Associate Engineer, Drug Product Pilot Plant

Thousand Oaks, CA, US
Feb 27, 2021
Required Education
High School or equivalent
Position Type
Full time

You've earned your degree. How will you use that achievement to reach your goals? Do more with the knowledge you've worked hard to acquire and the passion you already have. At Amgen, our shared mission-to serve patients-drives all that we do. It is key to our becoming one of the world's leading biotechnology companies, reaching over 10 million patients worldwide. Become the professional you are meant to be in this meaningful role.



What you will do

Let's do this. Let's change the world. In this vital role you will be joining the B6 Drug Product Pilot Plant Operations team within Manufacturing and Clinical Supply organization in Amgen Process Development (Thousand Oaks, CA). The group's mission is to leverage industry leading pilot plant capabilities for robust, efficient product commercialization, and to advance next generation process technologies to support Amgen's drug product manufacturing network. This role is essential for Amgen's success and it will be a key contributor to ensure we reliably supply medicines to our patients.

Associate Engineer responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Setup and operation of the fill/stoppering equipment to dispense drug product into glass or plastic containers
  • Setup and operation of Lyophilizer
  • Perform format change overs and prepare materials for setup
  • Draft standard operating procedures for fillers
  • Follow protocols and procedures and execute fill process study
  • Drafts lab notebooks, reports etc
  • Manage B6 pilot plant raw materials and assist in other activities related to pilot plant operations
  • Assist in training other co-workers
  • Apply fundamental scientific (biochemistry, biophysics, statistics, etc.) and engineering principles to resolve issues and evaluate effects of process improvements, equipment, scale, and raw materials
  • Present the study results to management and product teams
  • Perform tasks related to safety and compliance initiatives in the lab


What we expect of you

We are all different, yet we all use our outstanding contributions to serve patients. The Engineering professional we seek is a collaborative team-player with these qualifications.

Preferred Qualifications:
  • Bachelor's Degree with 2+ years of experience in the pharmaceutical or biotechnology industry that includes elements of process development, process characterization, and technical transfers to manufacturing sites
  • Knowledge of biopharmaceutical manufacturing or experience supporting GMP manufacturing operations
  • Knowledge of, and hands-on experience with various drug product technologies related to fill-finish process (freeze-thaw, filtration, filling, isolators, lyophilization, visual inspection operations etc.)
  • Curiosity and desire to learn
  • Strong team player who can collaborate with colleagues on complex tasks
  • Ability to follow procedures and execute characterization studies, and document the findings
  • Ability to think critically, proactively anticipate problems and propose solutions
  • Good verbal and written communication skills

Basic Qualifications:

Bachelor's Degree in Engineering, Biotechnology, Life sciences or related discipline

Associate's degree and 4 years of Engineering and/or Operations experience

High school diploma / GED and 6 years of Engineering and/or Operations experience


Some of the vast rewards of working here

As we work to develop treatments that take care of others, so we work to care for our teammates' professional and personal growth and well-being.
  • Full support and career-development resources to expand your skills, enhance your expertise, and maximize your potential along your career journey
  • A diverse and inclusive community of belonging, where teammates are empowered to bring ideas to the table and act
  • Generous Total Rewards Plan-comprising health, finance and wealth, work/life balance, and career benefits-with compensation and benefits rated above 4 stars (out of 5) on Glassdoor

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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.