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Veterans Preferred - Senior Sourcing Specialist - Direct Strategic Sourcing

Company: Kite Pharma
Location: Santa Monica
Posted on: November 18, 2022

Job Description:

Military Veterans are Encouraged to Apply. -For Current Kite Pharma Employees and Contractors:

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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, innovative individual to join us as a Senior Sourcing Specialist, Direct Strategic Sourcing as part of the Supply Chain organization based in Santa Monica, CA or Frederick, MD. The Senior Sourcing Specialist is responsible for supporting sourcing activities in alignment with business requirements under the direction of the Category Leads. The Senior Sourcing Specialist will support the direct materials and services categories which including raw materials, packaging, supplies, logistics, contract testing labs, and contract manufacturing. The Senior Sourcing Specialist will be responsible for the day-to-day interactions with our 3rd party suppliers to ensure the quality, reliability, and continuity of supply of the direct materials & services utilized at Kite's manufacturing and development areas. This position will enable our category teams to plan and execute the end-to-end category management process.

Responsibilities of the Senior Sourcing Specialist - Direct Materials and Services include:

  • Manage sourcing requests and internal Kite Item Requests
  • Onboards suppliers and materials into the ERP system
  • Serves as the SME (subject matter expert) for the Go to Market Process (RFI, RFP, RFX) including eSourcing tools
  • Works closely with cross-functional stakeholders to address their needs and ensure AQSCI from the supplier base
  • Conducts financial analysis to support negotiations, category strategy, business case development, savings initiatives, and sourcing activities
  • Administration of Confidently Agreements under the direction of the Category Leads
  • Engages with various Tech Ops functions such as Manufacturing, Planning, Logistics, PD, MSAT and Quality for appropriate programs and projects
  • Partners with Category Leads to drive Supplier Diversity, Sustainability, Savings, Inflation Mgmt, and other sourcing initiatives
  • Represents Direct Strategic Sourcing for select ERP system migration activities
  • Responsible for administration of contract management process (contract workflow, status tracking, etc.)
  • Works with cross functional teams to reconcile PO, Receipts, and Invoices for payment and communicate with supplier, Planning, Sourcing & Category Mgmt., Quality, Requestors, Manufacturing & Warehousing, and Accounts Payable to resolve open issues in a timely manner
  • Facilitate supplier escalations and issues and coordinates resolution with internal stakeholders
  • Requests quotes, samples, and production of first articles for evaluation of new product designs and potential suppliers
  • Work with Category Leads to execute sessions for Supplier Relationship Management / Supplier Engagement Model
  • Supports the development of category/procurement strategies through, voice of the customer, total cost of ownership analysis, market analysis, supplier segmentation, category roadmaps and more
  • Maintains the pricing, taxonomy, and other vendor master data for Category Leads utilizing GPLM and other tools

    Basic Qualifications:

    MA / MS degree with 3+ years of Supply Chain and/or Operations and/or Purchasing experience


    BS / BA degree with 5+ years of the aforementioned experience


    High School degree with 9+ years of the aforementioned experience

    Preferred Qualifications:
    • 4+ years' experience of purchasing of raw materials, packaging, supplies, consumables, lab, logistics and services
    • 3+ years' experience in regulated industries, preferably with an understanding of the pharmaceutical industry, its quality requirements and GMPs
    • 2+ years' experience coordinating or contributing to Change Control process within regulated industries
    • Experience working with ERP systems (Oracle and or SAP preferred)
    • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
    • Demonstrated financial acumen
    • Ability to effectively use and present data through MS Excel, PowerPoint, MS Word, and other Reporting Tools
    • Ability to build positive relationships and partnerships internally and with external suppliers
    • Self-motivated and detail-oriented who collaborates well in a cross-functional matrix environment with an ability to communicate and work independently with scientific/technical personnel
    • Ability to think critically and demonstrate troubleshooting and problem-solving skills
    • Comfortable in a fast-paced expanding company environment and able to adjust workload based upon changing priorities
    • Ability to travel up to 10% to Kite facilities located in US occasionally

      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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      As an equal opportunity employer, Gilead Sciences Inc. is committed to a diverse workforce. Employment decisions regarding recruitment and selection will be made without discrimination based on race, color, religion, national origin, gender, age, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability,genetic information or characteristic, gender identity and expression, veteran status, or other non-job related characteristics or other prohibited grounds specified in applicable federal, state and local laws. In order to ensure reasonable accommodation for individuals protected by Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Vietnam Era Veterans' Readjustment Act of 1974, and Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, applicants who require accommodation in the job application process may contact for assistance.

      Following extensive monitoring, research, consideration of business implications and advice from internal and external experts, Kite has made the decision to require all U.S., Canada, Australia, Singapore, and Hong Kong employees and contractors to receive the COVID-19 vaccines as a condition of employment. "Full vaccination" is defined as two weeks after both doses of a two-dose vaccine or two weeks since a single-dose vaccine has been administered. Anyone unable to be vaccinated, either because of a sincerely held religious belief or a medical condition or disability that prevents them from being vaccinated, can request a reasonable accommodation.

      For more information about equal employment opportunity protections, please view the 'Know Your Rights' poster.



      Our environment respects individual differences and recognizes each employee as an integral member of our company. Our workforce reflects these values and celebrates the individuals who make up our growing team.

      Gilead provides a work environment free of harassment and prohibited conduct. We promote and support individual differences and diversity of thoughts and opinion.

      For Current Kite Pharma Employees and Contractors:

      Please log onto your Internal Career Site to apply for this job.

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