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Lilly Engineering - Sr. Specialist Instrument Technician in Indianapolis, Indiana

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Position Brand Description: Sr. Instrument Specialist is accountable for the sustainability of the instrumentation maintenance strategy and for its CMMS “Data” integrity within IAPI. This is achieved by the day-to-day CMMS data updates (JP/PM, ASL’s, Asset Info, etc.) and by being the First-Line response to instrumentation related reliability issues; providing maintenance field support to identify, troubleshoot, and resolve instrumentation malfunctioning. This role owns the instrumentation CMMS (Maximo) data/information in regards to IAPI instrument/calibration strategies (JP’s/PM’s, Data Sheets, ASL’s, Assets/Location information). Deep understanding of the CMMS capabilities and how the CMMS works are key to the success of this position.

Typical shift: Monday through Friday (8 hrs)

Key Objectives/Deliverables:

  • Acts as technical resource for instrumentation.

  • Provide field instrumentation support to identify, troubleshoot, and resolve instrument/calibration issues. This includes documenting resolution in the CMMS where appropriate to capture and share the learning. Note: This support may be required outside normal working hours including nights, weekends, and holidays.

  • Ensures appropriate instrument tolerances, calibration points, and required standards are assigned to critical equipment.

  • Develop and update instrumentation Data-Sheets

  • Execute, in a timely manner, the CMMS Update Forms (instrumentation related). This includes, but not limited to, Work Flow managements, review and follow-up form status, and perform field verification.

  • Moves instrumentation towards standardization.

  • Ensures appropriate spare parts are identified and listed in the Maximo Asset Spare List (ASL) for instrumentation.

  • Support Instrument Engineer: Redesign, updating, and/or specifying instruments.

  • Support Instrument Engineer: Ensuring that the process instrumentation is in control, capable, and compliant in order to be used to manufacture API drug substances.

  • Support Instrument Engineer or Process Engineers with RCFA, FMEA, RCM, PHR, etc.

  • Completed, in a timely manner, assigned Trackwise/CAPA Items action items.

  • Contribute to incident/deviation investigations on instrumentation and implement countermeasure as appropriate to prevent reoccurrence.

  • Own change controls, when applicable, to increase the robustness and reliability of instrumentation.

  • Oversee the Secondary Standards program, including their instrument calibration procedures and tolerances based on measurement uncertainty analysis.

  • Effectively communicate with key customers and support group regarding instrument reliability, calibration activities, and improvement efforts.

Other areas of responsibilities:

  • Safety: Promote safety culture by being a technical leader and problem solving for EHS associated equipment and supporting PHA/PHR.

  • Develop, track and maintain calibration metrics such as, but not limited to, OOT%, downtime, costs, emergency work orders, obsolete parts, Events, etc.

Basic Requirements:

  • Previous experience at a manufacturing sites level instrument technician role is preferred including prior experience with instruments and troubleshooting of instruments.

Additional Preferences:

  • Teamwork and interpersonal skills

  • Computer skills

  • Communication across functional areas

  • Good technical troubleshooting skills required.

  • Ability to quickly learn varied measurement technologies.

  • Ability to manage competing priorities.

  • Scheduling/time management. Effective communication skills.

  • Mentoring skills required to educate craftspeople on new instrumentation technologies.

Education Requirements:

  • Associate degree in technical discipline or equivalent work experience.

Other Information:

  • Must complete ITP for Instrument Engineering Technician.

  • No certifications required.

  • Tasks require entering manufacturing and laboratory areas which require wearing appropriate PPE.

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.

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