Director Project Controls


Thousand Oaks, CA, USA

Full time

Dec 16

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If you feel like you’re part of something bigger, it’s because you are. At Amgen, our shared mission—to serve patients—drives all that we do. It is key to our becoming one of the world’s leading biotechnology companies. We are global collaborators who achieve together—researching, manufacturing, and delivering ever-better products that reach over 10 million patients worldwide. It’s time for a career you can be proud of. Join us.

Director of Project Controls

This position can be remote within the United States; preferably within commutable distance from any of the Amgen sites.


What You Will Do

Let’s do this. Let’s change the world. The Director of Project Controls for Front-end Planning will be providing leadership in support of project planning, funding, scheduling, estimating, risk management, benchmarking and compliance of Engineering Processes Globally.

This role will lead the planning phase of the project’s life cycle enabling quick & accurate technical solutions leading to tighter budget controls upfront and improved execution approach.

This position will have a meaningful role in the development and accuracy of estimates across all projects and will work closely with Project Management Regional Leads. These responsibilities start at the planning phase and remain through project close out and acceptance by the end user.

The Director will manage the estimating and scheduling teams supporting capital projects across the various Amgen sites. This position will partner with all internal cross functional groups that support capital projects, including Engineering Technical Authority, Project Management, Facilities Management, Global Site Engineering, Capital Finance and various Amgen internal business partners. He or She will also lead substantial aspects of Engineering Digital Transformation for Project Controls in partnership other leaders within the Organization.

The successful candidate is expected to be highly detailed oriented with excellent analytic and problem-solving skills and the ability to develop, train, and manage a diverse team of resources.

The location of this role will allow for a combination of remote and flexible commuting to any of the Amgen sites located in North America.

Key Responsibilities

  • Develop conceptual estimates for early Engineering assessments
  • Ensure accuracy and completeness of all estimates in preparation for funding requests across the overall capital portfolio
  • Lead the internal and external benchmarks for capital projects globally
  • Provide leadership support for risk analysis reviews for cost estimates, cost forecasts, and schedules using applicable software packages
  • Prepare project controls metrics and key performance indicators
  • Leadership and management responsibilities for the global scheduling organization
  • Drive innovation across the Engineering organization
  • Provide global support to the Engineering Digital Technologies initiative
  • Provide insights to global market conditions, focusing on labor rates and material costs
  • Provide global leadership to the Engineering Project Delivery Process (EPD)
  • Coordinate internal audits and assist in identifying compliance risks
  • The person will be required to travel on a regular basis to all of Amgen’s sites where Project Controls staff are located
  • Exhibits proactive safety leadership and behavior

What We Expect Of You

We are all different, yet we all use our unique contributions to serve patients. We are looking for a professional with the following qualifications

Basic Qualifications

Doctorate degree and 4 years of Engineering and / or Capital projects delivery experience


Master’s degree and 7 years of Engineering and / or Capital projects delivery experience


Bachelor’s degree and 9 years of Engineering and / or Capital projects delivery experience


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

Preferred Requirements

  • 10 or more years of engineering or construction experience in the pharmaceutical/biotechnology/Engineering industry in project controls (Estimating, Cost and Risk Management, Scheduling, Contract Strategy)
  • 10 or more years of experience in executing project controls on projects
  • 5 or more years managing a project controls staff across multiple sites
  • Experience managing all levels of experience within project controls
  • Ability to build strong relationships across the network
  • Knowledge of project controls with expertise in Conceptual Estimating
  • Understanding of change management, estimating, and cost and schedule management
  • Analysis and accurate review of engineering / construction estimates against scope
  • Experience in progress measurement methods such as Earned Value Management
  • Experience in cost and scheduling software packages
  • Experience in software packages such Tableau, Power Bi, Procore, Primavera P6, etc
  • Experience in lean construction, including Target Value Design
  • Understanding workflows and dimensions of BIM and opportunities for integration with cost and schedule when managing capital projects


What You Can Expect Of Us

As we work to develop treatments that take care of others, so we work to care for our teammates’ professional and personal growth and well-being.

  • Vast opportunities to learn and move up and across our global organization
  • Diverse and inclusive community of belonging, where teammates are empowered to bring ideas to the table and act
  • Generous Total Rewards Plan comprising health, finance and wealth, work/life balance, and career benefits

Apply now

for a career that defies imagination

In our quest to serve patients above all else, Amgen is the first to imagine, and the last to doubt. Join us.

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