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Lilly Advisor - Analytical Chemistry, Synthetic Molecule Design and Development in Indianapolis, Indiana

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.

The Synthetic Molecule Design and Development (SMDD) organization is involved in key activities for the development of synthetic drug substances and drug products starting with pre-clinical phases through commercialization. Our scientists and engineers develop innovative technical and business solutions across a portfolio of projects using their deep technical expertise to accelerate testing of the clinical hypothesis and overall drug development. Through recognizing the value of a hardworking and culturally diverse workforce, SMDD delivers on these responsibilities and helps bring the next generation of life changing medicines to patients.

Our team is looking for experienced, creative, and energetic candidates to contribute to overall control strategy development, unit operation optimization and process optimization of synthetic drug candidates to support clinical trials, regulatory submission, and product commercialization. The position presents an opportunity to be part of dynamic teams comprised mainly of process chemists, analytical chemists, formulation scientists, and engineers.


Top candidates for this position will be expected to:

  • Apply analytical technologies to enable synthetic chemistry, chemical engineering, formulation sciences, and continuous manufacturing.

  • Deliver analytical solutions that guide process and analytical control strategy development for syntheses (drug substance) and formulations (drug product).

  • Provide technical guidance for analytical methods validated and transferred within an external network. Ensure methods are technically sound, well developed and characterized, and safe. Execute technology transfer to CRO/CMO organizations and Lilly manufacturing.

  • Demonstrate high learning agility and the ability to understand and exploit effective scientific concepts and methods across multiple subject areas (e.g., chemistry, pharmaceutical sciences, PAT, and modeling and simulation); be able to use these techniques in order to bring value across a portfolio of small molecule, synthetic peptide, and oligonucleotide modalities

  • Possess experience with drug substance and drug product Common Technology Document (CTD) authoring, NDA submission, Pre-approval inspection (PAI) readiness of manufacturing sites, and Country-specific Response to Questions (RtQ) approaches leading to successful approvals

  • Mentor and develop scientific staff. Ensure continued technical and professional growth of group members, encourage efforts towards excellence and knowledge sharing

  • Plan and manage short term and long-term development activities. Develop and/or review technical agendas and timelines for project work. Recommend resource allocation to accomplish projects according to plans, communicate progress and propose changes in timeline, objectives, or direction.

  • Collaborate closely with organizations across Development and Manufacturing to execute and deliver material and information for clinical trials and regulatory submissions

  • Embrace diverse thought, background, and experience to deliver innovative solutions

  • Possess strong communication (oral, written), organizational, and leadership skills

  • Actively engage in the external environment and the ability to recognize and apply external innovation across the Lilly synthetic portfolio

Basic Qualifications:

  • Ph.D. in analytical chemistry or bioanalytical chemistry, or a related field with 2+ years of experience in the pharmaceutical industry or alternatively a B.S. in chemistry with 15+ years (or M.S. in chemistry with 10+ years) of experience in the pharmaceutical industry

Additional Skills/Preferences:

  • Experience with technical transfer of analytical methods into manufacturing operations

  • Experience developing global regulatory strategies including authoring regulatory submissions, responding to regulatory questions, and/or registering products across global markets.

  • Experience within the pharmaceutical sector is desired; however, other relevant experience may meet expectations. Prior experience in the development of an active ingredient and associated formulated product is acceptable. Relevant industrial sectors include agrochemicals, nutraceuticals, specialty chemicals, and personal care products.

  • Strong technical skills to supply business value

  • Creativity and ability to transform ideas into marketable products and processes

  • Knowledge and experience with management of a technical project

  • Demonstrated leadership capabilities especially in a team environment

  • Demonstrated ability to drive and accept change

  • Demonstrated success in persuasion, influence and negotiation

  • Good interpersonal skills and a sustained tendency for collaboration

  • Ability to prioritize multiple activities and manage ambiguity

  • Ability to influence others to promote a positive work environment

  • Demonstrated technical proficiency and ability to create ideas for future work plans

Additional Information:

  • Travel: 0 to 10%

  • Position Local: Indianapolis, IN; Lilly Technology Center-North (LTC-N)

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