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Area Lead (Night Shift)

Location Novato, California Workstyle Onsite Only
Area Lead, Manufacturing


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 individuals 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.



-Accountable for the daily operations in area, requiring effective communication to make appropriate decisions, trouble shooting, and schedule adherences with minimal oversight

-Accomplishes tasks through direct and effective coordination

-Provides direction and hands-on training for staff

-Supports the management of staff

-Lives department values and sets the standards for others to operate

-Fosters an environment of compliance, strong work ethic and ongoing learning


-Ability to take responsibility for complex projects

-Effective interaction with peer Leads across manufacturing to create alignment and improvement

-Partners with support groups (Facilities, Validation, Quality) to complete scheduled activities

Process Knowledge

-Strong knowledge and experience in all aspects of relevant process theory, equipment, and compliance

-Ability to troubleshoot, identify issues and support resolutions with technical groups

-Required to perform ongoing operational tasks in respective work area

-Uses scientific thinking and decision making in daily work

Technical Competency

-Proven experience with relevant process, theory and equipment

-Experience with process automation and functionality

-Assist with review and approval of documentation including Batch Records and logbooks

Technical Documentation

-Provide feedback and/or suggested changes to operational procedures

-Assist in the incorporation of new technologies, practices and standards into procedures

-Capable of writing and reviewing process documents

Quality and Compliance

-Complete understanding and adherence to cGMP’s as related to commercial operations

-Support the closure of manufacturing discrepancies and change requests

-Experience with business systems (Process historian, LIMS, Trackwise, ERP, MES, etc.)


5+ years of relevant industry experience

Demonstrated technical expertise in downstream processing

Working knowledge of process automation and associated process equipment

Proven organizational, shift leadership and communication skills

Identify and drive opportunities for process optimization

Ability to manage work, actions and expectations is essential


B.S. degree in Life Sciences, Engineering, Applied Physics, etc., or acceptable equivalent combination of education and experience.

Shift Details: Wednesday/Thursday – Sunday nights, 6PM – 7AM. Wednesday is rotating.

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. 

In the U.S., the salary range for this position is $ 68,300 to $ 102,500 per year, which factors in various geographic regions. The base pay actually offered will take into account internal equity and also may vary depending on the candidate's geographic region, job-related knowledge, skills, and experience among other factors. A discretionary bonus and/or long-term incentive units may be provided as part of the compensation package, in addition to the full range of medical, financial, and/or other benefits, dependent on the level and position offered.

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