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Principal Manufacturing Systems Engineer

Thousand Oaks, California
Start date
Feb 6, 2024

Job Details


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.

Principal Manufacturing Systems Engineer


What you will do

Lets do this. Lets change the world. In this dynamic role you will develop a matrixed team of engineers to implement strategic development of automation technologies for Amgen. The team will design, develop, and deliver innovative solutions enabling the advancement and intensification of Amgen processes.

Responsibilities include:
  • Manage and lead process automation support teams for MCS Drug Substance manufacturing in Thousand Oaks, CA.
  • Network internally and externally to define problem statements and identify key technologies and potential solutions in the advanced automation and process control field.
  • Plan and implement change efforts for automation strategy for the company, beginning in the Manufacturing and Clinical Supply (MCS) organization.
  • Define the strategy for automation and process control within MCS Drug substance manufacturing. Partner with senior management within Process Development to secure resources for programs of critical importance.
  • Lead the team implementing the development strategy. As part of the Facilities & Engineering (F&E) group within the Manufacturing Clinical Supply (MCS) organization, the Principal Manufacturing Systems Engineering will work with the Senior Manager Engineering Manufacturing Systems at Amgen.

This role is expected to provide leadership as follows:
  • Serve as an experienced advisor to senior level management and ensure the automation development strategy aligns with Amgen Process Development strategy.
  • Partner with Process Development, Amgen IS, and commercial manufacturing teams to ensure compliant delivery of developed solutions.
  • Strategic and tactical management and leadership in providing day to day operational support and capital project support, mentoring, staff development, team productivity, and efficient use of available resources.
  • Develop support structures with internal/multi-functional teams for capital projects, plant support, and Amgen network-level initiatives execution.
  • Providing input into department objectives and establishing strategic direction within the Drug Substance Network F&E automation team.
  • Maintain and improve capabilities and automation systems reliability in partnership with F&E and plant leadership and other technical staff in the network, focusing on predict and prevent systems failures and recurrence avoidance. Strategize asset lifecycle management and long-range plans for equipment Maintenance.
  • Work with diverse groups (Manufacturing, Quality, PD, Automation, IS, EHSS, Global Engineering) and drive new business processes to ensure continuous and sustained improvements. Translate business needs into engineering technology solutions. Lead analysis of alternatives and recommendations for technical/business proposals.
  • Identify areas of potential improvement, conduct analyses, recommend solutions, sponsor improvement projects, and implement.
  • Ensure site readiness and compliance for internal audits, external agency audits, and partner audits. Ensure the safety of all personnel during plant operations and engineering activities.
  • Ensure that all staff are adequately trained and follow all GMP standards and procedures.
  • Ensure Business Continuity, identify gaps and develop/implement solutions to close the gaps.
  • Develop and adhere to department budgets and spend for operational and capital expenses.
  • Be knowledgeable about compliance and regulatory aspects for operation and maintenance, equipment validation, and support regulatory inspections and audits.


What we expect of you

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

Basic Qualifications:

Doctorate degree and 2 years of Engineering experience


Masters degree and 6 years of Engineering experience


Bachelors degree and 8 years of Engineering experience


Associates degree and 10 years of Engineering experience


High school diploma / GED and 12 years of Engineering experience.

Preferred Qualifications:
  • Masters and/or Ph. D. in Chemical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, or related field.
  • 10-15 years experience working in the process automation field within the biopharmaceutical industry.
  • Ability to work independently and in small or large groups.
  • Demonstrated proficiency in implementation of advanced process control applications in an industrial setting (e.g. Model Predictive Control, Adaptive Control).
  • 5-10 years experience as an engineer or system administrator within the DeltaV Distributed Control System, Rockwell, ABB Robot, Mitsubishi Roller Bottle machine, Plant utilities, cleaning system and Building management system.
  • Greater than 4 years proven experience leading matrixed teams.


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.

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

Apply now

for a career that defies imagination

Objects in your future are closer than they appear. Join us.

Amgen is an Equal Opportunity employer and will consider you without regard to your 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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One Amgen Center Drive
Thousand Oaks
United States

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