Commercial Product Quality Leader

Kite Pharma
Santa Monica, CA, United States
Nov 19, 2020
Required Education
Position Type
Full time
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Job Description

We are seeking a Commercial Product Quality Leader for Kite's commercial products. You will provide technical expertise and leadership to Product CMC/Quality Teams to develop, implement, and manage the strategies for Quality to meet late-stage and commercial product goals. This role has the responsibility for technical expertise and project support for the Quality and Compliance aspects of the product throughout its life cycle (i.e., life cycle management). You will help to define the operational Quality and Compliance strategy with the Commercial Product Quality Director and will be active in the execution of the strategies supporting the commercial Operations Team.

As a product expert in Quality, the Commercial Product Quality Leader role has responsibility for working directly with Operations Leaders, Quality Control (QC), Regulatory Affairs, Process Development (PD), Quality Assurance (QA), Qualified Persons, and Manufacturing on the resolution of issues and implementation of strategies associated with cell therapy products. This includes topics related to technology transfers, manufacturing process improvements, in-process control and critical quality attribute trends, analytical methods (transfers, validation, performance and improvements), product and starting material specifications, reference standards, importation testing, investigations, change controls, regulatory submissions, annual product reviews, risk assessments and regulatory inspections related to product(s). Your work will driveinitiatives intended to ensure the overall product health.

Other responsibilities include (but are not limited to):
  • Provide quality leadership on cross-functional teams in a matrix environment, driving alignment and decision making, performing a scientifically sound and risk-based evaluation of process and product quality data, and developing patient-oriented strategies.
  • Execute/drive product strategies under the direction of the Director, Product Quality through strong quality and scientific leadership related to technology transfers, global regulatory filing strategies, analytical method improvements, stability, product specifications and program improvements.
  • Support operationalizing theoretical concepts (e.g. product strategies) into actionable plans and execute those plans with successful outcomes.
  • Negotiate plans with regulatory authorities and internal multi-functional teams to obtain the optimal product quality position for life cycle management
  • Actively participate in the global Commercial Product Quality Team. Act as delegate to Commercial Product Quality Director for the Product Quality Team.
  • Author sections of regulatory submissions, as directed
  • Help develop the Stability strategy of the Product
  • Monitor Product Quality Data
  • Lead authorship of the Annual Product Review, as assigned, for commercial marketed products

Basic Qualifications
  • PhD in biochemistry, biology, regulatory sciences, engineering or a protein/biotechnology sciences field OR
  • MA/MS in biochemistry, biology, regulatory sciences, engineering or a protein/biotechnology sciences field and 6+ years of experience in late-stage/commercial biologic products OR
  • Bachelor's degree in biochemistry, biology, regulatory sciences, engineering or a protein/biotechnology sciences field and 8+ years of experience in late-stage/commercial biologic products OR
  • High School Diploma and 12+ years of experience in late-stage/commercial biologic products

Preferred Qualifications
  • 3+ years working in a regulated environment (either direct GMP or technical support)
  • Experience with authoring or review of biological license applications/MAAs, INDs/IMPDs, supplements/variations or similar regulatory documentation (i.e. review cycle questions), highly desired.
  • Experience supporting non-conformance investigations, authoring, reviewing and defending critical product impacting non-conformances
  • Communicate complex ideas succinctly and clearly, both verbally and in writing, to a variety of audiences.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including facilitation and presentation skills.
  • Ability to influence others through persuasive interactions and garner support for novel solutions where applicable.
  • Ability to work and navigate within an evolving scientific and regulatory environment.
  • Familiarity with compliance and regulatory requirements of the FDA as well as international regulatory agencies in international expansion regions.
  • Experience in direct interaction with regulatory agencies/Boards of Health during inspections
  • Understanding of biologic product development and manufacturing principles.
  • Knowledge of cGMP and filing regulations, guidelines, practices, and trends pertaining to the manufacture and testing of biopharmaceuticals.
  • Previous experience working on a cross-functional team in a matrix environment is a plus.


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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