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Amgen Director of Project Controls 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. Join us.

Director, Project Controls


What you will do

Let’s do this. Let’s change the world. In this vital role you will be accountable for leading, forecasting and tracking costs, schedules and risks on all capital projects for the North America Region. The Director will have a meaningful role in the development and accuracy of all estimates across the projects and will work closely with Amgen’s internal Front-end Planning team.

This role also entails providing a spend forecast at the beginning of the financial planning cycle that will include both capital and expense costs for projects. In addition, the Director and their staff will lead the development and tracking of project schedules and progress measurement from planning through the completion of PPQ runs.

The Director will lead all project controls staff supporting capital projects across the various Amgen sites in the US. They will partner with all internal multi-functional groups that support capital projects, including: Engineering Technical Authority, Project Management, Facilities Management, Global Site Engineering, Capital Finance and various Amgen internal business partners.

This role will be initially remote and subsequently located in the Amgen’s Headquarters in Thousand Oaks, California.

Key Responsibilities

  • Lead all aspects of project controls from funding through close out, including compliance to processes and policies

  • Participate and lead global multi-functional teams working effectively in a highly matrixed team environment to influence and inspire change, efficiency, and foster positive relationships

  • The person will be required to travel on a regular basis to all of Amgen’s sites where staff are located

  • Overall responsibility executing key capital projects within cost and schedule with a yearly spend greater than $500M at a portfolio level

  • Exhibits proactive safety leadership and behavior

  • Present performance and project updates at team and management meetings

  • Leads all aspects of the Region’s project controls effectiveness and compliance utilizing strong analytical views to lead the project teams

  • Identify / anticipate schedule slips or cost changes and analyze impact / recommend mitigations using appropriate software packages


What we expect of you

Basic Qualifications:

Doctorate degree and 4 years of Engineering and / or Capital projects delivery experience


Master’s degree and 8 years of Engineering and / or Capital projects delivery experience


Bachelor’s degree and 10 years of Engineering and / or Capital projects delivery experience


4 years of managerial experience directly managing people and/or leadership experience leading teams, projects, programs or directing the allocation of resources.

We are all different, yet we all use our unique contributions to serve patients. The top tier Project Controls professional we seek is experienced with these qualifications:

  • 10+ years of engineering or construction experience in the pharmaceutical / biotechnology / Engineering industry in project controls (Funding, Estimating, Cost Management, Scheduling, Contract Strategy)

  • 10+ years of experience in executing project controls on projects

  • 5+ years of experience project controls management with the ability to develop, train and run a large team of cost managers and schedulers at all levels of experience across multiple sites

  • Highly detailed oriented with excellent analytic and problem-solving skills

  • Demonstrated ability to build strong relationships across the network

  • Knowledge of project controls with expertise in construction

  • Understanding scope control by change management, estimating and cost / schedule management

  • Development and reporting of project cost, schedule and cash flow

  • Analysis and accurate review of engineering / construction cost forecasts against scope

  • Project controls resource planning for site

  • Experience in progress measurement methods such as Earned Value Management

  • Experience in cost and scheduling software packages

  • Experience in analytics programs such as Power Bi or Spotfire

  • Experience in lean construction, including Target Value Design

  • Understanding workflows and dimensions of BIM and opportunities for integration with cost and schedule when leading capital projects


What you can expect of us

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

  • Vast opportunities to learn and move up and across our global organization

  • Diverse and inclusive community of belonging, where teammates are empowered to bring ideas to the table and act

  • Generous Total Rewards Plan comprising health, finance and wealth, work/life balance, and career benefits

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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.

As an organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for people around the world, Amgen fosters an inclusive environment of diverse, ethical, committed and highly accomplished people who respect each other but compete intensely to win. Together, we live the Amgen values as we continue advancing science to serve patients.

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.​