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Maintenance Instrument Technician, Operations - United States  

Kite Pharma (company)

Posted on : 10 April 2017

Project Description

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


We are seeking a Maintenance Instrument Technician, Operations to oversee an 18,000 square foot clinical biotechnology facility in Santa Monica, California that includes general laboratories for bio-processing.  In addition to facilities oversight activities, the Maintenance Instrument Technician, Operations will assist in the operation and maintenance of the company’s facility for production of cell-based therapeutics.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Maintain a safe work environment; work in a safe manner following all safety SOP’s and wear Personal Protective Equipment as required.

  • Maintain accurate records keeping equipment and systems cGMP compliant at all times.

  • Responsible for general day to day checks of equipment, and Critical Equipment Management Systems (CEMS) monitoring.

  • Response and document equipment alarms following applicable company SOP’s.

  • Overseeing Rockwell based CEMS system upgrades, additions and modifications to include Change Control, system revalidations, implementation, documentation, and closure.

  • Trouble shoot CEMS issues and supervise calibration activities.

  • Support drafting and maintaining department SOP’s.

  • Manage and track deviations within the Facilities department.

  • Initiate change control as related to investigations, procedural changes, and other system/equipment upgrades.

  • Complete calibrations and PMs with accurate and timely GMP documentation following company SOP

  • Ability to be “On Call” and respond to alarms from the CEMS system.

  • General repair and maintenance jobs around the buildings. This will include both mechanical and electrical issues.

  • Work independently and make sound judgments regarding work methods and tools. Proactively support the Corporations, Companies, Departments and Personal goals and objectives.

  • Coordinates assigned activities with outside contractors and vendors. Assist in the selection and monitor the performance of outside contractors and vendors.

  • Ensure manufacturing and all labs and lab personnel are supported to meet business needs, including:  site gas changes, preventive maintenance, equipment calibrations, equipment service contracts and safety equipment

  • Ensure compliance with all applicable regulatory agencies including FDA, CA FDB, OSHA, DOH, EPA, Fire Department, city audits, Health Department, etc.

  • Maintain your Technical Training Profile current with no delinquent notices.

  • Ability to work safely in an environment containing hazardous chemicals, high and low temperature liquids, high pressure liquids and gasses and moving machinery.

  • Able to work after hours and on call as needed;  weekend shift support, swing shift and shutdowns

  • Other duties may be assigned.



  • High School diploma, relevant trade certification, and some college or vocational training in engineering / instrumentation controls.

  • Experience using Rockwell based Critical Equipment Management System (CEMS) is required.

  • Ability to troubleshoot electrical, controls, gas systems and CEMS monitoring equipment.

  • Must be able to read and understand technical drawings and schematics.

  • Must have a strong work ethic and demonstrate dependability and timeliness.

  • At least 5 years of maintenance experience in a biotech or pharmaceutical company with direct experience with GMP facility operation preferred.

  • Exposure to operations involving engineering disciplines including Electrical, Mechanical, Civil, Structural, Environmental, and Industrial.

  • Demonstrated understanding of systems needed to manage a GMP facility such as:  electrical, quality, process systems, calibration, and general maintenance.

  • Must be able to lift, carry, push and/or pull 50 lb. of equipment or supplies.

  • Must be able to squat, bend, kneel, climb, and or reach for 50% of a shift.

  • Must be able to stand, walk, and/or move about for 75% of a shift.

  • Good 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.


Kite Pharma, an equal opportunity employer, is located in beautiful Santa Monica, CA just steps from Santa Monica Blvd and right off the 10.  We are able to offer the opportunity to be part of the first 200 employees in this successful, fast growing company.  A place everyone knows your name and respects your opinion while at the same time offering benefits and time off packages commensurate to any large corporation. Did we forget to mention the stock options?   To learn more about us, please visit our website at


If you are interested in applying for this opportunity, please submit your resume or CV, cover letter and salary requirements.  All submissions will be evaluated and interviews will be conducted for those applicants who most strongly fit our needs. If you are not contacted for an interview, your resume will remain on file and active for available positions for a period of one year.

No phone calls please and no agencies or recruiters.