R&D Operations Manager (Open to Remote)


If you feel like you're part of something bigger, it's because you are. At Amgen, our shared mission-to serve patients-drives all that we do. It is key to our becoming one of the world's leading biotechnology companies. We are global collaborators who achieve together-researching, manufacturing, and delivering ever-better products that reach over 10 million patients worldwide. It's time for a career you can be proud of. Join us.

R&D Operations Manager


What you will do

Let's do this. Let's change the world. In this vital role you will lead cross-functional teams in internal project and external relationship management for a variety of initiatives across academia and industry. Amgen is seeking an R&D Operations Manager to lead cross-functional teams in internal project and external relationship management for a variety of initiatives across academia and industry. The Manager will report to the Senior Manager of R&D Operations within the R&D Strategy and Operations organization. Candidates can be based remotely.

The Manager will work towards multiple goals including augmenting access to external innovation and knowledge, as well as strengthening Amgen's scientific reputation. As a leader, the candidate will build upon existing initiatives and programs, liaising with key cross-functional partners, while also identifying new opportunities and relationships to develop. Current partnerships within the broader team include early R&D external collaborations (alliance and program management); incubator and startup sponsorships; Amgen scientific conferences; university education (lectures, site tours, panels); Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging (DI&B) fellowship efforts. The candidate will manage stakeholders by clearly communicating status, issues, implications, and recommendations.

Successful candidates will have opportunities to grow both within the role and the broader R&D Strategy and Operations organization.

  • Serve as an integrator across multiple R&D and Amgen-wide initiatives
  • Liaise with external stakeholders in academia and industry, as well as with internal teams across a variety of functions
  • Manage projects within established scope, schedule, and budget, aligning tactics with strategy, managing change and conflict in a matrix environment
  • Coordinate, facilitate, and motivate project stakeholders to gain alignment on goals and deliverables
  • Support the External Engagement Senior Manager to define where, when, and how to support R&D collaborations and other initiatives
  • Identify new initiatives to support, crafting business cases, identifying tradeoffs, and supporting any necessary change management
  • Initiatives / partnering will have an emphasis on Amgen colleagues and external stakeholders based in the San Francisco Region


What we expect of you

We are all different, yet we all use our unique contributions to serve patients. The R&D professional we seek is a leader with these qualifications:

Basic Qualifications

  • Doctorate degree and 2 years of experience Or
  • Master's degree and 4 years of experience Or
  • Bachelor's degree and 6 years of experience

Preferred Qualifications:

  • 3+ years in the Biotechnology / Pharmaceutical industry serving in a cross-functional role
  • Advanced life science degree or equivalent experience (i.e., strong scientific acumen)
  • Drug Development knowledge with basic to strong understanding of activities within Research, Clinical Development, and Medical, as well as Amgen's overarching Commercialization process, or demonstrated experience supporting research partnership activities
  • Strong competencies in planning, project management, and organization with the ability to lead multiple activities and resources while maintaining a focus on quality
  • Proven ability to grasp general knowledge of multiple disciplines
  • Excellent problem-solving skills with demonstrated ability to structure vaguely defined problems and implement practical solutions
  • Strong leadership skills with a demonstrated ability to influence different styles
  • Strong written and oral communication skills and executive presence across functions and across different levels of leadership
  • Independent, motivated, flexible, and resourceful to navigate a matrix environment
  • Basic understanding of intellectual property
  • Network with San Francisco-based academic institutions and industry partners


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.
  • Vast opportunities to learn and move up and across our global organization
  • Diverse and inclusive community of belonging, where teammates are empowered to bring ideas to the table and act
  • Generous Total Rewards Plan comprising health, finance and wealth, work/life balance, and career benefits

Apply now for a career that defies imagination

In our quest to serve patients above all else, Amgen is the first to imagine, and the last to doubt. Join us.


Join Us

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 cancer, 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.

Amgen will consider for employment qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance.

Amgen requires all staff in the United States and Puerto Rico to be vaccinated from COVID 19 as a condition of employment. In accordance with applicable law, Amgen will provide reasonable accommodations to staff members who qualify on the basis of a medical reason or a sincerely held religious belief, practice, or observance. Such accommodation may not pose an undue hardship to Amgen, its operations, or its staff.