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Training Manager

Company: BioMarin Pharmaceutical Inc.
Location: Novato
Posted on: November 18, 2021

Job Description:


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 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.


Effective training programs are critical in a regulated manufacturing business and this position plays an essential role in ensuring employees continue to build skills that will enable them to continue their professional development.

The Training Manager is responsible for developing and/or overseeing learning and development programs and projects that support Technical Operations teams at the Novato site. This work is in support of drug manufacturing and QA release of bulk biological drugs within multiple cGMP manufacturing plants. This functions as a supporting lead role for learning and development initiatives in TechOps departments. This position is a dynamic position that requires a high degree of professional and collaborative interaction and an innovative spirit.

This position is responsible for

  • Planning, managing and implementing learning and development programs and projects
  • Interfacing with multiple departments to provide support and oversight of course development, training structure and design
  • Supporting leadership in the development and implementation of site training policies and standards
  • Provide guidance to ensure compliance in GxP training practices and documentation in alignment with BioMarin's Training Standards and Policy
  • Organize and present live and on-demand training sessions to groups or individuals
  • Supporting administration of the Learning Management Systems (LMS)


    Program Development
    • Formulate, develop and implement training programs to support development for learners
    • Evaluates effectiveness of training and development programs and utilizes relevant evaluation data to revise or recommend changes in instructional objectives and methods
    • Define measures of effectiveness for appropriate trainings
    • Recommends or utilize vendor programs that meet instructional goals and objectives
    • Collaborates with customer groups to determine areas of focus
    • Develop, maintain and analyze training metrics to drive performance improvements and continuous improvement
      Course Development & Implementation
      • Maintain working knowledge of best practices and cutting edge technologies and processes in organizational effectiveness to determine new approaches to emerging training requirements
      • Development of strategic partnerships with management and key stakeholders to ensure training design and strategy are aligned with Biomarin's Training Policy and standards
      • Formulates training solutions and determines instructional methods, utilizing knowledge of specified training needs and effectiveness of such methods as individual training, group instruction, lectures, demonstrations, conferences, meetings or workshops
      • Work with stakeholders and subject matter experts to create engaging learning activities and compelling course content through application of instructional design theories, practices and methods that enhances retention and transfer
      • Deliver group and individual instruction and training covering a range of technical, operational and/or management areas
      • Provide leadership in continuous improvement for training according to GxP and current industry standards
      • Mentor junior team members in training design principles
        Learning Management System Administrator
        • Complete work pertaining to LMS administrative requests, projects or programs
        • Support LMS projects, such as converting paper based systems to electronic formats
          Additional Responsibilities
          • Participate in internal and external audits and inspections
          • Perform or support document control processes, assessing the training needs and requirements for new and revised procedures
          • Support department logistics as needed


            Required Skills
            • Effective customer service across all levels of the business
              • Must have a customer service attitude and focus
              • Computer literacy is required, proficiency with Microsoft Word and Excel is essential, experience with Microsoft PowerPoint, OneNote, Teams or Visio is desired.
              • Ability to coach and mentor others
              • Public speaking and facilitation
              • Ability to communicate effectively both written and orally to all levels of the organization
              • Ability to comprehend technical information related to equipment, process and regulatory expectations
              • Project management
              • Organizational and prioritization skills to coordinate multi-discipline projects
              • Experience in training design and training program development

                Desired Skills
                • 8-10 years in a regulated industry (e.g. life sciences, aviation, energy, nuclear) with five years in a training function
                • GMP Background
                • Understanding and familiarity with FDA & European regulatory requirements
                • Administration of an LMS
                • Strong attention to detail
                • Problem solving and analytical skills
                • Quality Systems experience (Change Control, Deviation, Corrective and Preventative Action, Document Management)

                  • Bachelor's Degree in life sciences or engineering is preferred, but other technical/scientific areas or equivalent education/experience combinations will be considered
                  • Formal qualifications in training design and development are desired
                    PLEASE NOTE: Absent a Medical or Religious reason that prohibits vaccinations, all our incoming employees must be vaccinated for COVID-19.

                    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.

Keywords: BioMarin Pharmaceutical Inc., Novato , Training Manager, Executive , Novato, California

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