Clinical Logistics Manager

Kite Pharma
Santa Monica, CA, United States
Aug 28, 2020
Required Education
Bachelors Degree
Position Type
Full time
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Job Description

We are seeking a highly motivated individual to join as a Clinical Logistics Manager within Clinical Operations. You will manage and oversee all aspects of clinical trial logistics including program management and implementation, study start-up, enrollment, study conduct and close-out. The candidate must be knowledgeable of clinical research operations, including interpretation and implementation of FDA regulations/ICH guidelines, import/export requirements of biologics to include but not limited genetically modified organisms, be familiar with and able to interpret and apply global tissue/cell transplant regulations, as well as possess a comprehensive understanding of global transportation regulations of goods both infectious and non-infectious. The position will report to the department Associate Director.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:
  • Manages and supports the clinical logistics team to ensure operations align with broader clinical trial goals.
  • Ensures consistent execution of clinical logistics programs and processes across all studies in conjunction with management.
  • Ensures that personnel are selected, trained and developed to meet clinical logistics needs.
  • Manages clinical logistics training, mentorship and performance reviews for direct reports.
  • Identifies potential study and logistics issues/risks and recommends and implements solutions.
  • Assists with managing budget and resources according to team priorities/need.
  • Works with manufacturing, quality, supply chain, investigational sites, CROs, CMOs, vendors, certified suppliers couriers, and others to ensure logistical operational expectations are met.
  • Provides guidance to logistics staff to resolve day-to-day enrollment and cell journey issues.
  • Identifies, monitors and updates management regarding clinical logistics issues.
  • Serves as a cross-functional resource for clinical trials enrollment and cell journey management expertise.
  • Prepares and appraises documents affecting logistics operations, i.e. clinical protocols, IPM, IPM forms, commercial invoices, vendor client operating procedures, etcetera.
  • Prepares metrics and updates for the team and management.
  • Participates in the development, review and implementation of departmental SOPs and processes.
  • Accountable for implementation of study enrollment initiatives and cell journey timeline.

  • At least 7 years of experience with a BS/BA or 5+ years with a MS/MA in a relevant discipline or 10+ years of relevant clinical or logistics coordinator experience.
  • Knowledge of FDA and ICH requirements as they pertain to clinical trials.
  • Understanding of domestic and international transport of biologic material (IATA, ICAO, ADR, DOT, WHO).
  • Experience with clinical logistics operational management
  • Experience with team management and career development.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication
  • Demonstrates knowledge of how clinical trial operations and logistics impact broader strategic goals at Kite.
  • Excellent negotiating and interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to travel nationally and internationally as needed.
  • Understands, interprets and is able to explain protocol requirements to others.


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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