Amgen Research Project Manager in Thousand Oaks, California

Amgen is a leading global biotechnology company, with a mission to serve patients around the world. As a science-based, patient-focused organization, we discover and develop innovative therapies to treat serious illnesses. Our medicines have made a dramatic difference in the lives of millions.

Amgen is seeking a Research Project Manager to work out of one of the following Amgen locations: Thousand Oaks CA, San Francisco, CA or Cambridge, MA.

Reporting into the Discovery Research Operations team, the Research Project Manager will be responsible for providing project management support to the Discovery pipeline projects. This is a highly visible position that will involve working with the pipeline project teams to drive projects quickly and efficiently to identification of the clinical candidate.

Responsibilities for the Research Project Manager include:

  • Provides project management to Discovery project teams primarily from hit identification to clinical candidate nomination.

  • Works with project teams to charter team and develop core documents.

  • Drives teams to create fit-for-purpose project plans with a priority on achieving timely deliverables.

  • Develops and manages project timelines and monitors team adherence to project plan.

  • Accountable for ensuring project plans/timelines are entered and updated in the enterprise system.

  • Helps resolve cross-functional issues and roadblocks for the Project Team Lead and team in navigating across Amgen.

  • Supports core team meeting including capturing action items/decisions and tracking completion of action items.

  • Provides the team with general guidance on advancing projects through the Discovery and Early Development phases.

  • Identifies resource gaps and works with team to resolve.

  • Drives best practices across teams and develops and implements tools for project teams.

  • 10% Domestic Travel

Basic Qualifications:

Doctorate degree


Master's degree and 3 years of pharmaceutical or biotech experience


Bachelor's degree and 5 years of pharmaceutical or biotech experience


Associate's degree and 10 years of pharmaceutical or biotech experience


High school diploma / GED and 12 years of pharmaceutical or biotech experience

Preferred Qualifications

  • MS degree

  • Proven project manager who has experience leading cross-functional, complex programs and has a record of implementing project management tools, methodologies, practices and infrastructure, as related to the Biopharmaceutical Industry

  • Strong scientific expertise with an advanced degree in Organic Chemistry or Biological Sciences

  • Ability to work in a team/matrix environment, to collaborate and coordinate with internal and external department staff at various levels, to influence others effectively and to handle multiple responsibilities, tasks and projects simultaneously

  • Quick learner who is proactive and takes initiative and has excellent communication and people skills.

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.