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Executive Director, Research

Thousand Oaks, California
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Feb 17, 2024

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At Amgen, every challenge is an opportunity. And every opportunity brings the potential to change lives. Our shared missionto serve patientshas driven our status as one of the worlds preeminent biotechnology companies, reaching over 10 million patients worldwide. Leverage your high-level expertise to lead and forge partnerships that advance the biotechnical and biopharmaceutical science that can turn the tide of serious, life-interrupting illnesses.

Executive Director, Research


What you will do

Lets do this. Lets change the world. In this vital role as Executive Director, Research you will lead and oversee programs addressing weight-related concerns. Your responsibilities will include implementing the strategic direction for the pipeline, ensuring the quality and impact of research outputs, and managing staff. Additionally, you will represent the organization in external forums and establish partnerships with relevant stakeholders.

This role will include global leadership of an asset within Amgens cardiometabolic group. The Executive Director will report into the Scientific Vice President, Research.


  • Implement the organization's research strategy and vision in alignment with its mission and goals

  • Lead Research in the cardiometabolic/obesity therapeutic area, ensuring operational and scientific excellence

  • Foster a culture of innovation and creativity, while ensuring effective collaboration among enabling functions, therapeutic teams, and locations

  • Supervise and mentor a research team, including responsibilities such as hiring, performance evaluation, and professional development

  • Communicate and present scientific and technical advice both within the function and across departments, both internally and externally

  • Apply knowledge of the drug discovery and development process to guide the workgroup

  • Solve complex technical problems within a broad discipline, demonstrating ingenuity and creativity

  • Evaluate progress towards goals and milestone achievements for the workgroup with limited oversight.

  • Lead teams contributing to the achievement of department project team objectives.

  • Initiate, progress, and deliver programs and new platforms

  • Ensure the excellence, relevance, and timeliness of research outputs, including reports, publications, presentations

  • Monitor and evaluate the progress and impact of research projects and programs, reporting to the board of directors and donors.

  • Manage the research budget and resources, ensuring compliance with organizational policies and procedures.

  • Establish and maintain effective relationships with external partners, including academic institutions, government agencies

  • Communicate and disseminate research findings and recommendations to various audiences


What we expect of you

We are all different, yet we all use our unique contributions to serve patients. The Executive Director, Research we seek is an experienced leader with the following qualifications. They will also embody the Amgen leadership attributes which are:

  • Inspire: Create a connected, inclusive, and inspiring work environment that empowers talent to thrive

  • Accelerate: Enable speed that matches the urgency of patient needs by encouraging progress over perfection

  • Integrate: Connect the dots to amplify the collective power of Amgen to drive results for patients, staff, and shareholders

  • Adapt: Lead through change by adapting to an ever-changing environment and defining a clear course of action to deliver results

Basic Qualifications

  • Doctorate degree & 6 years of research experience OR

  • Masters degree & 10 years of research experience OR

  • Bachelors degree & 12 years of research experience AND

  • Six (6) years of managerial experience directly managing people and/or leadership experience leading teams, projects, programs or directing the allocation of resources

Preferred Qualifications

  • PhD degree in a relevant field, such as cardiometabolic

  • Minimum of 15+ years of experience in leading and conducting research, with a focus on cardiometabolic conditions; strong experience in obesity is preferred.

  • Demonstrated experience in generating quality and impactful research outputs, including the development of clinical candidates in the cardiometabolic and the publication of peer-reviewed articles

  • Research & development experience within industry is strongly preferred

  • Strategic leadership, management, and communication skills, with the ability to collaborate effectively within diverse and multidisciplinary teams

  • Proven capability for independent research, innovative thinking, and a solid understanding of human genetics

  • Track record of providing mentorship and guidance to staff within the same function

  • Proficient in utilizing new technologies for investigating both human and non-human biology

  • Strong publication record in peer-reviewed journals

  • Ability to analyze and interpret complex datasets


What you can expect of us

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.

The annual base salary range for this opportunity in the U.S. is $271,118 - $322,291.

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

Amgens Commitment to Our Staff

At Amgen, our mission is serving patients. Our staff are dedicated to pushing the boundaries of science to transform medicine and turn the tide on serious illnesses. Central to achieving this mission is our people-first philosophy. We recruit the best talent, build an environment that facilitates career growth, and provide staff with the opportunity to make significant contributions for patients and our business.

We equip all our staff members to live well-rounded, healthy lives. Most recently, Amgen added benefits for transgender employees and continues to pride itself on industry-leading, family-friendly offerings for families of all compositions.

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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