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Pilot Plant Senior Engineer (R-143683)





Thousand Oaks, California, United States


You’ve earned your degree. How will you use that achievement to reach your goals? Do more with the knowledge you’ve worked hard to acquire and the passion you already have. 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, reaching over 10 million patients worldwide. Become the professional you are meant to be in this meaningful role.

Pilot Plant Senior Engineer


What you will do

Let’s do this! Let’s change the world!

Amgen is seeking a Senior Engineer for the Upstream Team in Development Supply Chain Pilot Plant in Thousand Oaks, CA. As part of a Pilot Plant Network (PPN), this Pilot Plant leads Amgen into the future by identifying, evaluating, developing and implementing impactful, innovative, new process equipment technologies in the drug substance (DS) pilot plants and assisting with facilitating implementation into clinical manufacturing.

The successful candidate will support the following team objectives, but other responsibilities may be assigned:

  • Support a safe working environment by aligning with Amgen environmental health/safety standard methodologies, and industry regulations.
  • Provide project and technical support to partner groups (as needed) for department projects, of medium to high complexity, as a bioprocessing subject matter expert (SME).
  • Partner closely with the pre-pivotal and pivotal development groups to identify meaningful process requirements and ensure logical, detailed translation of design requirements and constraints into process equipment/system solutions.
  • Handle technology portfolio for Upstream Team. Prepare and present project updates to technical teams and management.
  • Develop and mature new process and process equipment technologies from proof of concept through to GMP clinical/commercial manufacturing, by designing and implementing experiments on new or modified process equipment to evaluate the performance.
  • Lead evaluation of equipment, instruments and instrumentation for equipment advancement.
  • Lead area automation improvements, collaborating with F&E
  • Lead facility fit assessments (new equipment specification, hazardous waste evaluation, process safety review), including GMP readiness activities.
  • Represent PPN on global teams.
  • Build and implement process flow diagrams as part of product planning. Lead new product introductions (NPIs), as assigned.
  • Develop technical solutions to sophisticated problems requiring the regular use of resourcefulness and creativity.
  • Lead implementation of key department goals and initiatives, including advancement of data visualization.
  • Support the Lean Manufacturing, by leading equipment-related investigations (performing problem solving and root cause analysis investigations) of process and safety events in the pilot plants.
  • Perform on-floor process unit operation execution.

What we expect of you

We are all different, yet we all use our unique contributions to serve patients. The outstanding professional we seek will have these qualifications.

Basic Qualifications:

Doctorate degree


Master’s degree and 3 years of engineering and/or manufacturing experience


Bachelor’s degree and 5 years of engineering and/or manufacturing experience


Associates degree and 10 years of engineering and/or manufacturing experience


High school diploma / GED and 12 years of engineering and/or manufacturing experience.

Preferred Qualifications:
  • Bachelor’s degree in chemical, biochemical, mechanical engineering, or other relevant field
  • 5+ years of meaningful work experience in a pharmaceutical/biopharmaceutical engineering role including 1+ years of experience in an operations/manufacturing environment.
  • Ability to demonstrate knowledge/proficiency in mammalian cell culture, recovery and/or protein purification.
  • Ability to read and understand engineering drawings (e.g. P&IDs, PFDs, GAs, Electrical Schematics) and ability to draft and develop P&IDs and PFDs.
  • Experienced with single use process systems.
  • Project support and design experience.
  • Knowledge of Lean Manufacturing principles.
  • Basic understanding of industry regulations and experience with regulated environments (e.g. cGMP, OSHA, EPA, ASME BPV, ASME BPE etc.).
  • Hands-on experience with manufacturing process equipment, including: advanced troubleshooting, reliability and performance improvements, and design optimization.
  • Leadership, technical writing, and communication/presentation skills.
  • Independent, self-motivated, organized, able to multi-task and change with adapting priorities in a fast-paced operational support environment.
  • Standout colleague who is prepared to work in and embrace a team-based culture that relies on collaboration with peers and clients for effective results in a highly dynamic environment.
  • Experience with change control, process incidents/non-conformances, corrective and preventative actions, and commissioning and qualification practices.
  • Experience in engineering directly related to bulk biopharmaceutical production, including procurement and qualification.
  • Work schedule flexibility as needed to support process operations, requiring occasional after-hours or weekend coverage.


Some of the vast rewards of working here

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.

  • Full support and career-development resources to expand your skills, enhance your expertise, and maximize your potential along your career journey
  • A 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—with compensation and benefits rated above 4 stars (out of 5) on Glassdoor
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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.

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Amgen requires all staff in the United States, Puerto Rico and Canada 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.