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Lilly Automation Engineer – OSI PI and Data Integration 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.

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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 Automation Engineer – OSI PI and Data Integration will enable information and data flow between Manufacturing Science, Quality, Engineering, Supply Chain, and Operations by leveraging IT and Process Automation Technologies. This role will support innovation evaluation and application for Manufacturing Process Automation and IT Systems with a focus on data historians (OSI PI), OT data integration, advanced analytics, data integrity, and process optimization.

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, cutting edge processing technologies, such as continuous processing and advanced biotech platforms. 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.

This role is a mid-level engineering role which requires a 4-year engineering degree, preferably in Chemical, Mechanical, Electrical Engineering, Computer Science, or related science field. The position requires high learning agility and an interest and/or background in control programming, data historians (and databases), and data integration. There is an expectation of travel to other Lilly international locations generally not exceeding 10-20%.

The primary focus of the role will be to work with our Process Automation and IT systems to integrate data supporting a number of key corporate initiatives. These systems include (but not limited too) process automation platforms, HMI/SCADA, Data Historians (OSI PI), and Manufacturing Execution Systems (MES). A high level of experience in automation architecture and technology trends is desired, with additional expertise needed in the primary areas of process automation and control: safety systems, process control, motion control, and batch control. This role will serve as the corporate Subject Matter Expert for the OSI PI Platform for the Automation Engineering function at Lilly.

Global Process Automation & Control Engineering is part of the Lilly Corporate Engineering Tech Center (ETC). The ETC is a technical resource for training, standards, project implementation, and the center of engineering excellence for the corporation, providing deeply technical resources to solve the most intractable technical problems in manufacturing.

Responsibilities ​:

  • Work safely and continually look for improvements to both people and equipment safety.

  • Provide subject matter expertise on OSI PI Data Historian platform for automation engineering

  • Expertise with Automation Technologies – Lead the corporation’s efforts to better engineer automation projects on all platforms.

  • Data Integration –Develop robust and innovative solutions enabling our manufacturing engineers to utilize data to drive improvement decisions, identify issues, and utilize advanced analytics.

  • Corporate Initiatives – support key corporate initiatives with robust data integration strategies enabling connectivity of Lilly platforms. This includes major Capital Delivery and partnerships between Lilly Engineering and IT.

  • Optimization and Control – Increase the benefits of automation and control solutions while driving life-cycle costs down. Apply automation solutions to meet site, network, and business unit objectives for productivity, quality, and cost. Assist sites globally with technical planning, technology assessments, process control troubleshooting, and root cause analysis.

  • Lead design, development, and deployment of technical and application solutions to meet business requirements across an IT/Automation portfolio that are cost effective and sustainable

  • Drive implementation and use of technology governance processes.

  • Bring external and innovation focus, combined with a strong understanding of business objectives, manufacturing and quality processes and technologies, IT/Automation applications and Infrastructure, to define the future state vision for manufacturing.

  • Serve as a key thought leader across Corporate Process Automation and MQ IT to maximize value through the best leveraging of information technology. Partner with IT Solution Architects, Business Process Architects, Global Infrastructure Team and external resources and key customers to identify business problems, opportunities and processes to set the strategic Process Automation Integration direction to meet business needs

Basic Requirements:

  • Bachelor of Science Degree in engineering or a related science field.

  • Minimum 2 years’ experience in process automation (OT) engineering and data integration (e.g. data historians, data analytics, visualization, MES integration, enterprise level applications, and data integrity)

  • Experience with OSI PI Data Historian

Additional Preferences:

  • Knowledge of Data Integration, Databases, Enterprise Systems, Process Automation Systems (PLC and DCS), and Manufacturing Execution Systems (MES).

  • Core knowledge related to ISE S95 and S88 principles and IT/Automation integration

  • Ability to work well with different cultures

  • Experience in pharma or GMP industry

  • Experience working with validated systems

  • Expertise in Lilly’s preferred platforms, including Rockwell Automation, Emerson DeltaV, PMX, and Syncade

Additional Information:

  • Monday through Friday Day Shift of 7:30am-4:30pm with some allowance for flex time.

  • Location: Indianapolis, IN or site hosted role

  • Travel: Domestic and International travel required (15%)

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