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EHS&S Specialist 2

Location Novato, California
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 EHS&S Specialist II is a mid-level function within the EHS&S Department.  This position is specialized in providing environmental compliance services to multiple 24/7 GmP manufacturing plants, GmP warehouses, QC labs, facilities, and other related departments. The EHS&S Specialist II will focus on implementation of environmental compliance programs and procedures, management of environmental permits and requirements, environmental risk management, and regulatory compliance support. The EHS&S Specialist II may act as the EHS&S representative on various cross-functional projects, may design and oversee environmental investigations, and may develop internal training to deploy to staff.

The EHS&S Specialist II is a technical position in the EHS&S department. At the discretion of the EHS&S Manager/Senior Manager, the EHS&S Specialist II may also support other functional and/or departmental initiatives and business processes.


  • Requires comprehensive and in-depth knowledge of environmental responsibilities, permitting, regulations, procedures, and business practices for biopharmaceutical manufacturing operations.
  • Implements multiple environmental programs including air, stormwater, wastewater, hazardous waste, medical waste, and hazardous materials.
  • Oversees and conducts environmental sampling activities and inspections.
  • Supports internal audits and closure of corrective actions.
  • Acts as environmental expert within internal teams on multi-functional/departmental projects.
  • Designs environmental investigations and provides recommendations.
  • Prepares environmental regulatory submittals.
  • May lead or coordinate environmental regulatory inspections at the local, county, state, and federal levels.
  • Provides environmental consultation to internal customers and influences processes and decisions.
  • Develops new relationships with and manages environmental consultants and vendors on environmental tasks.
  • Manages the needs of multiple environmental programs concurrently.
  • Tracks site environmental compliance and metrics.
  • Reviews, updates and/or develops EHS&S procedures.
  • Reviews and provides EHS&S input on typical project documents including process diagrams, P&IDs, equipment specifications, design drawings, etc.
  • Investigates environmental incidents and near misses.
  • Performs root cause analyses.
  • Uses Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) as needed.
  • Uses environmental sampling and monitoring equipment.
  • Facilitates and may lead project/team meetings.
  • Becomes a member of the Emergency Response Team (ERT) and assists in ERT program planning.
  • Maintains the professional competence, knowledge, and skill necessary for the satisfactory performance of all assigned responsibilities.
  • Performs other tasks as assigned by supervisor. 


  • Integrates previously learned information with situational factors to arrive at a responsible and defendable decision.
  • With minimal supervision, able to complete tasks and can independently prioritize workload to meet supervisor and dept. needs; consistently generates highly accurate work with high productivity; does not repeat errors and helps to prevent errors in their own work.
  • Aware of, and directly contributes to, customer and dept. goals.
  • Assumes accountability for personal actions, work product and decisions associated with assignments.
  • Is able to explain and is answerable for consequences resulting from aforementioned items.
  • Proactively and clearly escalates relevant information along with some general resolutions, to the appropriate audience (i.e. intra- and inter-departmental).
  • Applies an intellectually disciplined process of actively and skillfully conceptualizing, applying, analyzing, synthesizing, and/or evaluating information gathered from, or generated by, observation, experience, reflection, reasoning, or communication. Approaches principles, theories and concepts in their field with an eye towards innovation or an innovative application to our industry. 
  • Each assignment is an opportunity to apply new techniques or technology to a new or long standing problem and the EHS&S Specialist II is encouraged to fully examine the options within the given task constraints to find an optimum solution.
  • Applies comprehensive specialized principles, as well as with experience gained in industry, to solve equipment design/operational problems.
  • Stays current through continued on-the-job training and industry seminars.
  • Proactively seeks out opportunities to assist with group and department goals.
  • Able to proactively identify needs or issues with routine and non-routine tasks and provides solutions.
  • Maintains a positive attitude and actively engages with staff to ensure overall atmosphere is positive and productive.
  • Contributions are integral to the success of projects and the achievement of both technical and departmental objectives.
  • Influence is generally centered on peers or project teams and is likely to be technically based, perhaps involving a complex system.
  • May also begin to have influence on departmental initiatives or issues involving other groups.
  • The EHS&S Specialist II may lead/manage smaller capital projects or programs, or take responsibility for a design area in a larger Program.
  • Final design work will be reviewed by a more senior Specialist on an as-needed basis.
  • All Specialists should become a cohesive part of their own group and as members assigned to project teams.
  • Relationships with all group/team members should be positive and mutually rewarding.
  • All Specialists participate in group and project team meetings through regular presentations of work-in-progress.


The EHS&S Specialist II may include one direct report as well as oversight of contractors/consultants.


  • Undergraduate degree, preferably in a science or engineering related field minimum requirement.
  • Professional certification such as CSP, CHMM, etc. preferred. 40-hr HAZWOPER certified preferred.
  • Advanced degree (e.g., Master’s Degree) in a science or engineering field preferred.
  • Targeted training programs or professional certificates in an EHS-related discipline are also desirable.


Required Minimum Experience:

  • Required experience is dependent upon previously attained education level:
  • Six to eight years prior experience with undergraduate degree.
  • Four to six years prior experience required with Master’s degree.
  • Two to three years prior experience with Ph.D.

Required Minimum Skills:

  • Prior environmental experience in an industrial setting is required for this position.
  • Direct experience with environmental compliance, sampling, reporting and permitting is required.
  • Demonstrated ability to lead field investigations.
  • Demonstrated ability to interpret and apply regulatory requirements.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage multiple complex projects and tasks.
  • Demonstrated ability to lead project teams.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage environmental inspections, both internal and external.
  • Must be able to develop and maintain internal and external business relationships.
  • Must be able to track and prioritize work for self and project teams.

 Desired Experience:

  • Advanced degree in applicable field and 10 or more years of experience with waste, wastewater, stormwater, air, hazardous materials, and other environmental compliance needs within a biopharmaceutical manufacturing setting is preferred.
  • Prior experience with ISO 14001 highly desired.
  • Prior experience with EHS-MIS systems.

Desired personal competencies related to performance in this role:

  • Takes Initiative: Recognizes and acts upon opportunities even when not asked to do so. Self-directed within scope of role.
  • Planning: Ability to strategically plan ahead. Sets goals/objectives. Develops schedules and task/staff assignments. Accurately scopes out level of effort for tasks/projects.
  • Dealing with Ambiguity: Can shift gears comfortably. Can effectively cope with change. Can decide and act without having the full picture. Can comfortably handle new tasks with little instruction or guidance.
  • Organizing: Can orchestrate multiple activities at once to accomplish a goal. Can marshal resources (people/funding/materials/support) to get things done. Arranges information and files in a useful manner.
  • Motivating Others: Can motivate many kinds of staff especially non-direct reports and team/project members. Empowers others. Acts as a positive influence on people and processes. Invites input from others and fosters diversity.
  • Peer Relationships: Easily gains the trust and support of peers. Is viewed as a team player and is cooperative. Can get unpopular objectives completed and be seen as fair.


  • Frequent long durations in office and cubicle environment.
  • Frequent visits to construction sites, manufacturing areas, laboratories, warehouses, and utility areas.
  • Occasional long durations of walking, sitting, standing and kneeling.
  • Frequent listening, writing, and public speaking in small and large groups.
  • Occasional need for climbing, crawling, and lifting up to 20 pounds.


Laptop computer, cell phone, radio, personal vehicle, PPE, and other environmental sampling and monitoring equipment as needed.


The EHS&S Specialist II works directly within the EHS&S Department. The EHS&S Specialist II will also work directly and indirectly with GxP groups such as manufacturing, facilities, QC laboratories, materials operations, engineering, automation, and capital projects personnel.  The EHS&S Specialist II will also work directly with external consultants, contractors, vendors, and regulatory personnel.


This position can include supervisory responsibilities. If the Specialist II has supervisory responsibilities, there will be one direct report in the technical area of expertise. This position may also supervise additional temporary staff and on-site consultants/vendors.


Continuously improve technical and soft skillsets to allow assignment of projects and/or programs of increasing complexity or priority.  Begin to support development of customer goals through greater understanding and accomplishment of EHS&S Department goals. Begin to drive environmental compliance and risk reduction strategies. Begin to develop internal business relationships with key stakeholders to support critical success factors in the areas of customer service excellence, change management excellence, and communication excellence.

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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