Executive Director, Head of Program Management

Kite Pharma
Santa Monica, CA, United States
Nov 25, 2020
Required Education
Position Type
Full time
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Job Description

Kite's core technology involves the genetic engineering of T cells, or white blood cells, to express either chimeric antigen receptors (CARs) or T cell receptors (TCRs) for the treatment of advanced solid and hematological malignancies. Are you interested in joining a highly energized and accomplished team as we continue our rapid growth trajectory?

The Executive Director, Head of Program Management is responsible for maximizing value of Kite's internal and partnered assets through best-in-class program and project management. Kite is looking for an experienced program management leader with a demonstrated track record of leading global drug development across the product lifecycle, leading program management professionals and developing / improving drug development business processes. Come join us in our mission to cure cancer!

Responsibilities (include but are not limited to):
  • Develop and manage the Program Management function responsible for providing multidisciplinary support to drive execution and development of Kite's internal and partnered assets
  • Lead, coach and grow a diverse team of project managers and Product Team Leaders
  • Oversee program management and matrixed leadership to Product Teams, drive progression of products through the cell therapy development stage gates and lifecycle, and partner with leadership and key stakeholders to align product strategy with disease area program strategy and Kite's corporate strategy
  • Guide Global Program Leads to develop and execute on product strategy, support the formation of product teams with representatives from functional areas, and guide transition of product candidates from research into development phase
  • Develop and continuously improve Kite's cell therapy product development and commercialization framework
  • Develop standard methodologies and novel approaches to drive business outcomes and harmonize program management across Kite
  • Design and manage working groups within Corporate Development to resolve operational issues and/ improve department processes

  • PhD with 12+ years of Program Management, Project Management, Corporate Development/Operations experience OR
  • MS with 14+ years of Program Management, Project Management, Corporate Development/Operations experience OR
  • BS with 16+ years of Program Management, Project Management, Corporate Development/Operations experience

Preferred Qualifications:
  • Advanced life-science degree strongly preferred.
  • Expert knowledge of drug development process with proven track record in R&D program management in pharmaceuticals, biopharmaceuticals, or biotechnology. Prior experience in cellular therapy, and/or oncology therapeutics preferred.
  • Proven experience leading drug development projects and activities in a global organization including leading the development of at least one development candidate with adherence to quality, excellence and efficiency.
  • Broad understanding of the multidisciplinary functions contributing to effective and efficient drug development.
  • Solid understanding of CMC, pharmacology, toxicology, PK, clinical requirements to support major regulatory filings and the interdependencies between various disciplines (e.g., CMC, Pharm/Tox, PK, Clinical, Regulatory, Marketing, Finance) from a strategic planning, risk management, time/event/cost point.
  • Ability to assimilate data, recognize key variables, analyze complex situations and make quality judgements.
  • Excellent interpersonal, organizational, written and verbal presentation skills along with ability to work collaboratively in a matrixed environment
  • Must have extensive experience applying principles, concepts, practices, and standards of pharmaceutical project management and drug development

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 www.kitepharma.com. Sign up to follow @KitePharma on Twitter at www.twitter.com/kitepharma.

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