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Manager, Process Engineering

Kite Pharma
California, United States
30+ days ago


Manager, Process Engineering
United States - California - El Segundo

Kite is continuing to hire for all open roles. Our interview process may be conducted virtually and some roles will be asked to temporarily work from home. Over the coming weeks and months, we will be implementing a phased approach to bringing employees back to site to ensure the health and safety of our teams.

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Job Description

Kite Pharma, Inc. is focused on the development and commercialization of novel cancer immunotherapy products designed to harness the power of a patient's own immune system to eradicate cancer cells. We believe our immunotherapy is a market-redefining approach to the treatment of cancer.

We are seeking a Manager, Manufacturing Projects, to support a commercial biotechnology facility in El Segundo that includes general laboratories for clinical and commercial bio-processing.

Under minimal supervision, this position's main accountabilities are managing staff that are focused on MES Front Line Manufacturing support functions while closely collaborating with the Manufacturing, Quality, F&E, and MSAT / Process Development Units.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Directly manage a team responsible for MES Front Line support functions
  • implementation leads to support of commercial and clinical cell therapy products
  • Build and manage a team; provide necessary training and ongoing coaching, discipline and recognition of direct staff, including performing annual performance reviews
  • Manages technical support staff schedules to ensure deliverables are met
  • Ensuring early visibility and awareness into implementation risks, identifying preventative measures, investigating, and troubleshooting equipment
  • Investigate and resolve equipment/process implementation issues, identifying root cause, and proposing process improvements to senior management
  • Devises and implements CAPAs/CCs to address root cause and ensure effectiveness
  • Collaborating with technical and operational stakeholders to resolve implementation issues
  • Lead team of Manufacturing owners for project related Change Controls and CAPAs
  • Ensure staff maintains GMP and technical training and provides training/guidance to direct reports
  • Selected individual may lead and/or manage high level/corporate projects
  • Other tasks and duties as assigned by Management

Basic Qualifications:

  • MA/MS/MBA in Biochemical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Biotechnology or equivalent with 4+ years of experience Or
  • BA/BS in Biochemical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Biotechnology or equivalent with 6+ years of experience.
  • High School with 10+ in pharma/biotech experience.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Previous supervisory or managerial experience is desired
  • Broad technical knowledge of cGMP compliance and experience with running and/or leading projects
  • Possesses good communication skills to promote cross function discussions and communications
  • Experience leading cross functional teams to obtain project deliverables
  • Working knowledge of scientific and engineering principles
  • Skilled at creating and delivering presentations
  • Proficiency in using Microsoft Word, Excel, Power Point, Access, and Project
  • Cell culture, cell/gene therapy and/or aseptic processing experience is desired
  • Knowledge of ERP systems implementation is desirable
  • Certified Quality Engineer, Six Sigma Green Belt, Six Sigma Black Belt or similar is a plus
  • Technical writing and protocol/report writing
  • Ability to think critically, and demonstrated troubleshooting and problem-solving skills
  • Ability to function efficiently and independently in a changing environment
  • Self-motivated and willing to accept temporary responsibilities outside of initial job description

Kite is a biopharmaceutical company engaged in the development of innovative cancer immunotherapies with a goal of providing rapid, long-term durable response and eliminating the burden of chronic care. The company is focused on chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) and T cell receptor (TCR) engineered cell therapies designed to empower the immune system's ability to recognize and kill tumors. Kite is based in Santa Monica, CA. For more information on Kite, please visit Sign up to follow @KitePharma on Twitter at

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Job Information

  • Job ID: 63405550
  • Location:
    California, United States
  • Company Name For Job: Kite Pharma
  • Position Title: Manager, Process Engineering
  • Job Function: Other
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