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 www.kitepharma.com. Sign up to follow KitePharma on Twitter at www.
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We are seeking a highly motivated individual for the role of Operations Manager, Materials to work in this exciting new area of cancer immunotherapy.
The Materials Management Department supports corporate manufacturing and quality goals to ensure the supply of Kite’s therapy to the patient.
In this role you will own, define, and design the complex processes to support manufacturing, product shipping, component sanitization, and component receiving.
Responsibilities include, but are not limited to :
Enhance the El Segundo Commercial Manufacturing Sites Materials Management capabilities through identifying and establishing best-in-class systems.
Develop staffing models to ensure department is appropriately staffed and trained to meet all capacity requirements
Drive continuous improvement of the Materials Management network design
Develop and implement protocols and practices to ensure effectiveness and efficiency of strategic initiatives
Apply new warehouse technologies to minimize errors and improve efficiency
Develop reports and dashboard to monitor performance against metrics and KPIs
Manage the creation, implementation and compliance for all documentation, procedures and policies
Overseeing, either directly or indirectly, change controls, investigations, and deviations
Manage operations of Materials Management network including assembly of kitted components, receiving, and shipment of product
Hire, train, develop, direct, mentor, and evaluate team members to accomplish established goals.
Ensure development, implementation and maintenance of appropriate training curricula
Assist the head of the department in managing the budget and ensure the department adheres to the approved budget
Provide periodic reports to Materials Management Director on progress and challenges.
Other duties as assigned
Bachelor’s degree in supply chain or related discipline; Industrial Engineering Degree and / or MBA preferred
At least 7 years of relevant operations management experience at a pharmaceutical or biotech company with specific emphasis on manufacturing, supply chain, or quality on-the-floor.
APICS, Project Management, and / or Six Sigma certification preferred
Working knowledge and understanding of GMP, GCP, GDP, and relevant ICH and FDA guidelines
Strong management skills and experience in clinical or commercial manufacturing with the flexibility to handle multiple tasks
Advanced analytical, problem-solving, and critical thinking skills
In depth knowledge of supply chain operations in a cGMP setting including international distribution experience.
Cold chain knowledge and experience in a pharmaceutical or medical setting
Experience with Oracle EBS, SAP and similar strongly preferred
Excellent written and verbal communication skills. Role will have multiple contacts across internal and external groups
Process-oriented with strong analytical skills for risk identification and management
Proficient in MS word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook and Warehousing software
Excellent interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills are essential in this collaborative work environment
Self-motivated and willing to accept temporary responsibilities outside of initial job description
Comfortable in a fast-paced environment with minimal direction and able to adjust workload based upon changing priorities