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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.

Organization Overview:

For 140 years, Lilly has manufactured medicines that improve people’s lives around the world. We produce our medicines using some of the most sophisticated manufacturing technologies and rigorous quality standards. Lilly Manufacturing strives for excellence in its process, standards, procedures and behaviors to develop medicines with safety first and quality always.

Lilly is currently constructing an advanced manufacturing facility for production of API molecules located in Lebanon, IN. This facility is Lilly’s largest investment in manufacturing capacity and is intended to provide APIs for current and future products. This is a unique opportunity to be a part of the leadership team for the startup of a greenfield manufacturing site, and the successful candidate will help to build the organization, the facility and the culture to enable a successful startup into GMP manufacturing operations.

Position Brand Description:

The Supervisor Manufacturing Operations is directly responsible for managing the manufacturing operations for their respective area and shift. The Supervisor Manufacturing Operations is responsible for the day-to-day management of production activity in the assigned area in order to meet all health, safety, environmental, and quality standards. The Supervisor Manufacturing Operations role is the management representative for one shift in one of the following manufacturing areas: Peptides purification and synthesis, Oligonucleotides or Small Molecules. The role is responsible for the supervision of operators involved in the direct execution of manufacturing operations (per SOPs and operational execution instructions) in order to safely and compliantly support the manufacturing of high-quality medicine to meet production schedules. The Supervisor Manufacturing Operations provides leadership and ensures that appropriate staffing is in place. The role will ensure equipment is maintained in a state of compliance and processes in a validated state for their respective area and shift.

In the project delivery phase and startup phase of the project (startup expected 2025 to 2027), leadership roles will be fluid and dynamic as we endeavor to support the project delivery, build a new organization, develop and implement the necessary systems and business processes required to support GMP operations, and build the site culture. This will require significant collaboration, creativity and resilience as the site grows to a full scale GMP manufacturing through start up.


Daily Operations/Business Management:

  • Build and promote a strong Safety and Quality culture. Maintain a safe working environment and conduct operations activities in a manner that protects safety, environment and quality.
  • Ensure operations maintain compliance with all regulatory requirements at all times.
  • Ensure manufacturing area appropriately supports the execution of the production plan for the site.
  • Ensure consistency of operations on designated shift through active engagement on the floor.
  • Ensure audit action items assigned to operations are completed in a timely manner.
  • Set objectives and development plans for operators. Respond to employee relations issues with operators on shift and escalate to management where necessary.
  • Manage events as required, ensuring appropriate communication within the team and with external teams. Provide input to investigations.
  • Build and develop a team, creating clear common purpose and promoting good team spirit.
  • Ensure that operators are appropriately trained, and that operating procedures and training material are available and current.
  • Communicate appropriately with operators regarding site objectives and team business.
  • Ensure the team is adequately resourced to meet the business objectives appropriately managing overtime as necessary.

Specifically, during the startup phase of the Lebanon API site (2025 to 2027) leadership will be expected to be collaborative, inclusive, and support the broader team to:

  • Build the organization with the necessary capability, capacity and culture to operate this facility to the highest standards of operational excellence.
  • Develop and implement the systems and processes needed to run the site, leveraging existing Lilly knowledge and practices where necessary, but also incorporating external experiences and learning.
  • Ensure regulatory compliance and operational excellence by supporting lean principles in their respective area.
  • Support the project team as they deliver the facility to the site team, by providing feedback and support.

Basic Requirements:

  • High School Diploma or equivalent
  • Previous experience directly supporting a manufacturing operation.

Additional Preferences:

  • Bachelor’s or Associate’s Degree in science, engineering, or technical field
  • Previous experience in facility/area start-up environments
  • Previous experience in pharmaceutical manufacturing operations
  • Ability to travel to other Lilly locations for training purposes
  • Demonstrated leadership experience
  • Skills in providing/receiving feedback and creating employee development plans
  • Basic computer skills (desktop software) are required.
  • Solid understanding of FDA guidelines and cGMP requirements.
  • Ability to work 12-hour shifts
  • Ability to work overtime as required.
  • Knowledge of lean manufacturing principles
  • Ability to work with a team, make independent decisions, and influence diverse groups.
  • Ability to instill teamwork within the shift and demonstrate key interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to communicate verbally and in writing to various audiences, particularly one-on-one coaching and feedback with direct reports.
  • Excellent interpersonal, written and oral communication skills
  • Strong organizational skills and ability to handle and prioritize multiple requests.
  • Strong technical aptitude and ability to train and mentor others.

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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