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Global Lead, Computer System Validation

Quality | Santa Monica, CA | Full Time

Job Description

About Us:

Kite Pharma, Inc., is a biopharmaceutical company based in Santa Monica, California. Kite is 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. For more information on Kite, please visit

We are seeking a highly motivated individual to join us as Global Lead, Computer System Validation. In this role, you will manage Kite’s Computer System Validation team and assume ownership of this process. With focus on above site/enterprise systems you ensure compliance with the respective procedures and regulatory guidelines. Provide guidance and support to site validation groups tasked with implementation of automated equipment and local systems. This position will be located at the Kite headquarters and perform as leader in Kite’s Quality Engineering department. Reporting to Kite’s Head of Quality Engineering you’ll interface and build strong partnerships with IT, Validation, Engineering, Manufacturing, R&D and other parts of Kite’s organization.

Responsibilities (include, but are not limited to):

  • Oversee computer system validation for Kite.
  • Manage team of Computer System Validation subject matter experts in Kite’s QE department.
  • Support drive of integrated validation program at Kite.
  • Support the change control process for validated systems.
  • Ensure alignment of automation system qualification at sites with Kite’s CSV procedures.
  • Drive computer system compliance aspects across Kite’s project portfolio.
  • Partner with peers in the QE department around automation strategies.
  • Support regulatory inspections and audits.
  • Establish and manage risk assessment process for computer system validation.
  • Support vendor qualification and – compliance audits.
  • Review technical/investigation reports as appropriate.
  • Review and approve proposed changes to systems and procedures, as appropriate.
  • Track, review and report metric information for use in continuous improvement of areas of responsibility.
  • Perform other duties as required.


  • Proficiency in Computer System Validation in a GMP environment (Drug Substance or Drug Product). 
  • Automation, equipment and utility IQ/OQ/PQ/PV.
  • Department or team management/leadership experience.
  • Quality Assurance, GMPs, Health Authority Regulations and Validation practices/principles.
  • Strong knowledge of GMP, GAMP, SOPs and quality systems.  
  • Experience with internal and external audit principals.
  • Strong knowledge of change control practices/strategies.
  • Proficient in MS Word, Excel, Power Point and other applications.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to communicate and work independently with scientific/technical personnel.


  • Bachelor’s degree in technical discipline (Computer Science/Engineering or similar).
  • Minimum of 10 years of Computer System Validation experience in a GMP environment (Drug Substance or Drug Product).
  • Working knowledge of quality systems and regulatory requirements (21 CRF Part 11/210/211, ICH 8, ICH 9, ICH 10).
  • Minimum 7 years of management experience.

Preferred Requirements:

  • Experience in the medical and/or pharmaceutical industry. 
  • ASQ, Black Belt/Green Belt certifications.