Sr Associate, Pilot Plant - Upstream

Thousand Oaks, CA, US
Feb 20, 2019
Required Education
Masters Degree/MBA
Position Type
Full time
We are seeking a Senior Associate for the Pilot Plant (based in Thousand Oak, CA) working in

the Upstream team. This position will execute a variety of production-related operations in a

large-scale facility, including but not limited to: performing processing on the floor (cell culture); performing supporting activities such as media preparation, and equipment

set-up/cleaning, and execution of upstream operations. Work will also include executing

production runs, experiments, commercial program support, and characterization efforts. A

significant amount of time will be spent performing 'hands-on' work in the plant. Additional

activities will include defining & documenting operation practices, ensuring documentation

accurately reflects operations performed, developing and implementing area improvements

(efficiency and safety) applying lean principles, commissioning equipment, and participating in

operations meetings.

The Thousand Oaks Pilot Plant performs frequent piloting of novel process operations (focusing

primarily on large molecule cell culture and purification operations), driving technology

development, supporting innovation across Amgen's entire spectrum, as well as executing non-

GMP and pre-pivotal GMP bioprocessing operations for multiple mammalian and microbial

Products, to develop & demonstrate production processes and produce bulk material. We produce sound, relevant data for the processes Amgen developments at meaningful scales that

enable the rapid, successful transfer of our output to more dedicated manufacturing spaces. The

environment is challenging, fast-paced and ever changing with varying degrees of process

definition, but very rewarding for those that like hands-on science and want to make process

improvements in a development space. Must be able to work off hours or non-standard shifts.

Basic Qualifications

Master's degree

Bachelor's degree and 2 years of Manufacturing, Scientific or Operations experience
Associate's degree and 6 years of Manufacturing, Scientific or Operations experience
High school diploma / GED and 8 years of Manufacturing, Scientific or Operations experience

Preferred Qualifications
  • Bachelor's degree and previous bio-processing/biotech experience
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills.
  • Demonstrated analytical, project management, and continuous improvement skills.
  • Ability to work off hours or non-standard shifts.

Join Us

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.