Warehouse Material Handling Technician III - $8,000* Sign On


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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. 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 our Supply Chain organization in the role of Warehouse Material Handling Technician III and support the startup of Kite’s brand new, state of the art, commercial Cell Therapy facility currently under construction in Frederick, Maryland.

In this exciting new area of cancer immunotherapy, you will assist in the commissioning and operation of a GMP warehouse and inventory management system. In this role, you will perform activities to support the manufacturing operations team, including product shipping, raw material and component receiving ensuring inventory accuracy, and timely supply of materials to manufacturing production suites to meet demand.

***Will be required to work on an on-call rotation

*** The workday schedule will initially be Monday through Friday, flexibility for shift work, including weekends, is required.

Responsibilities (include but are not limited to):

  • Under guidance of the area Supervisor, draft standard operating procedures to support warehouse operations.
  • Execute safe, compliant on-the-floor warehouse operations in the cGMP commercial facility including receiving, put away, picking and component preparation for manufacturing and final product shipping.
  • Adhere to all GMP and SOP requirements; recognize, create, and own deviations, applying appropriate corrective actions, and contributing to/establishing preventative actions as dictated by the deviation investigation and root cause analysis.
  • Lead and/or otherwise participate in shop floor team huddles to ensure performance measures relating to Safety, Quality, Delivery, Expense and People are met.
  • Execute cycle count process to ensure accuracy and control of inventory volumes.
  • Represent warehouse operations in cross functional teams and collaborate to achieve goals.
  • Participate in investigations and assist in resolving operational problems, identifying root cause.
  • Identify and deliver continuous improvement activities.
  • Help drive daily Materials Management operations and activities to support the GMP Production operations team and other internal customers
  • Research and resolve any irregularities pertaining to materials and transactional activity.
  • Handle the day-to-day assignments of warehouse job tasks and monitor completion of required activities
  • Receive incoming shipments of non-GMP/GMP materials and equipment following established procedures
  • Dispense GMP materials to support production operations
  • Prepare and deliver raw materials, samples, finished product, etc. to various departments and facilities as needed ensuring proper procedure and temperature range requirements are followed
  • Maintain accurate inventory of GMP warehouse materials through ERP transactions
  • Monitor the Kanban system to ensure optimum replenishment of materials
  • Communicate inventory discrepancies to warehouse operations leadership
  • Cross-train in all areas of the warehouse operations
  • Ensure individual employee training is up-to-date
  • Adhere to all safety procedures
  • Keep warehouse operation clean and inspection ready
  • Complete in-house forklift certification
  • Other duties as assigned

Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree and OR
  • AA Degree and 2+ years’ experience in pharmaceutical/biotechnology Materials Management, GMP distribution/warehouse operations OR
  • High School Degree and 3+ years’ experience in pharmaceutical/biotechnology Materials Management, GMP distribution/warehouse operations

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Certified Pharmacy Technician (CPhT)
  • 2+ years’ experience shipping autologous cell therapy product
  • Project management experience
  • Previous forklift and electric pallet jack operation experience/certification
  • Cold chain knowledge and experience in a pharmaceutical or medical setting
  • Experience with Oracle EBS, SAP or similar
  • Comfortable in a fast-paced environment with minimal direction and able to adjust workload based upon changing priorities
  • Working knowledge and understanding of GMP and GDP
  • High energy level and a positive outlook coupled with the requisite “can do” attitude and a willingness to do what it takes to achieve personal and organizational goals and overcome obstacles
  • Self-motivated with a strong sense of ownership in areas of responsibility.
  • Excellent interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills are essential in this collaborative work environment.

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

*This Position qualifies for a 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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