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Lilly Operations Lead Technician- Visual Inspection (Night Shift) in Durham, 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:

At Lilly, we serve an extraordinary purpose. We make a difference for people around the globe 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.


This position will start on a 12-hour, 2-2-3 rotating day shift schedule (with first several weeks on M-F schedule for onboarding) and is expected to transition to a 12-hour, 2-2-3 rotating night schedule within 6-12 months. Transition to night shift is a requirement for this position.

During the project phase, the Lead Technician – Visual Inspection will support commissioning/qualificationactivities required to bring automated vision systems into service as well as supporting site operational readiness activities. This role is expected to become a subject matter expert for the visual inspection equipment/process and will be directly involved with training future new hires.

After project phase completion, this role will be responsible for line leadership, daily operations, development of operators, ensuring compliance with all policies, procedures, and ensuring resources are scheduled accordingly per the daily production plan.

Key Objectives

  • Provide commissioning, qualification, and operational readiness support during project phase

  • Support Site Leadership to build a diverse and capable site organization by delivering area operational procedures, quality processes and controls for the Parenteral Inspection area

  • Provide leadership on manufacturing floor ensuring high level of safety, quality, and productivity to maintain reliable supply of products to patients

  • Technical leader: Key resource for troubleshooting and functions as the primary point of contact for issue escalation on the shop floor

  • Responsible for administering technical training and ensuring all operators are trained to perform tasks

  • Assist Supervisor in development and performance evaluations of shift operators

  • Key liaison between operations and support functions

  • Lead technicians are “working leaders” by operating the equipment and leading the shift operations as required to meet production schedule

  • Assists in checking execution documentation (PMX, SAP, Cleaning Logs, etc.)

  • Drives key departmental objectives including improving safety performance, reducing deviations, improving productivity, and training compliance

  • Lead Technicians are the back up for the Supervisor

Basic Requirements:

  • High School Diploma or equivalent

  • Minimum 2 years relevant experience (education may be substituted for experience with manager discretion)

  • Demonstrated leadership skills

  • Demonstrated ability to train and coach others

  • Ability to effectively communicate (written and verbal)

  • Flexibility and problem-solving skills

  • Basic computer skills (desktop software) are required

  • Must Pass a “fitness for duty” physical exam

  • Ability to work 12-hour shifts on nights (2-2-3 schedule)

  • Ability to work overtime as required

  • Ability to travel <5%

  • 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

Additional Skills/Preferences:

  • Scientific/technical degrees or certifications

  • Preferred 4+ years relevant experience

  • Knowledge of current Good Manufacturing Practices (CGMPs)

  • Previous experience working in operations/pharmaceuticalindustry

  • Previous experience utilizing automated, semiautomated, and manual inspection equipment and/or processes

  • Previous experience with Manufacturing Execution Systems and electronic batch release

  • Experience developing procedures or other technical documents

  • Knowledge of lean manufacturing principles

  • Experience with start-ups or technology transfers

  • Demonstrated ability to work through ambiguity

Additional Information:

  • Position may include the opportunity for a short duration assignment in Indianapolis or internationally to establish specific process knowledge, establish global contacts, and provide production support

  • Ability to wear safety equipment (safety glasses, safety shoes, protective gloves etc.)

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