Pilot Plant, Manager- Upstream

Thousand Oaks, CA
Jul 21, 2021
Required Education
High School or equivalent
Position Type
Full time


Youve earned your degree. How will you use that achievement to reach your goals? Do more with the knowledge youve worked hard to acquire and the passion you already have. At Amgen, our shared missionto serve patientsdrives all that we do. It is key to our becoming one of the worlds 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

Lets do this! Lets change the world!

Job Description

We are seeking a Manager for the Pilot Plant (based in Thousand Oak, CA) working in the Upstream team. This position will execute a variety of production-related operations in a large-scale pilot plant, including but not limited to: performing processing on the floor (cell culture); performing supporting activities such as media preparation, and equipment set-up/cleaning, execution of upstream operations, and managing staff. Work will also include executing production runs, experiments, commercial program support, and characterization efforts. Additional activities will include defining & documenting operation practices, ensuring documentation accurately reflects operations performed, developing and implementing area improvements (efficiency and safety) and lean principles, commissioning equipment, and participating in operations meetings.

The Thousand Oaks Pilot Plant performs frequent piloting of novel process operations (focusing primarily on large molecule cell culture operations), driving technology development, supporting innovation across Amgens entire spectrum, as well as executing non-GMP and pre-pivotal GMP bioprocessing operations for multiple mammalian and microbial products, to develop & demonstrate production processes and produce bulk material. We produce sound, relevant data for the processes Amgen developments at meaningful scales that enable the rapid, successful transfer of our output to more dedicated manufacturing spaces. The environment is challenging, fast-paced and ever-changing with varying degrees of process definition, but very rewarding for those that like hands-on science and want to make process improvements in a development space. Must be able to work off hours or non-standard shifts.


What we expect of you

We are all different, yet we all use our unique contributions to serve patients. The vital attribute professional we seek will have these qualifications.

Basic Qualifications

Doctorate degree


Masters degree and 3 years of Manufacturing and Operations experience


Bachelors degree and 5 years of Manufacturing and Operations experience


Associates degree and 10 years of Manufacturing and Operations experience


High school diploma / GED and 12 years of Manufacturing and Operations experience


Previous managerial experience directly managing people and/or experience in leading teams, projects, programs or directing the allocation of resources

Preferred Qualifications
  • Solid knowledge of upstream, as well as a general knowledge of the associated analytical, and media preparation techniques

  • Energetic and technically-minded, with strong interpersonal and organizational skills

  • Demonstrate the ability to learn new systems and applications, and various purification techniques

  • Work effectively in team and/or project environments; possess strong math and computer skills, as well as the ability to apply science-based thinking to practical applications

  • Experience in cGMP production environment

  • Bachelors degree in Biology, Chemistry, or Chemical/Biological Engineering (or other relevant field) and 1 or more years of managerial experience in Life Sciences field


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 Plancomprising health, finance and wealth, work/life balance, and career benefitswith compensation and benefits rated above 4 stars (out of 5) on Glassdoor

Apply now for a career that defies imagination

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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.