Job Vacancy Lab Ops Specialist I (Quality Control, Sample Management) Kite Pharma

Job title: Lab Ops Specialist I (Quality Control, Sample Management)

Company: Kite Pharma

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.

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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. Join us in our mission!

We are seeking a highly motivated individual to join us as a QC Supervisor of Sample Management in our commercial cell therapy production center located in El Segundo CA. In this role, you will work within the Quality Control Department in supporting our efforts in this exciting new area of cancer immunotherapy. You will also be responsible for leading lab technician and specialists to manage QC samples from manufacturing for QC testing, to maintain lab equipment operation and to support for business operations.

Working Hours: Tuesday through Friday, 5:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. (Shift hours are flexible within seven days each week including weekend and holidays)


  • Perform QC sample receiving, processing, storage, disposal and distribution to QC labs
  • Maintain inventory of lab supplies and materials
  • Collaborate with cross-functional teams on maintenance and operation of equipment to support QC labs
  • Acts as a QC representative for projects or specialized areas in Dept/site meetings
  • Resolve data discrepancies and missing information issues for continue quality improvement
  • Revise and review SOPs, work instructions and reports
  • Monitor the GMP systems currently in place to ensure compliance with documented policies
  • Provide on the job training and day-to-day guidance to other staff under supervision
  • Moderate process optimization and scientific trouble-shooting skills
  • Provides insight into the processes used to achieve results of assigned tasks
  • Gather metric information for use in continuous improvement of areas of responsibility
  • Perform QC review of documentation such as sample COC and logbooks
  • Participate and support in ad-hoc projects or other duties as needed

Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree OR
  • Associate Degree and 2+ years of experience
  • High School Degree and 3+ years of experience
  • Physical Requirements:
  • Ability to lift up to 25 lbs

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Life Science with 2+ years of experience working in Quality Control and 1+ in Sample Management
  • Well versed with sample chain of custody, general lab procedures such as operating centrifuges, working within a Biological Safety Cabinet and experience with inventory and laboratory management systems such as LIMS.
  • Experience working with dry ice and LN2
  • Strong knowledge of GMP, GDP, SOPs and quality control processes
  • Proficient in MS Word, Excel, Power Point and other applications
  • Excellent interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills are essential in this collaborative work environment
  • Previous experience in biotechnology or pharmaceutical GMP environment
  • 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 . Sign up to follow @KitePharma on Twitter at .

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Location: California

Job date: Sun, 17 Jul 2022 02:19:18 GMT

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