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Lilly Supply Chain Analyst - Inventory Management 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 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.

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.


Under the direction of the Associate Director of Warehouse and Logistics, the Supply Chain Inventory Specialist is responsible for planning, directing, coordinating all tasks related to inventory control within the warehouse and logistical areas. Such activities include inventory cycle count planning, inventory discrepancy resolution and associated reporting activities. This role ensures that all inventory related activities are conducted correctly, and in compliance with site and corporate level governance procedures. This role will also be responsible for engaging with finance and external/financial auditing agencies in inventory management matters.

Personnel Administration:

  • This role has no direct reports.

  • The Inventory Specialist will work with warehouse supervisors to ensure appropriate inventory counts are issued and assigned to both warehouse and operations personnel.

  • The Inventory Specialist role will provide feedback to warehouse supervisors in the performance of inventory counts.

  • Transactional data associated with material movements conducted by warehouse employees will also be provided to area supervision for performance based assessments.

Training Engagement:

  • Develop edit and improve training curriculum associated with inventory management processes.

  • Ensure that employees are up to date with the training necessary to carry out the assigned activities and that they are properly qualified prior to executing inventory management activities.

  • Provide training to shift supervisors and material handlers in inventory management transactions.

  • Coordinate with the Learning and Development department the training plan for new employees.


  • Promote a culture of compliance, ensuring compliance of the WH&L work team with site and company IM policies.

  • Monitor execution, observe practices vs. procedures, provide feedback to staff and escalate differences to the WH&L Associate Director.

  • Ensure that the appropriate documentation is used as defined in the procedures.

  • Participate in audits and inventory review meetings that have been identified, on a routine basis.

  • Ensure all audit actions are completed on time.

  • Participate in non-compliance investigations and root cause analyzes to observations associated with IM activities.

Routine Operations:

  • Attend and/or lead all meetings pertaining to inventory management.

  • Ensure that IM data is collected, maintained and monitored on a daily basis and share any concerns to Process Team Daily meeting.

  • Maintain all required documentation associated with inventory management activities.

  • Assist in the development and review of IM procedures, equipment, and processes. Monitor the floor, observe practices vs procedures, escalate differences, discuss situations. Escalate these situations to WH&L Manager.

  • Coordinate inventory count requirements to support needs with cross functional leadership.


  • Support the implementation of LeanSix Sigma, operational excellence or any other project aimed at improving the efficiency and/or productivity of site IM processes.

  • Lead or participate in teams as needed to meet established team goals.

  • Identify areas of opportunity for operational improvements and assist in implementation (e.g. procedure, equipment, or ticket changes).

  • Work with he Process Team using basic statistical tools to continually improve the process.

  • Ensure compliance with the procedures of the company and other regulatory agencies.

  • Maximize the use of warehouse space.

  • Evaluate system inventory reports to determine storage capacity and take appropriate action.

  • Recommend improvements and changes in departmental processes.

Basic Qualifications:

  • Four Year degree preferably in a Supply Chain or Business Administration capacity.

  • Forklift/Walkie Stacker Qualification may be required.

  • 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 Preferences:

  • Previous Inventory Management experience in a pharmaceutical environment preferred. Previous SAP/EWM experience is preferred.

  • Basic command of the English language, both spoken and written.

  • Sound leadership skills.

  • High degree of initiative, leadership, and responsibility.

  • Ability to understand and demonstrate the practical use of Good Manufacturing Practices and Good Documentation Practices.

  • Exercise good judgment in special situations and escalate appropriately according to written procedures.

  • Good verbal, written communication and presentation skills.

  • Ability to enter and collect data from various computerized systems.

  • Ability to handle multiple priorities. Ability to meet required deadlines while working in a rapidly changing environment.

  • Good interpersonal relationship skills.

  • Attention to details.

  • Ability to work with different computerized systems such as: TRACKWISE ®, Microsoft Office, PMX, SAP, EWM etc.


Complete the required compliance training as well as "The Red Book", apply the knowledge, principles and requirements for daily work and in business relationships with customers, suppliers, employees, shareholders, etc.


Comply with the requirements established in the Safety Policy, Occupational Safety and Industrial Hygiene Policy, standard operating procedures (SOP) and all site safety rules.


Use all office supplies efficiently. Recycle or re-use paper, glass, cardboard/board and any other recyclable materials Make copies on both sides of paper to minimize paper waste.

Use the email system as much as possible to minimize paper waste. Turn off lights and equipment when not in use to save energy. Observe, promote, and comply with EPA and internal environmental regulations where applicable.

​Tools, Machinery, Equipment, Materials

Use of computer, printer, photocopier, general office supplies, telephone, fax, file system, manuals, catalogs and calculators. Protection and safety equipment such as: uniform, gowns, masks, safety shoes, safety glasses, gloves and coats. Motorized equipment and/or forklift.

Physical Demands

Light work that requires physical effort. It also requires communication skills, eye-hand-foot coordination, the ability to move, and fine and gross manual skills. Requires strength to push and pull objects. It involves body movements such as: bending, climbing, reaching, going up and down stairs. It also requires visual acuity, near and medium vision.

Mental Demands

Ability to be alert, calculate, catalog, classify, coordinate, detect, diagnose, evaluate, interview, influence, inspect, instruct, interpret, read, measure, negotiate, observe, plan, collect, organize and select. Capacity for establish positive interpersonal relationships and interact with people, work on several issues at the same time and in a complex environment, work under time pressure, exercise good judgment in special situations, make decisions, check the quality of objects and equipment, work under supervision occasionally, oriented to results.

Additional Information:

  • Availability to provide support on weekends, holidays shifts rotating and after regular business hours when necessary.

  • Availability to engage in domestic or international travel.

Note : The items listed above are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by individuals assigned to this classification. They are not intended to be considered an exhaustive list of all the responsibilities, duties and competencies of the personnel being classified.

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