Process Engineer, Manufacturing Science and Technology (MSAT)

Kite Pharma
El Segundo, CA, United States
Nov 08, 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

Kite is seeking a highly motivated individual with cell culture experience to work on innovative T cell therapy for cancer treatment. As a Process Engineerfor Manufacturing Sciences and Technology (MSAT) you will provide process engineering support for technology transfers, process and product comparability, process validations and GMP manufacturing for Kite's engineered T cell therapy products. Additionally, you will write product impact assessments, root-cause analysis reports, sampling plans, technical reports, and provide technical assessments, rationales and approval for engineering and process changes as well as documentation pertaining to process development, qualification, and validation to meet regulatory requirements.

Key responsibilities:
  • Work closely with process design teams to assure process reliability and robustness in preparation for comparability and process validation.
  • Prepare and conduct initial training for process improvements and new process introduction.
  • Monitor and analyze manufacturing data as necessary to provide support for process improvement and investigations.
  • Participate and support process FMEAs to understand process and product risks as a pre-requisite for process validation.
  • Participate and report to a cross-functional team to advance production activities.
  • Participate in Operational Excellence activities within Tier Structure.
  • Ensure successful manufacturing process comparability and process validation runs by assessing risk, setting preventative measures in place, investigating, and troubleshooting equipment and process issues.
  • Lead and ensure systematic DMAIC based approach utilization for process/product related investigations to identify root cause and provide impact assessment to maintain routine manufacturing operations and determine process improvements for manufacturing.
  • Participate in evaluation of new technology and process automation for introduction into GMP manufacturing.
  • Write technical documentation (protocols & reports for equipment/instrument qualifications, comparability, process and cell therapy manufacturing process validation testing)
  • Work flexible hours for the coverage of the production facility.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Basic Qualifications:
  • Bachelors degree in Biochemical Engineering, Biotechnology or Life Sciences with 4+ years of biotech experience
  • Masters degree in Biochemical Engineering, Biotechnology or Life Sciences with 3+ years of biotech experience
  • High School Diploma with 8+ years of biotech experience

Preferred Qualifications
  • Cell therapy experience
  • Practical expertise with cGMP manufacturing and regulatory regulations and requirements for pharmaceuticals and devices
  • Demonstrated knowledge of pharmaceutical manufacturing of biotechnology products, aseptic processing, cell therapy products and process development
  • Experience in statistical analysis using JMP or Minitab
  • Knowledge of data management tools and statistical process controls
  • Understands and employs principles and concepts of Lean Six Sigma to improve process capability
  • Understand manufacturing needs and adapt to the changing needs of the manufacturing environment

Do you want to make a real difference in the world? Come help us in our quest to cure cancer! Everyone at Kite is grounded by this common goal. Every single day, we seek to establish a direct line between that purpose and our day-to-day work. Join us in our mission!

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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