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Associate Director, Medical Affairs Learning and Development

Location San Rafael, California
**This position can be SRC based or remote for the right candidate. Position could require up to 25% travel**

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 Research & Development group is responsible for everything from research and discovery to post-market clinical development. Research & Development involves all bench and clinical research and the associated groups that support those endeavors. Our teams work on developing first-in-class and best-in-class therapeutics that provide meaningful advances to patients who live with rare diseases. Come join our team and make a meaningful impact on patients’ lives.


The Associate Director is responsible for ensuring the design, development, and execution of high quality training and development programs. S/he also drives the development of learning strategies to advance proficiency. This is a leadership management role with opportunity for strategic influence. The Associate Director is expected to assume a variety of additional leadership responsibilities, including leading process improvement and change management initiatives within GMAF. The Associate Director is refining skills related to the management and oversight of more junior staff and taking an active role in supporting their career development. Typical areas of focus for the Associate Director include risk and issue management and stakeholder engagement.

The individual in this position exhibits mastery of training development. S/he also demonstrates advanced skills related to problem solving, leadership, vendor management, and project management.

Responsibilities & Competencies

Responsibilities may include, but are not limited to:

Needs Assessment, Curriculum Design, and Delivery

  • Lead the design, development, and delivery of training solutions on products and disease areas to support learners within GMAF, including both global and regional training
  • Perform needs analysis, assessing base competencies and proficiency of organizations/functions in order to identify needs and address curriculum gaps, including:
    • Working with individual functions to determine needs and conduct assessments
    • Collaborate with global and regional colleagues to build an understanding of learning needs in the context of long term and near term strategic goals
  • Lead the design of effective course curriculum and workshops to meet organization needs, including:
    • Identify or source expert facilitators to deliver effective live training as required
  • Support trainers/facilitators in gathering or developing training content
  • Obtain and or develop effective learning and development materials using a variety of media and blended approaches including coaching, classroom instruction, on-line learning, experiential learning, and self-guided learning
  • Ensure external facing GMAF personnel are competent in the areas of product and disease knowledge, compliance, and presentation skills
  • Deliver trainings effectively, managing and responding to learner needs
  • Lead evaluation activities to assess learning progress and ensure performance gaps are closed
  • Use project management, change management, and learner engagement best practices to plan and conduct effective live training events
  • Collaborate with Matrix Team and cross-functional colleagues to ensure that training needs are met in ways that are accurate, timely, and aligned
  • Lead the development of learning plans for all assigned compounds across the entire projected lifecycle of the compound
  • Set annual learning priorities, communicate them and manage process for addressing ad hoc learning and development requests
  • Develop and maintain communications to ensure employees have knowledge of training requirements, events and resources
  • Ensure effective team support for the design and development of the GMAF annual meeting, including participant engagement, materials development, training session management, and logistics

  • Keep abreast of trends and best practices in learning development and technology

It is expected that the Associate Director has the experience and knowledge required to demonstrate advanced capabilities across the following competencies: communication, leadership, strategic thinking, problem solving, and adaptability. This includes, for example:  

  • Creates a safe, respectful environment for sharing diverse, contrasting, multi-cultural views among team members and key stakeholders
  • Demonstrates awareness of others’ strengths, interests and growth opportunities to garner buy-in and commitment
  • Leads the development and implementation of strategic plans that link task to strategy achievement at a regional or single compound focus
  • Recognizes cross-functional, company-wide, or vendor-based impact of issues and opportunities and appropriately considers input and implications in solution development

The Associate Director is expected to have mastered training development. S/he should exhibit advanced skills in drug development and learning program measurement For example, the Associate Director should:

  • Leverage a robust understanding of the global medical affairs space to build curricula that meet the objectives of the functional team
  • Demonstrate knowledge of therapeutic areas and disease conditions across BioMarin franchises, particularly in the rare disease space

Demonstrate extensive knowledge of a wide variety of learning evaluation methodologies, tools (including hybrid evaluation tools), and best practices.

Education & Experience

  • BA/BS in life sciences, health sciences, or other technical area. Advanced degree preferred.
  • 10 or more years of relevant experience in healthcare training and development, medical affairs, and/or drug development
  • 0-2 years of line management experience preferred

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.

About our location

San Rafael


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