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Lilly Engineer-Process Automation in Branchburg, New Jersey



Due to our ever-growing biopharmaceutical pipeline, we are seeking a Process Automation Engineer who shares our passion for making a difference in the lives of people around the world. The Automation Engineer is primary responsible for the process improvement, complex troubleshooting, development of PLC/HMI codes, reliable operation of the existing automation systems and the management of automation projects for the Lilly New Jersey Facilities.You will lead project activities, influence project team members and work with cross function team for successful implementation of process automation projects. You will be driving appropriate GMP change control preparing/adhering project schedules and budgets, programming process control systems. You will be providing technical support for daily biologics manufacturing operations and for the specification, installation, start-up and qualification support of process equipment projects.

Your responsibilities will be as follows:

  • Provides technical mentoring and oversight to less experienced engineers responding to and troubleshooting process equipment related issues. Requires depth and/or breadth of expertise within discipline and recognized in a function or geographic region.

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

  • Leadership of multiple projects and able to work independently with minimum supervision.

  • Think outside box to Evaluate and implement continuous improvements for process and equipment

  • SME in data monitoring and analysis for continuous process improvements and troubleshooting complex issues.

  • Utilize Six Sigma tools to lead complex process automation investigation.

  • Consultation and collaboration with SME in Manufacturing, Maintenance, Process Engineers, Plant Engineering, Validation and Quality.

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

  • Provide engineering support and project management by

  • Representing Automation on cross functional process teams

  • Maintain and enhance the Process Control Systems

  • Manage the design process to ensure project meets established user requirements, capital project estimates and schedules.

  • 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 your 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 Maintenance/Manufacturing to ensure continuous manufacturing operation.

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

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Additional Skills/Preferences:

  • Experience with batch process control S88 standard

  • Strong experience with complex troubleshooting and process optimization in pharmaceutical industry

  • Have strong technical knowledge and experience with biopharmaceutical process systems including bioreactors, centrifuge, media/buffer prep, CIP/SIP, glasswashers

  • Demonstrate a deep technical knowledge and experience with Automation Systems

  • Strong experience in data analytics and manufacturing process modeling

  • Have strong written and verbal communication skills

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

  • Possess a passion for understanding; be inquisitive to what is happening in Automation and curious to learn new technology.

  • Strong leadership skills

Additional Information:

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.


Process Automation Engineer

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Basic Qualifications:

  • Have attained a B.S. or M.S. in Engineering (typically, Chemical Engineering, Electrical, Computer Engineering)

  • Minimum 4 years of programming experience with Rockwell Automation PLC and/or HMI and a minimum of 2 years with biotechnnology/ pharmaceutical industry

  • 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.

Company Overview:

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 39,000 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.





State / Province:

New Jersey


North America