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Associate Director of Supply Chain – Head of Global Logistics

United States - California - Santa MonicaManufacturing Operations & Supply ChainRegular

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. Would you like to join us in this mission?

We are seeking a highly motivated individual to join us as an Associate Director of Supply Chain to head the Global Logistics function based out of our Santa Monica, CA headquarters.  This Associate Director will be responsible for the stand-up of the nascent Global Logistics function through the formalization of a Global Logistics Network and Center of Excellence. The Global Logistics function is responsible for the strategic governance of all global logistics processes, partners, and tools at Kite, while also providing oversight for the execution of the tactical logistics activities in each region.

Responsibilities of the Associate Director of Supply Chain – Head of Global Logistics include:

  • Department Head

    • Oversee the Global Logistics department, including its assets and employees

    • Recruit, interview, select, train, motivate, coach, and mentor the Global Logistics team

    • Plan and implement budgets and review financial reports

    • Develop and maintain key performance measures including measures around spend and cost

  • Global Policies

    • Define global and regional roles and responsibilities

    • Provide guidance for regional SOPs

  • Standardization

    • Drive harmonization between regions

    • Maintain courier and technology alignment globally

    • Develop and implement robust inbound and outbound cold chain logistics processes globally

  • Innovation and Continuous Improvement

    • Develop continuous improvement plans for Kite’s Global Logistics infrastructure

    • Assist in the identification and implementation of continuous improvement opportunities and customer satisfaction opportunities

    • Identify, initiate, and manage cross-functional logistics projects using appropriate project management expertise and methodologies

    • Manage the operational aspects of ongoing projects and serve as liaison between project management, project team, Quality, and line management

  • Logistics Service Provider (LSP) Vendor Management

    • Develop and manage partnerships and relationships with LSPs

    • Oversee performance management of LSPs

    • Identify, qualify, and implement new LSPs

    • Provide RFP support through the identification process

    • Provide ongoing contract support: CDA, MSA, SOW

  • New Business Startup

    • Provide logistical support and expertise to new product launches and the geographical expansion of existing products

    • Consult on logistics capabilities in various regions:

      • Conduct trade compliance analysis

      • Support lane analysis

      • Support shipping qualification

  • Trade Compliance

    • Manage relationships between brokerage services and LSPs

    • Oversee the completion of a company trade compliance manual

    • Support creation of company-wide training

    • Enforce corporate compliance as it pertains to the transportation of goods domestically and internationally

    • Support international trade compliance issues

  • Risk Management

    • Ownership of the Global Logistics risk management plan

    • Proactive risk identification and resolution

    • Global issue escalation and mitigation/resolution

    • Conduct LSP FMEAs

    • Support Global RCAs and CAPAs


Ph.D. degree with 2+ years’ experience in Supply Chain Transportation and/or Global Logistics


MS / MA Degree with 8+ years of the aforementioned experience


BS / BA Degree with 10+ years of the aforementioned experience


High School Degree with 14+ years of the aforementioned experience

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Proven typical skills and knowledge required to contribute to a Global Logistics organization with international scope and impact

  • Experience in managing transport lanes for international shipments

  • Experience in managing transport lanes for cold chain pharmaceuticals is a plus

  • 10+ years of people and project leadership

  • Proven track record of leading, developing and managing direct staff and cross functional teams

  • Practical expertise with cGMP manufacturing and regulatory regulations and requirements for pharmaceuticals and devices

  • Ability to think critically, and demonstrate troubleshooting and problem-solving skills

  • Excellent interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills

  • Ability to function efficiently and independently in a changing environment

  • Familiarity with various regulations including those related to hazardous shipments, employee safety, and freight classifications

  • Demonstrated knowledge of pharmaceutical manufacturing of biotechnology products, aseptic processing, cell therapy products and process development

  • Experience working in ERP systems

  • In depth experience in Microsoft Excel (tables, arrays, formulas, conditional formatting)

  • Experience in statistical analysis using JMP or Minitab

  • Professional certifications and membership in Professional Associations (APICS CLTD, CSCP)

  • Previous experience with cell therapy products is a plus

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