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Associate Director, Travel & Security Personnel Risk Management

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.

By providing a foundation for all operations company wide, BioMarin’s General and Administrative teams support our mission of providing first and best in class therapeutics to patients who live with rare diseases. Our teams include groups such as finance, legal, human resources, corporate compliance and ethics, and information technology. Come join our team and make a meaningful impact on patients’ lives.

Position description

The Associate Director, Travel Security and Personnel Risk Management will play a key role in BioMarin’s global corporate security function, which oversees programs to safeguard the company’s critical assets—our people, property, and product — worldwide.

This position will report directly to the Senior Director, Global Security, and will support in the development and implementation of BioMarin’s global security strategy and associated risk management programs.

The position is based in BioMarin’s corporate headquarters located in San Rafael, California.

Key responsibilities

  • General
    • Directly support the Senior Director, Global Security to assess and mitigate security risks to the organization; develop and implement security incident response plans and protocols; support the continuity of business operations; and measure performance and drive continuous improvement. When required, deliver elements of the implementation of business continuity and/or physical, technical and site security programs.
    • Revise and maintain corporate policies, standards, guidelines, processes, procedures and plans that govern and manage BioMarin’s global security program. Coordinate with relevant internal stakeholders to drive compliance with policies and standards to help ensure consistent application of security practices across the organization.
    • Manage and maintain core corporate security programs, including: travel security; executive protection; workplace violence prevention; intelligence collection & threat analysis; security training and awareness; supply chain security; and/or investigations.
    • Develop reporting mechanisms and provide constant, updated reporting about BioMarin’s Global Security team to executive governance structures at the firm.
    • Analyze data trends and performance indicators to make recommendations to the Senior Director, Global Security and other key stakeholders regarding the personnel security situation/broader risk levels in locations where BioMarin staff work and travel.
    • Develop and maintain effective relationships with key internal stakeholders, including management, other corporate groups and teams, business lines and regions to build consensus and leverage cross functional resources to mitigate risks to the corporation.
    • Receive and manage in and out of hours security calls, providing high-quality security advice to BioMarin personnel and coordinating security assistance services.

  • Travel Security & Intelligence Program:
    • Scale established policies/procedures that align with industry standards to provide operational oversight of the company’s travel security program; Incorporate pre-travel requirements, country risk ratings; Leverage resources available for staff on international travel; Respond to other travel security related inquiries.
    • Manage travel security vendors to monitor and develop the traveler tracker program; may be tasked with locating and communicating with travelers impacted by security incidents.
    • Develop and implement travel security awareness training as well as provide pre-travel security briefings for travelers when required, counseling travelers on travel destinations and related security concerns.
    • Develop and scale operational awareness of global security concerns through regular review of vendor and open source feeds and determine potential impact to BioMarin personnel (including locally engaged staff as well as travelers), property, and product in response to a security incident anywhere in the globe.
    • Formalize and consistently refine intelligence collection, reporting requirements/incident thresholds, including identification of appropriate consumers and reporting formats, to create time sensitive and actionable reports detailing security threats facing BioMarin personnel.

  • Training and Awareness
    • Create and enhance training to drive employee awareness of the security program through presentations and other activities; Ensure the company’s global security intranet site is updated and maintained with relevant security advice (including, local security updates travel security guidance, country-level risk ratings, online training resources, etc.).
    • Manage the company’s security intranet site and develop and update contents and relevant security advice (including, but not limited to, travel security guidance, country-level risk ratings, online training resources, etc.)

  • Event and Meeting Security; Executive Protection
    • Draft, develop, and implement international event and meeting security standards, inclusive of strategies, policies and procedures, standards and specifications, for security support at ex-US BioMarin sponsored (or attended) corporate events or meetings.
    • Lead and standardize close protection services provided to BioMarin executives.

  • Workplace Violence Prevention, Supply Chain Security, Investigations, and Assessments
    • Lead the WECARE Team (BioMarin’s Threat Assessment Team) and overall program to address potential workplace violence issues.
    • Coordinate and conduct security investigations in Northern California; prepare reports and submit findings.
    • Provide subject matter expertise to assist with security incidents impacting BioMarin global facilities.
    • Collaborate to develop supply chain security programs to mitigate external threats against BioMarin’s products and/or brands (counterfeit, stolen, diverted).
    • Lead or assist others in the Global Security department to assess security technologies and protocols in use at BioMarin and third party vendors’ worldwide facilities.
    • Assist with execution of other Global Security programs (e.g. physical security staffing, systems & technologies, business continuity, cyber security incident response, etc.) as needed.



  • Knowledge of security best practice, ideally demonstrating subject matter expertise for personnel security, travel security programs, training and/or investigations, as developed through a minimum of six to eight years of progressive experience in a private sector corporate security organization. Public sector experience is appreciated and will be considered as a differentiator, but will not be considered as a replacement for skills and experience developed in the private sector.
  • Demonstrated and effective communications skills/interaction with corporate staff including interaction with senior organizational leadership.
  • Demonstrated experience and exposure in the domestic and international security arena dealing with and managing security-related issues.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage an expense budget and security tools, services and resources.
  • Ability and willingness to be on call 24/7 to respond to company-related security emergencies.


  • Demonstrated knowledge of security best practice, preferably developed through progressive corporate security experience in the pharmaceutical, biotechnology, or medical device industry.
  • Direct experience in a management role, together with an ability to understand the nuance of corporate culture and personalities in the San Francisco Bay Area is preferable.
  • Crisis management, Security Operations Management, Travel Security Program Development, Supply Chain Security expertise, and/or Executive Protection experience is preferable.
  • Experience in leveraging cross-functional teams to develop and deploy new programs is preferable.

Qualification guidelines


  • Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) is required. Professional certifications (e.g. PCI, CPP) and/or an advanced degree (e.g. MA, MBA, JD) in an area relevant to this position are preferred.


  • Develop and maintain effective relationships with key internal stakeholders, including executive management, other corporate groups and teams, business lines and regions. Internal stakeholders include, but are not limited to, Manufacturing, DevSci, Facilities, EHS&S, and Compliance functions.


  • Demonstrated ability to lift up to 50 pounds regularly, move safely over uneven terrain or in confined spaces, and willingness to work during extreme weather.
  • Demonstrated ability to respond quickly to sounds, and see/respond to dangerous situations.


  • Up to 25% domestic and international travel may be required.


  • Manages other personnel security staff, including career development and succession planning, as well as a myriad of vendor relationships.
  • At least one Travel Security/Intelligence Specialist, tasked with implementation of Personnel Security (including training and travel security program management) will report to this position.

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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