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Manufacturing Associate (TEMPORARY)

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. 

Under direction of the Supervisor, the Manufacturing Associate will be responsible for job functions that support activities for manufacturing. The Associate is responsible for working on a shift with 3 – 8 peers with responsibilities of supporting implementation of new equipment, preparing filling and packaging materials, setting up the manufacturing line, sampling for QC testing, teardown and cleaning of equipment, managing raw material inventory, operating process equipment, visual inspection and packaging of drug product containers. In addition the manufacturing associate will be expected to operate in compliance with current Good Manufacturing Practice regulations (cGMP), Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), product licenses, corporate policies and safety practices. The position will require shift work and potentially include weekends, off hours, holidays, and overtime.





    • Understanding of process theory and operation of equipment including isolators, biological safety cabinets, automated filling/stoppering/capping machine, ultrasonic bath, autoclave, and filter integrity testers.

    • Ability to learn biopharmaceutical manufacturing processes including Aseptic Filling, Visual Inspection and Packaging, Sterile Filtration, Bio-process containers and Single Use Systems, and Lean manufacturing and 5S.

    • Specific vision abilities by this job include close vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus.

    • Support initiatives for implementation of new equipment and process optimization.

    • Identify and elevate processing issues and support solutions.

    • Gain experience with automation systems (LIMS, MES, PI, etc.).

    • Provide feedback and/or suggested changes to operational procedures.

    • Assist in the incorporation of new technologies, practices and standards into procedure.

    • Support trending of defined department metrics.

    • Crosstrain to support other manufacturing groups as needed.

Skills



    • Capable of writing and reviewing process documents.

    • Understanding of cGMPs as related to Manufacturing Operations.

    • Ability to utilize Quality systems (Deviations, CAPAs, Change Requests, Action/Alert Reports, etc.).

    • Ability to participate on projects and contribute to outcomes.

    • Capability to learn and support new business systems (TrackWise, ERP, etc.).



Specific vision abilities by this job include close vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus



WORK ENVIRONMENT/PHYSICAL DEMANDS
• Consists of strenuous, repetitive work. The following list of physical movements maybe used on a daily basis: bending, reaching, climbing stairs and ladders, kneeling and making numerous equipment connections using hands.
• Independently have the ability to regularly lift, dispense, push and/or pull items with an average weight of 25 pounds.
• May require work around loud equipment.
• The use of personal protective equipment will be required.
• Requires various shift based work and off hours

Education


Bachelor’s degree in science related area or engineering


or


Associate’s degree in science related area


or


Biotech certificate with 2+ years of experience in a biotech manufacturing environment or other regulated industry

Skills and Experience


The Skills and Experience match parameters for the candidate are parsed from the Duties, Skills, and Education.


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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We treat rare diseases, and that gives us rare opportunities. Chris Brodeur, Director, Corporate Compliance
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