Sr. Manager, Emergency Response

BioMarin Pharmaceutical   •  

Novato, CA

Industry: Biotech/Pharma


11 - 15 years

Posted 292 days ago

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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.


The role will develop and manage all facets of BioMarin’s site Emergency Response Team and corporate Emergency Response program for US operations, ensuring compliance with all applicable local, state and federal safety regulations, including documentation, reporting, permits, training, and procedure development.


  • Directs the development and operation of BioMarin Emergency Response Team (BERT) and Medical Response Team (MERT).  Responsible for developing strategy, providing leadership, and management of BERT/MERT for multiple Northern California sites.
  • Conducts and/or coordinates training for BERT/MERT.  Ensures training records are current, and provides reports to facility/site leadership teams with respect to training completion.
  • Provides leadership, guidance, oversight and direction for implementation of corporate programs and policies related to Emergency Response and Emergency Preparedness.
  • Ensure compliance of US sites with all applicable local, state and federal environmental and safety regulations applicable to Emergency Response - including documentation, reporting, permits, training, and procedure development.
  • Capable of assuming Incident Command role for major corporate or site emergencies and incidents.
  • Approves and maintains all PPE purchased for ERT's.  Manages procurement of same.
  • Perform audits of company facilities for fire/life safety programs, and recommends and ensures corrective action for hazardous situations in compliance with OSHA, DOT and/or EPA regulations.
  • Manage fire/life safety audit findings for closure in timely manner and provide management reports on periodic basis.  Scope includes overseeing the audit program of fire/life safety equipment, communicating compliance concerns, and correspond recommendations verbally and in writing to various levels of management.
  • Requires comprehensive and in-depth knowledge of safety responsibilities, regulations, procedures, and business practices for biotech manufacturing operations.
  • Within context of ER program, review new or proposed changes to site facilities, equipment, materials or operations to determine all necessary EHS&S requirements are addressed in a thorough and rigorous manner.  Act as safety expert within internal teams or on multi-functional/departmental projects.  Review and provide EHS&S input on typical project documents including process diagrams, P&ID’s, equipment specifications, design drawings etc.
  • Collaborate with Institutional Biosafety Committee, participate as required to ensure ER program is prepared for scientific or technical advancements
  • Conduct incident investigations and/or root cause analysis after all Emergency Response incidents to drive continuous improvement of site operations.
  • Conduct Risk Assessments using process hazard evaluation techniques such as What If, HAZOP, FMEA etc. to support EHS&S and client deliverables
  • Develop relationships with and manage consultants and vendors on Emergency Response related tasks, programs or projects.
  • Use Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) as needed.
  • Available for on call (24 hr) response for safety, medical and environmental emergencies
  • Team member of site evacuation programs, including supporting the design and execution of annual drills and communication with management.
  • Reviews new equipment, materials, and processes to assure employee safety.
  • Develop written policies, procedures, program and documents to support emergency response program
  • Recommends improvements in policies, procedures and equipment to prevent accidents and injuries.
  • Maintains equipment associated with Emergency Response program - Dragers, spill kits, etc.
  • Performs administrative functions for monthly ERT training sessions.  Includes scheduling, materials preparation, attendance, attendance reporting, action item follow-up, vendor selection, contract review/approval, invoice review/approval.
  • Appropriately responds to onsite environmental inspections and inquiries from federal, state and local agencies.
  • May provide regulatory compliance assistance for Environmental programs, permits, and audits/inspections.
  • Participates in safety committees at Novato and San Rafael sites.
  • Represents the organization in community or industry safety groups.
  • Performs such individual assignments as management may direct.
  • Establishes and maintains effective work relationships within the EHS&S department and site teams of otherinternal departments of the Corporation and the community.
  • Maintains the professional competence, knowledge and skill necessary for the satisfactory performance of all assigned responsibilities.
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Required Skills: < >Must have demonstrated experience in the development and refinement of corporate emergency response programs, and ability to communicate and influence at all levels - shop floor to CEO.  Demonstrated ability to drive significant change and improvement through proactive process improvements and site support. 
  • Influence relevant site management, customers and stakeholders, as appropriate, and to drive safety culture improvements.
  • Demonstrated ability to lead and manage during a crisis eventExcellent written and verbal communication skillsStrong public speaking skills to lead ERT meetingsDemonstrated ability and experience with managing, developing and implementing corporate level programsExperience in conducting/leading in-person training sessions for up to 50 peopleMinimum of 5 years of Emergency Response/EHS experience within an operating biopharmaceutical manufacturing setting.Minimum of 12years of Emergency Response/EHS experienceexperience within an operating industrial setting Proficient in Microsoft Office software, including Outlook, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint
  • Desired Skills: < >Advanced training or certification from CSTI in areas of HazMat and Emergency Management strongly preferredPrior experience with an EHS-MIS software system is preferred.
  • Prior experience with an incident management software system is preferred.


  • Minimum educationrequired:
    • Bachelor's degree in Engineering, Safety or relevant Life Sciences discipline (BS/BSE).