Associate Director, Facilities Services

Kite Pharma
El Segundo, CA, United States
Sep 15, 2020
Required Education
Bachelors Degree
Position Type
Full time
Kite is continuing to hire for all open roles. Our interview process may be conducted virtually and some roles will be asked to temporarily work from home. Over the coming weeks and months, we will be implementing a phased approach to bringing employees back to site to ensure the health and safety of our teams.

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Job Description

We are seeking a highly motivated individual for the role of Associate Director Facility Services to work in this exciting new area of cancer immunotherapy! This role has the primary responsibility for the oversight of the facility operations at our Commerical Manufacturing Location in El Segundo. This role reports directly to the Head of Facilities and Engineering at the site.

Responsibilities (include but not limited to):
  • Responsible for staff development, and managing high performing teams budgeting and cost control, talent mapping, succession planning, the development of strong leaders within the function, and multi-function for long-term planning
  • Leads the day-to-day activities of the facility services department including managed services, soft services, security and building access control, GMP cleaning, key management, landlord-tenant relations, waste management and pest control.
  • Coordinates contract personnel through completion of assignments related to facility services.
  • Resolves people management issues and provides expert advice regarding technical, operations or people management issues.
  • Responsible for coordination and maintenance of the site business continuity plan.
  • Responsible for developing and executing strategies with senior leadership related to facility renovation and expansion projects as well as office space layout and move planning.
  • Works on moderately complex problems where analysis of situations or data requires in-depth evaluation of various factors, strong judgment is required in resolving problems and making recommendations.
  • Independently manages assigned projects through completion.
  • Ensures projects are executed safely, efficiently, and in accordance with all applicable codes and Kite/Gilead Standards.
  • May serve as a liaison between Kite and the various governmental agencies/ regulators and external auditors.
  • Directs the development of strategic function programs/initiatives, determines metrics for program success, and evaluates performance against metrics.
  • Directs budget planning, reporting, management and consolidation for the function cost center
  • In collaboration with Procurement and Corporate Facilities and Engineering, drives vendor selection, management, and resource optimization for facility services.
  • In collaboration with the Corporate Facilities and Engineering, enables development and implementation of company best practice for facility services.
  • Other facility services related services for permanent or ad hoc requests.

  • Minimum required education/experience for BS + 10 years, for MS +8 years
  • At least 6 years regulated industry experience in increasing levels of responsibility and operational excellence or Lean manufacturing principles
  • Minimum of 6 years of people management experience
  • Develops solutions to problems of moderate complexity, which require a high degree of ingenuity, creativity and innovativeness.
  • Is comfortable interacting with regulatory agencies as needed and possess the ability to represent Kite in public forums.
  • Demonstrate active listening and continuous feedback within team, ability to facilitate problem solving, decision making, and issue resolution
  • Excellent interpersonal, verbal, and written communication skills are essential in this collaborative work environment
  • Comfortable in a fast-paced, dynamic, and highly fluid company environment, works under consultative direction toward pre-determined long-range goals and objectives.
  • Up to 10% travel required

Additional Qualifications:
  • Industrial Engineering, Civil Engineering or Architectural Degree highly desired.
  • Project Management certification or equivalent is a plus
  • Knowledgeable with cGxP as well as regulatory regulations and compliance requirements for cell therapy and pharmaceutical manufacturing is a plus
  • Able to express ideas and present information effectively to Kite leadership, within team functions, and with external partners
  • Ability to think critically with demonstrated troubleshooting and analytical skills

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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