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Senior Manager, Supply Chain (Warehouse and Materials Management)

United States - California - El SegundoManufacturing 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 individual to join us as a Senior Manager of Warehouse and Materials Management for our commercial Cell Therapy facility, with responsibility for operational governance and ownership of the department’s performance.  This function will require a strong collaboration skill set across multiple functions and at various levels to drive strategy based on internal priorities, external opportunities and financial considerations. This includes ensuring systems, processes and staff are in place for materials receiving, component preparation and product shipping.


  • Management of Warehouse operations covering receiving, component preparation for manufacturing and final product shipping.
  • Develop and implement cGMP compliant processes and procedures to support the cell therapy operation.
  • Recruit and manage a team to deliver against site capacity plans.
  • Develop staffing models to ensure department is appropriately resourced and trained to meet capacity requirements.
  • Develop, implement and maintain appropriate staff training curricula meeting cGMP and HSE requirements.
  • Liaises with Manufacturing and Process Development in the technical transfer of new products.
  • Establish, measure and track operational performance through KPI’s and drive continuous improvement to reduce cost and improve quality.
  • Collaborate with Quality, Planning, Manufacturing and Logistics teams to ensure site and company goals are met.
  • Deliver relevant departmental input and assessments for change controls, investigations, and deviations. Lead implementation of assigned corrective and preventative actions.
  • Assist the head of the department in operational and capital budget development and ensure team adheres to the approved budget.
  • Facilitate and lead cross functional forums/councils to ensure effective communication and escalation pathways, assess impact and achieve operational objectives.
  • Assists in the development of operational functional requirements and business process flow architecture of ERP and Planning functions and features, in support of existing and future business plans.

Basic Qualifications:

  • PhD Degree OR
  • Master’s Degree and 6+ years’ experience in Operations, Manufacturing, Supply Chain OR
  • Bachelor’s Degree and 8+ years’ experience in Operations, Manufacturing, Supply Chain OR
  • High School Degree and 12+ years’ experience in Operations, Manufacturing, Supply Chain

Preferred Qualifications:

  • 7+  years of operations or supply chain experience
  • Proven warehouse and materials management experience in life sciences or relevant area.
  • Working knowledge and understanding of GMP, GCP, GDP, and relevant ICH and FDA guidelines.
  • Experience in cold chain management in a pharmaceutical or medical setting.
  • Team leadership and management experience in clinical or commercial manufacturing.
  • In depth knowledge of supply chain operations in a cGMP setting, international distribution experience as plus.
  • Experience with Change Control Management, Deviations and CAPA Systems.
  • Excellent interpersonal, written and verbal communication skills.
  • Proven successful collaboration in a cross functional environment.
  • Advanced analytical, problem-solving, and critical thinking skills.
  • Logical thinking with strong analytical skills for risk identification and management.
  • Thrives in a startup, fast-paced environment with ‘can do’ attitude under minimal direction and able to adjust workload based upon changing priorities.
  • Experience with Oracle EBS, SAP or similar strongly preferred.
  • APICS, Project Management, and/or Six Sigma certification preferred.
  • Proficient in Warehousing software, MS word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook.