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Senior Quality Engineer I

United States - California - El SegundoQualityRegular

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.

We are seeking a highly motivated individual to join us as Sr. Quality Engineer I at our El Segundo location.  The ideal candidate will interface and build strong partnerships with other parts of site organization. This position must excel in an environment that embraces teamwork, change, risk-based decision making and flexibility. This role is expected to make a significant contribution to a multi-discipline team, must be self-motivated to take actions, and have excellent written and verbal communication skills.

Job responsibilities include QE oversight of site processes related to cGMP such as Computer System Configuration Management and Computer System Validation (CSV), ensuring compliance with regulatory requirements, and Lifecycle procedures with Data Integrity requirements. This position will provide management of CSV validation activities at the El Segundo Location, work with the corporate CSV team, lead the development and approval of validation documentation, risk assessments, work with project teams to determine which elements should be validated and conduct impact assessment of proposed changes to computerized systems.

The position will ensure compliance with Kite’s corporate procedures and all applicable regulatory guidelines.


  • Support enterprise, cross functional and local computer systems validation activities, in providing approach, methodology and deliverables in compliance with GMP, 21 CFR Part 11, Annex 11 and Data Integrity
  • Support risk-based approach to qualification of enterprise and computer systems
  • Ensure that GMP computer systems meet intended uses and comply with applicable regulations, current industry practices, and Kite policies and procedures. CSV projects will include manufacturing and lab systems, and steady state activities around these systems and its applications
  • Plan and establish technical communications, document flow, testing requirements, and resources necessary to complete the validation of a system
  • Develop validation documents (Validation plan, Qualification and UAT plans and test cases, Traceability Matrix and Validation Summary Reports) with functional teams, ensuring the documentation meets compliance requirements and quality standards
  • Drive innovation and streamline overall testing processes
  • Participate as the validation representative in project team activities and process design to ensure cGMP compliance and cross-site consistency within the validation program
  • Support new system introduction by serving as a technical resource and providing technical expertise
  • Act as the Quality Reviewer/Approver for validation activities
  • Providing quality oversight in change control activities to ensure technical and document impact assessments are performed in a compliant manner and the regulated systems are maintained in a validated state
  • Support regulatory inspections and audits
  • Communicate effectively at all levels within Quality, as well as cross functionally with departments and sites
  • Perform other duties as assigned
  • Drive continuous process improvement in the area of computer system validation

Basic Qualifications:

  • Master’s Degree and 5+ years’ experience in Computer Science, Engineering, or relevant scientific field OR
  • Bachelor’s Degree and 7+ years’ experience in Computer Science, Engineering, or relevant scientific field OR
  • High School Degree and 11+ years’ experience in Computer Science, Engineering, or relevant scientific field

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Proven work experience in software quality assurance
  • Experience with MES systems is a Plus
  • Experience in Software Development Life Cycle is a Plus
  • Experience in writing clear, concise and comprehensive test plans and test cases
  • Experience in FDA regulated environment with strong understanding of cGxP standards and risk-based validation
  • Proven track record to create, review, and execute qualification protocols and associated validation lifecycle documentation, including identification and resolution of non-conformances /deviations
  • Demonstrate the ability to translate system requirement specifications into executable validation protocols
  • Ability to think critically and utilize troubleshooting and problem-solving skills
  • Ability to function efficiently and independently in a fast paced, changing environment
  • Self-motivated and willing to accept temporary responsibilities outside of initial job description
  • Well-developed computer skills and fluent with Microsoft office applications
  • Excellent interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills are essential in this collaborative work environment
  • Comfortable in a fast-paced company and ambiguous environment

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