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Associate Director, Commercial Learning and Development

Location San Rafael, 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 Commercial organization supports our global sales and marketing efforts around the world. Our global sales force continues to solidify the company’s commercial presence in the United States and Europe and is rapidly growing in other regions, such as Latin America, the Middle East and Asia-Pacific. Come join our team and make a meaningful impact on patients’ lives.

The Associate Director, Commercial Training and Development, is an exciting opportunity to contribute directly to the impact of our Sales and Marketing teams.
  • Develop materials and deliver training programs to help colleagues meet business objectives
  • Partner closely with Sales, Marketing, Medical Affairs, Field colleagues, and others to assure that created programs and materials will deliver the appropriate message to the customers
  • Collaborate with appropriate product marketing teams to understand product strategies and implement plans for execution within the Field sales organization
  • Launch preparation- work on the development of workshops, materials, etc. for successful launch readiness
  • Support and develop training initiatives with Sales/Field Support Directors to be launched in the field (e.g. POA meetings, etc.)

New Hire Learning & Development:

  • Lead the design, development, and delivery of training modules for new field personnel and/or newly promoted personnel, where appropriate
  • Design, update, and communicate self guided and on the job training objectives and materials to field roles
  • Plan and execute live in person training 
  • Refine new hire training roadmaps to reflect current needs of the product messaging for all audiences
  • Facilitate workshops in a clear and interactive manner
  • Evaluate new hire curriculum for continuous improvement for BioMarin products
  • Work with the Field Leadership to ensure new hire readiness

Tenured Field Learning & Development:

  • Evaluate training needs annually or as needed
  • Work in the field with AM/IAMs to determine needs; in collaboration with management, help provide coaching and pull-through of training initiatives (where appropriate) 
  • Consult with Management on needs of the field 
  • Facilitate the learning process via workshops, webinars, conference calls, one-on-one coaching sessions, and written communications to ensure AM/IAMs are competent in the areas of product knowledge, compliance, sales presentation skills, customer service, and communicating the value of BioMarin products. 
  • Plan, develop and conduct workshops at regional meetings and national meetings in collaboration with BioMarin Commercial Leadership 
  • Participate in curriculum design and workshop development for advanced training 
  • Work with cross-functional teams to set objectives for continuous improvement of sales force effectiveness; message delivery, knowledge, sales skills, etc.

    Additional Duties:
  • Lead the development of training materials for new indications, new products, competitors, etc.
  • Facilitate and lead POA planning for BRAND
  • Participate in ongoing assessment of training needs with the field force, marketing, and medical
  • Liaison with vendors, internal and external partners and provide appropriate training management where necessary
  • Provide on-going training on new policies and procedures, as needed.
  • Serve as training lead at meetings when Senior Director is not available


  • Experience in orphan diseases/biotech a plus
  • Training experience preferred
  • Home Office/Corporate Office experience a plus
Competencies needed:
  • Outstanding presentation and facilitation skills
  • Excellent  written and oral communication skills
  • Ability to work with ambiguity
  • Team focused
  • Ability to work cross-functionally
  • Disease and product expert
  • Team-oriented
  • Attention to detail
  • Self-motivated
  • Creative problem solver
  • Can persuade and influence others; manage conflict appropriately
  • Passionate about learning and able to share/communicate that passion with others
  • Can juggle multiple projects at once
  • Good planning and organization skills
  • Organizational savvy
  • Sense of urgency
  • Technically proficient including use of the iPad,PowerPoint and Excel


  • Bachelor’ degree required; science background a plus
  • 5 years’ or more in Learning and Development preferred
  • Leader trained or certified in skills development a plus
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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