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Logistics Launch and Process Improvement Manager

Kite Pharma
California, United States
30+ days ago


Logistics Launch and Process Improvement Manager
United States - California - Santa Monica

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. Would you like to join us in this mission?

We are seeking a highly motivated individual to join us as a Logistics Launch and Process Improvement Manager out of our Santa Monica, CA headquarters, reporting into the Associated Director of Supply Chain. Internally known as a Manager of Supply Chain, the Incumbent will tactically support the setup of new transportation lanes (possibly including trade compliance activities), as well as day-to-day logistics coordination of Kite products distributed to the APAC, EU, LATAM, and TMEA regions.

Responsibilities of the Logistics Launch and Process Improvement Manager include:

  • New Business Startup:
    • Tactically supports the implementation of APAC, EU, LATAM, and TMEA supply chain distribution networks for new countries and treatment centers
    • Provides operational logistical support and expertise to new product launches and the geographical expansion of existing products
    • Tactically supports logistics capabilities in the APAC, EU, LATAM, and TMEA regions:
      • Supports trade compliance analysis
      • Supports lane analysis
      • Supports shipping qualification
  • Launching the Global Logistics Center of Excellence:
    • Assist the Head of Global Logistics in Drafting the Governance Policy Document and any additional SOPs or region-specific work instructions
    • Assist the Head of Global Logistics in the creation of a Global Risk Management program across all Global Supply Chain functions at Kite
    • Lead and support projects aimed at Global Logistics standardization and process improvements
    • Implementation of KPI dashboards and visualization of other supply chain related analytics
  • LSP Vendor Management:
    • Develops and manages partnerships and relationships with LSPs
    • Develops and oversees the process of performance management of LSPs including the creation of vendor specific performance scorecards
    • Manages the sourcing, onboarding, performance and relationship of Logistics Service Providers (LSPs), external warehouses, and other suppliers
    • Supports the global strategic QBR's to improve and develop services from LSPs
    • Creates and/or updates contractual documents between kite and LSPs
  • Logistics:
    • Day-to-day strategic oversight of the distribution of Kite's products in the APAC, EU, LATAM, and TMEA regions
    • Initiates and manages purchase orders for logistics related purposes
    • Identifies deviations or compliance risks and escalates issues to appropriate levels of management
    • Troubleshoots and develops action plans for both expected/unexpected logistical issues
    • Develops, authors, and implements lane assessments, procedures, and work instructions for logistics related processes
    • Tracks, reviews and reports metric information for use in continuous improvement
    • Implements cross-border logistics solutions for customs and sales tax activities
    • Assists the head of the department in managing the budget and ensures department adhere to the approved budget
    • Prepares standard documents, such as work orders, purchase orders, material transfer requests, or shipping documentation

Basic Qualifications:

MS / MA Degree with 4+ years of the Supply Chain Transportation and/or Global Logistics and/or Operations experience


BS / BA Degree with 6+ years of the aforementioned experience


High School Degree with 10+ years of the aforementioned experience

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience in managing transport lanes for international shipments
  • Experience in managing transport lanes for cold chain pharmaceuticals
  • Experience in managing international trade compliance (APAC, EU, LATAM, and TMEA regions experience preferred)
  • 3+ years of project leadership experience
  • Practical expertise with cGMP manufacturing and regulatory regulations and requirements for pharmaceuticals and devices
  • Ability to think critically and strategically and demonstrate troubleshooting and problem-solving skills
  • Excellent interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to function efficiently and independently in a changing environment
  • Familiarity with various APAC, EU, LATAM, and TMEA regional regulations including those related to hazardous shipments, employee safety, and freight classifications
  • Demonstrated knowledge of pharmaceutical manufacturing of biotechnology products, aseptic processing, cell therapy products and process development
  • Experience working in ERP systems
  • Strong Continuous Improvement and rowth mindset
  • In depth experience in Microsoft Excel (tables, arrays, formulas, conditional formatting)
  • Experience in statistical analysis using JMP or Minitab
  • Professional certifications and membership in Professional Associations (APICS CLTD, CSCP)
  • Previous experience with cell therapy products is a plus
  • Lean Six Sigma Certification is a plus (Yellow, Green, and/or Black Belt)

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



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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Job Information

  • Job ID: 63480240
  • Location:
    California, United States
  • Position Title: Logistics Launch and Process Improvement Manager
  • Company Name For Job: Kite Pharma
  • Job Function: Other
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