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Manager, EHS&S

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 Manager is a senior-level function within the EHS&S Department.  This position is specialized in environmental compliance for U.S. operating facilities that include GMP manufacturing plants, R&D and QC laboratories, warehouses, and other associated operations.  The EHS&S Manager will focus on development and improvement of environmental compliance programs and processes, managing BioMarin’s right to operate, environmental risk management, and regulatory relationships. The EHS&S Manager may function as a Business Relationship Manager for one or more business functions, and acts as environmental compliance Subject Matter Expert. At the discretion of the EHS&S Senior Manager, the EHS&S Manager may also support other business processes and/or initiatives.


  • Requires subject matter expertise of environmental responsibilities, permitting, regulations, procedures, and business practices for biopharmaceutical manufacturing operations.
  • Develops environmental technical competence of EHS&S staff.
  • Determines what environmental communications, both internally within BioMarin as well as externally with environmental agencies, are necessary to maintain optimal environmental compliance.
  • Supports and may participate in EHS&S global governance initiatives.
  • Acts as business relationship manager for one or more business functions.
  • Is aware of U.S. regional company initiatives, strategy, and business drivers and incorporates into environmental strategy and goals.
  • Mitigates current environmental compliance risks, identifies potential future risks, and proposes solutions for continuous improvement.
  • Spearheads facility and/or U.S. region environmental initiatives.
  • Manages U.S. region environmental consultant and vendor performance.
  • Tracks U.S. region environmental compliance and metrics.
  • Oversees development and control of environmental compliance documentation.
  • Investigates environmental compliance incidents and near misses.
  • Oversees environmental sampling activities and inspections.
  • Supports internal audits and closure of corrective actions.
  • Designs complex environmental investigations and provides recommendations.
  • Prepares and reviews environmental regulatory submittals.
  • Leads environmental regulatory inspections at the local, county, state, and federal levels.
  • Leads cross-functional environmental compliance projects, meetings, and initiatives.
  • Uses Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) as needed.
  • Uses environmental sampling and monitoring equipment.
  • Uses EHS&S and company software systems effectively.
  • Maintains the professional competence, knowledge, and skill necessary for the satisfactory performance of all assigned responsibilities.
  • Acts as a member of the BioMarin Emergency Response Team (BERT).
  • Performs other tasks as assigned by supervisor.


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.

Leadership:  As a member of EHS&S Management, the EHS&S Manager is expected to act and behave in a highly professional manner at all times, and consistently exhibit actions/behavior commensurate with a position of leadership.  The cross functional nature and interactions of this position makes this requirement exceptionally critical.

Feedback: All senior level positions in the EHS&S department require the ability to effectively give and receive feedback.


The EHS&S Manager may be responsible for managing direct reports. The EHS&S Manager will oversee environmental consultants/vendors, and include financial accountability for the performance of those consultants/vendors.


  • 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:
  • Eight to ten years prior experience with undergraduate degree.
  • Six to eight years prior experience required with Master’s degree.
  • Four to six years prior experience with Ph.D.

Required Minimum Skills:

  • Prior environmental experience in a biopharmaceutical setting is required for this position.
  • Prior experience managing compliance with environmental permits/licenses for air emissions, hazardous materials storage, wastewater discharge, stormwater discharge, hazardous waste generation, and/or medical waste generation required.
  • Demonstrated ability to lead complex field investigations.
  • Demonstrated ability to successfully manage environmental regulatory agency relationships at the local, state, and federal levels.
  • Demonstrated ability to identify and mitigate environmental compliance risks.
  • Demonstrated ability to solve complex environmental problems.
  • Demonstrated ability to lead complex and cross-functional project teams.

Desired Experience:

  • Advanced degree in applicable field and 12 or more years of environmental compliance experience.
  • Prior experience with California regulatory agencies including the Bay Area Air Quality Management District, local CUPAs, and local sanitary districts highly desired.
  • Prior experience with ISO 14001 highly desired.
  • Prior experience supporting environmental compliance across multiple operating facilities (opex) and concurrent large capital projects (capex) desired.
  • Prior experience developing and delivering effective environmental compliance training to audiences of varied backgrounds highly desired. 


This position includes a focus on environmental performance of employees, and other onsite staff such as contractors and vendors. The EHS&S Manager may include direct reports. The EHS&S Manager may advise/direct other EHS&S employees that have responsibility for oversight of day-to-day activities of onsite consultants and/or vendors.

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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