Executive Director, Engineering Project Controls

Thousand Oaks, CA, US
Oct 26, 2020
Required Education
Bachelors Degree
Position Type
Full time

The Executive Director Engineering, Project Controls will report directly to the Vice President, Engineering and is a key member of the Engineering Senior Leadership Team. The Project Controls organization provides leadership globally in supporting all aspects of project controls to optimize the total cost of ownership of Amgen physical assets and ensures compliance to project execution processes. Project controls supports and holds a responsibility of the Engineering Project Delivery providing standardized delivery from investment life cycle management, funding, planning, design, execution, and closeout.

The organization is responsible for providing services in supporting project planning, funding, estimating, cost control management, scheduling, forecasting, bench marking, project risk, contract strategy, and compliance of engineering processes for capital projects globally. Project controls works with many clients accomplishing this support through responsibility of the Engineering Project Delivery Process (EPD), and Lean Project Delivery. Project controls also coordinates internal audits and assists in identifying compliance risks.

Key Responsibilities:

  • As part of the Global Engineering Senior Leadership team, drive department strategy and deliverables
  • Sets the strategic direction for Project Controls and is accountable for the overall delivery of that strategy
  • Leadership and management responsibilities for the global project controls organization
  • Overall responsibility for the team executing key capital projects within project schedule and budget for a $700M portfolio
  • Oversees project controls aspects globally across projects and programs
  • Exhibits proactive safety leadership and behavior
  • Delivers presentations of project controls performance
  • Oversees the project controls effectiveness and compliance utilizing strong analytical views to lead the project teams to ensure proper evaluation and analysis
  • Supports innovation across the Engineering organization
  • Leads project controls metrics and performance board reviews
  • Develops and maintains purposeful presence across sites
  • Provides leadership support for risk analysis reviews for cost estimates, cost forecasts, and schedules using applicable software packages

Basic Requirements:


  • Doctorate degree & 6 years of Engineering and capital projects delivery experience OR
  • Master's degree & 10 years of Engineering and capital projects delivery experience OR
  • Bachelor's degree & 12 years of Engineering and capital projects delivery experience AND
  • 6 years of managerial experience directly managing people and/or leadership experience leading teams, projects, programs or directing the allocation of resources


Preferred Requirements:




  • MBA degree
  • 15 or more years of engineering experience in the pharmaceutical/biotechnology/Engineering industry in project controls (Funding, Estimating, Cost Management, Scheduling, Audit)
  • 10 or more years of experience in executing project controls on projects
  • 5 or more years managing a project controls staff across multiple sites
  • Experience managing all levels of experience within project controls up through executive management
  • Demonstrated ability to build strong relationships across the network
  • Knowledge of project controls with expertise in engineering
  • Drive business requirements and project controls processes
  • Understanding scope control by change management, estimating, and cost and schedule management
  • Capable of all types of estimating from conceptual through definitive construction estimates to ensure estimate delivery & accuracy
  • Development and reporting of project cost, schedule, and cash flow
  • Analysis and accurate review of engineering / construction cost forecasts against scope
  • Project controls resource planning for site


Executive Director - Key Behaviors:




  • Build teams to ensure project controls support for required sites and projects
  • Support business requirements
  • Effective communication, leadership across projects and escalation
  • Demonstrated experience and ability to prioritize key areas of focus
  • Proactive leadership involvement
  • Decision making through use of Amgen's DAI tools
  • Leadership encourage career development
  • Champion team successes and value


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