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Lilly Engineer – Automation in Branchburg, New Jersey

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 35,000 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:

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


We are seeking an Automation Engineer who shares our passion for making a difference in the lives of people around the world. This is an Automation Engineering position in the fast growing, exciting and challenging biopharma industry for a candidate with Automation experience. The Automation Engineer is primary responsible for the development of PLC/HMI codes, reliable operation of the existing automation systems and the front line Building Management System (BMS) and Manufacturing process automation support for the Lilly New Jersey Facilities. You will work with cross function team to troubleshoot issues and reliable operation of automation systems. You will be supporting day to day automation activities, driving appropriate GMP change control preparing/adhering project schedules, programming process control systems. You will be providing technical support for daily biologics manufacturing operations and for the specification, installation, start-up and validation support of process equipment projects. Other duties include interfacing with Maintenance and Manufacturing personnel as required to coordinate plant shutdowns, prepare and review Operational SOP’s and Functional Requirement Specification (FRS), represent automation group in several process meetings.

Your responsibilities will be as follows:

  • Be a Subject Matter Expert for Rockwell Automation’s PLCs and HMIs codes.

  • Provide frontline support and troubleshoot PLC and HMI codes.

  • Professional experience to work independently with minimum supervision.

  • Deliver professional Automation support of clinical and commercial biologics manufacturing operations by:

  • Representing Engineering on cross functional process teams

  • Leading HVAC, Utility equipment and process troubleshooting efforts and Root Cause Analysis

  • Implementing continuous improvement/safety projects

  • Interacting regularly with Manufacturing, Maintenance, Process Engineers, Plant Engineering, Validation and Quality

  • Data monitoring and analysis for process improvements and issue resolution.

  • Author, review, and approve change controls, deviation investigations, standard operating procedures (SOPs), drawings, schematics, work orders, etc.

  • Provide engineering support and project management by:

  • Maintain and enhance the Process Control and Building Management Systems

  • Development of project scope, including user requirement, design, functional specifications, and engineering drawings.

  • Influence functional groups regarding operability, technical feasibility, engineering design, maintenance, spare parts, installation/shut-down coordination, project schedule and validation/documentation requirements

  • Arrange for procurement of equipment and instrumentation required for the projects

  • Work with professional consultants and mechanical contractors to develop design and construction drawings/specifications and to implement and test the changes

  • Lead installation, start-up, commissioning and qualification activities

  • On call after hours and weekend support to the Facilities/Manufacturing to ensure continuous production.

  • Keep up to date with required training. Develop expertise by attending technical seminars and training sessions.

  • Grow and develop each year as an individual. Develop deep skills and knowledge. Deliver results consistently.

Basic Qualification:

  • B.S. or M.S. is required. (Chemical, Electronics, Electrical, or Computer Engineering preferred).

  • Have technical knowledge and experience with Automation Systems.

  • Have experience with frontline support in a GMP environment.

  • Minimum of 2+ years experience

Additional Skills/ Preferences:

  • Demonstrate a deep technical knowledge and experience with Rockwell (PLC/HMI) Automation Systems. Possess a passion for understanding, be inquisitive to what is happening in Automation.

  • Experience with OSI PI Historian and SQL database.

  • Be self-motivated, confident, able to influence and self-directed personality with able to work independently as well as in team environment

  • Be flexible, resilient, and proactive. Curious to learn new technology.

  • Have strong written and verbal communication skills.

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.

At Lilly we strive to ensure our employees are part of a team that cares about them and our shared purpose of making life better for those around the world. How do we do this? We continue to look for ways to include, innovate, accelerate and deliver while maintaining integrity, excellence and respect for people.​ We hope that you seek to join us on our journey as we create medicine and deliver improved outcomes for patients across the globe!