Maintenance Technician - 2nd Shift

Kite Pharma
Frederick, MD, United States
Dec 02, 2020
Required Education
Masters Degree/MBA
Position Type
Full time
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Job Description

Everyone at Kite is grounded by one common goal - curing cancer. Every single day, we seek to establish a direct line between that purpose and our day-to-day work. Join us in this mission!

We are seeking a highly motivated Maintenance Technician on 2nd shift to coordinate/execute maintenance activities in our new commercial cell therapy manufacturing and administration buildings in Frederick, Maryland. In this role, you will provide support to the facilities and engineering team and assist in the operation and maintenance of the company's facility and equipment for production of cell-based therapeutics.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
  • Perform routine maintenance tasks including: Process equipment in clean room environment, and Facilities equipment.
  • Perform monitoring of all BMS systems to ensure the facilities, equipment and environmental systems are within specified ranges and operating systems are functioning accurately.
  • Observes deviations from systems specifications and works with Facilities staff to correct or resolve these discrepancies. May assist in calibrating and fineā€tuning controls.
  • Perform and organize preventative maintenance tasks while supporting maintenance and operational work orders and assignments.
  • Maintain accurate records keeping equipment and systems cGMP compliant at all times
  • Able to work safely in an environment containing hazardous chemicals, high and low temperature liquids, high pressure liquids and gasses, steam, and moving machinery.
  • Ensure maintenance work orders are being completed on time while adhering to operational standards.
  • Possesses a mechanical and electrical acumen including HVAC, Purified Water system, facilities utilities, P&ID's, schematics and equipment specifications is a must.
  • Have an understanding of operating and testing requirements for equipment and utilities.
  • Business travel may be required.
  • Able to work after hours and on call as needed; weekend shift support and shutdowns.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Basic Qualifications:
  • Master's Degree and OR
  • Bachelor's Degree and 2+ years' experience in Maintenance OR
  • AA Degree and 4+ years' experience in Maintenance OR
  • High School Degree and 5+ years' experience in Maintenance experience

Preferred Qualifications:
  • Maintenance experience in a biotech or pharmaceutical company with direct experience with GMP facility operation is preferred.
  • Building Management Systems, HVAC automation controls, energy management systems, or other related experience is preferred.
  • Exposure to operations involving engineering subject areas including Electrical, Mechanical, Process, Structural, Environmental, and Industrial.
  • Demonstrated understanding of systems needed to run a GMP facility such as: HVAC, electrical, process systems, plumbing/piping, general maintenance, pest management, both interior and exterior.
  • Must have a strong work ethic and demonstrate dependability and timeliness.
  • Able to prioritize multiple task/priorities and the ability to work under specific time constraints are required.
  • Must be able to stand, walk, squat, bend, kneel, climb, and or reach for 75% of a shift
  • Comfortable in a fast-paced small company environment with minimal direction and able to adjust workload based upon changing priorities.
  • Control automation and PLC experience.
  • Ability to read blue prints, control drawings and logic controls and BMS program language
  • Knowledge of HVAC network systems, including fiber optic networks and building management communication networks, and ability to understand psychometric charts
  • Self-starter with superior analysis and problem solving skills ranging from simple to sophisticated situations.
  • Be forward thinking the ability to work with system & technical metrics, identify variances & deficiencies while improving maintenance program and performance.
  • Be proficient in MS Office suite.
  • Demonstrates proficiency in current Good Manufacturing Practices (GMPs).
  • Possess good communications skills to explain information and influence others to secure successful implementation of Facilities and Engineering programs and directives as assigned.
  • Must have a strong work ethic and demonstrate dependability and timeliness
  • Willingness to put internal customer needs first.
  • Have a 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

Does this sound like you? If so, please apply today!

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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