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Amgen Process Development Engineer 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.

Engineer – Drug Product Process Engineering


What you will do

Let’s do this. Let’s change the world. As part of Amgen’s Process Development organization, Drug Product Technologies (DPT) is seeking a highly dynamic Engineer to provide process development support to Amgen’s clinical and commercial sterile fill-finish manufacturing plant in Thousand Oaks, CA. The candidate will play a key role in bringing a wide variety of high-quality clinical and licensed drug products to patients through demonstrated excellence in aseptic processing, technology transfer, process characterization, process validation and continuous process verification. This position is based in Thousand Oaks, CA at the Amgen headquarters.

Key Responsibilities:

New Product Introductions

  • Collaborate with all multi-functional areas of the Amgen Thousand Oaks (ATO) DP manufacturing site to ensure the aseptic fill finish equipment and procedures that constitute the DP platform processes are fully characterized to enable efficient and successful tech transfers of Amgen’s clinical & commercial product portfolio.

  • Acts as point contact to DPT to provide knowledge of clinical and commercial manufacturing site process capabilities and practices.

  • Supports new product introductions and lifecycle changes into the ATO DP manufacturing site by integrating the product’s process design and requirements with the site’s procedures and capabilities.

  • Designs, implements and documents off-line and on-site DP characterization studies.

  • Designs, plans and provides floor support to on-site engineering, machinability, and process performance qualifications (PPQ) runs required to ensure successful product commercialization.

  • Supports make-a-batch exercises to determine facility fit and identify gaps.

  • Author and/or own high-quality process technology transfer and other technical documents.

Process Validation & Regulatory Support

  • Development of validation plans, PPQ protocols and reports for commercial manufacturing in alignment with GMP quality system documentation standards.

  • Ensuring all aspects of activity within any given process validation adheres to required policies and procedures, including safety and training.

  • Ensure that the site meets the quality requirements of its customers and applicable laws/regulations (FDA, EU & global standards).

  • Participate and lead in validation cross-functional teams at the site to ensure alignment to required policies and procedures.

  • Provide recommendations to site validation guidance documents.

  • Be a key contributor to regulatory filings as part of the NPI process by authoring, editing and submitting filings as well as assist in responding to regulator questions as required.

  • Support PAI and GMP inspections in the plant.

Commercial Manufacturing Support

  • Provide process development expertise for commercial drug product manufacturing operations during sterile processing, process characterization, tech transfer, process validation, and ongoing commercial manufacturing

  • Lead or assist in process related deviations, exception resolution and root cause analysis to ensure smooth operations & continued supply. Address issues with drug product processing technologies and equipment.

  • Conducts risk assessment for drug product operations and propose / implement appropriate CAPA for continuous improvement

  • Collaborate with manufacturing as well as all support functions such as engineering, quality, and drug product technologies to provide robust and coordinated support to manufacturing.

  • Identifies and implements new process improvements for current and new sterile operations for increased reliability, agility and efficiency in plant operations

  • Work with multi-functional teams conducting FMEAs, risk assessments, author technical protocols, reports and CMC subsections and present findings and project status.

Aseptic DP Technology leadership

  • Serve as SME in introducing new DP manufacturing technologies in the ATO site and work with global cross-functional teams for shared best practices in technical advancements across Amgen clinical and commercial fill-finish plants.

  • Drive innovations in aseptic processes, technologies and techniques, all in alignment with evolving regulatory expectations and internal quality standards, leading to continuous improvement in GMP drug product manufacturing

  • Work individually and with a team of engineers to design, implement and document primary data packages related to new technology development, while demonstrating specific expertise in aseptic processing and unit operations characterization

  • Supports expansion projects by supporting equipment user requirements, FAT, Process Characterization and Validation in all sterile fill finish processing areas.

DP Network support

  • Establishes strong working relationships with partner sites across DP Manufacturing network to champion the sharing of technical best practices, improvement opportunities and lessons learnt to deliver high-quality manufacturing processes.

  • Acts as single Point of Contact (POC) to drug product teams to provide expertise/knowledge of manufacturing site process capabilities and practices in drug substance freezing/thawing, formulation, filling vials/syringes/devices, lyophilization and inspection.


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 an individual with these qualifications.

Basic Qualifications:

  • Master's Degree or Master's Degree by September 2022 Or

  • Bachelor's Degree and 2 years of Scientific, Engineering and/or Operations experience Or

  • Associate's degree and 6 years of Scientific, Engineering and/or Operations experience Or

  • High school diploma/GED and 8 years of Scientific, Engineering and/or Operations experience

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Educational background in Chemical Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, Biotechnology or related technical field of study in biotechnology, life sciences or related field.

  • 2+ years of experience in the pharmaceutical or biotechnology industry that includes elements of process development, process characterization, and technical transfers to manufacturing sites

  • Experience in applying fundamental engineering and scientific principles to the characterization of freeze/thaw, formulation/mixing, filtration, filling, lyophilization, capping, and visual inspection.

  • Project management skills, including the ability to handle numerous projects and evaluate project resource requirements.

  • Demonstrated ability in providing leadership to multi-functional teams to advance complex projects to completion and influencing decisions.

  • Ability to lead innovation, collaborate in a multi-functional team environment, and act on dynamic information at a rapid pace

  • Ability to independently design and implement characterization studies, author characterization protocols, process transfer documents, application notes and technical reports

  • Proficiency in technical problem solving, critical thinking, and delivery of technical solutions with limited oversight

  • Capable of organizing and communicating complex technical concepts to enable business decisions

  • Solid understanding of Quality systems and Drug Product Manufacturing (GMP).s

  • Demonstrated ability to use interpersonal skills to build strong technical relationships.

  • Self-motivation, adaptability and a positive demeanor.

  • Excellent communication skills, both oral and written.

  • Ability to elevate relevant issues to project lead and line-management.

  • Ability to learn new techniques, perform multiple tasks simultaneously, keep accurate records, follow instructions, and align with company policies.


Some of the vast rewards of working here

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.

  • Full support and career-development resources to expand your skills, enhance your expertise, and maximize 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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