Senior Manager Automation Engineering

Thousand Oaks, CA, US
Jun 25, 2019
Required Education
High School or equivalent
Position Type
Full time
Job Summary

As a member of the Development Supply Chain Facilities and Engineering leadership team, the senior manager will provide leadership, strategy, and tactical direction for the automation department supporting the drug substance supply, drug product supply, packaging, and warehouse facilities at the Amgen Thousand Oaks Site. This position reports directly to the Facilities and Engineering head and will manage a dynamic team whose responsibilities include systems ownership, plant automation, and automation projects.

Key responsibilities include:
  • Ensure safety of all personnel during plant operations and engineering activities
  • Ensure that all staff are adequately trained and comply with all GMP standards and procedures
  • Maximize staff productivity and the efficient use of available resources
  • Maintain and improve plant capability and equipment reliability in partnership with plant leadership and other technical staff
  • Leverage resources to support ongoing capital project investment
  • Identify areas of potential improvement, conduct analyses, recommend solutions, sponsor improvement projects, and implement as required
  • Maintain and develop key performance indicators, supervise, assess, and develop staff, and ensure that all targets and milestones are completed on time and on budget
  • Interface with a diverse Amgen internal network including DSC clients (plant and area managers), Facilities & Engineering leadership, Capital Projects, Corporate Engineering, Global Facilities and Operations, and Environmental Health and Safety, Process Development, and other Commercial Sites.

Specific responsibilities include:
  • Oversee a safe and compliant work force working with a highly utilized clinical operations site
  • Oversee and execute complex and multi-layer related initiatives
  • Provide day-to-day, small project, and plant shut-down support
  • Work with a diverse group of clients, technologies, and integrated systems in product development and clinical operations, all in a GMP and highly regulated setting
  • Manage partners and drive new business processes to ensure continuous and sustained improvements
  • Ensure site readiness and compliance for internal audits, external agency audits, and partner visits
  • Coordinate business continuity
  • Present engineering plans, progress, and status updates to project stakeholders
  • Review and approve proposed engineering designs, and equipment improvements and changes
  • Perform administrative and oversight functions in approving proposals and expenditures
  • Participate in the development of capital expenditure requests
  • Interact with Global Amgen Network

Basic Qualifications:

Doctorate degree & 2 years of Operations or Manufacturing experience


Master's degree & 6 years of Operations or Manufacturing experience


Bachelor's degree & 8 years of Operations or Manufacturing experience


Associate's degree & 10 years of Operations or Manufacturing experience


High school diploma / GED & 12 years of Operations or Manufacturing experience

Preferred Qualifications:
  • 12+ years of relevant work experience with 8+ years' experience in an operations / manufacturing environment
  • 10+ years' experience with regulated environments (i.e. FDA/cGMP, OSHA, EPA)
  • Experience leading an automation department in a regulated GMP environment
  • Excellent organizational and administrative leadership skills
  • Experience using metrics to support process improvements
  • Ability to work and influence locally and across Amgen's network
  • Ability to work in a highly dynamic organization with a demanding environment
  • Demonstrated team motivation, leadership and mentoring/staff development skills
  • Understand regulatory trends in the industry. Direct experience with FDA or equivalent regulatory body
  • Ability to manage multiple resource demands and prioritization, assess project effectiveness, and efficiency and manage demand
  • Proven ability to transfer departmental strategy to staff and independently develop and implement business process improvements
  • Proven ability to motivate staff and establish and communicate visions/missions
  • Proven ability to delegate and manage the project work of others
  • Demonstrate a high degree of creativity, foresight and mature judgment in anticipating and solving problems

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.

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