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Company: Eli Lilly and Company

At Lilly, we unite caring with discovery to make life better for people around the world. We are a global healthcare leader headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana. Our employees around the world work to discover and bring life-changing medicines to those who need them, improve the understanding and management of disease, and give back to our communities through philanthropy and volunteerism. We give our best effort to our work, and we put people first. We’re looking for people who are determined to make life better for people around the world.

Lilly Overview:

At Lilly, we serve an extraordinary purpose. We make a difference for people around the globe by discovering, developing, and delivering medicines that help them live longer, healthier, more active lives. Not only do we deliver breakthrough medications, but we also develop creative solutions to support communities through philanthropy and volunteerism.

Organization Description:

Lilly is at a critical juncture as we tool up to realize the potential of our product pipeline. We are building new processing capabilities around the world, and emphasizing emerging, innovative technologies, such as continuous processing, biotech platforms, and advanced data and control systems. Additionally, we are recapitalizing older assets, and bringing the operational philosophies in line with current technologies. Lilly places a high value on fully automated manufacturing processes, as the quality and operational benefits are baseline expectations of new process design.

Digital Manufacturing Engineering (DME) is part of the Corporate Engineering Tech Center (ETC). The ETC is a technical resource for training, standards, project implementation, and the center of engineering excellence for the corporation, providing deeply technical resources to solve the most intractable technical problems in manufacturing. DME provides OT data integration solutions, engineering data standardization/ownership, digital manufacturing solutions, and leads OT Data Integrity and Cyber Security initiatives and standards globally for Lilly Manufacturing. Our team focuses on connecting our facilities (securely) and leveraging the data from those facilities to deliver digital manufacturing solutions to improve manufacturing productivity, data integrity / compliance, quality, and operational excellence. Digital Manufacturing Technologies include digital twins, computational modeling, edge/IoT, and analytics solutions.


The Associate Director – Digital Manufacturing Engineering position has overall responsibility for supervision, safety, performance, and development of direct-reporting employees. The team typically consists of 8-12 Lilly engineers plus additional external contingent workers, mainly focused on project delivery of connected facilities (data integration, data historians, etc.). This role will manage and monitor business results, compliance, productivity improvement, and overall customer service for the team, while streamlining processes, prioritizing work, and supporting the overall DME strategy.

The Associate Director role will provide discipline leadership in technology development, knowledge sharing, mentoring of junior talent, as well as provide technical leadership to sites, support major project delivery, support key initiatives led by the tech center, collaborate with Lilly’s MQ IT organization and network with external benchmarking communities. This role will be a member of Engineering Tech Center lead team.

Key Objectives/Deliverables

  • Lead HR processes, including performance management, compensation management, reward and recognition, talent assessment, promotion, recruiting, and succession planning. Coach and develop team members. Support and lead diversity initiatives.
  • Support DME team strategy, business planning, and team building activities.
  • Digital Manufacturing Engineering Discipline and Technical Leadership – Partner with peer groups and manufacturing sites on solution assessments, reuse/replication opportunities, and concept development. Manage tools, engineering standards, master specifications and best practices.
  • Knowledge Sharing – Provide technical coaching and mentoring to Lilly engineers. Document learning through peer-reviewed technical documents. Facilitate shared learning forums such as conferences and user groups.
  • Project Delivery Leadership – Support major capital project delivery through resourcing of key subject matter experts. Drive efficiencies in the delivery processes of connected facilities. Monitor and act on key performance metrics for team performance on project delivery goals.
  • External Influence and Benchmarking – Monitor and influence external industry trends for digital manufacturing technologies and solutions.
  • Support and own global DME sponsored programs and initiatives.
  • Lead governance on standardized global automation data integration solutions.

Basic Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in engineering or related science field
  • Minimum 5 years’ pharmaceutical manufacturing experience in engineering or related functional area.
  • Minimum 3 years’ experience with digital manufacturing engineering technologies (digital twin, data integration, data analytics, etc.).
  • Previous supervisory experience or technical leadership

Additional Skills/Preferences

  • Knowledge in data systems, historians, and reporting platforms.
  • Knowledge of project management and vendor management
  • Excellent verbal and written communications skills
  • Experience in Capital project delivery
  • cGMP Regulatory knowledge in process or automation engineering

Additional Information

  • This position supports Lilly’s drug product and drug substance network globally and may require US and OUS travel (up to 15%) as well as off-hour meetings due to time zone differences.
  • Monday through Friday, Day Shift

Eli Lilly and Company, Lilly USA, LLC and our wholly owned subsidiaries (collectively “Lilly”) are committed to help individuals with disabilities to participate in the workforce and ensure equal opportunity to compete for jobs. If you require an accommodation to submit a resume for positions at Lilly, please email Lilly Human Resources ( ) for further assistance. Please note This email address is intended for use only to request an accommodation as part of the application process. Any other correspondence will not receive a response.

Lilly is an EEO/Affirmative Action Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, protected veteran status, disability or any other legally protected status.

Our employee resource groups (ERGs) offer strong support networks for their members and help our company develop talented individuals for future leadership roles. Our current groups include: Africa, Middle East, Central Asia Network, African American Network, Chinese Culture Network, Early Career Professionals, Japanese International Leadership Network (JILN), Lilly India Network, Organization of Latinos at Lilly, PRIDE (LGBTQ + Allies), Veterans Leadership Network, Women’s Network, Working and Living with Disabilities. Learn more about all of our groups.


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