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Lilly Quality Engineer in Concord, North Carolina

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 entering an exciting period of growth and we are committed to delivering innovative medicines to patients around the world. Lilly is investing over $1 billion to create a new state-of-the-art manufacturing site, in Concord, North Carolina. The brand-new facility will utilize the latest technology to increase the company's manufacturing capacity in parenteral (injectable) medications, device assembly and packaging operations. This is an exciting once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to help build and operate a new site. The Lilly Concord site will be built using the latest high-tech equipment, advanced highly integrated and automated manufacturing systems, and have a focus on minimizing the impact to our environment. This is an opportunity you don’t want to miss!

Position Description:

The Quality Engineer is responsible for demonstrating leadership, teamwork, and quality and regulatory knowledge and oversight to provide guidance, consultation and influence in the design, verification, and startup of the manufacturing areas at Lilly’s new Concord, North Carolina site. The position is essential for ensuring GMP compliance in the design, delivery, verification, qualification, and start up to ensure regulatory approval of the Facilities, Utilities, Maintenance, and Equipment (FUME).


The Quality Engineer will support the start-up and routine operation of the QA organization at Lilly's Concord, NC manufacturing site. Responsibilities include:

  • Knowledge of cGMP practices including good documentation practices, data integrity and regulatory compliance

  • Act as a cGMP liaison, working with Global Facility Delivery and Lilly project staff to complete the detailed design of the assigned areas employing QbD and QRM principals and ensuring the integration of Global Quality System requirements into the design

  • Consult with Network and Global quality groups as required to ensure consistent and compliant approach is executed during the project and startup phase

  • Actively participate in required design reviews and final design qualification activities

  • Provide technical and quality review and approval of project documents to ensure compliance with Lilly Global Quality Standards as well as project and local quality procedures

  • Provide quality oversight for the verification and qualification of the manufacturing buildings, including review of test cases, test execution, discrepancy resolution, etc.

  • Work with the Site Quality Leadership to support the development of the vision and strategy for the overall site quality operation and cross-functional support with focus on the Manufacturing areas

  • Support the site organization in building technical capability, for a diverse cross-functional staff in Quality, the project team, and area process teams, including mentoring and training of new Quality and other project staff

  • Foster a strong quality culture including maintaining open communications and promoting teamwork and employee participation in the work group

  • Support the definition and execution of inspection readiness activities including support of site self-inspections in GQA

  • Lead project initiatives needed in support of the project, drive Quality improvement factors, and general Quality function

  • Resolve or escalate any compliance issues to the project, site, and Quality Management

  • Provides guidance for deviations, observation handling; change control proposals; document creation and revisions.

Basic Requirements:

Minimum Requirements:

  • Quality knowledge in pharmaceutical manufacturing required

  • Previous experience with C&Q / Verification and Validation oversight including automation and computer systems validation

  • Demonstrated knowledge and use of US, EU, Japan and other regulations in the area of pharmaceutical manufacturing

  • Demonstrated ability to communicate with cross-functional teams including good oral and written communication skills

  • Ability to work independently as a Quality SME with minimal supervision

  • Proficiency with computer systems including Microsoft office products, Trackwise, etc.

  • Responsible for maintaining a safe work environment, working safely & accountable for supporting all HSE Corporate, Project, and Site Goals

  • Ability to work 8 hours a day shifts onsite (not eligible for remote work)

  • Ability to work overtime as required

Education Requirements:

  • Bachelors or equivalent degree in a scientific field

Additional Skills/Preferences:

  • CQE Certified

  • CSQA experience

  • Previous experience with manufacturing facilities, utilities, maintenance, and equipment

  • Previous use of KNEAT – or other electronic validation software

  • Previous technical writing experience

  • Technical aptitude and ability to train and mentor other

  • 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 employment positions on the B or S paths or at levels M1-M2 or R1-R3.

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