Manager of Supply Chain – Contract Test LabUnited States – RemoteManufacturing Operations & Supply ChainRegular
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 Contract Test Lab SPOC (Single Point of Contact) to support Kite’s global network of Contract Testing Labs (“CTL”) within the External Supply and Partnerships team embedded within the Global Supply Chain Organization. The Manager will report to the Associate Director, External Supply and Partnerships at Kite and be based remotely out of the contiguous United States.
This Manager will have opportunities to work with and collaborate with different functions and partners across Kite’s Technical Operations organization (e.g. Quality Control, Analytical Development, Quality Assurance, Regulatory, Manufacturing, and Supply Chain), as well as multiple CTL Partners. The ideal candidate will have strong organization and communication skills, technical knowledge (biologics/gene and cell therapy and raw material testing operations, GMP regulation and drug development life cycle), and network-based thinking (tact, contract negotiation, project management).
Responsibilities of the Manager of Supply Chain – Contract Test Lab include:
Represents Kite as the Single Point of Contact for all raw material test labs
Facilitates and effectively communicates information between Kite and external test partners
Leads resolution of CTL operational issues that impact Kite and collaborate with other Kite functions to resolve other quality or technical issues
Tracks and communicates raw material sample testing status and delays to internal stakeholders and leadership teams
Obtains CoA release dates from contract test labs and weekly reports, and update internal trackers
Initiates SCARs (and deviations and CAPAs as needed) related to raw material test labs and notify stakeholders
Creates and distributes monthly raw material testing forecast to CTLs
Tracks accuracy of raw material test forecast and update project team
Updates forecast data sheet monthly with updated and new raw material specifications
Approves CTL invoices and manages PO spend for each test lab
Acts as the first point of contact for CTL invoice resolution and ensure resolution of CTL invoice inquiries
Leads intake for new scopes of work for raw material test labs: gathers requirements from end users, requests quotes from CTLs, initiates sourcing request for SOWs, and requests and owns GMP POs
Gathers operational metrics and content for joint steering committee meeting with contract test labs
Supports ES&P QMR with raw material test lab metrics (as requested)
MS / MA degree with 4+ years of Supply Chain and/or Regulatory and/or Project Management and/or Operations experience
BS / BA degree with 6+ years of the aforementioned experience
High School degree with 10+ years of the aforementioned experience
Demonstrates knowledge of Good Manufacturing Practices (GMPs)
Experience working with contract test laboratories or other external contract organizations
Working knowledge of collaboration within a matrix environment
Demonstrates diplomacy skills and ability to proactively identify and mitigate risks
Outstanding organizational skills with the ability to multi-task and prioritize
Strong analytical and problem-solving skills and strong data analytics skills e.g. Tableau, Excel
Excellent oral and written communication skills
Demonstrates discipline in planning and plan execution
Quick learner of new technology/process/work environment and ability to translate learning to work plans for improving business performance
Superior work ethic and a strong personal desire for success
Does this sound like you? If so, please apply today!