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Administrative Assistant (Temporary) - United States  

Biomarin (company)

Posted on : 15 April 2017

Project 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.

This is a full-time (40 hours per week, Monday-Friday), temporary position based in San Rafael, California.  This position provides functional administrative support to the Development Sciences Business Operations (BizOps) department.

The BizOps department is the center of excellence for providing industry best practice operational support for the conduct of BioMarin’s clinical trials, including vendor management, clinical financial spend analysis and management, contract management and clinical site and vendor contract and budget support.  The group utilizes rigorous processes, procedures, and tools to ensure financial discipline and transparency in vendor spend, assists with financial and resource projections across clinical projects and studies, manages the development, negotiation and execution of clinical site and vendor contracts, as well as facilitates effective vendor oversight.

The successful candidate will have excellent customer service, and be outcome-oriented. The ability to work in a fast paced environment with strong attention to detail is essential. 


General Administration

  • Provide general administrative support to BizOps department.
  • Proactively schedule and coordinate meetings/conference calls and related activities including A/V and telecom set up, catering, meeting materials preparation and distribution, taking meeting minutes as requested, etc.
  • Maintain BizOps department calendar.
  • Assist with department business travel planning and coordination.
  • Prepare expense reports for submission to company application.
  • Order and maintain department office supplies.
  • Other duties and/or projects as assigned.

Department Support

  • Assist with department contract requests for submission into BioMarin contract management system.
  • Track and communicate contract status updates to applicable parties.
  • Update department project trackers/spreadsheets (Contract Tracker, Project Planner).
  • Update and maintain BizOps department online document management system (MSOffice 365).
  • Update and maintain BizOps department internal website (SharePoint).
  • Develop and maintain BizOps department contacts database.
  • Assist with BioMarin vendor initiatives, audits and research projects.
  • Create and edit PowerPoint presentations.
  • Other duties and/or projects as assigned.


  • Must have expertise in Outlook and Excel.
  • Proficiency with standard office software applications (Excel, Word, PowerPoint) desired.
  • Familiarity with LiveLink, SharePoint (Office 365), Ariba, Oracle/iProcurement, and Concur desired.
  • Experience with working in a cross-functional environment.
  • Responsiveness to deadlines, detail-oriented, and able to prioritize multiple tasks.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to exercise good judgment in analyzing complex problems, resolving issues and making recommendations.
  • Ability to work both independently and in a team effort.
  • Must be available to work on-site in San Rafael, CA.

  • Minimum 5 years of related experience in an Administrative Assistant role supporting a large team of people.
  • Previous experience supporting clinical development and/or legal teams within the Biotech or Pharmaceutical Industry is a plus.

Bachelor’s degree preferred.


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