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Amgen Specialist IS Engineer – Data Center in Thousand Oaks, California

Amgen is seeking a Specialist – Data Center Engineer with SME (subject matter expert) level experience in the operations, management, design, maintenance, relocation, upgrade, and decommissioning of business-critical data centers and all related supporting technologies. This position will need to partner with internal and 3rd party facilities and engineering representatives, both technical and managerial, to support Amgen’s data center strategy. The right candidate should have a great “whatever it takes” attitude and not afraid to roll up sleeves to rack and stack when needed. This position is located in Thousand oaks, CA.

Key Activities for a Specialist IS Engineer – Data Center include:

  • Participate or lead in the design, development, and implementation of data center projects

  • Relocation

  • Expansion

  • Upgrade

  • Decommission

  • Mergers and Acquisitions / Assessments

  • Participate or lead in the delivery of “run” DCOps services at various sites

  • Lead the planning and execution of data center utility maintenance activities

  • Create and maintain performance metrics for the team

  • Provide direction to internal and external consultants

  • Develop, maintain, and update DCOps standards and procedures

  • Travel to datacenter sites for project review, design studies, facility audits, building commissioning as required

  • Review and update data center "as-built" documentation as re-configurations occur

  • Create both high-level and detailed space, rack and cabling design diagrams and facilitate design reviews

  • Work with IS teams to understand server and network hardware requirements with respect to power density, rack positioning, cabling, cooling, airflow containment and environmental consideration

  • Help manage relationships with data center vendors and systems integrators

  • Oversee the delivery of supporting MEP (mechanical, electrical, plumbing) services to all Amgen data centers and perform detailed power utilization calculations and optimizations

  • Represent DCOps team for merger and acquisitions and lead assessment, integration, and standardization to Amgen documents

  • Create documentation for the Data Center Operations knowledge base

Basic Qualifications

Master’s degree


Bachelor’s degree and 2 years of Information Systems and Data Center Architect experience


Associate’s degree and 6 years of Information Systems and Backup Engineer experience


High school diploma/GED and 8 years of Information Systems and Backup Engineer experience

Preferred Qualifications

  • Minimum of five (5) years professional experience in operations and maintenance data centers. The ideal candidate has this experience as part of a dedicated data center team not a shared responsibility model.

  • Must have knowledge of mission critical power distribution, UPS, PDU, and Mechanical systems and data systems

  • Must have strong cross-discipline knowledge of complete critical facility systems

  • Strong trouble shooting and analytical skills

  • Ability to provide solutions to complex projects under pressure

  • Must have effective written and verbal communications skills

  • Must be familiar with Visio software and DCIM tools

  • Knowledge in data center practices (i.e. fault tolerance, cable routing, calculating power usage)

  • Working knowledge with server/network hardware

  • Ability to make decisions and work with minimal direction

  • Understanding of Electrical Power distribution and operation

  • Understanding of best practices related to the design, implementation, and operation of various data center fire suppression technologies

  • Must be an excellent verbal and written communicator

  • A positive, service-oriented attitude and track record of success.

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.

The invaluable contributions of our talented team will help us develop the vital and innovative medicines that treat serious illness and unmet medical needs around the globe.

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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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.​