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Sr. Quality Control Specialist

United States - California - Santa MonicaQualityRegular

Job Description

Senior Quality Control Specialist

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 Kite as a Senior QC Specialist, Global Quality Control, to provide Quality Control support of Global Raw Materials and Reagents Center of Excellence (GRM&R CoE).  In this role you will be responsible for the testing, release, and characterization of raw material and reagents, within a Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) environment.


  • Independently performs routine Raw Materials release testing by following established procedures as written.
  • Participates as needed in the testing of raw materials by following analytical methods compendial methods and/or analytical procedures such as, pH, Osmolality, Conductivity, LAL, Identity, ELISA, Gel/Western Blot, FT-IR, HPLC, LC-MS, PCR, UV and Fluorescence spectroscopy, enzyme assays, microbiological assays and other applicable methods for the testing of Raw Materials and Reagents.
  • Maintains instruments, by ensuring calibration and routine maintenance is performed in a timely manner.
  • Provides subject matter expertise and leadership for the investigation and evaluation of non-conformances related to laboratory testing, laboratory OOS investigations, deviations, CAPAs and change controls, as assigned.
  • Provides data analysis and trending.
  • Provides technical solutions to a wide range of difficult problems.
  • Leads/coordinates Quality Control and cross-functional projects with limited direction.
  • Training and cross-training of junior employees.
  • Responds to junior employee's issues and requests.
  • Assist in writing and deliver year end reviews.
  • Assist management with team morale, metric reports, employee development, training, etc.
  • Drive department goals/objectives.
  • Authors and revises Standard Operating Procedures.
  • Compile data for trending or investigation purposes or conduct research in regulatory guidance and peer-reviewed journals.
  • Performs GMP documentation with attention to detail.
  • Gathering of documentation and data entry. 
  • Documentation and test record review.
  • Keeps laboratory area clean and ensures waste is properly disposed.  
  • Keeps laboratory reagent and supply inventory.
  • Supports the department with other duties as assigned.

Basic Qualifications

  • Master’s Degree and 4+ years’ experience in biopharmaceutical or pharmaceutical industry OR
  • Bachelor’s Degree and 6+ years’ experience in biopharmaceutical or pharmaceutical industry

Preferred Qualifications

  • Strong understanding and experience operating within an GMP environment.
  • Working knowledge and understanding of analytical techniques to include HPLC, LC-MS, FACS, ELISAs, PCR, FTIR, UV and Fluorescence spectroscopy, Gel/ Western Blot, enzyme assays, microbiological assays, and other applicable methods to the testing of Raw Materials and Reagents within an GMP environment.
  • Experience leading OOS’s, CAPAs, change controls, deviations and laboratory investigations.
  • Knowledge of current Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMPs), GxP, pharmacopoeia, and regulatory requirements for testing pertaining to the pharmaceutical industry.
  • Preferred, Knowledge of aseptic technique and previous experience with cell culture.
  • Exceptional attention to detail and ability to keep track of multiple ongoing projects 
  • Experience writing, reviewing, or executing standard operating procedures, protocols, and reports.
  • Ability to independently perform duties and be adaptable to a dynamic and fast-paced environment
  • Excellent interpersonal and organizational skills
  • Strong project and time management skills.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Proficiency in MS Word, Excel, Power Point and other applications
  • Experience using laboratory and quality systems (e.g., Empower)