Lilly Cnslt-IT-UX Platform Architect in Indianapolis, Indiana



Eli Lilly’s Medicines Development IT (MD IT) serves a strategic function within Lilly’s Medicines Development Unit (MDU). As part of its Digital MDU and Customer Engagement objectives, MD IT seeks to help increase the speed and to optimize medicine delivery to our patients through clinical trials.

MD IT’s Strategic Platforms team partners with business teams across the MDU to deliver unparalleled customer experiences to users both internal and external to Lilly. The team achieves this through tight partnership between User Experience Designers and our IT Development Team utilizing modern web technologies. The team currently focuses on 3 major areas:

  1. The “Eden” program, which through and other web properties engages patients and caregivers to educate on Clinical Research, and help them to find a Lilly Clinical Trial

  2. Our internal “Cue” platform, which delivers new and accelerated capabilities for internal MDU personnel, particularly around modern Search

  3. Fulfilling project needs throughout MD IT where User-Centric design methods and/or modern web technology capabilities are needed

Our team intentionally seeks out Innovation opportunities, seeking to either bring value breakthroughs or “fail fast”, then move on to the next opportunity.

The “Consultant” role in Lilly IT is a non-supervisor leader and coach/mentor who builds strong relationships with and influences IT and business colleagues as well as external parties. The Consultant has a wide breadth and depth across technical and business topics, and is comfortable leading large-scale projects and making decisions that impact an entire function or geography.

This Full-Time employee position as the Strategic Platforms Technical Architect will lead our development team in the assessment, design, development, and evolution of our technical architecture. This requires a deep understanding of website design and development, data integrations, and emerging technologies. In partnership with other team technical leaders, this role knits together our technologies and solutions to meet the current and emerging needs of our business partners. This Technical Architect will also ensure proper alignment with other Lilly IT groups such as the MDU and Enterprise Architecture Offices, and will also influence these groups. This resource will also be an active member of our agile development team.

This role is not focused on coding or development activities – it is focused on leading and influencing our technical architecture and direction. However recent or prior coding or development activities is a strong advantage in competition for this role, and development capability would be valuable.


  • Lead the technical full-stack implementation with the developer team of Lilly employees and vendors, and inspire the team to be creative, cross-functional, and effective in our agile team framework

  • Establish, then coach and ensure developers adhere to coding standards, framework best practices, team processes, tool sets and industry development trends

  • Evaluate and lead prototyping of technical capabilities from the developer community and emerging technology that would benefit the vision of the program

  • Inspire and mentor junior technical resources

  • Coordinate environment, code promotion and environment refreshes using DevOps methodologies and tools

  • Ensure partnership with UX Designers to ensure product designs are feasible and that implementations align with the team’s architecture strategy

  • Participate in initial reviews of potential LIDC Development projects, assessing and proposing potential solutions for technical needs

  • As a cross-functional agile team member, contribute to the team as needed, sometimes helping across traditional role boundaries (e.g., occasional development activities, defining system requirements / user stories, or defining and executing our testing / validation strategy).

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Additional Skills/Preferences:

  • Strong understanding of container based infrastructure and experience with cloud hosted infrastructure services such as Heroku or Amazon Web Services for applications

  • Understanding of web analytics and digital marketing techniques and best practices

  • Strong teamwork, self-management, problem-solving abilities

  • Excellent communication skills (active listening, written, and verbal)

  • Learning agility - experience learning new business processes and priorities, technical architectures and developments, and companies and work teams

  • Passion for delivering new capabilities with a creative startup-like mindset

  • Experience with non-relational storage systems such as Redis, MongoDB, Neo4j

  • Experience with ElasticSearch

  • Experience with Python, specifically Flask, Django, and any of its machine learning libraries

  • Experience with a CMS, especially Contentful CMS

  • Information Architecture and data modeling

  • Demonstrated ability to influence key business partner leaders and other IT groups

  • Experience working within an Agile/Scrum framework

  • Strong experience working with people in other countries and cultures, and appropriately challenging country personnel and regulation interpretations when needed

  • Experience within the clinical trials / clinical research business areas, either interfacing with patients, or working with clinical research professionals

Additional Information:

  • Position is based in Indianapolis

  • Occasional domestic or global travel may be needed (less than 10%)

  • Lilly is an EEO/Affirmative Action Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, protected veteran status, disability or any other legally protected status. .


Application Architect – IT Strategic Platforms

Job Category:

Information Technology

Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree

  • 5+ years experience in technical roles on software development teams

  • 2+ years experience with data flows, ETL, databases, or restful web APIs

  • Prior experience designing & managing delivery of modern Web-based applications (e.g., Heroku/AWS, NodeJS, Angular/React)

  • 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.

Company Overview:

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 39,000 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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North America