Director, Center for Observational Research

Thousand Oaks, CA, US
Jun 18, 2019
Required Education
Bachelors Degree
Position Type
Full time
Job Summary

Observational Research (OR) uses real-world evidence to make important contributions to drug development, commercialization, and safety evaluation. Observational Research contributes evidence regarding the frequency and distribution of disease, the natural history and clinical burden of disease, the design of clinical trials, cost and utilization patterns, and the safety and effectiveness of therapies. There is increasing demand for information from OR studies by regulatory and reimbursement authorities. The Center for Observational Research (CfOR) was created to address this imperative.

The Director - Center for Observational Research champions strategies that impact project team and the Center. The Director is recognized as a major scientific contributor and is frequently a first or contributing author for papers in peer reviewed journals or for internal reports that enhance Amgen's mission. The Director leads, manages and coordinates observational research products within therapeutic areas and is responsible for making significant contributions to scientific direction of products, researching initiatives and developing Center research programs. The Director will improve design of clinical research programs and anticipate and evaluate clinical benefit and safety issues both pre and post-approval. The director will:
  • Partner with Amgen US Advocacy team for external engagement with ASCO, patient advocacy groups and other potential partners
  • Provide insight into ideal oncology data sources to examine the outcomes of following different clinical pathways through direct data from the pathway vendors or indirectly from simulating the pathways and examining differences in outcomes
  • Write analysis plans and conduct analysis to examine the patient outcomes of different pathways
  • Work with medical team to provide scientific advice on how to weight various attributes of pathway development to create a summary score and rank pathways
  • Act as a data expert in coalition meetings and potentially help co-author white papers
  • Conduct research to the highest standards of the profession
  • Align research with project team strategies
  • Provision the highest quality observational research advice and training within Amgen
  • Participate in initiatives to improve capabilities of the Center
  • Contribute to the development of research strategies with project teams and the Center
  • Conduct high-quality observational research to support project team strategies
  • Contribute to the development of product and Center TA strategies
  • Collaborate on patient exposure update and safety studies
  • Contribute to the development and implementation of post approval safety studies
  • Contribute to the development of staff within the Center
  • Develop and maintain relationships with key leaders in observational research
  • Contribute to the setting of project and professional development goals
  • Provide input into Center meetings
  • Stay abreast on the latest developments in observational research, safety surveillance and drug development and contributes to the field
  • Promote observational research awareness
  • Promote understanding and use of state-of-the-art observational research methods
  • Communicate significant scientific information to a variety of audiences
  • Assist in hiring, managing, mentoring and developing staff

Basic Qualifications

Doctorate degree and 4 years of Epidemiology Observational Research experience
Master's degree and 7 years of Epidemiology Observational Research experience
Bachelor's degree and 9 years of Epidemiology Observational Research experience

Preferred Qualifications
  • Doctorate in Epidemiology or subject with high epidemiologic content or Medical and master's degree in Epidemiology or subject with high epidemiologic content
  • 3 years experience with Medical degree or 5 years experience with Doctoral degree
  • Experience in the design, execution and analysis of observational research studies within Pharmaceutical or Public Health settings
  • Clinical research experience
  • Experience in research to support drug development
  • Experience in observational research project planning and management
  • Experience communicating observational research information
  • Record of publication in top tier epidemiology or clinical journals
  • Programming in SAS or other software (e.g. STATA)
  • Advanced knowledge of epidemiology methodology, drug development applications and observational research databases

At Amgen, our mission is serving patients. Our staff are dedicated to pushing the boundaries of science to transform medicine and turn the tide on serious illnesses. Central to achieving this mission is our "people-first" philosophy. We recruit the best talent, build an environment that facilitates career growth, and provide staff with the opportunity to make significant contributions for patients and our business.

Consistent with our core leadership value of "Develops the Best Team," we are seeking leaders that prioritize the development of talent. As a manager, your first priority and primary role is to accelerate the performance and development of your team. We expect managers to exemplify strong leadership and champion self-awareness and career development Ways that you will display your leadership acumen in this role include:
  • Mentoring, coaching, and developing staff to build highly-skilled, diverse, and inclusive teams
  • Fostering a positive and respectful work environment that encourages staff retention and motivates individuals to work toward common goals and priorities
  • Ensuring that staff understand how their efforts and contributions make a meaningful impact to the business
  • Growing core skills and capabilities among staff, particularly in learning agility, problem solving, strategic and creative thinking, flexibility, resilience, effective communication, prioritization, delivery of results, and continuous improvement
  • Making accurate evaluations of your team's skills and competencies and providing timely and respectful feedback, including direct delivery of difficult messages
  • Developing an understanding of your team's career objectives and serve as a thought-partner in their career development plans
  • Assisting staff with preparing for roles of growing responsibility and identifying new opportunities that expand their skills and align with their overall career objectives
  • Resolving critical gaps in the organization's internal capabilities and skillsets, including strategic external recruiting
  • Identifying diverse, qualified successors for key positions
  • Ensuring that direct reports who also lead people consistently demonstrate these same behaviors with their staff

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.