Cell Therapy Manufacturing Specialist


Kite is seeking a highly motivated individual with cell culture experience to work on innovative T cell therapy for cancer treatment. The Cell Therapy Manufacturing Specialist will be responsible for cell culture media preparation, cell processing and cell expansion in a cGMP clinical manufacturing facility.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Perform all tasks associated with the manufacture of clinical and commercial product following batch records and SOPs
  • Work as part of a cross functional site team to execute GMP runs in close collaboration with Product Sciences and other site teams such as Quality and Materials Management
  • Assist in the development of SOPs, batch records, deviations and change controls
  • Successfully troubleshoot processing and equipment issues
  • Other duties as assigned



  • Relevant Bachelor’s or Master's degree with 3 or more years of cGMP experience in a manufacturing pharmaceutical/ biotechnology environment
  • Cell culture processing experience
  • Experience with cell therapy products is a plus
  • Demonstrated knowledge of pharmaceutical manufacturing of biotechnology products, aseptic processing and cell culture products
  • Strict adherence to SOPs and cGMP regulations, the ability to accurately complete documentation associated with clinical and commercial manufacturing
  • Excellent aseptic/sterile techniques and prior experience with cell culture, cell culture equipment including Wave bioreactors
  • Experience with handling and propagation of human primary cells, including T cells
  • Excellent skills in Microsoft word, Excel and data analysis. Experience with Oracle EBS is an advantage
  • Ability to think critically, and demonstrated troubleshooting and problem solving skills
  • Self-motivated and willing to accept temporary responsibilities outside of initial job description
  • Excellent interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills are essential in this collaborative work environment
  • Comfortable in a fast-paced small company environment with minimal direction and able to adjust workload based upon changing priorities
  • Ability to work off-shift and irregular hours as required

Company profile

Kite Pharma, Inc. is focused on the development and commercialization of novel cancer immunotherapy products designed to harness the power of a patient’s own immune system to eradicate cancer cells. We believe our immunotherapy is a market-redefining approach to the treatment of cancer. We are an innovative and growing company located in beautiful Santa Monica and have a highly energized and accomplished team. We had one of the most successful biotechnology IPOs in 2014 and have a current market capitalization of well over $2.5 billion.


Would you like to know more before you apply? Please contact me, Heidi Kroon - talent acquisition specialist, via: hkroon@kitepharma.com or give me a call (+316 15409633).

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