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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 is currently constructing a cutting-edge facility for the manufacture of new modalities including Gene Therapies. At Lebanon, Indiana, this facility will be Lilly’s most technically advanced manufacturing site focused on the delivery of the next wave of innovative products at Lilly. It will include next-generation manufacturing technologies and advanced data collection and analysis platforms that will deliver improvements in safety, quality, and process performance.

This is a unique opportunity to be a part of the team for the startup of a greenfield manufacturing site, and the successful candidate will participate in the start-up of the facility responsible for both clinical and commercial supply.

Reliability engineer will be accountable for equipment reliability and maintenance strategy to support process and utility systems at the Lebanon Advanced Therapies Manufacturing site. This is achieved by the continuous monitoring of equipment operational performance and improvement. Candiate should expect to work cross-functionally to identify, prioritize, and analyze critical overall equipment effectiveness, develop equipment utilization and performance metrics, and support equipment installation, develop maintenance plans, and identifying and implementing improvement initiatives. Field support may be required to troubleshoot and resolve equipment issues.

Key Responsibilities

Lebanon Facility Pre-Startup and Startup Phase:

  • Maintain a safety-first, quality always, team-based culture
  • Ability to respond quickly and proactively to changing priorities within a reasonable timeframe
  • Collaborate cross-functionally with Global Facility Delivery (GFD) to support project delivery
  • Participate in Computerized Maintenance Management System (CMMS) work plans and spare parts development
  • Support and/or participate in system verification (commissioning and qualification) including but not limited to: system startup, shakedowns, initial/operational verification, and/or equipment qualification
  • Develop deep understanding of systems operation, assist / lead in the troubleshooting of startup issues and sequencing of systems coming online.

Lebanon Facility Post Startup:

  • Supports Process and Utility Engineers in the collection, compilation, and interpretation of data from various sources to determine the significant contributors to system downtime.
  • Communicate to a broad audience the interpretation of system data and establish or facilitate an improvement plan.
  • Perform structured problem solving independently or through facilitation with other engineers, technicians, crafts people, and operators.
  • Communicate the results and recommendations of problem solving.
  • Understand the utility equipment and processes and the impact of equipment performance within the utility and manufacturing systems.
  • Perform Continuous Improvement of maintenance instructions for accuracy, efficiency, and in support of compliance with applicable regulations.
  • Leverage and support leaders, engineers, technicians, and crafts persons, to implement solutions to identified system downtime.
  • Promote proper use of the CMMS system and ALCOA+ principles for developing maintenance strategies, maintenance execution, and documenting equipment history.
  • Supports Utility and Process Engineering spare parts identification and stocking strategy.
  • Supports Utility Engineers in determining causes of performance degradation of equipment as required.
  • Utilize appropriate techniques and tools (RCA, RCM analysis, failure analysis, etc.) to investigate and reduce equipment-related deviations and downtime.
  • Lead and/or support deviation investigations.
  • Seek and implement new technologies to enhance equipment performance and availability.
  • Develop, track and maintain reliability metrics such as, but not limited to, MTBF, MTTR, downtime, costs, emergency work orders, obsolete parts, Events, etc
  • Utilize Preventive and Predictive Maintenance techniques, including but not limited to Tribology, Vibration Analysis, Thermography, Life Cycle Cost Analysis, equipment installation requirements, etc.

Basic Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree in engineering, technology, or science field
  • 2+ years of industry experience

Additional Skills

  • Knowledgeable of cGMP operations
  • Previous experience in a pharmaceutical manufacturing environment
  • Experience using FMEA and RCA methodology
  • Responsible for maintaining a safe work environment, working safely and accountable for supporting all HSE Corporate and Site Goals
  • Must be able to take initiative, interact with and coach wide variety of individuals
  • Ability to apply fundamental engineering principles to process understanding, problem solving and process improvement
  • Ability to function in a team environment
  • Effectively manage and prioritize competing priorities and to appropriately communicate verbally and in writing to various audiences
  • Available on call to address processing emergencies over the phone and at times return to the plant during off-hours

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.

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