HR Site Leader, San Francisco

South San Francisco, CA, US
Jun 13, 2019
Required Education
High School or equivalent
Position Type
Full time
Job Summary

A career at Amgen is a chance for you to make the most of your experience and education at the world's preeminent biotechnology company. Amgen has pioneered important new human therapeutics that have changed the practice of medicine, helping millions of people around the world in the fight against cancer, kidney disease, rheumatoid arthritis, bone disease and other serious illnesses. Here, you will work side by side with some of the best minds in the industry and participate in groundbreaking projects to unlock the healing potential of biology.

Amgen is seeking talented Human Resources Professionals with a broad variety of HR experiences in client-facing and/or Center of Excellence (COE) roles with large, multi-national companies. This position is one of several opportunities that provide an excellent entry point to quickly learn Amgen, both the business and the HR function, while providing high visibility and opportunity to interact with an extensive range of HR and business leaders.

This level of visibility and opportunity comes with high performance expectations. That means a strong ability to consistently deliver results when measured against a high bar while living the Amgen values. For those with potential, ambition, and proven capability; broader experiences await you.

The HR Site Leader for Amgen San Francisco (ASF) will work directly with the VP Site Lead to manage a world-class research site. With 500 employees and growing, Amgen's campus in South San Francisco is the company's largest research facility outside of our headquarters. Scientists at ASF are focused on Discovery Research in Cardiometabolic Disease, Immuno-Oncology, Therapeutic Technologies, Biologics, and a special unit dedicated to Genome Analysis. Translational Science is a core capability as well, with scientists working in preclinical Pathology, Toxicology, and Pharmacokinetics and Drug Metabolism.

Responsibilities of this role include:
  • Serve as the trusted advisor and coach to R&D leaders and other site clients in areas of HR strategy, culture, leadership, talent management, rewards, and change management. A key focus of this high-impact role is developing and implementing innovative strategies to build engagement and a strong culture in the midst of dynamic growth
  • Participate as an active member of the site senior leadership team. Develop and drive initiatives and programs that meet local needs while remaining aligned with global strategies
  • Oversee execution of HR processes (onboarding, performance evaluation, compensation planning, career development, talent management) as well as provide ongoing coaching and training to people managers at the site
  • Interface with corporate HR, linking closely with the global R&D HR team to facilitate two-way communication and collaboration
  • Partner with HR Centers of Expertise to develop and implement changes, working to anticipate, coordinate, and plan programs at the site - ensuring HR initiatives add value to Amgen's business goals
  • Represent Amgen at key local external activities across industry and academic affiliations, focusing on attracting top talent to the site and enhancing our reputation in the Bay Area
  • Partner with Canada HR team to support similar activities for a second small research site in Vancouver

Basic Qualifications

Doctorate degree and 2 years of Human Resources experience


Master's degree and 4 years of Human Resources experience


Bachelor's degree and 6 years of Human Resources experience


Associate's degree and 10 years of Human Resources experience


High school diploma / GED and 12 years of Human Resources experience

Preferred Qualifications
  • 5+ years of experience in Human Resources for a large global or multinational organization
  • Strategic HR business partner experience or other client-facing experience strongly preferred
  • Strong project management skills
  • Demonstrated ability to craft innovative strategies and deliver pragmatic solutions
  • Strong analytical skills and understanding of how to use data to inform decisions
  • Ability to balance a fast-paced environment with multiple priorities and competing demands
  • Self-directed, passionate about the work, and willing to take informed risks
  • Strong knowledge of Excel, PowerPoint, and Microsoft Word

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.