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Sr. Electrical Engineer

BioMarin Pharmaceutical Inc.
Novato, California
Start date
May 20, 2024

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Engineering, Electrical Engineer
Required Education
Bachelors Degree
Position Type
Full time
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Who We Are  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.  BioMarin is looking for a Sr. Electrical Engineer to join our California Facilities and Engineering (CFE) team in Novato, CA. In this role, you will be responsible for providing electrical engineering expertise to the site. This position is to assure proper design, change management, installation, and repair of electrical equipment according to regulatory and BioMarin standards. This position will be the focal point for all changes involving, but not limited to; Cogeneration plant, HV/MV/LV switchgear, motor control centers/starters, back-up generators, UPS’s and transformers. The Electrical Engineer will work closely with engineering, maintenance, and operations to understand needs and requirements and to provide a design and installation package. The Electrical Engineer is responsible for leading the management of change for the assigned area, assist with CAPEX/OPEX scope development, and initiating change requests for changes to electrical equipment, generators, switchgears, transformers, building UPSs, and the like.   Our CFE commitment is to meet or exceed BioMarin customers' and stakeholders' expected level of service by supplying leadership, technical knowledge and innovation to advance a safe, compliant, healthy, and environmentally responsible culture. In addition, the Sr. Electrical Engineer – CFE takes responsibility for the lifecycle management of all electrical infrastructure assets (including our COGEN plant).   RESPONSIBILITIES  
  • Provides electrical technical support for maintenance, operation and troubleshooting of site electrical equipment, and systems.
  • Provide preventative maintenance development input. Audit, and improve electrical equipment PM programs to ensure the health and effectiveness of the systems based on equipment failures, process changes and PM data.
  • Participate and/or lead in the investigation and follow-up documentation of high impact or high potential impact incidents.
  • Provide support as a facilitator for problem analysis, risk assessment, root cause analysis, etc. for critical equipment.
  • Provide resource and leadership guidance for electrical systems as part of site investments and/or modifications.
  • Work with operating and maintenance engineers to make recommendations to improve long term equipment operability, reliability, energy efficiency, and maintenance expense.
  • Required to comply with Company Global Policies, Procedures and Guidelines, regulatory requirements and execute current Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMP) in the performance of day-to-day activities.
  • Ensures relevant metrics are in place to effectively monitor and report out on operational performance and identify/implement improvement opportunities quickly.
  • Provide capital and expense project ideas based on reliability analysis and feedback from operations and other site personnel.
  • Provide support in all phases of capital projects; (e.g. ensure project complies with site standards, practices, and goals) power study reviews, specification reviews, provide alternative selection/options with multiple solutions.
  • Ensure projects are designed for maintainability and reliability.
  • Provide early input on project maintainability and reliability considerations to ensure major scope is not missed during project development.
  • Assist in set up of spare parts as required.
  • Work collaboratively to drive safe, high quality, and cost-effective manufacturing facilities.
  • Interface with diverse groups including, electrical technicians, process operators and engineers, rotating equipment specialist and engineers, process control engineers and maintenance/operation team leaders.
  • Identify and implement CAPA’s stemming from area investigations.
  • Assist with the site’s bad actor program. Drive the organization to find true root cause and effective mitigations to systematically eliminate bad actors.
  • Own sites electrical infrastructure including COGEN plant, switchgear, back-up generators, building UPSs, etc.
  • Maintains professional and technical knowledge by attending workshops, reviewing professional publications, establishing professional networks, and participating in professional societies.
  • Develop documentation for internal projects as well as reviewing/approving vendor supplied documentation (User Requirements, Functional Specifications, Software Design Specifications, and Software Test Plans)
  • Create a line of communication with vendors to troubleshoot and problems solve issues within the environment.
  • Familiarity with AutoCAD, Veeva and CMMS applications
 EXPERIENCE  Required Skills:  
  • A minimum of 5 years’ experience Electrical Maintenance or Reliability experience required.
  • Basic understanding of engineering, purchasing, accounting and construction practices and maintenance workflows. Strong organization, interpersonal, oral and written communication skills.
  • Strong communication and documentation skills.
  • Proficiency with standard office software applications, including MS Word, MS Excel, MS Project, MS Power Point, MS Access.
 Desired Skills:  
  • 8 years’ or more experience Electrical Maintenance or Reliability experience desired.
  • Experience with Cogeneration systems
  • Experience with rotary flywheel UPS systems
  • Experience performing Arc Flash studies
  EDUCATION  BS or MS Electrical Engineering from an accredited university. Relevant job and years of experience may be substituted in place of a degree.   EQUIPMENT  Typical office hardware and software, which includes the basic suite of Microsoft business applications.   CONTACTS  This position will interact collaboratively with key customers, peers, and other stakeholders to support achieving BioMarin tactical and strategic goals & objectives.  The Engineer will work closely with other support groups such as Engineering, Automation, Manufacturing, Quality Assurance, Facility Operations and Maintenance/Instrumentation, Project Engineering, EHS&S, and Asset Lifecycle Management (ALM) to ensure that BioMarin assets are well managed throughout their lifecycle.   SUPERVISOR RESPONSIBILITY  No direct reports currently. Lead other Engineers from the team as required. Engineers can be assigned to work with the Engineer to support relevant activities in their area. Lead external consultants to complete critical activities and deliver compliant work on time and to budget.  SHIFT DETAILS  Standard 8 hour working day M-F. If needs arise weekend and off shift work may be needed to support company needs.  ONSITE, REMOTE, OR FLEXIBLE  Flexible workstyle with an expectation of a minimum of 2 days onsite with 3 days maximum remote work per week.  TRAVEL REQUIRED  Travel may be required for equipment Factory Acceptance Testing, Trainings, Conferences. Anticipated < 10% of the year.  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. 


BioMarin is a global biotechnology company dedicated to transforming lives through genetic discovery. In 1997, the company was founded to make a big difference in small patient populations, focusing on giving much-needed attention to the underserved communities of those with rare diseases. BioMarin sought to help patients whose voices could not always be heard and treat conditions that were not always in mainstream medical conversations. Throughout its history, BioMarin has worked tirelessly to make a difference by pursuing bold science. The company’s first approved therapy was inspired by a father who refused to accept there was no therapy for his son’s rare diagnosis. That relentless pursuit to change the course of his son’s future through the power of science is at the core of who BioMarin is today.

Through the company’s expertise in genetics and molecular biology, BioMarin has developed eight first or best-in-class targeted therapies that address the root cause of the conditions it seeks to treat, helping to better the lives of those struggling with rare genetic disease. The company’s purposeful and scientifically precise team of physicians and scientists has honed each treatment modality to seek transformative therapies.

Now, BioMarin seeks to make an even greater impact by applying the same science-driven, patient-forward approach that propelled the last 25 plus years of drug development to larger genetic disorders, as well as genetic subsets of more common conditions. Each drug candidate pursued is guided by a fundamental understanding of the genetics and underlying biology of the condition it will address. The company believes that applying its knowledge to make a transformative impact is not just a calling, but an obligation to those who will benefit most. The more innovative solutions developed, the more lives BioMarin can impact.

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