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Senior Manager Manufacturing

Netherlands - HoofddorpManufacturing Operations & Supply ChainRegular

Job Description

As Sr. Manager Manufacturing you will be responsible for managing a team of Manufacturing Team Leads  (TL) in a commercial cell therapy cGMP environment. In this position you lead Team Leads and Cell Therapy Specialists (CTS) who are responsible for  Cell Therapy production. The total team of CTS working in a shift is approximately 50-75 colleagues.  You will be coordinating the day-to-day operations of the team in collaboration with the other Sr. Managers Manufacturing in Kite's state-of-the-art manufacturing facility and building relationships in the Global Kite organization.

About Kite Pharma, A GILEAD Company

Today, Kite Pharma is the leader in cell therapy. We are advancing a pipeline of oncology therapies centered on what we believe is the power of cell therapy to fundamentally change the way cancer is treated. As we extend our global reach with a new, state-of-the-art facility in Hoofddorp, we need colleagues interested in change, in challenge, and in building a new future together. Join us and discover your sense of purpose.

We are seeking an enthusiastic Sr. Manager Manufacturing to join the Manufacturing organization in which people of all backgrounds and experiences are respected, and where working together focused on saving lives, by finding the cure for cancer, is a daily activity. Your will report to the Senior Director Manufacturing. The manufacturing organization (350+ pp) consist of two departments, i) Manufacturing Operations, where the production of the cell therapy occurs and ii) Manufacturing Technical Services.

Key responsibilities of this job:

  • Execute production and resource schedule against the operational plan linked to the company goals.
  • Supervise and ensure right first-time operations of commercial cell therapy manufacturing following the cGMP guidelines.
  • Build a high performing team, provide necessary training and ongoing mentoring and recognition of direct staff, including performance reviews according to Kite standards.
  • Support technology transfers and continued expansion of the facilities.
  • Collaborate with Manufacturing Technical Services in the handling of deviations, CAPAs and change controls.
  • Process monitoring, including management of data to support business reporting requirements.
  • Support regulatory inspections and quality audits, both internal and external.
  • Encourage and drive a team culture to continuously improve safety, compliance, efficiency and cost reductions within operations.
  • Encourages and drives a culture of ownership and integrity where people feel safe to speak up, give feedback to each other according to the Kite Culture standards.
  • Build relationships and harmonize on a global level.
  • Initiate, lead and/or participate in multi-functional (global) project teams, applying Lean Manufacturing principles.
  • Interact with outside vendors and senior management on a site/global level.

Experience & Qualifications:

The ideal candidate for this position of Sr. Manager Manufacturing is a true people leader with strong people management and influencing skills and a proven track record in cGMP manufacturing.

  • Bachelor’s or Master's degree (for instance: Biochemistry, Life Science & Technology, Biology).
  • A minimum of 10 years of cGMP production experience, including at least 8 years in a leadership role.
  • Strong leadership and influencing skills. Demonstrated ability to build, develop, and coach a high performing team of people leaders focusing on behaviors.
  • Experience in manufacturing is required.
  • Ability to work together with other Sr. Managers in Manufacturing aligning operations, driving efficiency and structure and able to adjust workload based upon changing priorities to meet set goals and timelines.
  • Knowledgeable of Current Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMPs)
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Demonstrated capability of guiding operational excellence (Lean methodology) and other improvement trajectories.
  • Excellent interpersonal, verbal, written communication skills and stakeholder management.

If you have the ability to thrive in a dynamic and fast-paced environment and are willing to transform this environment in a proactive and stable one, the moment has come for you to be part of such an exciting journey towards eliminating the burden of chronic cancer care, don’t miss out on this opportunity to join us.

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Would you like to know more about this job before you apply? Please contact Neil Richardson, Talent Acquisition Business Partner, via:

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