rigorous Ready processes within the Supply Chain Operations team that ensure continuous product supply to patients.
  • Develop and actively manage process metrics for Ready & Inventory that measure effectiveness towards achieving goals, provide visibility to improvement opportunities, and track the progress of improvement initiatives.
  • Lead and participate in investigations and subsequent Root Cause Analysis, to resolve issues and provide permanent corrective actions.
  • Key support and leadership within Global External Operations for an upcoming ERP transformation in 2025.
  • Support the Supply Chain Operations department as the primary point of contact for Ready process and Inventory as well as partnering closely with the OPS, Quality, Regulatory, CMO’s, Finance, and Projects group.
  • Identify and understand the team's resource, system, and process requirements, considering the future needs of a rapidly changing and growing business (more products, different modalities).
  • Implement mechanisms to ensure the disciplined and effective use of ERP within Planning & Inventory and foster integration with other functional teams.
  • As a key leader in the Supply Chain Operations team, there is a need to represent the department and occasionally the site at critical meetings.
  • Coach, mentor and train colleagues on Supply Chain processes, use of operational excellence tools, and high-performance team behaviors.
  • Participate and support plant optimization that helps create a strong value proposition for future investment.
  • Strong focus on visibility boards for all metrics and status with a particular emphasis on Planning & Scheduling and S&OE (coordinating DS, DP, FG batch release activities to ensure material is available for Filling & Packaging schedules when required)
  • Support and lead improvement projects as directed which are aligned with CMO business objectives and priorities.
  • Support and/or lead teams in the development, implementation, and standardization of efficient physical and transactional processes.
  • Formulate proposals / business cases for improvement projects including deliverables, financial analysis, development of these ideas into meaningful chartered and prioritized projects.
 Occasional travel when permitted (10%). EDUCATION
  • Required Education: Bachelors in Life Science, Business, Operations Management, or Industrial Engineering required.
  • Preferred Education: APICS certification and/or supply chain education preferred but not required.
  • Other continuing education initiatives highly desirable (e.g., Six Sigma, Lean Manufacturing, industry specific coursework).
  • Minimum of 10 years of experience in the biotech/pharma industry with experience in supply chain, procurement, and/or manufacturing operations.
  • Experience with a combination of Master Scheduling, Inventory Analysis and Management, ERP systems, and new product launches.
  • Demonstrated ability to work cross-functionally and partner with other functional groups to achieve business objectives required.
  • Skillful application of KPI’s and metrics to manage business processes and support strong team performance.
  • Excellent communication skills – Oral, written and formal presentation skills with senior management, middle management and line staff.
  • Proficient and comfortable working indirectly through others.
  • Lives the TOP Cultural values: lead with compassion, pursue quality & integrity, better together.
Preferred Experience:
  • Direct experience with planning and scheduling management
  • Strong understanding of ERP/MRP systems and processes (Knowledge of Oracle is preferred)
  • APICS (or equivalent) certification in CPIM or CSCP

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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