QA Validation Apprentice

Location:  Cork, Ireland Category: Quality Employment Category: Fulltime-Temporary


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.


QA Validation Apprentice - Shanbally, Ringaskiddy, Cork

We at BioMarin are delighted to invite applications for a position of QA Validation Apprentice. This will entail completing a Bachelor of Engineering in Manufacturing Engineering (Apprenticeship), Level 7 which is a 3-Year programme of structured education and training, which formally combines workplace learning onsite in Shanbally with learning from MTU (Munster Technological University).
It will formally combine workplace learning onsite in Shanbally with learning from MTU (Munster Technological University).
This is an exciting opportunity to be part of the BioMarin QA Validation team and work in a fast-paced, collaborative, and supportive environment where learning, growth and development is endless. Throughout your apprenticeship a senior member of the QA Validation team will be your mentor, providing guidance and development opportunities throughout your journey with BioMarin.
This apprenticeship was designed with close alignment to the current needs of the Irish manufacturing industry therefore providing invaluable experience to the apprentice and increasing BioMarin’s pipeline of STEM2D (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math, Manufacturing and Design) talent.
On successful completion, the QA Validation Apprentice will be awarded with a Bachelor of Engineering in Manufacturing Engineering (Apprenticeship), Level 7.
Who can apply?
Applicants that have achieved at least Grade 06 in 5 Leaving Certificate subjects,
including Mathematics, English and preferably one Technical / Science subject with a minimum of 250 CAO points is required.
Key Responsibilities
The QA Validation Apprentice will report to a Senior Member of the QA Validation team, during your 3-year apprenticeship, and will participate in defining and maintaining the validated state of GMP equipment, facilities, utilities, and systems.
 Specific responsibilities will include:  
  • In collaboration with other support functions, learn to assist with Facilities, Utilities, Equipment (FUE) Qualification, analytical qualification, and computerised system qualification.
  • Learn, develop and demonstrate an active approach to safety, industrial hygiene, environmental and regulatory compliance.
  • Learn how to support the development of protocols for qualification studies.
  • Learn how to project manage and execute (protocol generation, execution, and final package preparation) validation activities related to the various validation disciplines e.g. FUE Qualification, CSV, New Product Introductions.
  • Learn how to support QA Validation in multi-departmental meetings & project teams.
  • Learn how to support the implementation of improvement projects with the QA Validation and wider Quality departments.
  • Develop and review training materials.
  • Other duties as assigned.
What awaits you at BioMarin?
This is a fantastic opportunity to work with a leading-edge Biopharmaceutical company who, through focusing on genetic diseases, gives its employees the opportunity to truly impact and transform patient’s lives.
Over two decades ago when we first opened our doors, we focused on giving much-needed attention to the underserved communities of those with rare diseases. These rare disease communities mostly affected children and were often ignored. At the time, BioMarin developed the only treatments for these life-altering conditions, giving hope to patients and families.
Throughout our history, we’ve worked tirelessly to make a difference by pursuing bold science while respecting, educating, and connecting with patients. Through our expertise in genetics and molecular biology, we have been able to develop targeted therapies that address the root cause of the exact conditions we seek to treat.
Our discoveries have led us to countless breakthroughs, best-in-class treatments and many ‘firsts’ in the category. We are grateful to able to better the lives of those struggling with genetic diseases.
As we look forward, we strive to make an even greater impact by applying the same science-driven, patient-forward approach to a broader range of genetic disorders.
The more innovative solutions we develop, the more lives we can impact.
This isn’t just our passion, it’s our purpose.

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.