Production Planner

Manufacturing Thousand Oaks, California

We launched Atara Biotherapeutics in August 2012 to help patients with serious diseases and few therapeutic options. We’re named after Atara Ciechanover who suffered from cancer before passing away. We are considered a leading off-the-shelf T-cell immunotherapy company (Nasdaq ATRA) developing novel treatments for patients with cancer, autoimmune and viral diseases.

Position Summary
The Production Planner works as part of the Manufacturing team to deliver on the team goals to generate high quality materials that can be used both in the clinic as well as commercial.  This position will contribute to the successful delivery of released product in support of clinical trials and commercial requirements.  The Production Planner is responsible for developing and maintaining detailed production plans for all manufacturing activities and coordinating with the plant operations groups to ensure efficiency in logistics for production.  The candidate will also understand the requirements needed to meet qualify and regulatory compliance in the manufacturing environment.

Work Location:
Thousand Oaks, CA
Reports to: Associate Director, Manufacturing

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Develop detailed production plans for all production activities that is in alignment with all Atara cell therapy supply plans.
  • Create and maintain a combined integrated master schedule of all production, maintenance, and support operations.
  • Performs scheduling and resource loading of operations, maintenance, validation, and/or other activities
  • Assists in the establishment of systems as they pertain to the new manufacturing facility.
  • Lead daily site planning meeting with integrated work teams to track and assess change or delays to schedule.
  • This position coordinates with other plant operations (facilities, engineering, validation, supply chain, etc) to develop the production plan to ensure no interruption to production.
  • Responsible for manufacturing materials inventory management and materials requests on weekly basis per manufacturing operations schedule.
  • Support production in an aseptic environment
  • Issue and maintain work orders
  • Escalate supply issues to internal stakeholders and supply chain management. 
  • Monitor execution of agreed plans, measure performance, and ensure close cooperation with supply chain planning departments.
  • Supports critical investigations into the manufacturing process operations
  • Creates, updates, and maintains manufacturing SOP’s to ensure they are in-line with the current process steps.

Travel Requirements: 

Physical Requirements:  
Work is generally performed in an office, manufacturing clean room or clinical environment.

Position Requirements:

  • Strong communication skills (e.g., clear and concise), both written and verbal and a team player.
  • Specific experience with ERP/MRP systems is plus
  • Specific experience with Finite Scheduling Software (implementation experience preferred)
  • Previous experience in manufacturing or operations environment.
  • Experience with computer and documentation systems.
  • Good decision making with strong judgment through collaboration and consideration of others point-of-view.
  • Ability to understand manufacturing process and equipment related engineering tools, such as process flow diagrams, and/or engineering specifications/requirements.
  • Experience with automation systems and equipment used in cell therapy manufacturing is a plus.
  • Understanding of cGMP for cell therapy manufacturing.
  • Flexibility to work on any shift required to accommodate the business needs.
  • Must be able to work in controlled environments requiring special gowning.

Education and Professional Experience:

  • Bachelor’s Degree preferred
  • 7 or more years in MFG and/or planning experience in plant operations setting
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Must be knowledgeable and worked in biotech manufacturing related industry.
  • Demonstrated understanding of cGMP execution.
  • Supervise personnel in a manufacturing environment.



More About Atara Bio
Now in our sixth year, we’re proud of our team of 260+ Atarians co-located by design in South San Francisco (corporate headquarters) and Southern California (R&D and manufacturing headquarters in the northwest Los Angeles area) with a newly-established European headquarters in Zug, Switzerland. Atara also has a R&D site in the Denver, Colorado area and an office in New York City. Our Southern California hub is anchored by a new 90,000 sq. ft., state-of-the-art Atara T-Cell Operations and Manufacturing (ATOM) facility in Thousand Oaks, California.

One mission – “Transform the lives of patients with serious medical conditions through pioneering science, teamwork and expertise” – and a singular vision – “Cell therapy treatment for every patient, any time – provide inspiration and direction for all of us.”

The Company's off-the-shelf, allogeneic T-cells are bioengineered from donors with healthy immune function and allow for rapid delivery from inventory to patients without a requirement for pretreatment. Atara's T-cell immunotherapies are designed to precisely recognize and eliminate cancerous or diseased cells without affecting normal, healthy cells.

Atara's most advanced T-cell immunotherapy in development, tabelecleucel, or tab-cel™ (formerly known as ATA129), is being developed for the treatment of patients with Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) associated post-transplant lymphoproliferative disorder (EBV+ PTLD) who have failed rituximab, as well as other EBV-associated hematologic and solid tumors, including nasopharyngeal carcinoma (NPC). Tab-cel™ is in Phase 3 clinical development for the treatment of EBV+ PTLD following an allogeneic hematopoietic cell transplant (MATCH study) or solid organ transplant (ALLELE study).

Atara is also developing off-the-shelf, allogeneic ATA188 and autologous ATA190 T-cell immunotherapies using a complementary targeted antigen recognition technology for specific EBV antigens believed to be important for the potential treatment of multiple sclerosis (MS). A Phase 1 clinical study of autologous ATA190 in patients with progressive MS is ongoing. Atara is also advancing a Phase 1 clinical study of ATA188 in patients with progressive or relapsing-remitting MS across clinical sites in the United States and Australia. Atara's clinical pipeline also includes ATA520 targeting Wilms Tumor 1 (WT1) and ATA230 directed against cytomegalovirus (CMV).

Working at Atara Bio
People at Atara Bio are high integrity, roll-up-your-sleeves, get-it-done types who are keenly committed to putting patients first, advancing medical care and doing so with demonstrated urgency. At their core Atarians are people who work well with others and are “team-centric”, have purposeful curiosity and can’t wait to save patient lives. And similar to other biotech companies who have so many accomplished people, we expect humility (we are a “low hubris” sort of place), flexibility, respect, teamwork, good judgment and getting the most out of any dollar we spend. We also expect to enjoy the journey (and each other) as we move forward with a shared responsibility to teach and to learn from what we do and from our teammates.

Atara Bio is an equal opportunity employer and makes employment decisions on the basis of merit and other lawful factors. In accordance with applicable law, the Company prohibits discrimination based on race, color, religion, creed, sex, gender (including pregnancy, childbirth or medical condition related to pregnancy or childbirth), gender identity, expression or dysphoria, marital status, age, national origin or ancestry, physical or mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, veteran status, caregiver status, sexual orientation, transgender status or any other classification protected by federal, state or local laws or because of the individual’s association with a member of a protected group or connection to an organization or group related to a protected group.

We comply with all applicable national, state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment as well as employment eligibility verification requirements of the Immigration and Nationality Act. All applicants must have authorization to work for Atara Bio in the United States.