Amgen Senior Engineer - Commercial Drug Product Technologies, Process Engineering in Thousand Oaks, California

Based in Thousand Oaks, CA, the Senior Engineer will provide technical input and support to Amgen's parenteral drug product commercialization process and advancement of aseptic manufacturing process development. This role is important for Amgen's success and will be a key contributor to drug product and process development, commercialization and life cycle management of Amgen's parenteral product portfolio.

The Senior Engineer will operate in product and process development and/or manufacturing environments and will be responsible for the design and execution of characterization studies for multiple parenteral modalities, evaluation of product impact from manufacturing process, production scale, equipment, and raw material changes, author high-quality process technology transfer and other technical documents, and participate in authoring relevant sections of regulatory submissions to enable successful introduction of new processes and/or production facilities across the parenteral portfolio. The Senior Engineer will work directly with clinical manufacturing in support of on-going production, new product introductions, new technology introduction and process optimization. The Senior Engineer must apply fundamental scientific (biochemistry, biophysics, statistics, etc.) and engineering (equipment, automation, chemical, mechanical) principles to support non-conformance investigations and development of corrective/preventive actions. As a key contributor to Amgen's commercialization development and aseptic process introduction into clinical and commercial facilities, the Senior Engineer must integrate and successfully utilize knowledge and information generated by cross functional (engineering, analytical, quality, regulatory, clinical and commercial manufacturing) teams to utilize Amgen platforms and capabilities to ensure success through the commercialization lifecycle.

Responsibilities include:

  • Work with a team of process scientists and/or engineers to design, execute, document, and generate primary data packages related to process development and technology transfer, while applying their experience in aseptic processing, equipment, automation and unit operation characterization

  • Support continuous improvements in the drug product development process through technological innovation and application of first principles in process engineering

  • Support technology transfers of pipeline and commercial products as well as lifecycle management of products for a variety of parenteral modalities

  • Deliver progress reports and presentations to engage with and ensure that management is aware of the current status and progress

  • Participate in global cross-functional teams, working effectively in a highly matrixed team environment to advance programs through clinical manufacturing and the commercialization process

Basic Qualifications:

Doctorate degree or Doctorate Degree completed by December 2018


Master's degree & 3 years of Operations or Process Development experience


Bachelor's degree & 5 years of Operations or Process Development experience


Associate's degree & 10 years of Operations or Process Development experience


High school diploma / GED & 12 years of Operations or Process Development experience

Preferred Qualifications:

  • M.S. in Chemical/Biomedical Engineering, Pharmaceutical Sciences, Chemistry/Biochemistry or Biotechnology or related discipline

  • 5+ years of drug product process development experience in the pharmaceuticals/biotechnology industry

  • Familiarity with aseptic processing, drug product manufacturing, cGMPs, statistical design, analysis of experiments, and process characterization

  • Fill/finish process scale-up and technology transfer experience including the use of gap analysis, root cause analysis, and risk assessment tools

  • The ability to use engineering principles to leverage bench and pilot scale models for process performance characterization

  • Problem solving and communication skills

  • Experience in a matrix team environment, in particular interacting with Attribute Sciences, Process Development, Project Management, Manufacturing, Regulatory, Compliance, and/or Quality

  • Knowledge of bringing new biotech products to market, across various dosage forms and delivery systems

  • Knowledge of formulation, aseptic processing and manufacturing of biotechnology products, vials, syringes, cartridges, devices, disposables, modeling and the associated GMP/Device documentation and regulatory filings

  • Experience with conducting statistical evaluations of data to evaluate statistical significance, assess potential correlations, evaluate process capability and/or perform Monte Carlo simulations.

  • Ability to learn and act on dynamic information at a rapid pace

  • Ability to travel domestically and internationally up to 25% of the time

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.