Vice President, Site Head of Operations

Kite Pharma
Frederick, MD, United States
Oct 22, 2020
Required Education
Bachelors Degree
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 individual to lead Kite's state of the art cell therapy commercial manufacturing facility in Frederick, MD.

As Vice President, Site Head of Operations you will report to the Global Head of Manufacturing and will be a member of the Global Operations Leadership Team (GOLT). You will have the opportunity to lead a cross functional site team to stand up Kite's newest, state-of-the-art commercial cell therapy manufacturing facility. This will include completing the CQV efforts, initiating production, completing PPQ, regulatory filings, pre-approval inspections, and eventual regulatory approval and commercial launch.

In this role you will lead a team responsible for Manufacturing, Facilities & Engineering, Supply Chain, and Business Operations. Additionally, you will lead the Site Leadership Team which also includes Quality, IT, Finance, MSAT, and HR. Your core responsibilities will also include developing manufacturing strategies, executing site operations, ensuring cGMP compliance, establishing new capabilities, processes and technologies, forming teams and developing people, and creating an inclusive culture of safety, quality and operational excellence.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
  • Site Strategy - team up with GOLT executives to establish site strategies that effectively deliver consistent high quality product to patients. Will be responsible for setting site goals and objectives and ensuring those are aligned cross functionally with corporate functions.
  • Product Supply - Lead the site team to ensure that site operations are executed safely, compliantly, effectively and efficiently to meet product demand and financial targets.
  • Compliance - closely collaborate with Quality & Compliance, and Facilities & Engineering to maintain a high level of cGMP compliance and safety through the effective monitoring and reporting of metrics.
  • Technology - closely collaborate with Process Development and IT to execute technology transfers and effectively deploy automation solutions.
  • Continuous Improvement - Set a culture of continuous improvement and drive product/process improvements to improve reliability, quality, productivity and efficiency. Create an open, "speak-up" environment to ensure that the best innovative solutions are identified and implemented.
  • Talent Development - closely collaborate with HR to build and develop a robust leadership team, develop the next generation of leaders by creating a feedback rich culture, ensuring effective personal development of leaders, and building a strong succession pipeline.

  • Education - BS degree in life sciences, engineering or related field, advanced degree, e.g. MS, MBA and/or PhD preferred with at least 15 years of experience managing operational teams in the biotechnology or biologics industry, preferably with 10+ years of senior leadership experience
  • Interpersonal Skills - vulnerable, humble, confident, courageous. Ability to give and earn trust. High level of emotional intelligence, exceptional listening, verbal and written communication skills.
  • Decision Making - consistent track record to make objective and unbiased decisions with imperfect information. Ability to adopt other people's point of view - especially if different than one's own.
  • Collaboration - cross-functional, corporate and site experience with a focus on bringing varied perspectives together, sharing standard methodologies, and effectively using resources to further Kite's enterprise strategy and achieve Technical Operation's objectives.
  • Change Management - effective Sponsorship, Change Agent and influencing skills. Adaptive, agile, flexible, open minded. Consistent record to build cross-functional commitment, lead, simplify and scale complex dynamic organizations through transformational change.
  • Business & Scientific Acumen - broad understanding of the business model, science, facilities, engineering, process development, supply chain, quality, compliance, regulatory, and information technology expectations for cell therapy.
  • Enterprise Leadership - ability to build empowerment and accountability across teams and functions by being bold in aspiration and agile in execution, making time for people, listening, speaking openly and explaining the "why", believing in others and oneself to make sound decisions, and owning the impact of one's words and actions.
  • Entrepreneurial - high energy level with a positive "can do" attitude, ability to adapt and think "out of the box" and rapidly turn ideas into action in a nascent, evolving, innovative industry. Manage ambiguity with aplomb and calmness. Creative, innovative and risk-taking.

Does this sound like you? If so, we encourage you to 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 Sign up to follow @KitePharma on Twitter at

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