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Lilly Associate Director – Global Process Automation and Control Engineering 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.

Job Description

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 we also develop creative solutions to support communities through philanthropy and volunteerism.

Position Brand Description:

Lilly is at a critical juncture as we tool up to realize the potential of our product pipeline. We are building new processing capabilities around the world, and emphasizing emerging, innovative technologies, such as continuous processing, biotech platforms, and advanced data and control systems. Additionally, we are recapitalizing older assets, and bringing the operational philosophies in line with current technologies. Lilly places a high value on fully automated manufacturing processes, as the quality and operational benefits are baseline expectations of new process design.

Global Process Automation & Control Engineering (GPACE) is part of the Corporate Engineering Tech Center (ETC). GPACE provides automation, measurement, cyber-security, and process control solutions. GPACE is a technical resource for training, standards, capital project delivery, and Lilly’s standard automation platforms. GPACE’s primary customers are global manufacturing and development sites, MQ-IDS (Corporate IT), Corporate InfoSec, and peer groups such as Global Facilities Delivery (GFD) and Global Quality.


The Associate Director – Global Process Automation & Control Engineering position has overall responsibility for supervision, safety, performance, and development of direct-reporting employees. The team typically consists of 8-12 Lilly technical associates at R2-level or below and contingent workers to supplement the team. This role will manage and monitor business results, compliance, productivity improvement, and overall customer service for the team.

The Associate Director role will provide discipline leadership in technology development, knowledge sharing, mentoring of junior talent, as well as provide technical leadership to sites, support major project delivery, support key initiatives led by the tech center, collaborate with Lilly’s Corporate IT organization (IDS) and network with external benchmarking communities. This role will be a member of Engineering Tech Center lead team.

Key Objectives/Deliverables:

Lead HR processes, including performance management, compensation management, reward and recognition, talent assessment, promotion, recruiting, and succession planning. Coach and develop team members. Support and lead diversity initiatives.

Process Automation/Control Discipline and Technical Leadership – Partner with peer groups and manufacturing sites on solution assessments, reuse/replication opportunities, and concept development. Manage tools, engineering standards, master specifications and best practices.

Lead Lilly’s Automation Leadership Council, develop working relationships with site automation leaders for initiatives and human resource planning.

Knowledge Sharing – Provide technical coaching and mentoring to Lilly engineers. Document learning through peer-reviewed technical documents. Facilitate shared learning forums such as conferences and user groups.

Optimization and Control – Increase the benefits of process automation and control solutions while driving life-cycle costs down. Apply process automation solutions to meet site, network, and business unit objectives for productivity, quality, and cost.

Project Delivery – Support major capital project delivery with design and subject matter experts. Drive efficiencies in the delivery of automation and controls

External Influence and Benchmarking - Monitor and influence, when appropriate, changes in external codes and standards on Lilly’s behalf, and work to ensure ongoing compliance within Lilly.

Support and own Global Programs – This role will be the system owner for Lilly’s central CLASS module library and support multiple global programs such as Cyber Security.

Basic Qualifications:

Bachelor’s degree in Engineering or related science field

Minimum 5 years’ pharmaceutical manufacturing experience in engineering or related functional area.

Minimum 3 years’ experience in Process Automation/Control engineering.

Previous supervisory experience or technical leadership

Additional Skills/Preferences:

Knowledge in data systems, historians, and reporting platforms.

Knowledge of project management and vendor management

Excellent verbal and written communications skills

Experience in Capital project delivery

Technical expertise in one or more automation platforms

cGMP Regulatory knowledge in process or automation engineering

Additional Information:

This position supports Lilly’s drug product and drug substance network globally and may require US and OUS travel (10-20%) as well as off-hour meetings due to time zone differences

Normal hours are Monday through Friday, Day Shift. There may be some overtime and weekends for project support activities.

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