Senior Buyer/Planner - Material Operations

Location:  Novato, California Category: Manufacturing




JOB TITLE - Senior Buyer/Planner



This position is responsible for the procurement and planning of raw materials used in commercial and clinical manufacturing in Novato, CA.  Other areas of focus include supplier management, sourcing, supply risk management, spend analytics, MRP utilization and troubleshooting.



  • Materials Planning/Forecasting
    • Determine order requirements thru use of ERP system and other electronic reporting tools (spreadsheet MRP, consumption, planned vs actual)
    • Assign item master purchasing and planning attributes for buy items
  • Purchase Order Management
    • Manage the entire purchase order process including appropriate documentation, data entry, submission, order expediting, and reconciliation of related issues
  • Analysis
    • Provide professional summaries and recommendations
    • Skillful at using a variety of tools and source documents to strategize and develop meaningful information for management and internal customers
  • Efficiency/Innovation
    • Successfully negotiate single transactions and longer term commitments
    • Identify opportunities for innovation in processes or goods/services
    • Periodic participation in various cross functional team meetings (new product core teams
  • Supplier Management
    • Monitor/manage individual supplier performance and report outcome to suppliers and BioMarin employees as appropriate
    • Issue requests for root cause investigation/corrective/preventive action for non- conforming materials
    • Conduct periodic supplier business reviews
    • Participate in supplier quality audits as appropriate
  • Supply Risk Management
    • Identify /implement vendor managed inventory programs as appropriate
    • Identify impact of supplier raw material change notifications



This position is responsible for managing daily planning and procurement of materials to support BioMarin commercial and clinical manufacturing operations with minimum level of supervision.  The position will exercise independent judgment and initiative.  It is a non-revenue generating position, but contributes significantly to the reduction of both risk and the total cost of goods.



Bachelors Degree required or work experience that support Senior Planner job requirements

APICS or professional procurement certification a plus



Minimum of 5 years of purchasing experience or ability to demonstrate Senior Buyer skill sets

Experience in a Biotech/Pharmaceutical or regulated manufacturing environment preferred



Personal Computer, Monitor, Printer, Keyboard, Mouse, Scanner, desk phone.



Enterprise Applications/IT


Materials Management

Supply Chain Planning and Logistics


Manufacturing Sciences

Manufacturing Compliance


GMP Compliance

External Suppliers



No supervisory responsibility



  • Ability to perform all strategic duties consistently
  • Demonstrate good judgment and initiative
  • Lead/manage larger projects or cross function teams
  • Seek solutions to issues and develop recommendations to management
  • Able to create and present well formatted presentations to large audiences and senior/executives
  • Implement risk mitigation strategies on own initiative





The employee may frequently be required to sit and talk or hear.  The employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; climb or balance; stoop, kneel.  Specific vision abilities by this job include close vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus.