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Lilly Principal Associate – Environmental Sustainability 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:

The Global Health Safety and Environment (GHSE) department provides standards, performs audits, consults on operational compliance, advises on best practices, consults on cultural improvement efforts, conducts benchmarking, and communicates with HSE on every level. We blend high-quality counsel with decades of practical experience across a wide variety of industries.

Headquartered in the Lilly Corporate Center, with regional support located in Europe, we help business areas manage their HSE programs more effectively, meet critical compliance obligations in operations around the globe, and achieve improved control of workplace HSE aspects (hazards or risks).

Our mission is to engage all Lilly employees in the company's goal of achieving an injury-free workplace and ensuring that our global business operations contribute to a cleaner, safer environment.

Responsibilities:

This position provides functional ownership for Eli Lilly’s environmental sustainability program and associated environmental-related external disclosures. This position requires internal networking with the HSE function, Corporate Affairs, Manufacturing, and other functions. It also requires an external focus to ensure current and emerging global regulatory requirements, stakeholder expectations, and best practices are integrated into Lilly’s sustainability strategy.

The primary responsibilities of this position will focus on enhancing and driving the company’s climate policy and actions in alignment with global frameworks and evolving regulations. This position will lead the execution and communication of our environmental sustainability goals and metrics, and advance actions to support current and future climate goals. Additionally, this position will support and enhance Lilly’s sustainability strategies, data and communications related to waste management and water security.

This position is expected to execute and enhance company policies and practices related to environmental sustainability performance, including monitoring and understanding evolving global climate and environmental sustainability regulations and driving changes to Lilly’s efforts to align with stakeholder expectations. This position will be responsible for keeping senior governance committees informed on the status of sustainability performance and coordinating and reporting Lilly sustainability information externally (i.e., CDP, esg.lilly.com, UNGC, TCFD, CSRD, etc.). The position coordinates Lilly’s interactions with external entities related to environmental sustainability (e.g. advocacy groups, consultants, environmental non-governmental organizations, investors).

Key Objectives/Deliverables

  • Provides HSE functional ownership of sustainability efforts and disclosures.

  • Monitors and interprets current and emerging global regulations related to environmental sustainability, and evolves current programs to meet future requirements and stakeholder expectations.

  • Leads efforts to report on progress toward goals and environmental performance internally and externally. Supports external communication and recognition for Lilly’s sustainability initiatives.

  • Performs or facilitates calculations and executes reporting of greenhouse gas emissions (scope 1, 2 and 3).

  • Coordinates external validation / assurance of Lilly environmental reporting.

  • External focus: tracks external trends in sustainability and external reporting, maintains external relationships with peer companies and trade organizations, participates on peer group and external organizations, and leads benchmarking efforts.

  • Recommends climate and other environmental goals and strategies for Lilly to pursue in alignment with evolving internal and external expectations.

  • Leads GHSE engagement with Lilly’s ESG (Environmental, Social, and Governance) team to include GHSE activities in the company corporate communications and public disclosures.

  • Leads Lilly’s interactions with external organizations and partners related to environmental sustainability initiatives.

  • Coordinates tracking and reporting of environmental performance metrics (including environmental projects captured in Lilly’s Sustainability Bond Framework)

Basic Requirements:

  • Bachelor of Science degree in science, engineering, environmental management, natural resources or communications, or comparable experience.

  • Minimum of 3 years of experience in environmental sustainability and external disclosures/reporting.

Additional Skills/Preferences:

  • Practical experience with greenhouse gas reporting, Science Based Targets goal setting or implementation, and other sustainability reporting frameworks.

  • Strong technical skills, ability to forecast impacts and sense of curiosity.

  • Ability to be the subject matter expert on climate-related topics and regulations both internally and externally.

  • Experience with external communications.

  • Ability to work cross functionally and lead cross functional teams.

  • Ability to work with external organizations, consultants, and advocacy groups.

  • Advanced written and verbal communication skills.

  • Organizational and project management skills.

  • Passion for environmental sustainability.

  • Experience in environmental affairs, sustainability, or product stewardship.

  • Ability to influence through persuasive communication (oral and written)

  • Ability to translate complex or technical subjects into easy-to-understand commentary for a broad audience.

  • Ability to effectively network with management and staff personnel in a variety of cultures.

  • Strong project management and organizational skills, and ability to plan and manage multiple projects and tasks simultaneously.

Additional Information:

This position is located at the Lilly Corporate Center and reports to Senior Director – Corporate HSE. The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this classification. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills of personnel so classified.

  • Travel 0-10%

  • Shift information: Full Time

  • Position location: Indianapolis – Lilly Corporate Center

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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 (subject to applicable law).

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