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Amgen Business Development External R&D Senior Manager in Thousand Oaks, California

The mission of Amgen’s External Research and Development (ER&D) group within Business Development is to maximize Amgen’s ability to deliver life changing therapies through rigorous identification and assessment of external innovation. Amgen is currently searching for a highly motivated and scientifically curious person to join our External R&D group as Senior Manager to support the oncology therapeutic area.

The External R&D group actively supports Amgen’s growing pipeline and strategic goals by identifying and assessing opportunities from all external sources, including universities, venture/investment firms, small start-up companies, and other large pharma. The Senior Manager is responsible for the global search efforts to support the Therapeutic Area’s strategic objectives, as well as managing the technical due diligence to ensure a thorough understanding of the potential and the risks of each opportunity. For opportunities of high interest, this person will partner with a Transaction lead to execute agreements that maximize the value of the opportunity, including venture investments, licensing, collaborations, and acquisitions. This is an attractive opportunity for someone with sound scientific knowledge and drug development experience who enjoys a dynamic and entrepreneurial environment, and a highly-visible role that offers a chance to make significant contributions towards Amgen’s goals and improve patient care.

Responsibilities include:

  • Identify, prioritize, and evaluate innovative therapeutic opportunities from early preclinical through commercial stage

  • Proactively source opportunities via internal and external networking, attending scientific sessions, monitoring of pipelines, news, and other sources such as KOLs, VCs, and industry leaders

  • Guide and manage evaluations with cross-functional teams, including R&D, Commercial, CMC/manufacturing, Legal, IP, and others

  • Provide recommendations and guidance, and ensure robust and efficient decision-making processes

  • Work closely with other Business Development functions to ensure appropriate deal structures and valuations are achieved

  • Ensure thorough record keeping

  • Support the generation of therapeutic area (TAs) strategies in conjunction with the TAs

  • Reach out externally and internally to share Amgen’s Business Development vision

  • This role requires strong collaboration, organization, scientific, and strategic skills, as well as the ability to prepare and present clear communications for senior management

Basic Qualifications:

Doctorate degree & 2 years of Business Development and/or drug development industry experience


Master’s degree & 6 years of Business Development and/or drug development industry



Bachelor’s degree & 8 years of Business Development and/or drug development industry experience

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Doctorate degree in a scientifically related discipline

  • 3+ years of experience in biotech/pharma business development and/or drug development with strong technical R&D experience

  • Strong scientific, organizational, communication, and project management skills and ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously, with a record of key accomplishments

  • Excellent presentation skills

  • Effective communication skills pertaining to scientific and business development

  • The ability to foresee and solve problems, and prioritize and meet deadlines

  • Strong team player

  • Ability to interface effectively with all-levels of experts across differing functional expertise within the organization, including Commercial, Legal, CMC, and Finance.

  • Demonstrated ability to create and build relationships with internal and external parties.

  • Professional demeanor with strong decision-making skills and ability to work calmly in a high intensity and dynamic environment

  • The ability to work independently as well as coordinate and guide large cross functional teams

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.

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If you're seeking a career where you can truly make a difference in the lives of others, a career where you can work at the absolute forefront of biotechnology with the top minds in the field, you'll find it at Amgen.

Amgen, a biotechnology pioneer, discovers, develops and delivers innovative human therapeutics. Our medicines have helped millions of patients in the fight against cancer, kidney disease, rheumatoid arthritis and other serious illnesses.

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