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Supply Chain Specialist III - $8,000* Sign On

United States - California - San DiegoManufacturing Operations & Supply ChainRegular

Job Description

Do you want to make a real difference in the world? Come help us in our quest to cure cancer! Everyone at Kite is grounded by this common goal. Every single day, we seek to establish a direct line between that purpose and our day-to-day work. Join us in our mission!

We are seeking a highly effective Supply Chain Specialist III to work in this exciting new area of cancer immunotherapy.  This position is located in Oceanside, CA. You will play a key role in ensuring that the integrated manufacturing schedule is in alignment with the Master Production Schedule.

As a Supply Chain Specialist III, you’ll be joining a team in which people of all backgrounds and experiences are respected, and where working together focused on saving lives, by finding the cure for cancer, is a daily activity. This role will work cross-functionally to identify, drive, and communicate adherence to the Master Production Schedule.


  • Lead scheduling team to facilitate and collaborate with internal partners in gathering and identifying non-production activities that may possibly conflict with the finite production schedule
  • Build and evolve the integrated schedule to be the single source of truth for all activities that impact the manufacturing plant
  • Able to lead resolution with stakeholders when a non-production activity conflicts with meeting the MPS
  • Report and escalate to the Ops Council when a resolution cannot be found and adherence to the MPS is at risk
  • Provide and maintain detailed finite scheduling plans for viral vectors to assure no gaps or delays in processing, release, and shipments
  • Support changes in BOM, demand and supply, perform planning assessment
  • Ensure uninterrupted supply of viral vectors to support Kite’s clinical and commercial launches
  • Investigate and resolve problems, identifying root cause, and lead projects to drive improvements
  • Establish or update standard operating procedures (SOP’s) as required and process controls to obtain and maintain an efficient and effective department
  • Assure compliance with environmental and safety regulations

Basic Qualifications:

  • Master’s Degree and OR
  • Bachelor’s Degree and 2+ years’ experience OR
  • AA Degree and 4+ years’ experience in OR
  • High School Degree and 5+ years’ experience

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree and 3+ years in supply chain or related discipline at a pharmaceutical, biotech or medical company
  • In-depth knowledge of material requirements planning and production scheduling
  • Working knowledge and understanding of current Code of the Federal Regulations (CFR's) and Current Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMP's)
  • Experience with Change Control Management, Deviations and CAPA Systems
  • Experience with Oracle EBS, SAP or similar
  • Excellent skills in MS Word and Excel
  • APICS certification and/or relevant course work
  • Excellent interpersonal, verbal, and written communication skills
  • Thrives in a startup, fast-paced environment with ‘can do’ attitude under minimal direction and able to adjust workload based upon changing priorities
  • Self-motivated with a strong sense of ownership in areas of responsibility

* This Position qualifies for a $8,000 Sign-on Bonus, $4,000 payable within 30 days of start date and $4,000 payable following 6 months of continuous employment. Payments are subject to a 1-year repayment agreement from date of payment issue. Applies to external hires only.