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Associate Director, Manufacturing

Aalsmeer, Netherlands

For Current Kite Pharma Employees and Contractors:

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At Kite, we empower our leaders to step up, share ideas, listen, learn, and lead. We’re welcoming bright, diverse, and imaginative minds; we’re nurturing them to foster an environment of inclusion and growth where innovation is encouraged. We expect our people leaders to model that environment, and to focus on creating inclusion, developing talent, and enabling teams.

Job Description

As Associate Director (AD) Manufacturing you will be responsible for managing a team of Manufacturing Team Leads (TL) and Operational (Ops) Managers in a commercial cell therapy cGMP environment. They lead the Cell Therapy Specialists (CTS) who are responsible for Cell Therapy production. The total team of CTS working in a shift is approximately 120/130 colleagues. You will be coordinating the day-to-day operations of the team in collaboration with the other ADs/Sr. Managers Manufacturing in Kite's state-of-the-art manufacturing facility and building relationships in the Global Kite organization as well as be part of building the strategy and culture of the organization.

About Kite Pharma, A GILEAD Company

Today, Kite Pharma is the leader in cell therapy. We are advancing a pipeline of oncology therapies centered on what we believe is the power of cell therapy to fundamentally change the way cancer is treated. As we extend our global reach with a new, state-of-the-art facility in Hoofddorp, we need colleagues interested in change, in challenge, and in building a new future together. Join us and discover your sense of purpose.

We are seeking an enthusiastic Associate Director Manufacturing to join the Manufacturing organization (460+ pp) 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. Your will report to the Senior Director Manufacturing.

Key responsibilities of this job:

  • Execute production and resource schedule against the operational plan linked to the company goals.
  • Supervise and ensure right first-time operations of commercial cell therapy manufacturing following the cGMP guidelines.
  • Build a high performing team, provide necessary training and ongoing mentoring and recognition of direct staff, including performance reviews according to Kite standards.
  • Support technology transfers and continued expansion of the facilities.
  • Support in crisis management and business continuity events.
  • Process monitoring, including management of data to support business reporting requirements.
  • Support regulatory inspections and quality audits, both internal and external.
  • Encourages and drives a team culture to continuously improve safety, compliance, efficiency and cost reductions within operations.
  • Encourages and drives a culture of ownership and integrity where people feel safe to speak up, give feedback to each other according to the Kite Culture standards.
  • Build relationships and harmonize on a global level.
  • Initiate, lead and/or participate in multi-functional (global) project teams, applying Lean Manufacturing principles.
  • Develop and maintain collaborative work relationships with internal and external stakeholders
  • Participates in strategic initiatives by leading them and reporting results back to Site Head
  • Has a flexible mindset and is willing to perform varying duties depending on the shifting needs of the Site Head
  • Presents in different forums concisely.

Experience & Qualifications:

The ideal candidate for this position of Sr. Manager Manufacturing is a true people leader with strong people management and influencing skills and a proven track record in cGMP manufacturing.

  • Bachelor’s or Master's degree (for instance: Biochemistry, Life Science & Technology, Biology).
  • A minimum of 10 years of cGMP production experience, including at least 8 years in a leadership role.
  • Strong leadership and influencing skills. Demonstrated ability to build, develop, and coach a high performing team of people leaders focusing on behaviors.
  • Experience in manufacturing and/or lab management is required.
  • Ability to work together with other ADs/Sr. Managers in Manufacturing aligning operations, driving efficiency and structure and able to adjust workload based upon changing priorities to meet set goals and timelines.
  • Knowledgeable of Current Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMPs)
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Demonstrated capability of guiding operational excellence (Lean methodology) and other improvement trajectories.
  • Excellent interpersonal, verbal, written communication skills and stakeholder management.
  • Enterprise thinking and able to deal with ambiguity.

If you have the ability to thrive in a dynamic and fast-paced environment and are willing to transform this environment in a proactive and stable one, 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

Apply now!

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

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 Talent Acquisition team directly, since we will not be able to respond to you.

Kite is a biopharmaceutical company engaged in the development of innovative cancer immunotherapies with a goal of providing rapid, long-term durable response and eliminating the burden of chronic care. The company is focused on chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) and T cell receptor (TCR) engineered cell therapies designed to empower the immune system's ability to recognize and kill tumors. Kite is based in Santa Monica, CA. For more information on Kite, please visit . Sign up to follow @KitePharma on Twitter at .

Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO)

It is the policy of Gilead Sciences, Inc. and its subsidiaries and affiliates (collectively "Gilead" or the "Company") to recruit select and employ the most qualified persons available for positions throughout the Company.  Except if otherwise provided by applicable law, all  employment actions relating to issues such as compensation, benefits, transfers, layoffs, returns from layoffs, company-sponsored training, education assistance, social and recreational programs are administered on a non-discriminatory basis (i.e. without regard to protected characteristics or prohibited grounds, which may include an individual’s gender, race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, creed, physical or mental disability, marital status, sexual orientation, medical condition, veteran status, and age, unless such protection is prohibited by federal, state, municipal, provincial, local or other applicable laws).  Gilead also prohibits discrimination based on any other characteristics protected by applicable laws.

For Current Kite Pharma Employees and Contractors:

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