Pilot Plant Manufacturing Specialist 1 at BioMarin
Skip Navigation

Pilot Plant Manufacturing Specialist 1

Location Novato, California Workstyle Onsite Only

Who We Are

For more than two decades, going our own way has led to countless breakthroughs, bettering the lives of those suffering from rare genetic disease. In 1997 we were founded to make a big difference in small patient populations. Now we seek to make an even greater impact by applying the same science-driven, patient-forward approach that propelled our last 25 years of drug development to larger genetic disorders, as well as genetic subsets of more common conditions. Through our unparalleled expertise in genetics and molecular biology, we will continue to develop targeted therapies that address the root cause of the conditions we seek to treat. Applying our knowledge to make a transformative impact is not just a calling, but an obligation to those who will benefit most. The end goal has always been better lives and now we can reach more.

And the more people we reach, the more our impact can grow. We transform lives through genetic discovery.

Our Culture

Our desire to make a positive impact on our patients extends to our employees and BioMarin is committed to fostering an inclusive environment where every person feels seen, valued, and heard – so employees can thrive in all areas of their lives, in and outside of work. We seek to provide an open, flexible, and friendly work environment to empower people and to provide them with the ability to develop their long-term careers. Ultimately, we want to be an organization where people enjoy coming to work and take pride in our efforts to help patients.

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.

SUMMARY

The Pilot Plant Manufacturing Specialist I is required to have basic process and equipment knowledge related to biopharmaceutical manufacturing. The position requires self-motivation, excellent communication, and strong trouble-shooting skills. The Pilot Plant Manufacturing Specialist I will be acquainted with many manufacturing processes and be able to perform multiple operations with proper training and under appropriate level of supervision.  The Pilot Plant Manufacturing Specialist I will be responsible for planning, and execution of manufacturing activities with primary duties occurring on the manufacturing floor.

The position is roughly equivalent to manufacturing area/Sr Associate, or technical development/Research Associate I.

The position reports to the manufacturing supervisor or manager and requires shift work with a variable schedule, potentially including weekends, off hours, and holidays.  

RESPONSIBILITIES

Processing

  • Responsible for performing daily operations on the production floor, including training, and troubleshooting to ensure that all operations are completed safely and successfully.
  • Perform operational and production tasks in respective work area
  • Expected to be on the MFG floor performing operations minimum 80% of the time during campaign
  • Supports startup logistics, technical transfer, and changeover process between campaigns.
  • Expected to have opportunity to learn and contribute in process development laboratories, including but not limited to the following activities:
  • Buffer and media preparation
  • Small-scale cell culture or purification process development experiments
  • Perform associated analytical assays
  • Diligently document the results
  • Present results and conclusions in group and department meetings

Technical Expertise

  • On-the-floor equipment and process Subject Matter Expert (SME)
  • Assist with recipe development, design, and programming.
  • Assist with equipment maintenance and CMMS management
  • Author minor changes Standard Operating Procedures and Batch Records
  • First point of contact for equipment and process troubleshooting
  • Works as an on-the-floor SME for many electronic systems including CMMS, JIRA, LIMS, PI, and SCADA
  • Interface with Process Development to assist in data collection and provide operational feedback.

Manufacturing Support

  • On-the-floor contact for process changes and new equipment implementation
  • May assist with initiating process deviations and gathering initial details relevant to the event.

Contribution

  • Ability to assist with moderate level projects
  • Effective interaction with peer specialists within the pilot plant core team to effectively carryout the objectives of the pilot plant.
  • Partners with support groups (Facilities, Validation, Quality) to complete scheduled activities
  • Involved in technical decision-making of the process with the pilot plant leadership
  • Lives department values and sets the standards for others to operate
  • Fosters an environment of compliance, work ethics and development
  • Identify and drive opportunities for process optimization

EDUCATION, EXPERIENCE AND EXPERTISE

  • S. degree in Life Sciences, Engineering, Applied Physics, etc.
  • 1-2 years of relevant industry experience
  • Acceptable equivalent combination of education and experience will be considered
  • Demonstrated technical expertise
  • Knowledge in all aspects of process theory, equipment, and compliance preferred
  • Working knowledge of process automation, associated process equipment, and relevant technical documentation
  • Proven technical and communication skills

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 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

PLEASE NOTE: Absent a Medical or Religious reason that prohibits vaccinations, all our incoming employees must be vaccinated for COVID-19.

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 $ 62,600 to $ 93,800 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.

About our location

Novato

View

Our Benefits

View

Hiring Insights

View
Woman working at a computer
Return to the top of the page