Facilities Supervisor - 2nd shift

Kite Pharma
Frederick, MD, United States
Sep 17, 2020
Required Education
Position Type
Full time
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Job Description

Everyone at Kite is grounded by one common goal - curing cancer. Every single day, we seek to establish a direct line between that purpose and our day-to-day work. Join us in this mission!

We are seeking a highly motivated Facilities Supervisor for 2nd shift to support our new commercial Cell Therapy biotechnology facility in Frederick, MD. In this role you will be responsible for providing HVAC/Utilities/Architectural technician and engineering support. Additionally, you will assist in the operation and maintenance of the company's facility for production of our cell-based therapeutics.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
  • Supervise maintenance technicians engaged in the second shift operations.
  • Handle and discuss performance appraisal review for maintenance technicians supporting the second shift with coaching to achieve results. Support employees' career development and growth.
  • Mechanical acuity including HVAC, Purified Water system, facilities utilities, P&ID's, schematics and equipment specifications is a must.
  • Electrical acuity including understanding electrical single line diagrams, wiring diagrams, controls schematics and equipment specifications is a must.
  • Solving problems with GMP Biopharmaceutical Production facility equipment/systems such as HVAC, boilers and steam/condensate, air handling units, chillers, cooling towers, compressed air/gasses, clean steam, freezers/cold rooms, fire protection, fire alarm, close loop pumping systems, electrical systems/motor controls, building automation, laboratory equipment/laboratory gasses, cryo-gasses, fuel handling systems, tank farm, data centers, architectural/roofing systems, elevators, underground piping/utilities.
  • Understanding of safety requirements working in a GMP Biopharmaceutical Production facility.
  • Strong leadership, technical writing, and communication/presentation skills.
  • Work schedule flexibility as required to support 24/7 operations, requiring occasional after-hours coverage.
  • Ability to analyze problems, develop and propose engineering solutions in a scientific manner using analytical techniques and analyses (e.g., Root Cause Analysis (RCA), Six Sigma, Predictive Maintenance, etc.)
  • Ensure efficient performance and reliability for facilities and utility systems.
  • Handle Deviations/CAPAs within the plant engineering team to ensure appropriate actions are identified in the records to address the root causes as well as timely closure of the records
  • Establish and maintain strategic partnerships with equipment vendors as well as Kite Network to stay informed on new equipment technologies and ancillary instruments/safety interlocks systems to find opportunities, assess and implement innovation.
  • Accountable to the Manager and the team for facilities performance.
  • Some domestic and international travel may be required.

  • 8+ years of relevant experience and a high school diploma required.
  • Bachelor's degree or Associate's degree with experience in operations and maintenance experience in a biotech or pharmaceutical company with direct experience with GMP facility operation preferred.
  • 2+ years of experience supervising staff
  • Exposure to operations involving engineering fields including Electrical, Mechanical, Process, Structural, Environmental, and Industrial.
  • Must have a strong work ethic and demonstrate dependability and timeliness.
  • Proven understanding of systems needed to run a GMP facility such as: HVAC, electrical, process systems, plumbing/piping, general maintenance, pest management, both interior and exterior.
  • Experience managing projects of small/medium size from concept to funding approval/execution - requirements definition, options analysis, all design phases/review/approval.
  • Experience with Commissioning up of facilities & utility systems.
  • Detailed understand of Building Codes, including chemical usage & hazardous classification
  • Direct experience with regulated environments (i.e. cGMP, OSHA, EPA) including understanding of cGMPs
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Demonstrated interpersonal and facilitation skills and ability to work in a collaborative team based environment.
  • Ability to apply analytical skills to evaluate and interpret complex problems using multiple sources of information.
  • Demonstrated ability to lead and influence multi-functional projects teams and embrace a team-based culture.

Knowledge and Skills
  • Able to build and manage a team as well as train entry-level personnel.
  • Willingness to put internal customer needs first.
  • High energy level and a positive outlook coupled with the requisite "can do" attitude and a willingness to do what it takes to achieve personal and organizational goals and overcome obstacles.
  • Willingness to think outside of the box and adapt standard methodologies to our small to our growing environment.

Does this sound like you? If so, please apply today!

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 www.kitepharma.com. Sign up to follow @KitePharma on Twitter at www.twitter.com/kitepharma.

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