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Production Planner - United States  

Biomarin (company)

Posted on : 25 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. 

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 purpose for Novato Site Production Planner is to be the single point of contact for planning and oversight of Operational Readiness activities to support "Turn Key Operations" for the Novato Site Make Assess Release process.  The Production Planner plans and coordinates alignment of all enabling activities at the Novato Site to maximize plant up-time and in order to meet the production plan and schedule to achieve company goals.


The primary role of the Production Planner is to plan, prioritize, facilitate, and provide oversight of Operational Readiness activities for the Novato Manufacturing Site which includes but not limited to:  

  • Work with Supply Chain Planning to ensure feasibility of Production Plan and support scenario planning as required.

  • Preparation and facilitation of campaign meetings, plan, risk mitigation, action tracking, and meeting minutes.

  • Facilitation of the S&OE process and meeting to ensure all site functions are aligned to the production schedule for the Novato Site.

  • Participate in CMC and S&OP process to align activities with the Operational Readiness.

  • Create and maintain an integrated plan that encompasses all Operational Readiness activities for the Novato Site.

  • Single point of contact for escalation of constraints, communication, planning and alignment of the Novato site functions to the Operational Readiness plan.

  • Routine review of plan and escalation/mitigation of constraints, bottlenecks, and potential risks that can impact the Operational Readiness timelines and the Production Plan/Schedule

  • Proactively engage stakeholders and oversees and leads Core Team in the prioritization of activities/ level loading of resources to ensure agreed upon timelines are met.

  • Provides routine status updates of progress towards milestones, action plans, and adherence to planned start dates on a weekly and monthly basis for Operational Readiness and the Production Plan

  • Engage in right first time (six–sigma) and utilize lean manufacturing tools and methodology to strive towards Operational Excellence and improve Operational Readiness efficiency

  • Facilitates and publishes campaign performance review and lessons learned as required for the Novato Site.

  • Develop, maintain and publish KPI’s for Operational Readiness process health.


Required Skills:

  • Education and / or minimum years of experience in manufacturing with operations scheduling, production planning or master scheduling experience as follows
  • 2+ years experience in production scheduling and planning processes or 4+ year MFG experience
  • Experience with the following software applications is preferred but not required:
    • Bioproduction Group Real-Time Modeling System, JIRA SWIM, Office 365 Suite, MS Project, MS Visio, Oracle EBS and ASCP, OPPM and P6, Training in Lean Six Sigma, Project Management Certification
  • Excellent planning, analytical, organizational skills.

  • Ability to effectively communicate across all levels of an organization.

  • Ability to understand the interdependencies of End to End process and how they impact the business.

  • Ability to work independently and effectively meet timelines.


  • BS/BA degree in business or engineering discipline

  • APICS certification preferred but not required




Manufacturing, Quality, Validation, Facilities, Supply Chain, Finance, Engineering, Purchasing, Regulatory



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.