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Manufacturing Technician IV - $8,000* Sign On

Location: Oceanside
Posted on: June 21, 2022

Job Description:

Kite is continuing to hire for all open roles. Our interview process may be conducted virtually and some roles will be asked to temporarily work from home. Over the coming weeks and months, we will be implementing a phased approach to bringing employees back to site to ensure the health and safety of our teams.

For Current Kite Pharma Employees and Contractors:

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Job Description


Kite, a Gilead Company, is a biopharmaceutical company focused on the development and commercialization of novel cancer immunotherapy products designed to harness the power of a patient's own immune system to selectively target and kill cancer cells. Our core technology involves the genetic engineering of T cells, or white blood cells, to express either chimeric antigen receptors (CARs) or T cell receptors (TCRs) for the treatment of advanced solid and hematological malignancies. We are on a rapid growth trajectory and have a highly energized and accomplished team.

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 Manufacturing Associate to support our new Viral Vector biotechnology facility in Oceanside, CA. Under minimal supervision, in this role you will be accountable for and focused on front line manufacturing of viral vectors.

Responsibilities (include, but are not limited to):

* Assist with startup activities of a new cGMP facility by collaborating with PD, MSAT, Engineering and Quality departments
* Perform manufacturing processes on the floor, following batch records and standard operating procedures (SOPs) to ensure safe and compliant operations
* Ensure right-the-first-time performance of all process steps specific to the phase or stage of operation, as well as help drive the safety-first culture at Kite Oceanside
* Work as part of a team to execute GMP runs in close collaboration with Process Development and Quality
* Assist with upstream unit operations for the manufacture of viral vector products in a cGMP environment using proper aseptic technique, good documentation practices, and sound scientific methods
* As part of a team, process mammalian cell culture in flasks, CellSTACK chambers and single use bioreactor systems, as well as assist with transfection of cells and harvest of viral vectors
* Rigorously adhere to SOPs and cGMP regulations and accurately complete documentation associated with commercial manufacturing
* Assist with development of SOPs, MPRs, and other process documents, as well as deviations and change controls
* Escalate processing and equipment issues as needed
* Daily review of in-process cGMP documentation for completeness and accuracy
* Participate in operational excellence initiatives such as 5S, Kaizen, lean manufacturing and continuous improvement
* Other duties as assigned

Basic Qualifications:

* Bachelor's Degree with 2+ years of experience in manufacturing, quality or engineering in a biotech/pharma industry Or
* AA Degree with 4+ years of experience in manufacturing, quality or engineering in a biotech/pharma industry Or
* High School diploma with 5+ years of experience in manufacturing, quality or engineering in a biotech/pharma industry

Preferred Qualifications:

* 2+ years of experience with Bachelor's degree in biology or related scientific discipline, or equivalent combination of experience and education
* Excellent aseptic/sterile techniques and prior experience with biopharmaceutical manufacturing desired; previous experience with cell or gene therapy manufacturing is a plus
* Knowledge of the Current Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMP's)
* Excellent skills in Microsoft Word, Excel and data analysis
* Self-motivated and willing to accept temporary responsibilities outside of initial job description
* Excellent interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills
* Willingness to think outside of the box as well as comfortable in a fast-paced and constantly evolving environment
* Ability to lift 40 lbs repeatedly and stand for hours at time
* Able to work off shift hours and weekends
* This Position qualifies for a $8,000 Sign-on Bonus, $4,000 payable within 30 days of start date and $4,000 payable following 6 months of continuous employment. Payments are subject to a 1-year repayment agreement from date of payment issue. Applies to external hires only.

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 www.kitepharma.com. Sign up to follow @KitePharma on Twitter at www.twitter.com/kitepharma.

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As an equal opportunity employer, Gilead Sciences Inc. is committed to a diverse workforce. Employment decisions regarding recruitment and selection will be made without discrimination based on race, color, religion, national origin, gender, age, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, genetic information or characteristic, gender identity and expression, veteran status, or other non-job related characteristics or other prohibited grounds specified in applicable federal, state and local laws. In order to ensure reasonable accommodation for individuals protected by Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Vietnam Era Veterans' Readjustment Act of 1974, and Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, applicants who require accommodation in the job application process may contact careers@gilead.com for assistance.

Following extensive monitoring, research, consideration of business implications and advice from internal and external experts, Kite has made the decision to require all U.S., Canada, Australia, and Singapore employees and contractors to receive the COVID-19 vaccines as a condition of employment. "Full vaccination" is defined as two weeks after both doses of a two-dose vaccine or two weeks since a single-dose vaccine has been administered. Anyone unable to be vaccinated, either because of a sincerely held religious belief or a medical condition or disability that prevents them from being vaccinated, can request a reasonable accommodation.

For more information about equal employment opportunity protections, please view the 'EEO is the Law' poster.




Our environment respects individual differences and recognizes each employee as an integral member of our company. Our workforce reflects these values and celebrates the individuals who make up our growing team.

Gilead provides a work environment free of harassment and prohibited conduct. We promote and support individual differences and diversity of thoughts and opinion.

For Current Kite Pharma Employees and Contractors:

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