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Amgen Senior Systems 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.

Senior Systems Engineer


What you will do

Let’s do this. Let’s change the world.


  • Analyze problems involving cross-disciplinary aspects of the product development process, and synthesize multiple solutions. Develop and exploit structured, efficient approaches to analysis and design to tackle complex engineering problems

  • Provide direction and support for the optimal design of complex, large-scale systems through consideration of the system as a whole, rather than individual elements of the system

  • Provide various client areas with accurate and consistent requirements information to help them make critical technical decisions based on complete and unambiguous insight into cross-systems functionality

  • Ensure compliance/closure of Regulatory and Quality requirements before approving Design Control Formal Design Reviews and New Product Introduction program achievement

  • Conduct and review advanced computer simulations to design or test products

  • Prepare cost estimates on proposed major design products

  • Provide technical presentation support and consultation to marketing

  • Represent company unit in customer or field force contacts

  • Recommend the addition, expansion or termination of research projects and assure the technical soundness of engineering programs

  • Produce innovative technical solutions to customers

  • Prepare technical proposals for competitive bids

  • Develop potential applications to exploit new business opportunities

  • Collect and analyze information on competitor product performance

  • Use project planning and monitoring methods to ensure accurate completion

  • Originate and communicate concepts that could lead to new products

  • Review and approve completed design work

  • Actively contributes to identifying and pursuing new technological opportunities

This position is located in either Thousand Oaks, CA or Cambridge, MA, and involves up to 10% domestic and international travel


What we expect of you

We are all different, yet we all use our unique contributions to serve patients.

Basic Qualifications:

  • Doctorate degree OR

  • Master’s degree and 3 years of Engineering and/or device development/manufacturing experience OR

  • Bachelor’s degree and 5 years of Engineering and/or device development/manufacturing experience OR

  • Associate’s degree and 10 years of Engineering and/or device development/manufacturing experience OR

  • High School diploma/GED and 12 years of Engineering and/or device development/manufacturing experience

Preferred Qualifications:

  • 10+ years of progressive experience as an engineer or scientist within the appropriate field of study

  • 5+ years of experience in project leadership within a development or research, manufacturing environment, working with Medical Devices, ideally Class II and Class III

  • INCOSE certification or formal Systems Engineering training/certification

  • Demonstrated applied lean 6 Sigma competency

  • Demonstrated experience driving CTQ hierarchical decomposition (flow-down) to subsystems and components

  • Demonstrated experience with NPI ISO and regulatory compliance process, design history file and collaterals are in place, and current

  • Creative problem solver and solution developer when presented with conflicting requirements, business demands, and technical risks/issues

  • Demonstrated skills in eagerly identifying, facilitating, and driving closure of a product/program

  • Demonstrated ability to work with technical leadership team to implement product platform/subsystem multi-generation technology plan for a specific release of a global program/product

  • Demonstrated broad exposure to HW/SW/Systems design and technical depth in one or more engineering subject areas (Electrical, Mechanical, Software, etc.)

  • Experience in model-based design and UML and Small scale device assembly experience

  • Experience in system design and architecture that ensure product development success and ensuring Accurate Development Cycles between teams

  • Leadership ability for System Level Design and Testing (Verification and Validation testing of System-Level Performance)

  • Experience in leading system hazard analysis, risk evaluation, and FMECA (failure mode and effect criticality analysis)

  • Experience in resolving system engineering issues such as device hardware/firmware or device/programmer system architecture design tradeoffs, tolerance/performance analysis, etc.

  • Deep knowledge of Quality Management System, Quality Management Policy, and applicable laws and regulations as they apply to this job type/position

  • Familiar with the following standards:

  • US Good Manufacturing Practices – 21CFR820

  • Quality Management – ISO 13485

  • Risk Management – ISO 14971

  • EU Medical Device requirements – Council Directive 93/42/EEC

  • Medical Electrical Equipment – EN 60601

  • Strong background in documenting requirements and providing traceability documentation for FDA Approval - DOORS, Requisite Pro, or other similar requirements management software

  • Practical experience in configuration management and change control process/requirements – CCB (change control board), CIT (change implementation team) concepts

  • Experience in leading continuous improvement activities by driving the implementation of process and product quality improvement initiatives

  • Strong interpersonal skills


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 improve 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.

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