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Senior Director, MSAT Lead - Process Development

United States - Maryland - FrederickProcess/Product Development & OperationsRegular

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 our mission!

Kite is seeking a highly motivated individual to join us as the Senior Director, MSAT Lead at Kite’s new, state of the art, commercial Cell Therapy manufacturing facility in Frederick, Maryland (site) reporting to the Head of Global Manufacturing Sciences and Technology (MSAT).

The Senior Director, MSAT is a key leadership role within Kite Pharma’s Process Development (PD) and Technical Operations organizations, providing technical and strategic leadership in supporting site commercial cell therapy manufacturing with the goal of ensuring supply, quality and regulatory requirements are met.  As a member of Site Leadership Team, the incumbent will serve as the PD functional lead and manufacturing process steward at the site focusing on key technical areas including (1) process and technology implementation, (2) site process qualification/comparability campaign planning and execution, (3) manufacturing process support including critical/major deviation investigations and product impact assessments, (4) process monitoring and improvement, and (5) site regulatory support (filling and inspections).  The ideal candidate must have expertise in cell therapy and/or biologics, GMP manufacturing experience and excellent understanding of regulations.

Key responsibilities include (but not limited to):

  • Build and manage a highly engaged world-class site MSAT team providing strategic leadership and direction aligned with the site, PD and with our global manufacturing network’s vision and mission.
  • Oversee MSAT team’s contribution towards manufacturing floor support, investigations of major/critical process deviations, impact assessments, process monitoring/continued process verification, MSAT laboratory studies supporting investigations/process improvements, process improvement projects.  
  • Oversee a team serving as the site technical leads for site process technology transfer (in/out) including process qualification/comparability campaigns, process risk assessments, process control strategies and new process training.
  • Oversee technical support to regulatory filings, regulatory inspections, and health authority questions.
  • Build a collaborative culture with key partners (site and global) and customers including Manufacturing, Quality, Supply Chain, Facilities & Engineering, etc.
  • In collaboration with other functions on site, implement and maintain fit-for-purpose effective systems and business processes to assure compliance to corporate guidelines for Deviation Investigations, Technology Transfer, Process Monitoring, Raw Material Qualification, and other relevant areas.
  • Oversee or serve on cross functional teams and/or cross-site teams as needed.

Minimum Requirements

  • PhD/MS degree in relevant Science or Engineering with at least 12+ years of biopharmaceutical manufacturing, technology transfer or process development experience. Cell therapy experience is a plus OR
  • BA/BS degree in relevant Science or Engineering with at least 14+ years of biopharmaceutical manufacturing, technology transfer or process development experience. Cell therapy experience is a plus.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Demonstrated leadership experience in building high performing teams and leading senior technical leaders. Experience leading/managing managers is preferred
  • Strong knowledge of GMP compliance, regulations and manufacturing operations
  • Experience in cell culture, aseptic processing, use of single use system and automation technologies
  • Good understanding of tech transfer, process validation and comparability
  • Self-motivated, excellent prioritization, problem-solving and investigation skills
  • Ability to manage budget and resource management
  • Excellent 360-degree communication skills
  • Knowledge of Quality by Design and/or Six Sigma is a plus

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