Supplier Diversity at Amgen

Amgen’s Supplier Diversity Liaison Officer, Jinus Moghbeli, participated in October 22nd’s SupplierEdge® webinar to discuss supplier diversity opportunities at Amgen. Tweet This  You can find follow ups from the webinar on our SupplierEdge Community on LinkedIn and ask any questions that you might have around partnering with Amgen or other companies as a supplier.

In Jinus’ words, “Amgen is committed to the patients suffering from serious illnesses by discovering, developing, and manufacturing innovative human therapeutics.” Amgen’s therapeutic areas:

  • Bone health
  • Cardiovascular
  • General medical
  • Hematology/oncology
  • Inflammation
  • Nephrology

Amgen’s supplier programs are committed to diversity and giving opportunities to small businesses, women-owned businesses, veteran-owned businesses, service disabled veteran-owned businesses, small disadvantage businesses, and HUBZone small businesses. Here are a couple of organizations Amgen has corporate relationships with:

Here are a few highlights from the Q&A after the presentation:

What are main reasons businesses get turned down for opportunities with Amgen’s supplier diversity program? Are there any common themes?

No, there are no common themes; it is a matter of the right place and the right time. Amgen is approached by hundreds of suppliers trying to connect with them daily and they can’t always spend time with the suppliers when there is no open opportunity for them. The best advice Jinus has is to register on their portal for suppliers, as this is the first place they look when opportunities do rise.

How do you register to become a preferred vendor for Amgen?

There is no magical rule or formula to become a supplier for Amgen. Register in the portal and try to build relationships. The best thing you can do is be familiar with the requirements, you know best if your business is a good fit for their job requirements as well as their company and culture. Trying to make connections is always encouraged but if the supplier offers a product or service Amgen can’t use, it will not be helpful.

With offices around the world, is there a geographical area that your suppliers tend to come from?

No, there is no geographical limitation. Our suppliers are spread evenly throughout all states.

Are there any business needs that you know of right now that need to be filled with diverse businesses?

A few areas Jinus knew off the top of her head were:

  • Payroll
  • Staffing
  • Training

Why Amgen?

As stated clearly on their website, “Amgen strives in its procurement program to identify, develop, and utilize small business concerns including those that are disadvantaged, veteran-owned, service-disabled veteran-owned, women-owned, as well as Historically Underutilized Business Zones (HUBZones). Amgen’s intent is to support economic development efforts to the extent that jobs may be provided, entrepreneurship may be advanced and useful goods and/or services may be procured at competitive prices.”

Who is Jinus Moghbeli?

Jinus Moghbeli joined Amgen in 2003 as Senior Manager, Corporate Quality Systems, and was responsible for development and deployment of a global “Quality Management System” program. She also directed disposition and distribution of clinical and commercial products, overseeing the release of products at all Amgen sites. In 2007, she joined Global Strategic Sourcing and has worked in several different capacities, including managing the purification category (including resins and filters), design/ development of Supplier Relationship Management (SRM), having responsibility for a sourcing Integration Management Office for mergers and acquisitions, and most recently taking on the role of Amgen’s Supplier Diversity Liaison Officer. Prior to joining Amgen, Jinus held a variety of progressive leadership roles at Baxter International. Directing quality organization for material, plasma, fractionation and final product release was her last position at Baxter. She has a Bachelor of Science in Medical Technology from Towson State University, and MBA training from University of Baltimore. She is trained in Six Sigma (black belt), Quality Management and Process Consulting (Kepner -Tregoe).

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