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Head of Global Program Mgmt - Obesity

Thousand Oaks, California
Start date
Apr 13, 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.

Head of Global Program Management, Obesity


What you will do

Lets do this. Lets change the world. In this vital role as the Executive Director of Global Program Management, Obesity, you are a member of the Amgen Commercialization Portfolio and Program Management leadership team and will be a strategic partner to the Global Obesity Organization.

The Executive Director, CMZ- PM Obesity Lead will work closely with the cross-functional Global Obesity Organization to drive disease area strategies and ensure integrated program plans are aligned and prioritized across the TA portfolio. This senior leadership position drives oversight of program execution across the assigned portfolio and is accountable for delivery of all associated discussions, results, goals, and landmarks. This role works to ensure that Global Program Managers (GPM) are providing leadership to their programs and that cross-functional teams operate effectively, encouraging positive team dynamics and championing Amgens operating model.

In this global role, the Executive Director, CMZ PM TA Lead has internal, external, and regional interactions and reports to the Vice President of Commercialization, Program and Portfolio Management.


  • Supervising the strategy, execution, and decision-making processes for Global Project Teams across the portfolio in support of Amgen product development and lifecycle management portfolio

  • Collaborating with cross-functional partners to advance Amgens portfolio of drug development projects in the most efficient and effective way

  • Drive development of an end-to-end TA strategy to guide internal and external innovation

  • Core member of the Global Obesity Organization leadership team which provides technical and strategic guidance to Product Teams (PTs)

  • Partner with Business Development in active exploration of external innovation and ensuring speed and effectiveness of deal executions

  • Forging relationships and cross-functional collaboration and regional collaboration

  • Leading key activities in line with the mission and vision set by the CMZ and Amgen leadership teams

  • Driving strategic business planning and execution against set goals for specific TA

  • Define and implement strategic objectives for the Obesity portfolio, ensuring clear, actionable plans are in place for all Therapeutic Area teams to achieve measurable results.

  • Resolving sophisticated strategic and operational issues and interactions between projects and keeping cross-functional team members advised

  • Communicating assessments and outputs from portfolio prioritization, brand planning, launch planning, and new pipeline and commercial assets to key collaborators across the organization, including executive management

  • Delivering key messages and presentations to the department and senior executives

  • Leading a team of Global Project Managers (GPMs) and Senior Program Managers (SPMs) who are responsible for the program strategy, execution, and effective operations of Project Team (PTs) and Work Package Teams (WPTs)

  • Partnering with the CMZ Portfolio Management Operations team to drive adherence to reporting standards and timelines

  • Working directly with Finance to ensure budget optimization for all responsible programs and facilitating discussions and reviews of FTEs / resource needs / through periodic assessments with the heads of functions

  • Developing and training staff in Project Management excellence and drug development oversight and driving initiatives to increase PM maturity

  • Representing the vision and mission of the CMZ department to the Amgen organization, and provide mentorship to junior staff

  • Bringing project management leadership and expertise in the due diligence assessment and integration of external assets upon deal closure

  • Effectively manage complex issues and keep leadership team focused on long-term strategic goals


What we expect of you

We are all different, yet we all use our unique contributions to serve patients. The Executive Director 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 commercialization or program management experience OR

  • Masters degree & 10 years of commercialization or program management experience OR

  • Bachelors degree & 12 years of commercialization or program management experience AND

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

Preferred Qualifications

  • Masters degree in Life Sciences, or a related field. Ph.D. preferred

  • Prior experience growing Obesity/Diabetes portfolio.

  • Preferred experience within the field being able to influence peers on the leadership team

  • Experience in broad and complex drug development programs

  • Experience in a new, emerging field within the industry, and understand how to navigate payers, keep differentiating as the field continues to evolve, and find best ways to commercialize assets that crosses the family practitioner and specialty areas.

  • Strong stakeholder management and ability to influence without authority

  • Ability to communicate, at a broad level, that is concise for executives while being able to manage governance meetings and key stakeholders

  • Ability to quickly assess and remove obstacles, whether with the broader leadership, or guiding PMs within the teams themselves

  • Comprehensive understanding of drug development processes

  • Budget management experience

  • Experience working with global drug development teams and associated regulatory authorities

  • Pharmaceutical R&D drug development knowledge with advanced understanding of other functions; including, but not limited to, Research, Pre-Clinical, Clinical, Manufacturing and Operations, Commercial, Regulatory, and Medical Affairs

  • Experience leading cross-functional teams in a matrix environment, managing global projects involving multiple functions and shared accountabilities

  • Broad knowledge of project management best practices in the biopharmaceutical industry

  • Portfolio Management, Strategic Planning, Risk Management experience

  • Working knowledge of Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK)


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 Executive Director level role is $268,558 - $322,288.

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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