Site Planning Manager, Supply Chain

Kite Pharma
Oceanside, CA, United States
Sep 22, 2019
Biotech Beach
Required Education
Masters Degree/MBA
Position Type
Full time
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The Site Planning Manager, Supply Chain is responsible for ensuring timely availability of raw materials at our Oceanside manufacturing facility. The incumbent will execute the planning cycle using Kinaxis Rapid Response to maintain inventory policy, and place orders for assigned raw materials in Oracle EBS. The Manager will identify and execute planning process improvement opportunities, and implement strategies with the global planners to achieve a Class A performance planning team.

Responsibilities (include but are not limited to):
  • Ensure overall availability of GMP materials at Oceanside site
  • Site planning and on-site coordination with Global Planning, Scheduling, Materials Management for 'Global Materials' locally
  • Planning and buying of locally-managed materials for local site
  • Coordination with Warehouse teams and perform replenishment planning of materials to site warehouse
  • Single point of contact for site material matters to Global planners
  • Represent Materials Planning in site meetings impacting materials (process changes, quality issues, projects, etc)
  • Lead site implementation of site- and global-driven changes impacting materials
  • Lead resolution and mitigation plans of materials issues at the site; escalate and coordinate with Global if required and advise in network mitigation plans
  • Site materials impact assessment in change controls
  • Own/lead site deviations/change controls for raw materials
  • Execute Site inventory strategy of locally managed Materials
  • Lead Site OE initiatives related to materials
  • Ambassador of material planning to site project teams, reinforcing the importance of planning to support process improvements and changes.
  • Approve site material scrap requests
  • Lead site GMP material readiness from site leadership perspective with Global Planners
  • Manage BOMs and sourcing lanes in EBS
  • Resolve receiving-related payment issues
  • Perform scenario planning and formulate material risk mitigation strategies
  • Measure, trend and report supply related KPI's as a basis to drive continuous improvement
  • Other duties as assigned

  • Master's Degree and 3 years' experience, Bachelor's Degree and 5 years or an Associate's degree and 10 years of experience (must be in operations or supply chain)
  • Minimum of 3 years of experience using ERP/MRP system and preferably at least 1 year of Kinaxis RapidResponse
  • Possess excellent organizational and interpersonal skills, and be able to communicate concisely and in a timely manner to clients' requests
  • Led multi-functional projects and presented to the leadership team
  • Advanced analytical skills
  • Experience with Change Control Management, Deviations and CAPA Systems
  • Understand advanced supply chain concepts
  • Experience with industry regulations, GMP, compliance and pharmaceutical and/or biotechnology processes
  • Autonomous and works under minimal direction
  • Must have planning, ERP and supply chain experience in pharmaceutical setting
  • Ideal to have start-up experience as the environment mirror's our own!

Preferred Qualifications:
  • Material, Production, Planning Master data and Quality Management and Inspection plan experience in Oracle E Business Suite
  • APICS certification and/or meaningful course work

  • Role will be based out of Kite's Oceanside facility but will also require regular presence at the Santa Monica location.
  • Role will require initial training with the Global Planning team at Kite's Santa Monica location.

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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