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QC Team Lead

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Job Description

Kite, A Gilead Company

At Kite, we are at the forefront of immunotherapy and engineered T cell therapy. We are helping change the paradigm of cancer treatment and we are revolutionizing individually tailored treatments. That means a fast moving and constantly changing environment, where we make discoveries every day – discoveries that include our own capabilities and our individual potential.

We’re currently seeking to recruit highly motivated talents for different positions, to join us and be part of our exciting journey in the development of innovative cancer immunotherapies and their translation to the treatment of patients with cancer.

Department Description

As Team Lead – Sample Management you’ll be joining a newly formed 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.

QC Sample Management is a unit within the QC Services department. QC Services is a service unit providing services involving Data management, LIMS support, Sample Management, material management of the Laboratories, Incoming Goods sample management and laboratory equipment lifecycle management.

You’ll be reporting to the Sr Manager of Quality Control.

Your Responsibilities

In this role, you will ensure support of high quality for Quality Control and Manufacturing while ensuring compliance of protocols, GXP and safety regulations. Due to the nature of the treatment, this role requires high level of proficiency and ownership of the process, with the highest skill of aseptic techniques and precision. You will participate in improving the Sample Management laboratory of the new manufacturing site and make a substantial contribution to our treatment and the growth and development of Kite Pharma.

Your responsibilities, among others, will be:

  • Write deviations and changes in AGILE in a timely manner

  • Develop, revise and review procedures

  • Give training in Sample Management processes

  • Function as Team Lead - Sample Management, managing a team of 5-6 colleagues

  • Support with the daily planning

  • Handle issues as they occur

  • Receive and process samples received from Manufacturing

  • Distribution of QC samples to on-site QC testing labs

  • Ship samples off-site for testing

  • Housekeeping of Sample Management area

  • Perform routine maintenance of lab equipment and lab areas

  • Perform supporting assays such as incubation of EM samples and particle isolation

Challenges of the Role

  • Working in a fast-paced environment

  • Improvement of current procedures and workflows

  • Timely processing of a continuous sample flow at a high pace

  • High quality with a minimum of deviations (First time right)

Your Profile

The ideal candidate for this position, has a hands-on mentality and thrives in a fast-paced environment. At Sample Management a strong sense of organization is required to ensure that the sample flow is not compromised. As candidate you must be willing to work in shifts (early, late, weekends) and overtime when needed. Basic laboratory techniques are required and preferable QC experience. The QC Service department finds team spirit important and is therefore open to help out other teams within QC.


  • HLO/MLO, Preferable level 4) or similar educational background



  • Understanding of aseptic techniques

  • Minimum 5 years of relevant working experience

  • Team management experience

  • Proficiency in Microsoft office applications

  • Verbal and written communication skills in English are essential in this collaborative work environment

  • Pipetting skills with high precision and accuracy is preferred

  • Writing of deviations and changes, preferable in English

  • Knowledge of GMP, GDP and SOP’s


  • QC experience in a technical role in the biotech and/or Pharmaceutical Industry

  • Sample Management experience

  • Sample shipment experience

  • Planning skills

  • 5S and Kanban (Lean)

Additional Requirements

  • Working in shifts (including weekends, early mornings, (late) evenings and bank holidays)

  • Work overtime as needed

As we extend our global reach, we need colleagues interested in change, in challenge and in building a new future together.

If you have the ability to thrive in a dynamic and fast-paced environment and feel that the moment has come for you to be part of such an exciting journey towards eliminating the burden of chronic cancer care, don’t miss out on this opportunity to join us and discover your sense of purpose.

As part of our recruitment process, you will be asked to complete a short 20-minute online Occupational Personality Questionnaire (OPQ) and/or a capability test.

Apply now!

Would you like to know more before you apply? Please visit us at or contact Helena Hoven, Team Lead Talent Acquisition at .

Only candidates in possession of a valid EU work permit will be considered.

Recruitment agencies: We seldom make use of agencies, and when we do, we have a PSL in place. We would appreciate if you did not contact hiring managers or the recruitment team directly, since we will not be able to respond to you.