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Amgen Principal Engineer – Physical Methods (CORE- Thousand Oaks) in Thousand Oaks, California


You’ve earned your degree. How will you use that achievement to reach your goals? Do more with the knowledge you’ve worked hard to acquire and the passion you already have. 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, reaching over 10 million patients worldwide. Become the professional you are meant to be in this meaningful role.

Principal Engineer – Physical Methods (CORE- Thousand Oaks)

Amgen discovers, develops and delivers innovative human therapeutics. A biotechnology pioneer since 1980, Amgen was one of the first companies to realize the new science’s promise by bringing safe, effective medicines from lab, to manufacturing plant, to patient. Amgen therapeutics have changed the practice of medicine, helping millions of people around the world in the fight against cancer, kidney disease, rheumatoid arthritis, and other serious illnesses. With a deep and broad pipeline of potential new medicines, Amgen remains committed to advancing science to spectacularly improve people’s lives.

Collaborating with the Sr. Manager of Physical Methods Development, CORE, the successful candidate for this position will provide integrated management of the Combination Products Organization CORE mechanical laboratories. These key laboratories serve CORE in the development of container closure integrity methods, physical methods, characterization studies, and design verification work for combination products.

The principal engineer will operate in a highly matrixed environment to collaborate effectively with multi-functional teams. The principal engineer is responsible to critically analyze department requirements, ensure laboratories maintain accurate state of qualification, calibration and preparedness for inspections related to safety, compliance and procedures. The principal engineer must also clearly communicate and elevate technical or strategic issues to team members and management as needed, and make robust recommendations and/or decisions to guide successful execution of container closure integrity and mechanical testing for primary containers, device and packaging test methods. Group members within the functional area look up to this position as a scientific/technical expert who can provide mentorship on associated issues as needed. Demonstrated supervisory skills are required.

Responsibilities include leading a team to:

  • Own and maintain business processes for development, qualification, validation and transfer of container closure integrity and physical test methods for product verification of new products, and transfer of validated methods to Amgen supply chain, Quality, or manufacturing labs at all Amgen sites. The principal engineer must ensure documentation can withstand an audit and pass agency scrutiny.

  • Develop and own Standard Operating Procedures for data creation, storage, retention, and audit in accordance with Title 21 CFR Part 11 Compliance for all lab testing and associated 21CFR 820 requirements for device development.

  • Establish a comparability process for testing between Amgen sites and between Amgen raw material vendors.

  • Lead multiple Amgen laboratories, qualification of a 3rd party testing laboratory and the input/approval of raw material suppliers.

  • Rapidly design, develop, qualify, and innovate automated inspection/testing equipment for Amgen primary containers and devices to meet new and outstanding product requirements.

  • Work with Device Technologies to advance innovative container closure methods inclusive of tracer gas methods, high voltage leak detection, and other new emerging technologies. Support input data going into Device Master Records and associated work product with clinical and commercial manufacturing for combination products, devices and final product.

  • Design, develop and complete mechanical testing using phase appropriate controls for the development and qualification of primary container platforms and medical devices to develop specifications.

  • Facilitate communication with Amgen sites and vendors to establish user requirements for the characterization of primary packaging components used in the commercialization of drug products and devices

  • Work closely with facilities, maintenance, instrumentation, and electrical systems to ensure laboratory equipment is maintained in compliance with all industry, regulatory, corporate, and regulatory standards. Ensure laboratory compliance for quality audits using internal and external calibration laboratories, vendors and suppliers.

  • Advise others on methods of resolving measurement problems. Keep current with information from other industry experts through participation in government and industrial standardization committees and professional societies

  • Manage (projects, personnel, and laboratory) an engineering group responsible for new development of innovative solutions to sophisticated biotechnology device and packaging problems based on insightful interpretation and analysis of the problem statement or investigation

  • Own and manage the process for creation and use of working Reference Standards for use within Amgen’s engineering and manufacturing groups

  • 10-25% travel to domestic and international locations is needed to help the development partners during implementation of specific container requirements into their processes

Basic Qualification

  • Doctorate degree and 2 years of engineering experience OR

  • Master’s degree and 6 years of engineering experience OR

  • Bachelor’s degree and 8 years of engineering experience OR

  • Associate’s degree and 10 years of engineering experience OR

  • High school diploma / GED and 12 years of engineering experience

  • AND 2 years of managerial experience directly managing people and/or leadership experience leading teams, projects, programs or advising the allocation of resources

Preferred Qualifications:

  • MBA Degree and Engineering or related field

  • 8+ years of experience with 3+ years’ experience in leading a highly matrixed physical characterization metrology laboratory in a highly regulated environment

  • Experience including leading a lean, hard-working technical staff for 3+ years, direct experience in optimization of equipment designs, and physical methods, statistical design (Six sigma is highly desired), geometric dimensions and tolerances, kinetic modeling, Solid Works engineering drawing, DOE, and DFM tool sets

  • Formal education in project management

  • Excellent problem solving, trouble shooting, and communication skills. Ability to participate in global multi-functional teams and work effectively in a highly matrixed team environment with rapidly evolving challenges

  • Demonstrated competencies skills and consistent track record of leading multi-functional projects, ability to coach junior engineers, collaboration, excellent interpersonal and communication skills

  • Experience with MS Office Suite, MS SharePoint, MS Project, Minitab/JMP, SolidWorks


Some of the vast rewards of working here

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.

  • Full support and career-development resources to expand your skills, enhance your expertise, and improve your potential along your career journey

  • A 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—with compensation and benefits rated above 4 stars (out of 5) on Glassdoor

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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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