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Senior Manager of Supply Chain – Global External Testing

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 matrix team leader to join us as a Senior Manager of Supply Chain to support Kite’s global network of Contract Testing Labs (“CTL”) within the newly formed External Supply and Partnerships team embedded within the Global Supply Chain Organization. The Senior Manager will report to the Associate Director, External Supply and Partnerships at Kite and be based out of our Santa Monica, CA headquarters. Key responsibilities for the incumbent include supporting global activities for clinical and/or commercial external testing operations and acting as the single point of contact with external testing labs and internal interfacing groups, leading selection of new contract testing laboratories, and assuring supply of critical materials and products through diligent oversight of external testing labs. Further, the Senior Manager will be responsible for supporting the management of a global CTL network with a current testing focus for raw materials, viral vectors, and additional ancillary testing services.

As part of this opportunity, the Senior Manager will have opportunities to work with and collaborate with different functions and partners across Kite’s Technical Operations organization (e.g. Analytical Development, Regulatory, Quality, Manufacturing, and Supply Chain), as well as multiple CTL Partners. The ideal candidate will have strong communication skills, technical skills (biologics/gene and cell therapy and raw material testing operations, GMP regulation and drug development life cycle), network-based thinking (tact, contract negotiation, project management) and leadership skills in a matrix organization.

Responsibilities of the Senior Manager of Supply Chain – Global External Testing include:

  • Serves as single point of contact for one or more external testing partners and internal interfacing teams

  • Leads a matrix team comprised of quality assurance, quality control, supply chain planning, and extended functional team members to manage raw material or viral vector testing scopes

  • Leads internal operational meetings to discuss testing priorities and delays, issues, escalations, project timelines and investigations

  • Creates a streamlined process for communicating testing delays to various functional teams

  • Ensures the team has an effective communication mechanism to synchronize execution steps and adjust plans in a timely manner

  • Leads resolution of issues and escalate as appropriate

  • Facilitates and effectively communicates information between Kite and external test partners

  • Supports creation of a standardized process for tracking contract testing spend including oversight of POs and invoices

  • Ensures each partner is receiving adequate support & resources from matrix team

  • Establishes and ensures KPIs are being met by external test partners, and collaborate with external partners and internal matrix team to mitigate any risks that are identified

  • Leads business review meetings with external testing partners

  • Collaborates with Sourcing to ensure all annual contracts are in place to prevent testing delays

  • Leads diligence and assist in selection of best-suited testing partners to meet Kite's strategic objectives and consult on supply and quality agreements, executing onboarding and supporting QC with oversight for method transfer plans

  • Supports development of a forecasting tool to provide to contract test labs

Basic Requirements:



MS / MA degree with 6+ years of Supply Chain and/or Regulatory and/or Project Management and/or Operations experience


BS / BA degree with 8+ years of the aforementioned experience


High School degree with 12+ years of the aforementioned experience

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Business and operations acumen, skilled at managing external partners; specifically contract testing labs (CTLs)

  • Demonstrated experience and knowledge of GMP and working with Quality and contract testing organizations

  • Exhibit leadership skills and strategic, network-based thinking

  • Diplomacy skills and ability to proactively identify and mitigate risks

  • Experience in managing & collaborating in matrix environment with support from fully- and partially dedicated resources

  • Outstanding organizational skills with the ability to multi-task and prioritize

  • Comfortable in a fast-paced entrepreneurial environment, self-directed and able to adjust workload based upon changing priorities

  • Strong data analytics skills e.g. Tableau, Excel as well as Budget and Financial Planning experience

  • Exceptional decision-making skills in a meaningful environment

  • Strong interpersonal and people development skills, open minded to the diverse opinions of others and able to lead effectively through influence

  • Project management and resource planning experience

  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills, attention to detail, and ability to anticipate variance and risks and develop options

  • Outstanding organizational skills with the ability to multi-task and prioritize

  • Comfortable in a fast-paced entrepreneurial environment, self-directed and able to adjust workload based upon changing priorities

  • Quick learner of new technology/process/work environment and ability to translate learning to work plans for improving business performance

  • Exhibit discipline in planning and plan execution with a Patient-centric mindset

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