Associate Director, Business Operations Support

Kite Pharma
Oceanside, CA, United States
Oct 01, 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

The Associate Director, Business Operations Support will be a part of Kite Oceanside site leadership team responsible for provide performance analysis and metrics reporting, execute site business continuity and risk management, prioritize key initiatives and portfolio projects, and drive continuous improvement in manufacturing performance. The successful candidate will have at least 7+ years of operations experience in the biotech/pharmaceutical industry, ideally a combination of experience in Manufacturing, Process Development and/or Supply chain. S/he will combine solid business acumen, technical knowledge, project management and operational excellence/Lean experience to guide insight-driven initiatives to improve manufacturing performance. The Associate

Director will build the site based team and deliver the below objectives:
  • Own site performance baseline and prioritization of operational improvements
  • Develop standardized performance metrics and business processes for site reporting/consolidation
  • Develop site operation excellence framework and serve as point of contact at global OE core team
  • Work with cross-functional teams on developing business justification, investment plan (if required) and timeline for implementing operational improvements
  • Drive cross-functional alignment on performance improvement, standardization and adoption of best practices for manufacturing and support activities
  • Provide input into Capacity Planning, Workforce planning, Capital/Financial planning in alignment with operational improvement targets
  • Generate site based business continuity plan, and roll out risk management programs to actively reduce and eliminate business risks
  • Manage site project portfolio prioritization and execute site level strategic projects

Required Qualifications
  • Bachelor's degree in Science or Engineering with 10+ years experience, or advanced degree (MS/PhD) preferred with 8+ years experience.
  • 7+ years' experience in leading biopharmaceutical manufacturing operations; prefer direct plant operations experience
  • Proven Operational Excellence/Lean skills, with strong track record of driving continuous improvement
  • Demonstrated project management and facilitation skills in collaborating and influencing geographically dispersed cross-functional teams
  • Strong analytical and strategic thinking ability to recognize current barriers to improved performance, facilitate cross-functional/cross-site generation of innovative ideas and translate them into realistic actionable plans for implementation
  • Ability to adapt quickly to the demands of cell therapy manufacturing
  • Be proactive, resourceful, and detail-oriented to successfully contribute to the Company's rapidly growing, changing, and complex environment
  • Demonstrated success in a cross-functional environment; effective interactions with diverse audiences of executives, mid-management, and subject matter experts and to inspire understanding and agreement
  • Strong presentation and communication 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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