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Lilly Operations Engineer 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.

Organization Overview:

For 140 years, Lilly has manufactured medicines that improve people’s lives around the world. We produce our medicines using some of the most sophisticated manufacturing technologies and rigorous quality standards. Lilly Manufacturing strives for excellence in its process, standards, procedures and behaviors to develop medicines with safety first and quality always.


The Parenteral manufacturing area is responsible for the inspection of injectable products produced at Indianapolis Parenteral Manufacturing. The Operations Associate will provide administrative leadership, to a team within the department, that supports or executes inspection activities. The Operations Associate will provide leadership for one of the area’s process teams. The Operations Associate acts as a liaison between operations and multiple support groups to support process improvements, change controls, investigations and similar activities. The Operations Associate will also assist the operations team in the day to day management of the production floor and will lead investigations and drive implementation of actions and improvement projects.

Key Objectives / Deliverables:

  • Provide leadership and operational knowledge of the area, equipment, and processes associated with the inspection of injectable products.

  • If applicable, responsible for the coaching, development, and performance evaluation of direct reports.

  • Help monitor and develop a strong safety culture.

  • Development and monitoring of metrics.

  • Interact and/or lead cross-functional teams to deliver technical and business solutions.

  • Lead specific activities of the process teams.

  • Qualified to conduct root cause analysis and implement countermeasures.

  • Support/facilitate improvements to equipment, processes and/or procedures.

  • Aid with batch/product approvals, issue resolution and production schedule execution.

  • Provide Operations leadership as back-up to Manager.

Basic Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s Degree

  • Experience working in a manufacturing environment.

Additional skills:

  • Demonstrated leadership skills in leading teams and groups of people who are not direct reports.

  • Demonstrated ability in organizing and leading multiple projects.

  • Strong technical aptitude in engineering skills to learn and understand new equipment and processes.

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.

  • Demonstrated teamwork and interpersonal skills.

  • Computer skills.

  • Technical or science degree preferred.

  • Previous leadership/supervisory experience.

  • Career interests in operations leadership.

  • Experience working with parenteral products.

  • Experience researching and replicating the work of other areas / facilities.

  • Experience working hands on with equipment and processes and to train other technical staff and operators.

  • Experience using SAP, MES, Excel, Word, Power Point, HMIs, Historian Systems, and line performance monitoring or other similar systems.

  • Six sigma Green Belt or higher.

Additional Information:

  • Position is a day shift role, but requires flexibility to adjust schedule as needed to support the qualification and ongoing running of the area (24/7 operation)

  • Required to carry a phone to support operations.

  • Required Safety Equipment: Safety glasses, gowning, hearing protection, and safety shoes required per local area requirements.

  • Product Exposure: Position will work with various Lilly products

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!