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Validation Engineer II (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. 

This position will support completion of process validation projects related to the implementation of new manufacturing processes and changes to existing processes for drug substance manufacturing processes, drug product filling, process simulations (media fills), filtration, mixing, sterilization, lyophilization, vial & syringe filling, API chemical synthesis, blending, tableting, powder filling, and packaging, etc.

The preferred candidate will have a general knowledge of the underlying scientific principles applied to the development and manufacture of biopharmaceuticals, and a keen interest in bioprocess operations. Experience with various stages of clinical and commercial manufacturing in a Quality and/or MSAT is preferred.  Understanding and experience with change control, and Health Authority requirements is a plus.

The Engineer 2 organizes and performs process validation activities with minimal supervision within a cross-functional environment.  Other responsibilities of this position include: protocol generation, protocol execution, final summary report generation, and other duties as assigned.

Key words:  MSAT, validation; process validation, drug substance, drug product, aseptic filling, mixing, chromatography, science, protocols, reports, biologics, small-molecules, gene therapy


    • Collaborate with Process Sciences, MSAT, manufacturing, quality, and regulatory organizations to establish a reliable state of manufacturing process control.

    • Perform process validation activities related to any BioMarin’s biologic/gene-therapy/small-molecule Drug Substance and Drug Products, through defined clinical and commercial stages.

    • Execute (protocol generation, execution, and final package preparation) process validation activities related to the implementation of process changes and new processes while exercising judgment within broadly defined procedures and practices to establish acceptance criteria, and identify and implement solutions to meet BioMarin and Agency requirements.

    • Author and/or review technical documents related to PV and PPQ deliverables, technology transfer, process monitoring, at-scale or scale-down studies, annual product reviews, and non-conformance (deviations/investigations) to support process transfer and ongoing manufacturing. Assist with preparation of regulatory filings.

    • Provide a science-based approach for resolution of deviations, investigations, and process issues through analysis of historical data and scale-down studies.

    • Other duties as assigned.


The candidate will have a significant role in the approval of documentation and release of manufacturing systems and processes for cGMP use.  This position is required to successfully complete projects in a timely manner supporting company goals and objectives.   

3+ years of experience in a cGMP regulated manufacturing environment, with exhibited knowledge or proficiency in process validation, process sciences and change control.

Experience with several unit operations and systems used in the manufacture of drug substance and drug product.

Organizational and management skills to coordinate multi-discipline project groups

Ability to speak, present data, and defend approaches in front of variable tiered audiences, and scientific disciplines.

Ability to comprehend scientific/technical information related to equipment, processes, and regulatory expectations.

Technical writing skills are required for protocols and summary report generation.

Proficiency with standard office software applications, including MS Word, MS Excel, MS Project, MS Power Point.  Experience and proficiency with other applications (such as Trackwise, JMP, MS Access a plus).

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.

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