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Amgen Director of External Research & Development in Thousand Oaks, California


If you feel like you’re part of something bigger, it’s because you are. At Amgen, our shared mission—to serve patients—drives all that we do. It is key to our becoming one of the world’s leading biotechnology companies. We are global collaborators who achieve together—researching, manufacturing, and delivering ever-better products that reach over 10 million patients worldwide. It’s time for a career you can be proud of.

Director of External Research & Development


What you will do

Let’s do this! Let’s change the world.

In this vital role within the External R&D group of Business Development you will be part of a team responsible for leading Amgen’s business development efforts in identifying and evaluating innovative therapeutics being developed outside of Amgen within the Inflammation/autoimmune therapeutic space for potential in-licensing, M&A, or collaborations. The successful candidate will develop and nurture a network of key industry and academic contacts to ensure robust communication of ideas, interests and information between the external community and internal groups. The role requires proactive efforts to manage the search and identification of opportunities through networking and reviews of the external landscape and assessing prioritizing based on Amgen’s therapeutic area strategy. The role includes leading the technical evaluations of opportunities by creating and managing cross-functional review teams, providing recommendations based on robust scientific and drug industry knowledge, and ensuring appropriate and efficient decision-making processes. This person will ensure efficient reviews and engage in business negotiations and work with legal to execute contractual agreements for certain projects. The candidate will be responsible for leading strategic discussions and presentations, collaborating closely with senior management, R&D, and Commercial to develop a set of priorities for licensure or M&A. This person will also be expected to successfully mentor any direct reports and present themselves as a thoughtful and respected professional to both internal colleagues and external parties. The role will also include the support of out-licensing activities.

It is highly preferred that this role be located at an Amgen Research hub in either South San Francisco, CA or Thousand Oaks, CA or other remote location in the Pacific Time zone to match most of our research teams.


What we expect of you

We are all different, yet we all use our unique contributions to serve patients. The professional we seek will have the following qualifications.

Basic Qualifications:

Doctorate degree in a scientific field & 4 years of experience in drug development industry and/or biopharma business development


Master’s degree in a scientific field & 7 years of experience in drug development industry and/or biopharma business development


Bachelor’s degree in a scientific field & 9 years of experience in R&D and/or biopharma business development

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Doctorate in scientific discipline, with robust working knowledge in inflammation, oncology or other therapeutic area.

  • 4+ years of management and/or leadership experience in business and drug development activities, and strong technical R&D experience along with business development and licensing experience.

  • Strong leadership, scientific, organizational, communication, and project management skills and ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously.

  • Excellent presentation skills. Effective communication skills pertaining to scientific and business development. Must demonstrate ability to foresee and solve problems, and prioritize and meet deadlines. Strong team player, experience in successfully managing direct reports and a demonstrated ability to interface effectively with all-levels of staff across differing functional expertise.

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

  • Professional demeanor with strong decision making

  • Be able to work independently, manage large cross functional teams, and mentor individuals.


What you can expect of us

As we work to develop treatments that take care of others, we also work to care for our teammates’ professional and personal growth and well-being.

In addition to the base salary, Amgen offers a Total Rewards Plan comprising health and welfare plans for staff and eligible dependents, financial plans with opportunities to save towards retirement or other goals, work/life balance, and career development opportunities including:

  • Comprehensive employee benefits package, including a Retirement and Savings Plan with generous company contributions, group medical, dental and vision coverage, life and disability insurance, and flexible spending accounts.

  • A discretionary annual bonus program, or for field sales representatives, a sales-based incentive plan

  • Stock-based long-term incentives

  • Award-winning time-off plans and bi-annual company-wide shutdowns

  • Flexible work models, including remote work arrangements, where possible

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for a career that defies imagination

In our quest to serve patients above all else, Amgen is the first to imagine, and the last to doubt. Join us.

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

We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact us to request accommodation.