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Business Development External R&D Senior Manager

Posted on Apr 6, 2021 by Amgen

Newbury Park, CA 91319
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The mission of Amgen's External Research and Development (ER&D) group within Business Development is to maximize Amgen's ability to deliver life changing therapies through rigorous identification and assessment of external innovation. Amgen is currently searching for a highly motivated and scientifically curious person to join our External R&D group as Senior Manager to support the oncology therapeutic area.

The External R&D group actively supports Amgen's growing pipeline and strategic goals by identifying and assessing opportunities from all external sources, including universities, venture/investment firms, small start-up companies, and other large pharma. The Senior Manager is responsible for the global search efforts to support the Therapeutic Area's strategic objectives, as well as managing the technical due diligence to ensure a thorough understanding of the potential and the risks of each opportunity. For opportunities of high interest, this person will partner with a Transaction lead to execute agreements that maximize the value of the opportunity, including venture investments, licensing, collaborations, and acquisitions. This is an attractive opportunity for someone with sound scientific knowledge and drug development experience who enjoys a dynamic and entrepreneurial environment, and a highly-visible role that offers a chance to make significant contributions towards Amgen's goals and improve patient care.

Responsibilities include:

Identify, prioritize, and evaluate innovative therapeutic opportunities from early preclinical through commercial stage
Proactively source opportunities via internal and external networking, attending scientific sessions, monitoring of pipelines, news, and other sources such as KOLs, VCs, and industry leaders
Guide and manage evaluations with cross-functional teams, including R&D, Commercial, CMC/manufacturing, Legal, IP, and others
Provide recommendations and guidance, and ensure robust and efficient decision-making processes
Work closely with other Business Development functions to ensure appropriate deal structures and valuations are achieved
Ensure thorough record keeping
Support the generation of therapeutic area (TAs) strategies in conjunction with the TAs
Reach out externally and internally to share Amgen's Business Development vision
This role requires strong collaboration, organization, scientific, and strategic skills, as well as the ability to prepare and present clear communications for senior management

Doctorate degree & 2 years of Business Development and/or drug development industry experience


Master's degree & 6 years of Business Development and/or drug development industry



Bachelor's degree & 8 years of Business Development and/or drug development industry experience


Doctorate degree in a scientifically related discipline
3+ years of experience in biotech/pharma business development and/or drug development with strong technical R&D experience
Strong scientific, organizational, communication, and project management skills and ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously, with a record of key accomplishments
Excellent presentation skills
Effective communication skills pertaining to scientific and business development
The ability to foresee and solve problems, and prioritize and meet deadlines
Strong team player
Ability to interface effectively with all-levels of experts across differing functional expertise within the organization, including Commercial, Legal, CMC, and Finance.
Demonstrated ability to create and build relationships with internal and external parties.
Professional demeanor with strong decision-making skills and ability to work calmly in a high intensity and dynamic environment
The ability to work independently as well as coordinate and guide large cross functional teams

Reference: 1152635697

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