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Strategic Planning & Operations Senior Manager

Washington D.C., District of Columbia
Start date
Jun 10, 2024

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If you feel like youre part of something bigger, its because you are. At Amgen, our shared missionto serve patientsdrives all that we do. It is key to our becoming one of the worlds leading biotechnology companies. We are global collaborators who achieve togetherresearching, manufacturing, and delivering ever-better products that reach over 10 million patients worldwide. Its time for a career you can be proud of.

Strategic Planning & Operations Senior Manager


What you will do

Increasing demand for observational research (now commonly referred to as real-world evidence [RWE]) from regulatory and reimbursement authorities makes observational research a key component of drug development and commercialization. Amgen's Center for Observational Research (CfOR) is a global organization with an industry-leading analytical capability that generates RWE to support business needs across a products lifecycle. CfOR scientists partner with internal stakeholders and industry experts to design, conduct, interpret, and publish observational research that informs decision-making from the early development of a molecule to the design of clinical trials and the safety and efficacy of Amgen medicines.

This role is focused on the leadership and oversight of the CfOR budget and contracts for external research, including managing relationships with strategic suppliers and key partners.

Key Responsibilities include:
  • Develop and lead functional budgets, decision-making processes and tracking in alignment with global budget processes; ensures all required financial analysis and scenario modeling are provided
  • Lead team of operations professionals to support and lead business operational areas such as budget, contracting, supplier management, resource management, status reporting, advisory meeting support and process improvement projects.
  • Ensures timely production of high quality forecasts
  • Generate and provide reports, dashboards and presentations, including Operating/Business Reviews, All-Staff presentations, & reports on business performance
  • Turn unstructured business issues/requests into appropriate action plans and projects that result in high quality, significant and impactful deliverables
  • Represent the department strategy for CfOR and partner with other functions such as Finance, Global Strategic Sourcing, Medical, Health Economics and R&D Strategy & Operations in support of the strategy and goals
  • Lead or represent CfOR on process change and improvement initiatives
  • Develop and maintain business relationships and with other strategic planning and operations colleagues across R&D functions/ departments
  • Establish standard processes for budget management and reporting, sourcing and contracting, and strategic supplier management
  • Conduct root cause analyses to ensure a deep understanding of challenges and opportunities
  • Build and maintain positive collaborations; communicating, seeking advice, and facilitating critical business decisions.

What we expect of you

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

Basic Qualifications:

Doctorate degree and 2 years of budget and contracting experience


Masters degree and 4 years of budget and contracting experience


Bachelors degree and 6 years of budget and contracting experience


Associates degree and 10 years of budget and contracting experience


High school diploma / GED and 12 years of budget and contracting experience

Preferred Qualifications:
  • MBA or Masters Degree with 10 years of work experience in the biopharmaceutical industry with 4 or more years of that experience in R&D with good knowledge of clinical development, financial budgeting, and workforce strategies
  • Demonstrated self-starter, ability to work under limited supervision and coordinate multiple projects in a detail-oriented and regulated environment
  • Demonstrated organization management experience including developing and mentoring staff
  • Excellent conceptual problem-solving skills with demonstrated ability to bring structure to vaguely defined problems, pragmatically scope problem solving approach, and handle execution
  • Strong influencing and negotiating skills with the ability to influence different styles and individuals at different levels in organization
  • Excellent written, analytical, and oral communication skills. Able to clearly and effectively present information
  • Strong project management skills, lead and manage projects from concept to completion in a matrix and at times ambiguous environment with demonstrated success
  • High proficiency with Microsoft Office suite, Smartsheet, and/or Observational research databases.

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 expected annual salary range for this role in the U.S. (excluding Puerto Rico) is posted. Actual salary will vary based on several factors including but not limited to, relevant skills, experience, and qualifications.

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
Apply now

for a career that defies imagination

Objects in your future are closer than they appear. Join us.

Amgen does not have an application deadline for this position; we will continue accepting applications until we receive a sufficient number or select a candidate for the position.

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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