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QC Analyst

Location Novato, California Workstyle Onsite Only

Job Title: Quality Control Analyst
Employee Type: FTE
Location: Novato, U.S.A.  

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.

Role Summary

The Quality Control Analyst, under direct to minimal supervision, is responsible for providing support to the on-time release, stability and non-routine testing of the pharmaceutical drug substances and drug product in a cGMP environment.  The Quality Control Analyst is responsible for providing support to activities related to sample and/or lab equipment management.  The Quality Control Analyst is responsible for assisting with troubleshooting work and supporting training to QC and Contract Test labs.

This position requires willingness to undergo training on more advanced analytical methods and employs laboratory safety policies at all times.  Work assignments will encompass performing and documenting activities from routine to non-routine samples, and requires the ability to recognize deviations from the accepted practice. The analyst will be responsible for the timely completion of all assignments.  Good record keeping, organizational, written and verbal communication skills are essential.

Role Responsibilities

Performs, under direct to minimal supervision, biochemical/physical/chemical analyses of test samples under cGMP to meet specified timelines.

  • Evaluates data against defined criteria/specifications.
  • Assists in the revision of written procedures as assigned.
  • Works independently on assays that he/she has mastered.
  • Develops and maintains proficiency in a broad range of trained test methods.
  • Trains other analysts in areas of expertise.
  • Maintains the laboratory in an inspection-ready state.
  • Maintains laboratory supply inventories.
  • Ensures that support for glassware cleaning and other routine laboratory functions/chores for the QC laboratory are met to meet business needs, such as lot release, method transfers, and validation studies.
  • Develop familiarity concerning cGMP, 21CFR, USP, EP, and ICH regulatory requirements.
  • Interacts with other departments at BioMarin as appropriate.
  • Holds self and others responsible to abide by department and company policies and practices.
  • Assists in revision of written procedures as assigned.

Education Required

B.S./B.A. in Science (major in biology-biochemistry-chemistry).
2-3 years of relevant laboratory experience, or A.S. with at least 4 years of relevant laboratory experience is desired.

Experience Required

  • At least one year in a cGMP/GLP laboratory; quality control experience is preferred.
  • Ability to follow written instructions and to perform tasks with direct or minimal supervision.
  • Familiarity with use of a computer: e.g., Proficient in Windows, Microsoft Word, Excel.
  • Good written, verbal, and communication skills.
  • Good documentation skills.
  • Demonstrates the ability to work independently.

Supervisor Responsibility

Not applicable to this position

Behavioral Competencies

Achieving Excellence
Courage / Challenge
Develop Self & Others


GMP Acumen
Critical Thinking & Evaluation                                    
Organizational Awareness                                         

Note: This description is not intended to be all-inclusive, or a limitation of the duties of the position. It is intended to describe the general nature of the job that may include other duties as assumed or assigned.

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 $ 56,000 to $ 84,000 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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