Amgen Specialist Information System Programmer Analyst - Information Discovery and Search in Tampa, Florida

Amgen is seeking a Specialist Information System (IS) Programmer Analyst to join Amgen's Analytics and Knowledge Management (AKM) team and will be responsible for implementing search solutions in support of Amgen's search strategy.

The Specialist IS Programmer Analyst will report to the Sr Manager Information Systems based at Amgen's Capability Center in Tampa, FL. At Amgen, our mission is simple: to serve patients. Our new Tampa Capability Center provides essential services that enable us to better pursue this mission. This state-of-the-art center serves as a base for finance, information systems, and human resources professionals to make a meaningful impact at one of the world's leading biotechnology companies.

AKM services include Advanced Analytics and Data Integration, Big Data technology services, Information Discovery and Search, Information Architecture, Knowledge Management (KM) and Regulated Content Management. This role will be part of the Information Discovery and Search team.

Key Activities for the Specialist IS Prog Analyst include:

Define Search architecture and technical road maps that align with the Search strategy

Design, develop, and maintain crawlers and document processing/enrichment pipelines that create search indexes using data from structured and unstructured data sources

Continually improve/enhance search quality (relevance)

Lead the technical design, development, testing, implementation, and support of key projects implementing Search technologies

Design, develop, and provide implementation of compelling data visualizations, dashboards, tools, and utilities using Open Source technologies (Java/J2EE, JavaScript, HTML, CSS, D3, etc.) in support of search-based applications

Research and evaluate technical solutions including various open source and proprietary search platforms, NoSQL databases, graph databases, and web based search user interface tools

Advice and support project teams (project managers, architects, business analysts, and developers) on tools, technology, and methodology related to the design and development of search-based solutions

Prepare and maintain communication materials like roadmaps, position papers, presentations, demos, playbooks and socialize the materials with our business clients and partner IS services

Maintain knowledge of market trends and developments in search and related emerging technologies to provide recommendations and deliver best practice solutions

Collaborate with business partners and business analysts to translate business requirements into technical requirements and manage relationships with internal business partners, service partners, and vendors

Assist with estimating level of effort and hours required for each phase of a project

Ensure projects and deliverables are completed on time and within budget and deliver results in an environment consisting of diverse global and matrixed partners; including non-dedicated resources

Provide Run/DevOps support for search platforms and applications

Assume service ownership responsibilities for search platforms. Manage the Run/DevOps service providers. Accountable for platform/services availability. Work with service providers on root cause analysis and resolution of any outages and incidents. Accountable for Run/KTLO metrics

Travel: International and Domestic travel up to 10% may be essential

Basic Qualifications

Doctorate degree


Master's degree and 3 years of Information Systems experience


Bachelor's degree and 5 years of Information Systems experience


Associate's degree and 10 years of Information Systems experience


High school diploma / GED and 12 years of Information Systems experience

Preferred Qualifications

3+ years of experience working on search platforms and web-application development

Experience with Solr/Lucene or Elasticsearch. Experience designing and developing large-scale Search Engine components. Solr Integration with web based front ends

Java/JEE Development experience and Java Certifications

Experience with scripting languages (JavaScript/D3/Python)

Experience with Morphlines

Experience with NoSQL databases (Hbase/MongoDB/Neo4j)

Experience with GitHub, CVS, SVN (source code control systems)

Experience with Hadoop and Map Reduce concepts

Working knowledge of Relational Databases

Experience with Agile methodologies and DevOps

Ability to work in a startup-like environment with little supervision

Ability to work in either a pure development role, or helping architect and design a solution, or act as a lead managing a development team

Excellent verbal, written and interpersonal communication skills

Strong analytical skills for effective problem solving

Amgen focuses on areas of high unmet medical need and leverages its expertise to strive for solutions that improve health outcomes and dramatically improve people's lives. A biotechnology pioneer since 1980, Amgen has grown to be one of the world's leading independent biotechnology companies, has reached millions of patients around the world and is developing a pipeline of medicines with breakaway potential.

The invaluable contributions of our talented Tampa team will help us develop the vital and innovative medicines that treat serious illness and unmet medical needs around the globe.

Amgen is an Equal Opportunity employer and will consider all qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, or disability status.