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Lilly Advisor - Corporate Architect and Global Workplace Strategist 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.

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.

Position Description:

The Corporate Architect and Global Workplace Strategist manages the architectural process as an area of expertise within Strategic Real Estate and Facilities Planning; SRE/SFP supports all the sites and business units (both Lilly and its Subsidiaries) in the U.S. and around the world with respect to real estate and facilities needs resulting from their business strategies/requirements.

The Corporate Architect integrates with Corporate and Local Engineering departments to manage, evaluate and consult on the assessment, programming, design and delivery aspects of the facility design process. The focus of this role is to develop options for the business area that are both consistent with existing facilities as well as in compliance with Lilly Standards.

The facility types included in the Corporate Architect arena are: administrative office, research and development laboratories, quality control laboratories, manufacturing, warehouse and site master planning (infrastructure, landscape and amenities). Aspects included in the option development include consideration of Health, Safety and Environmental, Task Optimization, Architectural Image, and Branding in order to fully meet the needs of the business.

The Corporate Architect serves as the subject matter expert for architecture and the planning and design of Quality Control Laboratories, Research Laboratories and administrative office environments. This individual must operate in a manner in compliance with Lilly policies and the architectural profession licensing requirements.

Additionally, the Corporate Architect is responsible for tapping into research, trends and external benchmarking (for both administrative and lab space) surrounding workplace development (including space and cost per person/workspace by facility type).


  • Lead Site Master Planning processes

  • Develop Profiles and Conceptual Design Studies

  • Lead/Coordinate Technical and Aesthetic Architectural Consulting

  • Represent Lilly as the lead architect in Concept, Basic and Detailed Design Phase activities related to site selection, site development, structural, planning, aesthetic, brand, furniture and specialized construction; making final decisions on aspects such as look, form and function

  • Develop workplace strategies to support business needs and processes, ergonomics, aesthetics, utilization and business transformation

  • Major capital architectural selection and design/construction team organization

  • SME for laboratories and administrative office environments

  • External position for benchmarking, facilities and real estate networks and communities

  • Primary Lilly liaison to the architectural design community

Basic Qualifications:

  • Minimum of 10 years of relevant architecture and building construction project/program management experience is required with specific experience in administrative, research and development, and manufacturing building types.

  • College/University undergraduate or graduate degree in architecture or related field

  • Receive and maintain licensure as an Indiana Registered Architect

Additional Skills/Preferences:

  • Leadership Skills – the individual will work with Lilly senior management as well as experienced external business partners. As such, the individual needs strong leadership skills in order to direct the projects/transactions to the desired result. This position also needs to provide leadership and liaison with external architectural and engineering partners.

  • Networking – evidence of the ability to develop strong networks both internal and external within architectural design, construction and workplace consulting fields.

  • Analytical Skills – knowledge and mastery of Microsoft Office and understanding financial concepts including cost estimation, geometry, comparative analysis, etc.

  • Communication Skills – a key element of the role is communication both internally and externally. Evidence demonstrating the ability to present oneself, project objectives, and options along with their merits/shortcomings, and negotiation skills are required with abilities to work well with other cultures and demographics.

Additional Information:

  • This is an exempt position located in Indianapolis, Indiana

  • Travel is required; however, quarterly would be the highest frequency for international and bi-weekly for national

Note: for internal employees, if you are currently in a technical path role, but outside of the posting band, you may apply. You will be hired at your current level. For example: Current P4 (tech ladder), Posting R1-2 tech ladder, hire will occur at P4

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Our employee resource groups (ERGs) offer strong support networks for their members and help our company develop talented individuals for future leadership roles. Our current groups include: Africa, Middle East, Central Asia Network, African American Network, Chinese Culture Network, Early Career Professionals, Japanese International Leadership Network (JILN), Lilly India Network, Organization of Latinos at Lilly, PRIDE (LGBTQ + Allies), Veterans Leadership Network, Women’s Network, Working and Living with Disabilities. Learn more about all of our groups.

As a condition of employment with Eli Lilly and Company and its subsidiaries in the United States and Puerto Rico, you must be fully COVID-19 vaccinated and provide proof of vaccination satisfactory to the company (subject to applicable law).


At Lilly we strive to ensure our employees are part of a team that cares about them and our shared purpose of making life better for those around the world. How do we do this? We continue to look for ways to include, innovate, accelerate and deliver while maintaining integrity, excellence and respect for people.​ We hope that you seek to join us on our journey as we create medicine and deliver improved outcomes for patients across the globe!