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Strategic Planning & Operations Director, US-Remote

Thousand Oaks, CA
Start date
Sep 30, 2023

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If you feel like youre part of something bigger, its because you are. At Amgen, our shared missionto serve patientsdrives all that we do. It is key to our becoming one of the worlds leading biotechnology companies. We are global collaborators who achieve togetherresearching, manufacturing, and delivering ever-better products that reach over 10 million patients worldwide. Its time for a career you can be proud of.

Strategic Planning & Operations Director


What you will do

Lets do this. Lets change the world. In this vital role you will partner with senior executives in the office of the Chief Medical Officer (CMO) and across other functions within Amgen to set organizational strategy, drive implementation plans for key organizational initiatives, and develop KPIs to inform performance. In addition, you will oversee resource planning and managementboth human and financial, internal and external communications/engagement activities, as well as manage the agenda of the CMO Leadership Team. And you will serve as the functional representative to numerous projects and initiatives, while simultaneously responding to new challenges that emerge through the course of business. This role will be 50% allocation to Strategic Planning & Operations (SPO) and 50% to advancing strategic capabilities and transformational initiatives. The role will report to the Senior Vice President, CMO.

The CMO SPO will need to be a strategic problem solver who can serve as a thought partner to senior leadership, while also being able to dive deep into key topics of concern for the function. The successful candidate will have a collaborative approach and mentality, seeking to connect people across the organization to the information they need to succeed in their jobs. The CMO SPO will also need to move between tasks and priorities quickly and nimbly, manage a high degree of ambiguity and keep sight of all the moving pieces while knowing which are the most important to advance on any given day.

  • Act as an advisor and thought partner to the SVP and their direct reports on key activities, and issues within the function.

  • Support CMO leadership on developing insights-driven strategic roadmap, including capabilities, workforce strategy, digital strategy, etc.; and responding to key strategic issues.

  • Develop organizational plans for implementation of functional/R&D/Corporate strategies; support or lead implementation activities as necessary.

  • Lead or contribute to organizational capability build and transformational/process improvement initiatives.

  • Facilitate functional goal setting process and track progress, results, and performance.

  • Plan and implement agendas for regular CMO Executive Leadership Team (ELT) meetings to achieve the objectives of the organization.

  • Partner with HR and Finance to effectively prioritize and manage organizational resources.

  • Gather, analyze, and synthesize cross-functional information across a variety of sources to turn unstructured business issues and requests into appropriate action plans and projects that result in high quality, meaningful and actionable deliverables.

  • Develop and implement SVP and functional communication and staff engagement plans.

  • Actively partner across R&D and other teams to ensure alignment on organizational plans and activities.

  • Represent the office of the CMO in R&D or Corporate initiatives/process improvement opportunities and serve as the functional change management liaison.

  • Support the SVP on executive deliverables (e.g. updates to the CEO, materials to the Board of Director).

This position is currently located in our corporate headquarters, located in Thousand Oaks, CA, but alternative locations will be considered for the right candidate.


What we expect of you

We are all different, yet we all use our unique contributions to serve patients. The Strategic Planning & Operations Director we seek is a leader with these qualifications.

Basic Qualifications:

Doctorate degree and 4 years of scientific and/or operations and/or business experience


Masters degree and 7 years of scientific and/or operations and/or business experience


Bachelors degree and 9 years of scientific and/or operations and/or business experience

Preferred Qualifications:
  • Advanced degree or strong demonstration of equivalent combination of relevant educational and professional training experience in leading cross-functional teams

  • 4+ years of experience in Biotechnology / Pharmaceutical industry, particularly in Research and Development

  • 7+ years of experience in a cross-functional business operations or project management role

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, including ability to storyline and prepare executive-level discussion documents

  • Strong technical skills leveraging digital tools

  • Strong written, verbal and digital communication skills

  • Excellent conceptual problem-solving skills with demonstrated ability to bring structure to vaguely defined problems, pragmatically scope problem solving approach, and manage execution

  • Strong quantitative and qualitative analytic skills

  • Strong leadership skills with a demonstrated ability to influence different styles

  • Drug Development knowledge with basic to strong understanding of activities within Research, Preclinical and Clinical Development, Medical and Regulatory

  • Independent, motivated, team member with experience in a matrix environment


What you can expect of us

As we work to develop treatments that take care of others, we also work to care for our teammates professional and personal growth and well-being.

The annual base salary range for this opportunity in the U.S. is $164,255- $197,023. In addition to the base salary, Amgen offers a Total Rewards Plan comprising health and welfare plans for staff and eligible dependents, financial plans with opportunities to save towards retirement or other goals, work/life balance, and career development opportunities including:

  • Comprehensive employee benefits package, including a Retirement and Savings Plan with generous company contributions, group medical, dental and vision coverage, life and disability insurance, and flexible spending accounts.

  • A discretionary annual bonus program, or for field sales representatives, a sales-based incentive plan

  • Stock-based long-term incentives

  • Award-winning time-off plans and bi-annual company-wide shutdowns

  • Flexible work models, including remote work arrangements, where possible

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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 cancers, 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.

We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact us to request accommodation.


We are all different, yet we have this in common: our mission to serve patients. This sense of shared purpose is key to our becoming one of the world’s leading biotechnology companies. It guides us as we continue to launch new medicines and reach millions of patients worldwide.

We live the mission.

We win together.

We thrive on continual challenge.

Our team of 22,000+ scientists and professionals worldwide bring distinct perspectives and experiences to all we do. We leverage our global talent to achieve together—to research, manufacture and deliver ever-better products and greater depth to our mission.

At Amgen, there is a strong correlation between our high level of diversity and performance. Because addressing issues with a wider range of perspectives and approaches leads to more creative problem-solving. Together, we’re transforming the promise of science and biotechnology into therapies that have the power to restore health.

Connect with us to explore how you can Win, Live, and Thrive at Amgen.

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