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Senior Manager, Process Development Operational Excellence

United States - California - Santa MonicaProcess/Product Development & OperationsRegular

Job Description

We are seeking a highly motivated individual with a strong Operational Excellence (OE) background to join us as a Senior Manager in the Cell Therapy Technical Operations, Process Development (PD) Business Operations organization.  The successful candidate will lead and support cross-functional projects and operational improvement initiatives to enable our Process Development organization to advance our exciting and expansive CAR T and TCR pipelines and next generation adaptive immunotherapy.

This position will assist in implementing the Operational Excellence program in PD, operating across the four dimensions of the program:

  • Gaining Leadership Engagement
  • Employee Focus and Empowerment
  • Implementing a Continuous Improvement Mindset
  • Delivering Results


  • Apply operational excellence principles and tools in leading and supporting initiatives to optimize operational efficiency within PD. 
  • Assist with the implementation of the Kite Operational Excellence Belt Program, including delivering training and coaching candidates through projects
  • Work with the Kite Operational Excellence Center of Excellence and cross-functional core team representatives to align on OE implementation strategy across Kite.
  • Drive the implementation of the OE program within the PD organization and provide facilitation and coaching on OE tools and principles to support projects. This will include facilitating workshops / Kaizen events to take teams through continuous improvement efforts.
  • Provide technical mentorship to junior members of the team.  May have supervisory responsibilities with future direct reports in the future.


  • MA/MS degree with 6+ years relevant industry experience in the biopharma / cell therapy industry or;
  • Bachelor’s degree with 8+ years relevant industry experience in the biopharma / cell therapy industry or;
  • HS Diploma with 12+ years of relevant industry experience. 

Additional Qualifications:

  • Engineering degree preferred.
  • Lean Six Sigma Green Belt Certification/Black Belt Certification preferred.
  • Experience/knowledge working in the biopharmaceutical/cell therapy field preferred.
  • Excellent organizational, interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills
  • Strong understanding of MS Office Suite of tools, (including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Project, Visio).  Experience working with Smartsheet a plus.
  • Strong project management skills and demonstrated ability to collaboratively lead and work in cross-functional teams
  • Strong track record of integrity and courage, with demonstration of intellectual honesty and ethical decision-making
  • Comfortable in a fast-paced company environment with minimal direction and able to prioritize multiple tasks from multiple customers.