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Amgen Senior Program Manager in Thousand Oaks, California

The Senior Program Manager (SPM), based out of our global headquarters in Thousand Oaks, CA supports the cross-functional drug development and commercialization activities of pipeline or inline products at Amgen. The SPM will report to the Executive Director of Global Program Management.

The Senior Program Manager, known internally as the Senior Project Manager, drives the development and execution of high quality, global, integrated cross-functional project plans for one or more products in support of the overall program strategy.

At Amgen, strategy execution occurs via three cross-functional sub-teams called Work Package Teams (WPTs). The WPTs include Evidence Generation Teams (EGTs) that are focused on clinical development activities, Product Delivery Teams (PDTs) that are focused on operations/manufacturing activities, and the Insights & Brand Platform Teams (IBPTs) that are focused on global marketing, pricing, access, and reimbursement activities.

The Senior Program Manager is specifically responsible for:

  • Identifies key deliverables for each function and their inter-dependencies

  • Drives planning for key drug development stage-gate decision points (e.g., First in Human, End of Phase 2, Filing, and Launch)

  • Implements best practices and ensuring cross-functional alignment and accountability

  • Identifies project issues or resource gaps and facilitating resolution

  • Reinforces proper decision making according to Amgen’s Decision Making Framework

  • Monitors and communicates progress and adherence to timelines

  • Facilities resource planning, financial and capacity assessments

  • Conducts risk management, contingency and scenario planning using a variety of project management tools

  • Adapts and thrives in a changing environment and building high-preforming cross-functional teams

The SPM manages WPT team effectiveness by:

  • Drives the development and timely execution of annual WPT goals and input to the Global Product Strategy

  • Identifies and efficiently resolves issues, driving decisions, and tracking action items; appropriate issue escalation

  • Partners with GPM/ WPT Lead to develop governance board deliverables and subsequent implementation of decisions

  • Develops strong partnerships with external business partners and strategic alliances, where applicable

  • Constructively challenges teams by providing disconfirming information and encouraging innovative problem solving

The SPM drives effective WPT communication by:

  • Serves as a single point of contact for cross-functional WPT information (content and quality)

  • Communicates cross-functional project information at WPT meetings and to other stakeholders, as appropriate

  • Ensures alignment of functional and regional issues within the WPT.

  • Demonstrates strong written / oral communication skills and executive presence across functions and across different levels of leadership

Basic Qualifications:

Doctorate degree and 2 years of Project Management experience

OR Master’s degree and 4 years of Project Management experience

OR Bachelor’s degree and 6 years of Project Management experience

OR Associate's degree and 10 years of Project Management experience

OR High School diploma / GED and 12 years of Project Management experience

Preferred Qualifications:

  • 8+ years’ industry experience in the Biotechnology, Pharmaceutical, or other Healthcare-related field

  • 4+ years’ experience in a drug development Project Management role

  • Drug Development knowledge with basic to strong understanding of other functions relevant to the position which may include: Research, Preclinical, Clinical, Manufacturing, Commercial and Regulatory

  • Proven record of implementing Project Management tools, methodologies, practices and infrastructure, as related to the Biopharmaceutical Industry

  • Informed with current biopharmaceutical industry knowledge, news and trends and ability to apply to programs

  • Independent, motivated, team member with experience in a matrix environment

Amgen is committed to unlocking the potential of biology for patients suffering from serious illnesses by discovering, developing, manufacturing and delivering innovative human therapeutics. This approach begins by using tools like advanced human genetics to unravel the complexities of disease and understand the fundamentals of human biology.

Amgen focuses on areas of high unmet medical need and leverages its expertise to strive for solutions that improve health outcomes and dramatically improve people’s lives. A biotechnology pioneer since 1980, Amgen has grown to be one of the world’s leading independent biotechnology companies, has reached millions of patients around the world and is developing a pipeline of medicines with breakaway potential.

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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.

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