Supervisor, Manufacturing

Kite Pharma
Santa Monica, CA, United States
Nov 25, 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

We are seeking a highly effective Supervisor, Manufacturing to be responsible for supervising a team of Cell Therapy Specialists in a clinical manufacturing environment.

Responsibilities (include but are not limited to):
• Supervise the on-the-floor operations of our clinical cell therapy manufacturing facility in a cGMP environment

• Schedule personnel resources according to operational plan
• Build a team, provide necessary training and ongoing coaching, discipline and recognition of direct staff, including performing annual performance reviews
• Generate SOPs, MPRs, and Work instructions for equipment and procedures used in biologics manufacturing
• Execute production and resource schedule against operational plan
• Ensure performance of all process steps specific to the phase or stage of operation
• Process monitoring, including manipulation of databases, documents and/or spreadsheets to support business reporting requirements
• Review of completed manufacturing documentation per compliance standards and established timelines
• Investigate and resolve problems, identifying root cause, and proposing process improvements through clear communication to senior management
• Interact with outside vendors and senior management
• Participate in multi-functional project teams, as necessary
• Take corrective action to bring about required changes using change control procedures
• Other duties as assigned

Basic Qualifications:
• Bachelor's degree in biology or related field and 6+ years of experience, with 2 years of experience supervising staff

• Master's degree in biology or related field and 4 + years of experience, with 2 years of experience supervising staff

Preferred Qualifications:
• Able to build and lead a team as well as train entry-level personnel
• Knowledgeable of the current Code of the Federal Regulations (CFR's) and Current Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMP's)
• Sufficient understanding of process, systems and equipment to troubleshoot problems and provide solutions to senior management
• Sufficient knowledge of electronic quality systems
• Must be able to work on off shift hours as well as part of the on-call rotation as needed; weekend shift likely
• Excellent interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills are essential in this collaborative work environment
• High energy level and a positive outlook coupled with the requisite "can do" attitude and a willingness to do what it takes to achieve personal and organizational goals and overcome obstacles
• Willingness to think outside of the box and adapt best practices to our small, but growing environment
• Ability to adapt in a constantly evolving environment
• Self-motivated with a strong sense of ownership in areas of responsibility
• Previous cell culture experience

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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