Executive Director, Clinical Biomarkers & Diagnostics

South San Francisco, CA, US
Oct 17, 2020
Required Education
Bachelors Degree
Position Type
Full time
Executive Director, Clinical Biomarkers and Diagnostics

The use of Biomarkers and in-vitro diagnostics is central to understanding how our therapeutics work and identifying patients that benefit the most from these therapies. Accordingly, the Clinical Biomarkers and Diagnostics organization has a critical role in advancing our drug development programs and is responsible for the delivery of clinical biomarker and in-vitro diagnostic development across our pipeline.

The Head of Clinical Biomarkers and Diagnostics leads this organization, reporting directly to the Head of Translational Medicine. In this role, there is significant partnership with both Amgen's Research and Clinical Development Organizations. Key responsibilities include scientific and strategic oversight of biomarker and in-vitro diagnostic development. The biomarker activities are focused on understanding the mechanism of action for our therapeutics, as well as the efficacy, safety, and patient selection strategy that can be applied to our clinical programs. These insights go on to inform the in vitro diagnostic strategy. This role is also responsible for helping represent Amgen during interactions with regulatory agencies and the scientific community. Candidates for this role should have:
  • History of successfully providing leadership across multiple disease areas and applying diverse biomarker data to clinical questions including response prediction, patient stratification, and marker qualification
  • ‪‪Broad understanding of 'omic'/profiling technologies including next generation sequencing applications
  • ‪Track record of scientific publications and/or presentations
  • An established professional network that enables communication with government agencies, national advisory boards, and members of the scientific community

Basic Qualifications:

  • PhD and/or MD and 6 years of experience in Biomarker and/or Diagnostic Development OR
  • Master's degree and 10 years of experience in Biomarker and/or Diagnostic Development OR
  • Bachelor's degree and 12 years of experience in Biomarker and/or Diagnostic Development AND
  • 6 years of managerial experience directly managing people and/or leadership experience leading teams, projects, programs or directing the allocation of resources

Preferred Qualifications:
  • PhD and/or MD and 10 years of experience in Biomarker and/or Diagnostic Development
  • Experience working in the pharmaceutical industry
  • Deep understanding of biomarker-related research, clinical application of biomarkers, and the regulatory requirements for biomarker and in-vitro diagnostic approval
  • Demonstrated success in organizational leadership, technical proficiency and scientific creativity
  • Excellent interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills
  • Proven success in building and leading high-performance organizations through talent development and recruitment
  • Demonstrated success working in a multidisciplinary team-based environment
  • Experience as a team player that demonstrates flexibility and is adaptable in a changing environment
  • Experience driving successful internal and external collaborations that address innovative approaches

Amgen's Commitment to Our Staff

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 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

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.

Our culture is what makes Amgen a special place to work. We have a powerful shared purpose around our mission - to serve patients. We respect one another, recognize contributions, and have embedded collaboration, trust, empowerment and inclusion in all that we do.

MEANINGFUL IMPACT. To serve patients. We are all deeply committed to our mission: to serve patients. And we all have opportunities to contribute to that mission in meaningful ways. This creates a powerful sense of shared purpose.

INNOVATIVE: Stretch yourself at the cutting edge. You're poised to have a high impact in the new Bio century, Amgen offers our people interesting and challenging work.

REPUTATION. Be behind world-renowned products and services. With our industry reputation and strong product pipeline, you can take pride in working at Amgen.

COLLABORATIVE. Work alongside the best. Be part of our highly talented, hard-working teams. Their spirit is what fuels our success.

REWARDING. Get a fair share in success. Everyone's contribution is recognized - and strong performance is rewarded.

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.

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.

Amgen will consider for employment qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance.