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Amgen Strategic Planning & Operations Manager in Thousand Oaks, California


You’ve worked hard to become the professional you are today and are now ready to take the next step in your career. How will you put your skills, experience and passion to work toward your goals? 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. Come do your best work alongside other innovative, driven professionals in this meaningful role.

Strategic Planning & Operations Manager


What you will do

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

External Supply Operations provides a strategic dimension to Amgen's manufacturing network to improve operational competitiveness and ensure uninterrupted global supply of medicines to our patients. In order to continue to provide the supplemental capacity to the Amgen manufacturing network, it is increasingly important that External Supply Operations establish consistent, robust processes and systems to ensure quality and supply reliability with our external contract manufacturing network while closely partnering with our internal networks as well.

External Supply Operations is seeking a Strategic Planning & Operations Manager to join the Portfolio Strategy & Management (PSM) team. This individual will report to the Director of the PSM team.

This role will support the External Supply Operations organization by leading NPIs into the external manufacturing network, as well as advancing systems and processes related to Site Selections, Launches, and Technical Transfer Management. This person will lead efforts that focus on identifying and delivering recommendations to drive pivotal initiatives, business performance and operational improvements. The Manager is responsible to stay informed of standard methodologies and provide innovative, impactful ideas to optimize processes to support the organization’s growth strategies.

The successful candidate will lead multiple NPIs, projects and initiatives that advance External Supply Operations strategies, goals and objectives. Specific responsibilities are to:

  • Responsible for leading new product introduction activities for new programs' tech transferring into CMOs

  • Provide project strategic direction of external manufacturing technical transfer and new product introduction activities coordinating execution of cross-functional workstreams from Quality, Process Development, Contracts, Supply Chain, Analytical Sciences and Global Strategic Sourcing.

  • Execution and adherence to PSM NPI business processes and operating model

  • Strong interpersonal skills as interactions will be both internal and external facing with CMOs

  • Lead multiple cross-functional projects of medium to high complexity.

  • Build and maintain project plans and team assignments using project planning tools, estimating project cost and adhering to budget, directing and supervising work efforts on daily basis, identifying resource needs, performing project reviews, and advancing functional, quality, timeline and cost issues appropriately.

  • Utilize project management processes, software and methodologies to ensure projects are delivered on time, within budget, adhere to high quality standards and meet customer expectations.

  • Handle communication with all areas of the enterprise that impact scope, budget, risk and resources of the work being managed and provide project updates and reporting to executive leadership and internal partners.

  • Lead continuous improvement projects that deliver measurable gain in quality, efficiency and alignment within Amgen priorities. Apply the knowledge, skills, tools of project management and operational perfection to ensure efficient execution of projects and continuous improvement initiatives.


What we expect of you

We are all different, yet we all use our unique contributions to serve patients. The dynamic professional we seek has the following qualifications:

Basic Qualification :

Doctorate degree


Master’s degree and 2 years of solid experience within a cGMP manufacturing or quality environment


Bachelor’s degree and 4 years of solid experience within a cGMP manufacturing or quality environment


Associate’s degree and 10 years of solid experience within a cGMP manufacturing or quality environment


High school diploma / GED and 12 years of solid experience within a cGMP manufacturing or quality environment

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Strong organizational and cross-functional project management skills

  • Strong technical background with understanding of pharmaceutical manufacture and commercialization

  • Demonstrated accountability to deliver results and meet deadlines while handling contending priorities

  • Problem-solving, critical thinking and decision-making skills

  • Strong interpersonal, listening and customer service skills

  • Strong presentation abilities, oral and written, including confidence and decisiveness when engaging with Senior Management and customers

  • Experience managing and influencing in a matrix organization

  • Manufacturing and cGMP knowledge and experience

  • Strong negotiation skills

  • Operational Excellence proficiency

  • Understanding of contractual requirements

  • Technical writing and multi-level presentation skills

  • Experience leading effectively in collaborative team environment

  • Ability to take initiative, drive action and work under minimum supervision

  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office especially Project, Excel, PowerPoint, Visio, Smartsheet and ThinkCell


Some of the vast rewards of working here

As we work to develop treatments that take care of others, so we work to care for our teammates’ professional and personal growth and well-being.

  • Vast opportunities to learn and move up and across our global organization.

  • 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.

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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.

We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact us to request accommodation.

Amgen requires all staff in the United States, Puerto Rico and Canada to be vaccinated from COVID 19 as a condition of employment. In accordance with applicable law, Amgen will provide reasonable accommodations to staff members who qualify on the basis of a medical reason or a sincerely held religious belief, practice, or observance. Such accommodation may not pose an undue hardship to Amgen, its operations, or its staff.