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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.

Position Brand 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 processing 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.

Global Process Automation & Control Engineering (GPACE) is part of the Lilly’s Corporate Engineering Tech Center (ETC). GPACE provides automation solutions through measurements, control, control systems, data and integration, and project delivery. GPACE is a technical resource for training, standards, and stewards of Lilly’s primary automation platforms. GPACE’s primary customers are global manufacturing, development, and Global Facilities Delivery (GFD).


The Process Automation Design/Project Engineer will entail the following scope:

  • Provide automation leadership for the design and delivery of major Capital projects and corporate initiatives with a focus on the Global Parenteral Network.
  • Provide automation support to external/contract manufacturing.
  • Manage system integrators and internal Lilly team members to deliver all aspects of Automation.
  • Support key corporate initiatives such as life cycle management, Engineering information management, and cyber security.
  • Evaluate new technology and innovation trends leading to the development of proof of concepts and sharing of use cases for application within Lilly.
  • Drive automation governance and replication across the Drug Substance and Drug Product manufacturing networks for major equipment design, architecture, and Automation/IT systems.

In addition, this role will work to optimize and improve project automation engineering approaches by combining technical and project delivery expertise, industry best practices, and engineering standards.

Key Objectives/Deliverables

  • Work safely and continually look for improvements to both people and equipment safety. Ensure safety is incorporate into process automation design.
  • Process Automation Design – Provide support to manufacturing sites (including external manufacturing sites) and Global Facilities Delivery during project profiling and design. Ensure project design meets intended requirements, considers life cycle cost, and eliminates non-value add complexity. Use replication and best practices to optimize project cost.
  • Project Engineering – Lead automation design and delivery of major capital projects. Provide appropriate levels of project execution support. Collaborate with GFD and outsource partners to ensure a successful Automation Project Management structure is in place to successfully deliver the project. Process Understanding – Understand the breadth of Lilly key manufacturing processes, from API through distribution, and of the process development lifecycle, from development through process retirement.
  • External Influence and Benchmarking – Monitor and influence, when appropriate, changes in external codes and standards on Lilly’s behalf, and work to ensure ongoing compliance within Lilly. Extract benchmarking information from academia and industry.

Basic Requirements:

  • Bachelor of Science Degree in Engineering or a related science field.
  • 3 years’ experience in automation machine control, process control, or equivalent work experience in a related field.

Additional Preferences:

  • Experience in a pharmaceutical manufacturing or related life science field.
  • Experience supporting automation activities in the parenteral drug product space: aseptic filling/formulation/equipment preparation.
  • Minimum 1 years’ experience in system integration design and delivery.
  • Experience working with validated systems in a pharmaceutical environment.
  • Demonstrated expertise in one or more automation platforms, preferable Rockwell Automation Systems
  • Experience in automation system project delivery and major capital projects including schedule and cost management.

Additional Information:

  • This position will be based in Indianapolis IN supporting major capital project delivery. It is expected that significant travel both US and OUS will be required with potential for short term assignments to support project delivery.
  • 8-hour days – Monday through Friday, overtime and some weekend/holiday may be required for project support.
  • Travel: Domestic and International travel may be required (35%) with potential for more.
  • Location: Indianapolis Indiana

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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