Buyer/Planner (Chemicals & Fill Finish)

Location:  Cork, Ireland Category: Manufacturing


Who We Are

For more than two decades, going our own way has led to countless breakthroughs, bettering the lives of those suffering from rare genetic disease. In 1997 we were founded to make a big difference in small patient populations. Now we seek to make an even greater impact by applying the same science-driven, patient-forward approach that propelled our last 25 years of drug development to larger genetic disorders, as well as genetic subsets of more common conditions. Through our unparalleled expertise in genetics and molecular biology, we will continue to develop targeted therapies that address the root cause of the conditions we seek to treat. Applying our knowledge to make a transformative impact is not just a calling, but an obligation to those who will benefit most. The end goal has always been better lives and now we can reach more.

And the more people we reach, the more our impact can grow. We transform lives through genetic discovery.

Our Culture

Our desire to make a positive impact on our patients extends to our employees and BioMarin is committed to fostering an inclusive environment where every person feels seen, valued, and heard – so employees can thrive in all areas of their lives, in and outside of work. We seek to provide an open, flexible, and friendly work environment to empower people and to provide them with the ability to develop their long-term careers. Ultimately, we want to be an organization where people enjoy coming to work and take pride in our efforts to help patients.

BioMarin’s Technical Operations group is responsible for creating our drugs for use in clinical trials and for scaling production of those drugs for the commercial market. These engineers, technicians, scientists and support staff build and maintain BioMarin’s cutting-edge manufacturing processes and sites, provide quality assurance and quality control to ensure we meet regulatory standards, and procure the needed goods and services to support manufacturing and coordinating the worldwide movement of our drugs to patients. Come join our team and make a meaningful impact on patients’ lives.

Position Overview (Purpose of the role)


Having obtained approval to establish Sterile Drug Product Filling operations at the Shanbally site, we at BioMarin are hiring for key technical and leadership positions. This role will support product transfers and operational readiness activities before moving into routine operational support.

This facility will contain a state of the art flexible line using isolator technology for filling of vials and syringes and the facility will support both clinical and commercial filling for the majority of the BioMarin biologics product portfolio.


The Materials Planner/Buyer role, will ultimately be responsible for the co-ordination and execution of all activities related to the planning and purchase of raw materials and consumables, by converting the output of the Master Schedule and Detailed Schedule (MRP) for production needs into material requirements to ensure availability of the right quantity when needed. This role will form an integral part of a team which optimizes the flow of materials (order to release) while considering warehouse capacities and inventory targets in order to eliminate potential disruptions in the storage, storage costs and avoid any material or consumable scrap.  


Key Responsibilities

·       Support the Sterile Drug Product Filling operational readiness activities (ORP) as Supply Chain Lead, representing the Material Operations & Global Procurement functions.

·       In collaboration with the Product Filling Operations team, Global Procurement, Quality & Global Compliance; co-ordinate & manage the supplier and materials selection process with supplier agreements and contracts put in place when & where applicable.

·       Ensure the new material qualification process is managed and new materials are created and set-up sufficiently on Oracle to ensure accurate and efficient planning and purchasing.

·       Execute on the output of the Materials Requirement Plan (MRP) by ensuring efficient and effective procurement & inventory practices and optimizing the balance between quality, service, reliability and cost to ensure that patient / customer requirements are met while maintaining compliance.

·       Ensure that all material delivery schedules are communicated to the suppliers on time in order to meet planned requirements.

·       Maintain Raw Materials and Consumable inventories within target, while minimizing excess, obsolete and expired materials

·       Liaise with suppliers to clarify potential plan constraints and interfaces between supplier and the key internal stakeholders to ensure issue resolution.

·       Partner with Global Procurement to drive Supplier performance improvement, including quality and on-time delivery in line with Master Schedule.

·       Track and report site level supplier service performance, communicating the information to the relevant parties where relevant.

·       Communicate when required at the site “Run the business” meetings, any potential impacts to the production schedule due to supplier reliability/service issues. Escalate as appropriate through site and global forums (Procurement Governance) to ensure issues/criticalities are resolved in a timely fashion.

·       Interface with Quality and Warehouse staff regarding any rejected / defective materials, making the necessary physical arrangements with the supplier to ensure a prompt return of goods or disposal.

·       Execute potential deviations to the plan assessing with the supplier the feasibility of such changes, rapidly highlighting to the affected internal stakeholders if the changes are not possible from a materials/consumables perspective.

·       Liaise with warehouse to understand and adhere to space constraints, managing inventory levels within agreed targets.

·       Support Scenario planning (RCCP) when required with colleagues in the Material Operations, Scheduling function, by performing raw material and consumable feasibility analysis.

·       Effectively partner with all internal and external business partners.

·       Focus and encourage continuous improvements (CI) of the process being supported (e.g. MRP signal improvement initiative).

·       Support the raw material and component Phase in and Phase Out processes.

·       Connect with Supply Chain Planning to ensure seamless flow of information and ensure a fully integrated approach to delivering key metrics across – Customer Service, Inventory, and Cost.

·       Develop and project-manage local and global programs to deliver continuous improvement in KPI’s.

·       Align with strategies and realization of departmental and business goals

·       Ensure timely payment of supplier invoices and early resolution of issues through collaboration with supplier AR and Biomarin AP teams. 




 We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.