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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:

Lilly is currently constructing a cutting-edge facility for the manufacture of new modalities including Gene Therapy. 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 and quality, and process performance.

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

Position Brand Description:

We are seeking a Utilities Operator at the Advance Therapies Manufacturing Site (LP2) in Lebanon, IN. The Utility Operator is directly responsible for ensuring that the generation and distribution of the utility services is provided without interruption of service to support the needs of the facility. The Utility Operator will be responsible for gray, clean, and plant utilities. The role is responsible for the direct execution of utility operations (per SOPs and operational execution instructions) in order to safely and compliantly support the manufacturing of high-quality medicine.

In the project delivery phase and startup phase of the project (startup expected 2024 to 2025), 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 cGMP operations, and build the site culture. This will require significant collaboration, creativity and resilience as the site grows to a full-scale cGMP manufacturing through start up.

Key Responsibilities:

Startup Phase:

  • Support a safety-first, quality always operations/maintenance team
  • Ability to respond quickly and proactively to changing priorities within a reasonable timeframe
  • Cross functionally collaboration with Global Facility Delivery (GFD) to support project delivery and system start-ups
  • Assist in the creation and execution of procedures such as Lockout/ Tagout (LOTO), Job Hazard Analysis (JHA), and Computerized Maintenance Management System (CMMS) work plans
  • Support C&Q activities, including but not limited to, shakedowns, initial/operational verification support, and/or equipment qualification support

Post Startup Phase:

  • Ensure utility operations maintains compliance with all regulatory requirements at all times
  • Ensure utility areas appropriately support the execution of the production plan for the site
  • Utility Operator Systems: Boilers, Chilled Water Systems, Cooling Towers, Instrument Air, Bio Waste, Reverse Osmosis, WFI distillation, and Clean Steam systems
  • Carry out daily monitoring testing and cleaning duties as assigned on the above listed systems to ensure equipment and systems are in good operating conditions and they are maintained in accordance with local and corporate regulatory requirements
  • Understand Health, Safety & Environmental-regulated environment and application of Health & Safety/Process Safety standards in order to execute key/critical cGMP duties
  • Understand other area processes & their operational hazards and being able to react appropriately
  • Monitoring and collecting data on equipment use and performance i.e. trying to anticipate potential equipment reliability concerns
  • Working with Maintenance and Engineering groups to respond appropriately to potential utility supply upsets or equipment failure
  • Contacting the appropriate help if there is a problem or an event (spill/deviation/incident) during processing
  • Communication to other shifts regarding the status of the area operations and details of any issues/problems that have occurred at handover
  • Actively participating in assigned building & area operations such as safety audits, procedure co-ordination, housekeeping and improvement projects
  • Training and qualification on all specified unit operations within the building
  • Know and follow cGMP practices, safe work habits, plant dress code, hygiene standards, and housekeeping requirements unique to the work area and job classification

Basic Requirements:

  • High School Diploma or equivalent
  • Qualified candidates must be legally authorized to be employed in the United States. Lilly does not anticipate providing sponsorship for employment visa status (e.g., H-1B or TN status) for this employment position
  • Must have mechanical aptitude and be familiar with utilities/maintenance processes
  • Basic computer skills (Microsoft Office tools)

Additional Preferences:

  • Previous experience in facility/area start-up environments
  • Mechanical Trades and previous Plant Utilities experience preferred
  • Solid understanding of FDA guidelines and cGMP requirements
  • Excellent interpersonal, written and oral communication skills
  • Strong organizational skills and ability to handle and prioritize multiple requests
  • Knowledge of computerized maintenance management systems (Maximo, SAP)
  • High attention to details especially in cGMP documentation practices

Additional Information:

  • Ability to work 12-hour day shifts as part of our 24/7 operational schedule
  • Ability to work flexible schedules during training and startup period
  • Ability to work overtime as required

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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