Amgen Sr Associate Licensing, External R&D in Thousand Oaks, California

Candidate will use scientific knowledge and skills to support the Business Development (BD) organization, with a focus on triaging and tracking opportunities for the External R&D group within BD. The External R&D group within Business Development is responsible for identifying and assessing external opportunities for potential licensing or acquisition. The candidate's role will include logging opportunities from external companies and other sources into the BD database, by assessing disease indication, stage of development, modality and other information, and ensuring the appropriate BD personnel receive and review the opportunities in a timely manner. The candidate may also be asked to summarize the attributes of certain opportunities and coordinate the agenda for presentation to a larger R&D and Commercial group for discussion. In addition, the candidate will also be responsible for coordinating and supporting other projects for the External R&D team.

Daily responsibilities include:

  • Receiving, acknowledging to external company, entering information and tracking the status of each opportunity in the Business Development database

  • Applying scientific knowledge to assess and characterize incoming product and technology licensing opportunities and then routing to the appropriate person for review

  • Adding value by generating, summarizing and analyzing additional data from external sources as required to help make data based decisions

  • Coordinating input and feedback from Amgen staff in other functions, including research, development, commercial, legal, and other functions, as needed

  • Ensuring appropriate and timely follow-up with outside companies and institutions in coordination with team members, including both requesting additional information and providing outcome decision of internal evaluation

  • Supporting ERD personnel with generating, assembling, and entering into the Business Development database the internal opportunity review agenda, documents and meeting minutes for the evaluation process

  • Coordinating the receipt, acknowledgement, and triage of licensing opportunities received through an online submission webform

  • Triaging incoming non-licensing requests appropriately

  • Coordinating Triage meetings: schedule, prepare agenda, facilitate meeting, generate minutes, handle all follow up and ensure each new opportunity transitions properly

  • Partnering with Business Development staff to enhance business processes and identify areas for process improvement and standardization

  • Conducting phone calls with companies, universities, and consultants asking for updates, presenting a scientific overview of new opportunities, or requesting information about the internal evaluation process and general areas of interest

  • Supporting IS database enhancements and additional department projects as needed

  • Acting as a point of contact for staff requiring Business Development database training or trouble shooting

Basic Qualifications:

Master's Degree OR Bachelor's Degree & 2 years of Business Development experience


Associate's degree & 6 years of Business Development experience


High school diploma/GED & 8 years of Business Development experience

Preferred Qualifications:

  • 2+ years' experience in a Medical/Scientific Research or Development environment including life sciences research experience

  • 2+ years' pharmaceutical/biotechnology or healthcare experience

  • 2+ years in a high pressure, project management function with interface to executives, executive EAs, external company executives, and vendors.

Skills & Competencies:

  • Proficiency with information retrieval from Internet, business, clinical, scientific, and healthcare resources essential

  • Strong scientific knowledge/academic background

  • Advanced scientific data analysis and interpretation skills for decision-making and problem solving Strong interpersonal and communication skills a must including oral, written and listening

  • Strong customer focus and service oriented

  • Project management skills and proficiency in databases utilization, data entry and MS Office

  • Ability to search and retrieve information from specialized proprietary databases, Internet and other external information sources

  • Ability to work effectively both in teams and individually

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.