Manager, Process Engineer, MTS

Kite Pharma
El Segundo, CA, United States
Sep 06, 2020
Required Education
Bachelors Degree
Position Type
Full time
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Job Description

Kite Pharma, Inc. is focused on the development and commercialization of novel cancer immunotherapy products designed to harness the power of a patient's own immune system to eradicate cancer cells. We believe our immunotherapy is a market-redefining approach to the treatment of cancer.

We are seeking a Manager, Process Engineering, Manufacturing, to support a commercial biotechnology facility in El Segundo that includes general laboratories for clinical and commercial bio-processing.

Under minimal supervision, this position's main account abilities are managing staff that are focused on front line technical support of manufacturing operations while closely collaborating with the Quality and Process Development Units.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

Directly manage a team responsible for the frontline technical manufacturing support of commercial and clinical cell therapy products

Build and manage a team; provide necessary training and ongoing coaching, discipline and recognition of direct staff, including performing annual performance evaluations

Manages technical support staff schedules to ensure shift coverage within a Production Suite or across Production Suites

Ensure successful manufacturing production runs by assessing risk, implementing preventative measures, investigating, and troubleshooting equipment and process issues

Investigate and resolve production issues, identifying root cause, and proposing process improvements to senior management

In conjunction with various internal and external stakeholders, manages team that investigates and coordinates the resolution of deviations through comprehensive investigations using Root Cause Analysis tools

Devises and implements CAPAs to address root cause and ensure effectiveness

Collaborating with technical and operational stakeholders to resolve production events and issues

Trends key process performance metrics

Will participates in internal audit/inspection

Will Represents Manufacturing operations in Change Control, CAPA and Deviation meetings

Ensure staff maintains GMP and technical training and provides training/mentorship to the Process Engineering direct reports

May lead and/or manage manufacturing projects

Other tasks and duties as assigned by Management


BS with 7+ years of experience or MS with 5+ experience in Biochemical Engineering, Chemical Engineering or Biotechnology.

Engineering degree preferred

Previous supervisory or managerial experience is desired

Broad technical knowledge of cGMP compliance and experience with Production Support activities (e.g. floor support, leading investigations, technical writing, deviation reports, change controls, and corrective actions)

Possesses good interpersonal skills to promote cross function discussions and communications

Experience leading with multi-functional team obtain project deliverable

Experience with investigation and root cause analysis tools
  • Working knowledge of scientific and engineering principles
  • Skilled at creating and delivering presentations
  • Proficiency in using Microsoft Word, Excel, Presentation, Access, and Project
  • Cell culture, cell/gene therapy and/or aseptic processing experience is desired
  • Certified Quality Engineer, Six Sigma Green Belt, Six Sigma Black Belt or similar is a plus
  • Knowledge of ERP systems implementation is desirable

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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