Manager, Production Support

Kite Pharma
Oceanside, CA, United States
Aug 12, 2019
Biotech Beach
Required Education
Bachelors Degree
Position Type
Full time
Kite has an opportunity for an experienced candidate in Manufacturing Operations at our Oceanside facility in Southern California. We are seeking motivated, team oriented individuals with expertise in GMP production. The individual is responsible for manufacturing support activities, which include production of media and buffer solutions, equipment preparation, logistics management and materials kitting.

The manufacturing support lead is responsible for ensuring manufacturing meet safety, quality, operating costs and production goals for the department. He or she is responsible for hiring and development of the manufacturing support team as well as maintaining current training. The manufacturing support lead must be able to lead through the team to accomplish defined key metrics assigned to the team.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

The Manager, Production Support will lead the day-to-day activities of a team of personnel focused supporting Manufacturing operations.

Ensure materials are provided to manufacturing on time to meet safety, quality and production goals.

Identify/prioritize/provide resources to assist core manufacturing to meet annual operating plan and budgetary commitments.

Lead daily support activities for production through subordinates

Ensure accurate training of staff.

Drive improvements in the area of responsibilities to increase productivity/efficiencies, reduce errors and operating costs.

Lead overall coaching, training, development and succession plans for team.

Interfaces with other groups, locally and globally, to ensure smooth manufacturing activities.

Adheres to all applicable procedures and policies.

Perform analytical review of data to recommend corrective actions for manufacturing.

Support plant-wide strategic plans and activities.

Responsible for driving continuous improvement in all operation processes


Ability to run activities through subordinates.

Ability to support manufacturing to meet safety, quality, cost and production initiatives.

Ability to interpret and analyze statistical data and information.

Ability to collaborate with manufacturing and other support groups such as Engineering and Technical Services to drive alignment on priorities to produce effective results.

Working knowledge of pharmaceutical manufacturing methods such as Lean Manufacturing, Six Sigma, cGMP and CFR guidelines.

Ability to prioritize and present technical issues without assistance.

Ability to understand validation packages and regulatory licenses.

Education and/or Experience

BS or equivalent with 7+ years of experience

In general, the position requires a combination of sedentary work and walking around observing conditions in the facility.

Must be able to work in controlled environments requiring special gowning. Will be required to follow gowning requirements and wear protective clothing over the head, face, hands, feet and body.

No make-up, jewelry, contact lenses, nail polish or artificial fingernails may be worn in the manufacturing environment.

Must be able to work multiple shifts, including weekends.

Must be able to work overtime as required. (only for non-exempt positions)

May be required to work in a confined area.

Some Clean Room and cool/hot storage conditions.



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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