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Shipping Specialist, Material Operations (TEMPORARY)

Location Cork, Ireland
BioMarin is the world leader in delivering therapeutics that provide meaningful advances to patients who live with serious and life-threatening rare genetic diseases. We target diseases that lack effective therapies and affect relatively small numbers of patients, many of whom are children. These conditions are often inherited, difficult to diagnose, progressively debilitating and have few, if any, treatment options. BioMarin will continue to focus on advancing therapies that are the first or best of their kind.

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. Come join our team and make a meaningful impact on patients’ lives. 

The Material Operations, Shipping Specialist role, will ultimately be responsible for the co-ordination of outgoing and incoming shipments at BioMarin Shanbally both Global and across Europe including all associated customs requirements. The Shipping Specialist will be involved in the reliable and timely shipment of domestic, international, commercial & clinical shipments of drug substance, drug product, cell banks, all Lab samples and any other inventory as required.

Co-ordinate and execute commercial & clinical product shipments both Global and within the EU.
Co-ordinate and execute non – GMP product, sample and other shipments globally and within the EU.
Create and maintain shipping SOPs, systems and procedures when necessary, ensuring inspection readiness is always sustained.
Develop the profile of the shipping function on site with internal and external stakeholders based at BioMarin Shanbally, BioMarin Novato, associated Contract Manufacturing Organizations’ (CMO’s) and other 3PL service providers.
Perform all shipping transactions in the Oracle ERP system ensuring full traceability and compliance.
Participate in transportation carrier selection and management of onsite shipping readiness process engaging Mat. Operations Warehouse personnel actioning the pack-out process.
Liaise with other Supply Chain departments to monitor and strive to maintain commercial inventory levels within target.
Support other product shipments such as samples, intermediate product, AP, cell banks and other inventory when/as required.
Assist in the resolution of shipping deviations when they occur.
Prepare change controls for new shipping configurations, new shipping routes and new product introduction.
Prepare all shipping documentation, customs paperwork and licenses as required for the movement of product in and out of manufacturing and distribution hubs as well as preparation of commercial invoices for shipments to US.
Coordinate timely dry ice shipments with Warehouse and 3PL personnel.
Ensure shipping procedures and associated operations at the warehouse are operating according to GDP/GMP standards.
Communicate cross functionally to ensure all processes are operating effectively and there are no delays in product availability.

Demonstrate the drive and eagerness to be successful in this role with a view to developing and progressing to levels of increasing responsibility.
Be fully “Patient & Customer focused”.
Be Results driven, while ensuring the optimization and efficient use of cross functional resources.
Must be agile & flexible and be able to deal with changing priorities
Contribute to the innovation and continuous improvement (CI) within Material Operations and BioMarin.
Be team focused and be capable of collaborating cross-functionally with all other departments across the Shanbally site and the wider BioMarin community.
Ensure department and personnel “goals and objectives” are completed in an effective and efficient manner.
Perform at both a strategic and tactical level when and where required within and across the organization.
Proficient knowledge of Microsoft Excel software required, proficiency with other MS Office tools including MS Project desirable.
Ensure a high level of integrity is carried out always while performing the role.

Minimum of 3 years direct international logistics experience including emerging markets is essential.
Be experienced in the creation of commercial invoices and other required international shipping documentation.
Broad experience in working with freight forwarders, air/inland carriers, warehouse personnel and internal departments across the end-to-end supply chain including QA, Supply Planning, Manufacturing/Packaging Operations.
(Bio)Pharmaceutical distribution experience including current GDP/GMP/GCP regulations and Customs/FDA import procedures preferred.
Cold Chain experience required.
Experience of Oracle would be beneficial but ERP system competency is essential.

A minimum of an Honors’ Degree (NFQ level 8) in Logistics/Supply Chain Management or other related Business discipline essential.
Supply Chain Certification is preferred e.g. APICS.
Project Management Certification is desirable.

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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