Amgen

Principal Engineer

Employer
Amgen
Location
Cambridge, MA
Posted
Aug 27, 2019
Ref
R-82508
Required Education
Bachelors Degree
Position Type
Full time
Amgen (NASDAQ:AMGN), 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. With a deep and broad pipeline of potential new medicines, we continue to advance science to serve patients.

As part of the Drug Substance Manufacturing Technologies group within the Process Development organization, one of the primary responsibilities for the principal engineer position will be to provide leadership on materials strategy for cell culture and harvest operations. The Principal Engineer will lead technical investigations in support of the global manufacturing network, using his/her process engineering and equipment design experience to assess unit operation performance and work with both suppliers and the internal network to resolve equipment and single use consumable challenges. The ability to lead and solve complex problems in a matrixed environment is essential. The detail oriented individual will analyze available data, research technical subjects, and work with other subject matter experts to support resolution of critical investigations.

Another important aspect of this role is to provide leadership on capital projects and implementation of new technologies into manufacturing. The Principal Engineer will provide process development representation on capital projects, ensuring process requirements are incorporated into equipment and facility designs. The individual will support and/or lead design of flexible manufacturing equipment and single use consumables, including support of factory acceptance testing and onsite commissioning and qualification.

In addition this role will support the Amgen single use global network as a drug substance subject matter expert. The Principal Engineer will be expected to provide leadership on various work streams related to improving robustness of design, specification, and qualification of single use consumables and equipment. He/she will lead technical assessments for supplier and internally driven changes, evaluating impact to fit and function. The individual may also support technical visits to evaluate capabilities of current and potential suppliers, and assess new technologies that could provide cost, throughput, or other unique capabilities to Amgen manufacturing.

The position will require travel to both domestic and international vendor sites and Amgen production facilities - approximately 10%.

Basic Qualifications:

Doctorate degree and 2 years of Engineering or Operations experience

OR

Master's degree and 6 years of Engineering or Operations experience

OR

Bachelor's degree and 8 years of Engineering or Operations experience

OR

Associate's degree and 10 years of Engineering or Operations experience

OR

High school diploma/GED and 12 years of Engineering or Operations experience

Preferred Qualifications:
  • Master's degree and 6+ years of directly related experience, or PhD with 2+ years of directly related experience
  • Strong understanding of GMP equipment design and biologics manufacturing requirements
  • Detailed knowledge of multiple unit operations, particularly related to cell culture and harvest
  • Experience leading root cause analyses and troubleshooting GMP manufacturing issues
  • Ability to apply advanced problem solving skills within defined constraints
  • Experience providing process engineering support of pilot/clinical/commercial processes
  • Experience with large capital projects, including design, procurement, commissioning and qualification of production scale equipment
  • Experience with single-use component design and application in biopharmaceutical production
  • Experience developing and transferring process technology into GMP production environment
  • Excellent technical writing and verbal communication skills
  • Excellent facilitation and influencing skills


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.

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.

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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.