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Associate Director Finance Operations - United States  

Biomarin (company)

Posted on : 18 May 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. 

By providing a foundation for all operations company wide, BioMarin’s General and Administrative teams support our mission of providing first and best in class therapeutics to patients who live with rare diseases. Our teams include groups such as finance, legal, human resources, corporate compliance and ethics, and information technology. Come join our team and make a meaningful impact on patients’ lives.


BioMarin Pharmaceutical Inc. is looking for an Associate Director of Finance Operations to help lead its global business process transformation efforts that are led by Finance. This is an exciting new role for BioMarin stemming from the growth and expansion of BioMarin, primarily in the Order-to-Cash and Inventory end-to-end business processes. The role is global in nature, with BioMarin having manufacturing operations in the U.S. and Europe and business operations around the world, the people, technology and process solutions will need to meet a complex global footprint. The ideal candidate is a highly proactive self-starter with some accounting/finance and business operations background, problem solving skills, attention to detail, ERP systems knowledge and the ability to work in a fast-paced environment with ambiguous situations. In addition, they must have the ability to work with both the Commercial, Supply Chain and Technical Operations business units to collaborate on process improvements and efficiencies in various work flow processes. The role will be the primary driving force to implement changes and measure improvements on those changes, and will be required to operate with high level business perspectives as well as managing details of the programs. Reporting to the Senior Director of Accounting Operations, this is a key role for BioMarin’s global business, as it will be the driving force to optimize BioMarin’s business processes for efficiency, scalability and quality for years to come.


  • Highlighting improvement opportunities on specific processes and accounts and partnering with operations, inventory and accounting teams to implement.

  • Partner or consult with cross-functional teams to conduct process analysis in order to identify process gaps and develop actionable response strategies.

  • Influencing business decisions with effective verbal and written communication, data driven analysis and presentation of alternatives.

  • Project manage transformation initiatives with cross-functional teams within the Company.

  • Assist with key initiatives to improve inventory reporting and assessment of costing processes. This includes review of standard costing, capitalization of inventory, and management reporting.

  • Ensure process improvement projects are tracking to key deliverable and milestone timelines.

  • Organize and facilitate cross-functional project team meetings, including development of agendas, documentation of action items and communication of outcomes.

  • Thrive in a fast growing business environment and are able to multitask with several priorities.

  • Assist with OTC & Inventory assessment and initiatives to drive business improvements, including the prioritization of a broad portfolio of process improvement initiatives


Required Skills:

  • Minimum 8-10 years of experience working in cross-functional business processes, preferably order-to-cash and/or inventory operations with finance centrality and perspective a plus.

  • Experience in leading projects or initiatives that involved a cross function team

  • Strong critical thinking/analytical skills with strong attention to detail/quality control enabling driving initiatives to closure.

  • Competent presentation and interpersonal skills meeting the needs of all levels within the organization up to and including the executive management team.

  • Strong project leadership, project management, staff management, and/or project planning skills.

  • Ability to demonstrate and apply relevant and evolving subject matter expertise illustrating mastered understanding of complex process improvement / data analysis techniques and methodologies.

  • Ability to successfully lead, manage and motivate staff.

  • Ability to innovatively solve problems with demonstrated success delivering desired results according to quality guidelines and timelines

  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with team members, management, and executive management.

  • Familiarity with U.S. Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) and a SOX control environment.

  • Understanding of Subledger mechanics

Information systems experience:

  • Experience with large ERP system, e.g. Oracle, SAP, JDE systems.

  • Experience with add-on flexible reporting tools a plus.

  • Experience with Excel advance functions such as Filtering, Macros, Pivot, and Lookup formula capabilities.

  • High level of competence in Microsoft Word and Power Point.


    BA or BS. Finance or Accounting degree a plus.


    Computer systems experience and skills are required.

  • Experience and ability with personal computer and conventional desktop applications such as word processing, spreadsheet, email, file sharing applications.


    Finance Dept., CAO, Commercial Operations, Supply Chain, Senior Leaders, Internal Auditors and External Auditors.

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.