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Manager of Supply Chain – Contract Test Lab

United States – RemoteManufacturing 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 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)

Basic Qualifications:

MS / MA degree with 4+ years of Supply Chain and/or Regulatory and/or Project Management and/or Operations experience

OR

BS / BA degree with 6+ years of the aforementioned experience

OR

High School degree with 10+ years of the aforementioned experience

Preferred Qualifications:

  • 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

  • Patient-centric mindset

  • Superior work ethic and a strong personal desire for success

Does this sound like you? If so, please apply today!

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