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Executive Director, Scientific Communications Lead, GenMed

Thousand Oaks, California
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May 4, 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, Scientific Communications Lead, GenMed


What you will do

Lets do this. Lets change the world. In this vital role as Executive Director, Scientific Communications you will be crucial in shaping and broadcasting the scientific narratives that drive understanding and appreciation of our groundbreaking products, particularly our transformative cardiometabolic medicines. In this high-impact position, you'll harness your expertise to strategize and execute communications that resonate across global markets, enhancing patient care and outcomes.

Your work will directly contribute to our mission of serving patients by bringing vital information into the hands of those who can make a differencethe healthcare professionals, patients, and public health decision makers.


  • Lead the Scientific Communication (SciComm) Team across the Therapeutic Area (TA) portfolio, including both marketed products and pipeline molecules.

  • Lead SciComm teams to:

    • Develop scientific communication plans and content to communicate Amgens science in alignment with product and franchise strategies for Global and US

    • Planning and execution of medical educational events and activities

    • Contribute to global medical strategies through scientific expertise and defining appropriate, relevant, and innovative channels for delivery of scientific content

    • Drive adoption of innovative approaches and digital solutions in all communication strategies to make complex scientific data more accessible and engaging for targeted audience.

  • Develop, maintain, cultivate, and influence strong relationships with cross-functional colleagues to ensure alignment of scientific messages across all platforms and materials.

  • Understand the external landscape and advance the scientific communications capability in alignment with evolving regulatory, legal, and industry guidelines and recommendations

  • Mentor, inspire, and manage a diverse team of scientific communication specialists, fostering a culture of excellence, collaboration, and continuous learning. Develop individual team members' skills and careers through structured training programs and hands-on projects.


What we expect of you

We are all different, yet we all use our unique contributions to serve patients. The medical professional we seek is an experienced leader with the following qualifications.

Basic Qualifications:

  • Doctorate degree & 6 years of scientific communications experience OR

  • Masters degree & 10 years of scientific communications experience OR

  • Bachelors degree & 12 years of scientific communications 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:

  • Advanced degree in a life science discipline (PhD, PharmD, MD)

  • Prior experience in Medical Affairs or Clinical Development within the biopharmaceutical industry, and/or clinical or research experience in the areas of cardiovascular, bone neuroscience, nephrology

  • Previous leadership of a function and experience managing direct reports

  • Knowledge of pharmaceutical industry guidelines, regulatory and legal/health system environment

  • Finance and budget management experience

  • Ability to lead multiple disciplines and initiatives in a fast-paced environment, with changing priorities and significant time pressures to shape functional strategy

  • Interpersonal, organizational, leadership, and problem-solving skills

  • Strong communication skills (written and verbal), time management, project planning, aptitude in presenting in front of executives and strong ability for self-direction

  • Knowledge and experience with multi-channel scientific platform and innovative communication tactics

  • Deep understanding of Good Publication Practices, including familiarity with external guidelines, recommendations, and standards (e.g., ICMJE, current Good Publication Practice (GPP) Guidelines GPP)

  • Externally recognized leader or expert in scientific publications, communications, or medical affairs practices

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


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 $267,084-$317,625.

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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