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MBA Intern, Technical Operations

United States - California - Santa MonicaManufacturing Operations & Supply ChainIntern

Job Description

We are seeking a highly motivated and passionate individuals to join our Summer Internship Program! As an intern at Kite, you’ll have the unique opportunity to learn about cell therapy from some of the brightest minds in biotech while making a meaningful impact. We’re committed to developing early talent, and we welcome motivated individuals with a passion for transforming the way cancer is treated. The program also offers the opportunity for networking within Kite and Gilead, social events with fellow interns and Kite leadership as well as career development trainings while providing competitive compensation and relocation assistance for eligible candidates.

The Role:

Kite has established a supply network that delivers lifesaving therapy at industry leading service levels.  This is our commitment to patients and the expectation of our customers.  As we continue to expand globally, we must both advance our supply network to reach a geographically dispersed patient base and adapt to diverse patient journeys, while preserving our commitment to patient and customer experience. 

The intern position will be responsible for a Supply Chain strategy solution assessment for Global Expansion.  Specifically, identification of viable manufacturing footprint thresholds across three operational scopes (full E2E, initiate & pause, receive & hold).  This will entail identification of quantitative and qualitative factors, as well as financial modeling and evaluation.  The framework and model will be applied to markets of interest arriving at a recommended supply strategy.   

Throughout the internship, you will apply learnings from across the enterprise to navigate the frontiers of Cell Therapy.  You will report within Technical Operations and sit within the Planning, Enablement, and Patient Delivery team.  This group consists of our Regional Supply Chains, Network Planning, Business Systems, and Master Data.  The breadth of the team will provide a unique view into how a make-to-order integrated supply chain delivers competitive advantage and translates strategy into people, process, and technology execution. 

Responsibilities will include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Partners with cross-functional teams to capture and apply planning and operation assumptions for the project deliverable
  • Models demand driven capacity responses, including scenario and sensitivity analysis
  • Analyzes projected patient service levels, capacity utilization and supply continuity
  • Provides detailed cost of goods manufactured (COGM) analysis across multiple scenarios
  • Offers meaningful insights on how Kite can leverage our supply network to best deliver for patients
  • Incorporates considerations for business continuity and risk mitigation
  • Presents strategies that objectively evaluate options/trade-offs and drives executive management-level recommendations

Basic Qualifications:

  • Must be at least 18 years or older
  • Must have a minimum GPA of 2.8
  • Must be eligible to work in the United States without work authorization sponsorship now or in the future
  • Graduated with a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university
  • Currently enrolled in an MBA program at a U.S. based accredited college or university with completion of the first year of an MBA program scheduled before the internship starts
  • Must be enrolled full-time in the Fall Semester at an accredited U.S. based university/college after the completion of the internship – with earliest graduation date of December 2023 or Spring/Summer 2024
  • Must be able to complete a 10-12 consecutive week internship between May and August
  • Must be able to relocate if necessary and work at the designated site for the duration of the internship
  • Must show proof of full COVID-19 vaccination and first booster shot 
  • Must not be employed at the time the internship starts

Preferred Qualifications:

  • First year MBA candidate with concentration in operations management, strategic management, general management, or business analytics
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering, Life Science, Business or similar preferred
  • Comfortable with ambiguity; ability to identify issues and seek solutions
  • Ability to work both independently and collaborate with cross functional teams in a fast pace, dynamic team setting
  • Efficient, organized, and able to handle short timelines in a fast-paced environment
  • Strong analytical, quantitative and problem-solving skills
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Ability to influence and manage a diverse group of stakeholders
  • Experience and/or interest in the biotechnology, pharmaceutical or health-care industry
  • Basic understanding of supply/demand forecasting
  • Proficiency with MS Office Suite
  • Knowledge and understanding of Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) and regulatory policies