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Lilly Design Specialist - Mechanical 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.

Position overview:

This position is part of the Engineering Technology Center as design specialist, focusing on mechanical systems and designs. The Engineering Technology Center (ETC) is part of Lilly's corporate engineering team, able to provide technical support to capital projects and facilities across Lilly's global footprint.

Key Objectives/Deliverables:

  • Establishes the Engineering Requirements for the mechanical and unit operation systems of capital projects across all aspects of Lilly, but most clearly drug substance facilities and drug product facilities for Lilly.

  • Perform evaluations and design guidance on mechanical systems that may include HVAC systems, utility systems (air, steam, water, glycol, etc.), waste treatment and disposal systems, as well as unit operations supporting drug substance and/or drug product.

  • Ensure the business needs, functional unit strategies, policies, standards, and product needs are translated into performance criteria.

  • Review engineering and design work by contractors and the submittals from suppliers and contractors against the engineering requirements including Lilly Global Quality Standards, Global Engineering Standards, and Engineering Master Specifications.

  • Maintain assigned Master Specifications including the review of exception requests and periodic reviews with internal (Lilly) groups and selected vendors/contractors to ensure Lilly specifies economically-efficient designs.

  • Assumes responsibility as the ETC Local Subject Matter Expert for assigned Global Engineering Standards, etc.

  • Ensures Lilly Engineering is effectively engaged at the appropriate level in reviewing the project designs for the projects assigned.

  • Participates in the Global Facility Delivery PDRI processes as requested.

Minimum Requirements:

  • BS in Engineering (Chemical or Mechanical strongly preferred)

  • Minimum of 5 years manufacturing and/or engineering in support of plant operations or capital projects.

  • Demonstrated understanding of the design processes employed by engineering and architectural firms.

Additional Preferences:

  • Familiarity with financial concepts (e.g. NPV, COPs).

  • Experience as a mechanical or process engineering in two or more of the following areas:

  • Small molecule bulk

  • Large molecule bulk

  • Dry products

  • Parenteral products

  • Delivery devices

  • Utilities

  • Facilities management

  • Laboratories

  • Demonstrated knowledge of non-US codes and standards applicable to mechanical systems and components relevant to Lilly sites.

  • Must possess strong business acumen, with an awareness of the life cycle cost evaluation processes as they apply to equipment and systems.

  • Must have demonstrated good written and verbal communications for the projects assigned skills.

  • Must have the ability to lead groups including internal and external resources to provide profile and study content.

  • Must be able to work in an environment where limited or conflicting direction is given.

  • Proven flexibility in adapting and adjusting to changes in working practices and a willingness to take on different roles as required by the needs of the Engineering Tech Center.

  • Ability to work with diverse perspectives and to identity and resolve issues with minimal direction.

  • Manufacturing or engineering support to pharmaceutical or API networks preferred.

Other Information:

Position requires some domestic and international travel(On average between 10% to 25%) —but can be more during conceptual, basic, and detailed design of major projects as well as technical support during commissioning and qualification.

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.

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. If you would like to request an accommodation for medical or religious reasons, you may do so at

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!