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Amgen R&D Operations Manager 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.

R&D Operations Manager


What you will do

Let’s do this. Let’s change the world. In this vital role you will assist in developing & executing efficient supplier and expense management strategies while finding opportunities to align, improve and re-design processes and tools.

  • Developing strong collaborative relationships with internal partners to support and respond to business needs.

  • Maintaining supplier oversight and find innovative solutions that elevate the strategic values of supplier relationships.

  • Executing fit for purpose expense management strategies to support planning, tracking and reporting.

  • Collaborating cross-functionally to develop and track appropriate supplier performance metrics

  • Managing supplier contract deliverables within the categories assigned.

  • Collaborating with Global Strategic Sourcing on outsourcing and contract terms development, and the financial management of contracts throughout the life cycle of the study.

  • Participating in establishing departmental and cross-functional policies and procedures.

  • Assisting functional partners in resolving issues relating to contract negotiation or management.

  • Managing study level supplier relationships in conjunction with other corporate functions.

  • Working with internal customers in supplier scope of work development (request for proposal creation and analysis, depending on thresholds)

  • Leading contract life cycle management process related to various supplier agreements


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 collaborator with these qualifications.

Basic Qualifications

  • Doctorate degree and 2 years of biotech/pharma-related business operations/supplier management experience Or

  • Master’s degree and 4 years of biotech/pharma-related business operations/supplier management experience Or

  • Bachelor’s degree and 6 years of biotech/pharma-related business operations/supplier management experience Or

  • Associate’s degree and 8 years of biotech/pharma-related business operations/supplier management experience Or

  • High school diploma / GED and 10 years of biotech/pharma-related business operations/supplier management experience


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

Preferred Qualifications

  • Degree in biology, life sciences, health, medical or clinical sciences along with additional education in finance or business.

  • Strong background in research and early-stage drug development that includes familiarity with multiple therapeutic areas, as well as synthetic, in-vitro, and in-vivo models.

  • Experienced “integrator” role across multiple organizations, teams and processes with proven ability to advance strategic imperatives.

  • Familiarity with procurement compliance requirements (Sunshine Act, SOX, etc).

  • Familiarity with multiple sourcing models (Fee-for-service, dedicated resource, functional service provider).

  • Finance and budget management experience including cost analysis and reporting.

  • Proven ability to effectively implement strategies and deliver results.

  • Proven experience as a change agent and managing through organizational transformation.

  • Outstanding interpersonal, organizational, critical thinking and verbal/written communication skills.

  • Proven ability to develop collaborative internal and external relationships and navigating matrixed organizations.

  • Being able to adapt work and communication styles to meet organization needs.

  • Strong planning and project management skills with the demonstrated ability to work effectively in a fast-paced environment with multiple high priority projects.

  • Strong data analytics skills with experience in analytics software, (eg. Microsoft Access, Spotfire, Tableau, Smartsheet) as well as experience with document management applications (eg. Veeva), and portfolio planning tools and financial systems (eg. Planisware, Sciforma, MS Projects)


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 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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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.​