Executive Director, Cardiovascular & Metabolic Research

Amgen Inc. South San Francisco , CA 94080

Posted 3 weeks ago

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Job Description

The Executive Director, Research will lead early discovery cardiovascular/metabolic research at Amgen from target identification through preclinical assessment.

This individual will ensure Amgen efficiently integrates the needs of the patient with extraordinary science and technology to produce novel cardiovascular/metabolic therapeutics which address critical medical needs. The position will lead internal research efforts and play a key role in managing a broad network of research collaborations with other biopharmaceutical companies, academic institutions and research organizations. This individual will impact decision-making which will ultimately affect Amgen's established and developing cardiovascular/metabolic portfolio.

Specific responsibilities:

  • Ensure that Amgen derives its sense of purpose from the needs of the patient and that all key decisions are made from a patient-centered perspective.

  • Develop/refine a research strategy which builds on Amgen's strengths and unique capabilities in cardiovascular/metabolic drug development, emphasizes breakthrough innovation, and establishes near-term and long-term objectives.

  • Recruit, develop and retain world class scientists and build strong research teams which are highly productive and efficient.

  • Lead Discovery Research in the cardiovascular/metabolic therapeutic area, with an emphasis on heart failure, ensuring operational and scientific excellence

  • Foster a strong culture of innovation and creativity, while ensuring effective collaboration among enabling functions, therapeutic teams and locations.

  • Participate in business development efforts, which results in the acquisition or licensing of cutting-edge technologies and intellectual property which enhances cardiovascular/metabolic discovery research.

  • Ensure that the partnership with Translational Medicine, Clinical Development, Manufacturing and Commercial Operations is superb.

  • Effectively represent Amgen by presenting the company's unique capabilities and technologies, and the value of its cardiovascular/metabolic research pipeline to patients, physicians, analysts, industry partners, academia and other external constituents.

Basic Qualifications:

  • Doctorate degree & 6 years of cardiovascular/metabolic discovery research experience OR
  • Master's degree & 10 years of cardiovascular/metabolic discovery research experience OR
  • Bachelor's degree & 12 years of cardiovascular/metabolic discovery research experience AND
  • 6 years of managerial experience directly managing people and/or leadership experience leading teams, projects, programs or directing the allocation of resources

Preferred Qualifications:

  • PhD and/or MD with specialization in a relevant biological sciences discipline.

  • Strong cardiovascular/metabolic research credentials with a credible record of publications.

  • Track record of innovation in discovery of cardiovascular/metabolic therapeutics, with an ability to think "outside of the box."

  • A breadth of clinical understanding across the field of cardiovascular/metabolic disease. Expertise in myocardial biology and heart failure is a strong plus

  • Ability to make scientific connections across disparate disciplines and to develop collaborative drug-development opportunities across different therapeutic areas.

  • Strong ability to recognize, recruit and retain top talent.

  • Strong track record of mentorship and career development of colleagues and reports.

Leadership Skills

  • Expertise leading programs and people, with a track record of having built as well as led a team.

  • Experience coordinating and scheduling experiments and data interpretation.

  • Vision, integrity and flexibility.

  • Ability to have foresight with regard to product advancement as well as the ability to make difficult decisions, despite potential resistance.

Creative mindset

  • Ability to have a continually inquisitive outlook.

  • Track record of taking intelligent risks and willingness to be held accountable.

  • Competence in analysis and solving of problems.

  • Ability to be strategic and creative as well as operational and goal-oriented


  • Ability to prioritize and make trade-offs to achieve goals.


  • Interact effectively across boundaries with other global functions using influence and relationship building skills.

  • Instill confidence and credibility among team members.

Corporate Agility

  • Transparent decision maker within a complex organization.

  • Commercial sophistication and ability to partner with t hose in other functions

  • Understands the business of healthcare and continually focuses on improvement, innovation, and results.

Communication Skills

  • Ability to communicate effectively with colleagues, employees, and the broader cardiovascular/metabolic academic and clinical community.

  • Comfortable with providing both written and verbal communications.

Join Us

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.

Amgen will consider for employment qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance.

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Executive Director, Cardiovascular & Metabolic Research

Amgen Inc.