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Head of Global Development Obesity

Thousand Oaks, California
Start date
May 30, 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 Development - Obesity


What you will do

Lets do this. Lets change the world. In this vital role you will lead the late clinical development strategy, planning and decision making for the VP-Obesity therapeutic area (TA), as well as collaborate closely with counterpart leaders in Research, Early Development, Medical Affairs and Commercial functions to advance the Obesity pipeline and champion and contribute to business development opportunities in the Obesity area. You are responsible for prioritization of staff engagement and development activities while actively pursuing diversity in thought as well as inclusion of people with different backgrounds within the TA.


  • Provide strategic, scientific and people leadership for the Obesity development pipeline and marketed products.

  • Oversee late clinical programs within the Obesity disease area, defining the portfolio vision and strategy and mobilizing the team to execute against it

  • Serve as a senior advisor or executive sponsor for functional, cross-functional and/or corporate initiatives.

  • Critically evaluate business development opportunities

  • Evaluate the overall benefit/risk of the asset.

  • Provide clinical input into product/indication strategy.

  • Establish and nurture key strategic partnerships including public-private and private-private.

  • Chair the TA Technical Review Committee for the disease area, driving cross-functional advice and providing approval for the scientific design of clinical trials.

  • Create and maintain highly motivated development teams through leadership, people management and coaching with a focus on career development.

  • Ensures effective performance management of direct reports through comprehensive goal setting, regular performance reviews, as well as direct and timely feedback.

  • Foster a culture that attracts and retains the best talent.

  • Support staff diversity, inclusion and belonging.


What we expect of you

We are all different, yet we all use our unique contributions to serve patients. The professional we seek is proficient with these 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:

  • MD or DO degree from an accredited medical school AND

  • Five years of industry or academic research AND

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

Preferred Qualifications:

  • MD, plus accredited residency in relevant sub-specialty, board certified or equivalent

  • Ten (10) or more years of clinical research experience within in the biopharmaceutical industry, and/or private practice, (including hospital based) basic science research combined with clinical teaching and patient care activities.

  • Highly skilled in leveraging diverse thoughts and perspectives in clinical strategy development.

  • In-depth understanding of the scientific method and clinical applications based on medical, scientific, and practical rationale.

  • In-depth understanding of and proven success in how to conceptualize, design, and conduct complex, global clinical trials.

  • Medical knowledge in the relevant therapeutic area

  • Sound scientific and clinical judgment

  • Understanding of regulatory agency organization, guidelines, and practices and ability to negotiate with these groups.

  • Knowledge of Good Clinical Practices (GCP), FDA regulations and guidelines, and applicable international regulatory requirements

  • Understanding of new drug commercialization and business practices

  • Understanding of resourcing and budgeting

  • Passionate about developing staff.

  • Committed to actively bringing in diverse staff and ensuring their perspectives are included in work culture.


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 role is $307,500- $512,500.00

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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