GMP Purchasing Manager, Supply Chain Operations

Location:  Novato, California Category: Supply Chain


Who We Are

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.   


At BioMarin, we believe in Innovation Through Inclusion. We are committed to believe creating a workplace of belonging through its Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion efforts and believe that by being our best, authentic selves, we can create rare opportunities and personal impact for each other and for our patients. Across BioMarin, we strive for an organizational culture where employees trust the people they work for, have pride in what they do, and enjoy the people they work with. In this role specifically, in addition to the DIAL attributes (Decision Making, Influence, Agility, and Leadership) we expect all our people managers to create a psychologically safe (note: psychological safety is a belief that one will not be punished or humiliated for speaking up with ideas, questions, concerns, or mistakes) place for everyone across all teams. In addition, in Novato Operations we are committed to:     
  • Creating a work environment that retains and attracts under-represented talent     
  • Improving the employee experience for under-represented employees    
  • Integrating DEI into ways of working     
The Novato campus is home to four commercial manufacturing facilities and a pilot plant facility. The campus has grown dramatically over the course of the company’s 25-year history and is home to eight commercial products and numerous clinical products comprised of biologics, small molecule, oligonucleotides, peptides and gene therapy products. The organization's requirements have evolved greatly and will continue to do so over the planning horizon.     
The Purchasing Manager reports directly to the Material Planning and Control Lead within the Supply Chain Operations in Novato, CA.    Hybrid role requiring 2-4 days onsite in Novato, CA.   
The greater Supply Chain Operations department is responsible for the site production planning and scheduling, operational readiness planning, warehouse operations, weigh and dispense operations, operational purchasing, ERP recipe management, VMI (Vendor Managed Inventory), bulk drug shipping, as well as receipt and shipping of non-GMP supplies and materials.     
Specifically, under the remit of the Purchasing Manager will be:     
  • Ensuring raw material purchasing is executed to support uninterrupted supply of materials to MFG in accordance with the production plan.     
  • Managing and mitigating risk associated with fluctuations in production plans, supplier reliability, warehouse space constraints, and cost.     
  • Stewardship of raw material purchasing data in ERP for accurate forecasting, execution, and analytics.     
This role has supervisory responsibilities for a small team of Buyers and will require leading a successful and high performing team to support Novato operations. Leadership responsibilities include people management of direct reports, support of their development, coaching, appraisals, and performance management. It is expected to develop a high-performing, team-based organization, where colleagues are flexible, multi-skilled and empowered to make decisions that result in safe, agile, and compliant manufacture of Drug Substance and Drug Product material. An important level of initiative, energy and motivation are key requirements of success, as well as organizational and people management skills.     
The Purchasing Manager must foster a close working relationship with multiple departments at a local level, such as Inventory Control, Manufacturing, Quality, Scheduling, Warehouse Operations, Procurement, and Finance.     
Principal areas of responsibility:     
  • Oversees raw material purchasing operations.      
  • Performs forecasting, spend analyses, financial assessments, material assessments, and historical trend analyses.   
  • Supports Regulatory, Compliance, Quality, and SOX audit requests.      
  • Evaluates supplier performance against established scorecards and participates in supplier business reviews.     
  • Ensures timely receipting of orders and payment to suppliers.     
  • Maintains MRP planning data and safety stock strategy.      
  • Supports Manufacturing with clear communication and collaboration on risk mitigation.      
  • Complies with EHS&S safety guidelines.     
  • Authors, reviews, and improves SOP’s and Work Instructions as required.     
  • Demonstrates the concepts of the network neighborhood.     
  • Presents and trends defined metrics.     
  • Manages raw material shortage/stock out.     
  • Ensures the efficiency of materials, processing requirements, equipment function and personnel performance for the daily operations.     
  • Issues deviations and change requests and works with department managers and/or QA professionals to evaluate, process and close records.     
  • Sets project time frames and priorities based on objectives with effective tracking and management of progress.     
  • Required Education: Bachelors in Life Science, Business, Operations Management, or Industrial Engineering required.     
  • Preferred Education: APICS certification and/or supply chain education preferred but not required.     
  • Other continuing education initiatives are highly desirable (e.g., Six Sigma, Lean Manufacturing, industry specific coursework).     
  • Minimum of 5 years of experience in the biotech/pharma industry with experience in supply chain, warehouse operations, and/or manufacturing operations.    
  • Strong understanding of ERP/MRP systems and processes (Knowledge of SAP is preferred)    
  • Demonstrated ability to work cross-functionally and partner with other functional groups to achieve business objectives required.    
  • Skillful application of KPI’s and metrics to manage business processes and support strong team performance.    
  • Proficient and comfortable working indirectly through others.    
  • Lives the TOP Cultural values: lead with compassion, pursue quality & integrity, better together.    
Some additional benefits provided at BioMarin are:      
  • Work flexibility (hybrid on-site/off-site)     
  • Parental/caregiver benefits      
  • Access to several Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) and Community Resource Groups (CRGs), specifically BioMarin Women's Leadership Development, PRIDE, Black ERG, LatinX ERG, Veterans ERG, Asian and Pacific Islander Coalition, Working Parents CRG and Catalysts for Change CRG.     
Equal Opportunity Employer/Veterans/Disabled

An Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, or protected veteran status and will not be discriminated against on the basis of disability.