Senior Project Manager - Oncology

Thousand Oaks, CA, US
Sep 13, 2020
Science/R&D, Oncology
Required Education
High School or equivalent
Position Type
Full time
The Senior Project Manager (SPM), works out of our global headquarters in Thousand Oaks, CA and supports the cross-functional drug development and commercialization activities of pipeline or inline products at Amgen. The SPM will report into the Director of Global Program Management.

Serves as a strategic partner to leaders of the Product Teams in the execution of the strategic vision of the program. Strategy execution occurs via three cross-functional sub-teams called Work Package Teams (WPTs). The WPTs include 1) Evidence Generation Teams (EGTs) focusing on clinical development activities 2) Product Delivery Teams (PDTs) that concentrate on operations/manufacturing activities 3) Insights & Brand Platform Teams (IBPTs) that are committed to global marketing, pricing, access, and reimbursement activities.

Drives the development, creation and implementation of high quality, global, integrated cross-functional project plans for one or more products in support of the overall program strategy. In addition, the SPM may be asked to lead and/or participate in special department, cross-functional, or team projects.

The Senior Project Manager is specifically responsible for:
  • Identifying key results for each function and their inter-dependencies
  • Driving planning for key drug development stage-gate decision points (e.g., First in Human, End of Phase 2, Filing, and Launch)
  • Implementing standard methodologies and ensuring cross-functional alignment and accountability
  • Identifying project issues or resource gaps and facilitating resolution
  • Reinforcing accurate decision making according to Amgen's Decision Making Framework
  • Supervising and communicating progress and adherence to timelines
  • Help facilitate resource planning, financial and capacity assessments
  • Conducting risk management, contingency and scenario planning using a variety tools related to project management
  • Adapting and growing in a changing environment and building high-preforming cross-functional teams

The Senior Project Manager leads WPT team effectiveness by:
  • Driving the timely completion of annual WPT goals and input to the Global Product Strategy
  • Identifying and efficiently resolving issues, driving decisions, and tracking action items; appropriate issue resolution
  • Partnering with GPM/ WPT Lead to develop governance board goals deliverables and subsequent implementation of decisions
  • Developing and building positive relationships with external business partners and strategic alliances, where applicable
  • Constructively engage and drive teams by providing disconfirming information and encouraging innovative problem solving

The Senior Project Manager drives effective WPT communication by:
  • Serving as a single point of contact for cross-functional WPT information (content and quality)
  • Communicating cross-functional project information at WPT meetings and to other partners, as appropriate
  • Ensuring alignment of functional and regional issues within the WPT
  • Demonstrating strong written/oral communication skills and executive presence across functions and across different levels of leadership

Basic Qualifications:

Doctorate degree and 2 years of Project Management experience in a Healthcare-related field

Master's degree and 4 years of Project Management experience in a Healthcare-related field

Bachelor's degree and 6 years of Project Management experience in a Healthcare-related field

Associate's degree and 10 years of Project Management experience in a Healthcare-related field

High School diploma / GED and 12 years of Project Management experience in a Healthcare-related field

Preferred Qualifications:
  • Advanced degree or strong demonstration of equivalent combination of relevant educational and professional training experience in leading cross-functional teams
  • 8+ years proven experience in the Biotechnology, Pharmaceutical, or other Healthcare-related field
  • 4+ years experience in a drug development Project Management role
  • Drug Development knowledge with basic to solid understanding of other functions relevant to the position which may include: Research, Preclinical, Clinical, Manufacturing, Commercial and Regulatory
  • Proven record of implementing Project Management tools, methodologies, practices and infrastructure, as related to the Biopharmaceutical Industry
  • Keep Informed with current biopharmaceutical industry knowledge, news and trends and ability to apply to programs
  • Independent, motivated, team member with the ability to thrive in a matrix environment

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.

We understand that to successfully sustain and grow as a global enterprise and deliver for patients - we must ensure a diverse and inclusive work environment.

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.