Director, Quality Operations

Kite Pharma
El Segundo, CA, United States
Nov 03, 2020
Required Education
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 to join us as Director, Quality Operations at our commercial manufacturing site in El Segundo, CA. In this position, you will direct the activities of the plant Quality Assurance department and coordinate the total plant quality assurance effort to ensure conformance to Kite Pharma quality standards and government regulations. You will also provide objective evaluation of process performance and product quality and develop staff for continual contributions towards plant quality goals.

Responsibilities (include but are not limited to):
  • Lead the Quality Operations staff including recruitment, performance management, hiring along with staff training and development.
  • Reviews batch-related documentation and ensures resolution of issues to release product.
  • Oversees the final product and raw material disposition process.
  • Manage interactions with country affiliates and Qualified Persons.
  • Participate in FDA, EMA, Health Canada and other regulatory board of health inspections at the site.
  • Participate and provide leadership at the site level and at the corporate level.
  • Ensures all product-related Deviations and CAPAs are initiated, investigated and resolved.
  • Chairs the Material Review Board meetings to ensure non-conforming material is appropriately dispositioned.
  • Ensures change controls are initiated, evaluated and implemented appropriately for all regulated changes.
  • Develops and implements Quality on the floor process.
  • Ensures process control measures are in place and followed in product manufacturing.
  • Support internal site audits ensuring adherence to audit schedule and timely closure of findings.
  • Maintain and reports monitoring and control metrics for process performance and product quality.

Basic Qualifications:
  • Master's degree in the biological sciences + 10 years' progressive quality or manufacturing experience in a pharmaceutical or biologics operation OR
  • Bachelor's degree in the biological sciences + 12 years' progressive quality or manufacturing experience in a pharmaceutical or biologics operation OR
  • High School + 16 years' progressive quality or manufacturing experience in a pharmaceutical or biologics operation

Preferred Qualifications:
  • 3+ years of management/leadership experience
  • Working knowledge and ability to apply GMP in conformance to U.S., EU, and ROW standards
  • Ability to effectively negotiate and build collaboration amongst individuals
  • Demonstrated ability to develop, coach, and mentor key employees
  • Excellent interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills
  • Comfortable in a fast-paced small company environment with minimal direction and able to adjust workload based upon changing priorities

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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