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Project Manager II, Global Project Management, Drug 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 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. 

Summary Job Description:

  • The Project Manager II position is a key role within Global Project Management for experienced life sciences project managers with advanced communication and relationship building capabilities. The PM II has demonstrated advanced application of project management skills and is beginning to demonstrate leadership competence on more complex and important studies and projects that require a greater degree of cross functional influence.
  • The Project Manager II may be responsible for project management activities to support development and commercial teams in collaboration with Team Leaders.  Typical areas of focus for project management on projects and studies include meeting facilitation, protocol execution planning, timelines, and risk and issue management.
  • Following demonstrated success in the role, the PM II may have the opportunity to manage multiple complex projects or studies with a higher degree of independence, and contribute significantly to Clinical Development Planning.

Key Responsibilities:Strategy and Planning

  • May collaborate with Team Leaders to enable team development and follow-through of the Clinical Development Plan (e.g., partnering with, and gaining cross-functional alignment on, CDP deliverables) and/or Protocol execution plans
  • Facilitate team development and management of Program Risk Mitigation Plan for the project and studies and ensuring execution of the risk mitigations; ensures alignment between the study team and project team risk mitigation plans
  • Build, maintain and control the cross functional timeline for the execution of Clinical Development Plan and/or protocol execution - highlight dependencies, milestones, deliverables, and critical path; create timeline scenarios as needed and facilitate cross-functional reviews
  • Identify and leverage interdependencies in short-, mid-, and long-term project and study plans

Operational Execution

  • Ensure functions are tracking to key deliverable and milestone timelines.
  • Advocate and drive for overall project execution quality – Propose, facilitate and implement plans to resolve issues and execute corrective actions
  • Organize and facilitate Product Integration Management (PRIME) team in collaboration with other project management staff supporting a given product
  • Organize and facilitate CDT and SET meetings in collaboration with the CDT Lead and/or SET Lead- develop meeting agendas, issue meeting minutes, and track action items to completion with cross-functional leads
  • Collaborate with the CDTL and/or SETL to ensure all team members read, understand and execute their roles according to the team Charters
  • In collaboration with team leads, identify, communicate and escalate SET interdependencies, issues, perspectives and key decisions to both CDT and SET, as appropriate
  • Communicate objectives, plans and timelines to the PRIME Team, CDT and SET
  • Ensure execution of actions based on metrics and vendor issues.

Cross-functional Coordination

  • Lead ad-hoc working groups that result from Core, PRIME, CDT and SET needs
  • Develop and manage steering committee meetings or clinical advisory boards in collaboration with Clinical Science
  • Work with Team Leaders to coordinate cross-functional activities from data generation through clinical study report development in collaboration with Biometrics, Clinical Medical Writing and other functions
  • Working with Project Management Lead provide support to other teams as appropriate
  • Coordinate conducting Lessons Learned initiatives for the CDT, SET and / or other cross-functional teams as appropriate


  • The Project Manager II demonstrates advanced communication skills, including an ability to adapt his/her message and style to the audience and convey controversial messages constructively. The PM II also demonstrates advanced teamwork and proactivity competencies and is capable of demonstrating leadership in a high performance team setting.
  • The individuals in this role are expected to have advanced level of competency mastery in project management and drug development and study design and be showing that they are now able to contribute to project and study strategic planning efforts with a foundational understanding of relevant franchise/therapeutic area knowledge.

Education and Experience:

  • BA/BS in a scientific or technical field. Experience in lieu of education accepted.
  • Minimum of 4-8 years total relevant experience (including industry, project management, or academia), with at least 2-4 years in a project management role. PMP certification a plus.
  • Prefer experience with rare diseases, PKU, enzyme replacement therapy, and/or pegylated products.

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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