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Maintenance Technician

Facilities | Santa Monica, CA | Full Time

Job Description

About Us:

Kite Pharma is a clinical-stage 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.  Our core technology involves the genetic engineering of T cells, or white blood cells, to express either chimeric antigen receptors (CARs) or T cell receptors (TCRs) for the treatment of advanced solid and hematological malignancies.  We are on a rapid growth trajectory and have a highly energized and accomplished team. Kite is publicly traded (NASDAQ: KITE) with a current market well over $2 Billion.

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


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

  • Maintain critical HVAC systems that support the manufacturing, QC and PD groups.

  • Plan and schedule, Corrective, Preventive, and Calibration work orders, with customers.

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

  • Maintain and update Master Equipment list.

  • Work independently and make sound judgments regarding work methods and tools

  • Proactively support the Corporations, Companies, Departments and Personal goals and objectives

  • Plan facilities changes for plant, office and production equipment layouts, working toward economy of operation, maximum use of facilities and equipment and compliance with laws and regulations.

  • Assist in all facility services including Physical security, Waste removal, Recycling, Central services, Office furnishings and Office equipment, Garment services, Pest Control, Environmental Monitoring, Parking Lot and Ground Maintenance, Safety equipment and Janitorial.

  • 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: lab gases, preventive maintenance, equipment service contracts, calibration and safety equipment.

  • Participate in planning and execution of facility improvements.

  • 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

  • Work with Outside contractors/vendors.

  • Responsible of monitoring, ordering and replacing all Lab gas cylinders as required.

  • Perform daily checklist functions.

  • Assemble new and existing furniture/ and related equipment modifications.

  • Conference room setups as needed.

  • Interface with Shipping and Receiving to save all records properly for accounting purposes.

  • Other duties as may be assigned


  • Minimal requirement includes a High School diploma, relevant trade certification, and some college or vocational training in engineering or facilities.

    Other requirements include:

  • Prior employment at a biotech or pharmaceutical company between 5 and 10 years and 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: HVAC, electrical, process systems, plumbing/piping, pneumatics, automation, general maintenance, pest management, both interior and exterior

  • Intermediate Blue Prints and Drawings Skills  

  • Must be able to lift, carry, push and/or pull 100 lb. of equipment or supplies

  • Must be able to squat, bend, kneel, climb, and/or reach for 75% of a shift

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

  • Demonstrated effective interpersonal skills

  • Good oral and written communication skills


    Kite Pharma Inc., an equal opportunity employer, is located in beautiful Santa Monica, CA just steps from Santa Monica Boulevard and right off the 10 Freeway.  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.