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Amgen Preclinical Associate Director - Vivarium Operations 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.

Preclinical Associate Director - Vivarium Operations


What you will do

Let’s do this. Let’s change the world. In this vital role you will have a chance to lead vivarium operations and empower the therapeutic areas to develop new medicines in areas such as oncology, cardiometabolic disease, and inflammation. The successful candidate will be a passionate people leader, mentor, strategically minded, and excellent collaborator with high ethical and organizational standards. This position will report to the Attending Veterinarian or ATO CM site head.

Key responsibilities include:

  • Lead a team in vivarium grounded in a culture of trust, personal growth, high performance, safety, and the Amgen values

  • Maintain and improve the programs to retain, develop, and recruit highly productive Operations teams that empower Amgen’s science through coaching, training, and evaluation

  • Maintain a culture of continuous improvement by integrating internal data and industry trends

  • Contribute to the development and lead implementation of vivarium policies and procedure, e.g. disaster planning, cage wash, security, receiving, sanitation, safety, ergonomics, and all aspects of vivarium operations

  • Subject matter expert on vivarium operations including animal care, housing systems, cage wash, sanitation, autoclaves, biological safety cabinets, etc.

  • Familiar with industry trends and proactively recommend program improvements

  • Develop and implement programs to measure and improve operational efficiencies

  • Foster relationships within the Comparative Medicine department to design and execute plans that meet departmental goals including veterinary, regulatory/IACUC, 3Rs, and scientific needs while maintaining operational efficiencies

  • Proactively strengthen relationships across departments that depend on the vivarium to develop new medicines and allied functions that support the vivarium such as facilities, safety, HR, etc.

  • Recommend and oversee vivarium resources with allocation based on Amgen scientific priorities

  • Be a key contributor to meeting and exceeding requirements and standards set by USDA, AAALAC, and other agencies

  • Proactively guide and develop practical solutions to life cycle manage infrastructure, capital equipment, and team compositions/capabilities to effectively meet the organization needs on both a day-to-day and long-term strategic basis


What we expect of you

We are all different, yet we all use our unique contributions to serve patients. The dynamic professional we seek is a leader with these qualifications.

Basic Qualifications:

Doctorate and 4 years of related experience


Master's degree and 7 Years of related experience


Bachelor's degree and 9 years of related experience


Broad knowledge of leading and / or state of the art principles and theories in discipline and basic knowledge of related and adjacent disciplinary areas


Understands broader organizational goals and business priorities in relation to therapeutic program / work group

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Advanced vivarium related certifications such as AALAS (LATG), ILAM, or VOE Lean Six Sigma belts

  • Additional training in business and management such as an MBA, CMAR, or similar training

  • Working experience with veterinary and in vivo scientific teams

  • Proven track record of leading and developing vivarium teams

  • Strong working knowledge of animal research regulations, ethics, and industry best practices


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.

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

Apply now

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