Senior MES Engineer

Kite Pharma
Oceanside, CA, United States
Aug 12, 2019
Biotech Beach
Required Education
Bachelors Degree
Position Type
Full time
Kite, a Gilead Company, is a biopharmaceutical company focused on the development and commercialization of novel cancer immunotherapy products designed to harness the power of a patient's own immune system to selectively target and kill cancer cells. Our core technology involves the genetic engineering of T cells, or white blood cells, to express either chimeric antigen receptors (CARs) or T cell receptors (TCRs) for the treatment of advanced solid and hematological malignancies.

The Senior MES Engineer will be part of a team that will serve as System Owner of the Manufacturing Execution System (MES) for Kite's Viral Vector Manufacturing Facility in Oceanside, CA. The successful candidate will have demonstrated proficiency in leading MES deployment and system administration, implementing complex electronic Manufacturing Batch Records and integration of MES with related business and automation systems.

Responsibilities (including but are not limited to):

• Translate process requirements and MES system best practices into practical, usable electronic batch records

• Develop design requirements, functional specifications, and support computer system validation strategy

• Participate in the development of global standards for batch record design, integration with process/test equipment and other electronic business and automation systems

• Collaborate with vendors (as part of a team) to define user requirements and ensure the system design meets business requirements

• Develop business processes, guidelines, Work Instructions and SOPs to support the MES systems

• Provide leadership to a cross-site, multi-functional (MES Center of Excellence (CoE), IT, Quality, Supply Chain, Manufacturing, Process Development, etc.) collaboration to implement MES

• Partner with internal departments & external vendors to assist in commissioning MES system.

• Document requirements, process flows, new functionality, and creation of SOP/training materials while maintaining all materials and configured software in a central repositories

• Participate in the development of MES system life cycle strategy and business/technical processes for change management

• Training super and end users on functionality and process changes as they relate to MES

• Travel as required to participate in technical meetings (Approximately 10%)

• Available for 24/7 support (scheduled and off hours)

• Trouble shooting daily operational system issues to define root cause, working in collaboration with Manufacturing, Quality and CoE to build temporary/permanent solutions

• Administration and maintenance of site MES Production and offline systems

Candidate Qualifications:

• Demonstrates knowledge of new product introduction and tech transfer

• Working knowledge of cGMP manufacturing and regulatory regulations and requirements for biologics/pharmaceuticals

• Knowledge of cell culture or cell therapy manufacturing technical support

• Knowledge of product lifecycle - Product and process development, clinical trials, validation and regulatory submissions, commercial GMP manufacturing

• Knowledge and application of ANSI/ISA-88 (process control) and ANSI/ISA-95 (automated interfaces) standards

• Knowledge and application of Good Automated Manufacturing Practice (GAMP) framework for risk-based approach to computer system validation

• Knowledge and application of IT infrastructure and applications (server virtualization, security, wireless communication protocols, firewalls, etc.)


10+ years of experience in Pharmaceutical, Biotech or Cell Therapy industries

5+ years of experience with current Good Manufacturing Practice (cGMP) Regulations

5+ years of experience with industry recognized Manufacturing Execution System (MES)

2+ years of experience with Werum PAS-X MES Generic Master Batch Record (GMBR) Design and System Administration (Preferred)

Education and Certifications:

Bachelors' Degree in Engineering, Computer Science, or equivalent industry experience

Lean Six Sigma Green Belt or higher (preferred)

Project Management Professional (PMP) (preferred)

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

For jobs in the United States:

As an equal opportunity employer, Gilead Sciences Inc. is committed to a diverse workforce. Employment decisions regarding recruitment and selection will be made without discrimination based on race, color, religion, national origin, gender, age, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability,genetic information or characteristic, gender identity and expression, veteran status, or other non-job related characteristics or other prohibited grounds specified in applicable federal, state and local laws. In order to ensure reasonable accommodation for individuals protected by Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Vietnam Era Veterans' Readjustment Act of 1974, and Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, applicants who require accommodation in the job application process may contactcareers@gilead.comfor assistance.

For more information about equal employment opportunity protections, please view the'EEO is the Law'poster.



Our environment respects individual differences and recognizes each employee as an integral member of our company. Our workforce reflects these values and celebrates the individuals who make up our growing team.

Gilead provides a work environment free of harassment and prohibited conduct. We promote and support individual differences and diversity of thoughts and opinion.

For Current Kite Pharma Employees and Contractors:

Please log onto your Internal Career Site to apply for this job.