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Lilly Process Engineer - External Manufacturing - API 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 Brand Description:

The position of Active Pharmaceutical Ingredient (API) External Manufacturing (EM) Engineer [Small Molecule / Synthetic Peptide Synthesis, E. Coli Purification or Monoclonal Antibodies] reports to the API EM Engineering Lead and provides technical leadership and expertise in conjunction with API EM contract manufacturer personnel in the reliable supply and commercialization of medicines with safety first and quality always by:

  • Developing and sustaining process knowledge in order to ensure the execution of the the appropriate product, process, and operational control strategy at a number of Contract Manufacturers (CMs)

  • Direct and Indirect interaction with CM personnel to ensure reliable supply via the CM execution of the operational control strategy

  • FUME assessment to ensure an understanding of risk presented to the operational control strategy

  • Participation with internal or CM resources in the equipment specification, procurement, and IQ/OQ/PQ

  • Participation with internal and CM resources to assess the HSE and PSM elements of the CM that impact Lilly products

  • Engaged with internal and external resources in developing capabilities with new or evolving technologies that may impact delivery of internal or external portfolio assets.

  • Adherence to the expectations of the Lilly Red Book when carrying out interactions with API EM’s CMs.

Key Objectives/Deliverables:

Coach and Mentor Process Team Members

  • Utilize past experiences with unit operation control to provide insight and feedback to members of the CM Joint Process Team (JPT).

  • Champion the application of statistical thinking and use of data to monitor process performance and make engineering decisions with CM members of the JPT.

  • Support and peer review root cause analysis around FUME and operational incidents.

  • Peer review documentation of learning points, technical studies, and incident investigations.

Develop and Sustain Process Knowledge

  • Identify process knowledge gaps that impact equipment and process capability.

  • Develop or support the capture of key process knowledge (examples include material and energy balances, kinetics, chemistry, process modeling, and equipment design basis).

  • Enable the development and maintenance of process knowledge. infrastructure such as key models, report history, lab models, and literature.

  • Utilize optimization resources and tools for process analysis and process improvement studies.

  • Review and track key process engineering metrics.

Provide Process & Equipment Support

  • Identify systemic issues affecting production and reliable supply from CMs

  • Lead or participate in root cause analysis and countermeasure development and implementation for major safety, quality, or throughput incident investigations. Perform reviews of incident documentation for technical accuracy.

  • Review and approve documentation and engineering decisions.

Process Optimization & Continuous Improvement

  • Support development and technical analysis for on-going continuous improvement activities.

  • Review and identify cost reduction opportunities, as well as process capacities and bottlenecks. Assist in prioritization of opportunities with respect to overall business objectives.

  • Work with the CMs to ensure the application of statistical thinking and methods to understand process variability and capability.

  • Perform and promote optimization of unit operation cycle time, loading, and yield performance.

  • Engage with late phase development and Engineering Technical Center resources to ensure staying contemporary with key engineering disciplines and developing portfolio platforms (e.g. continuous manufacturing operations).

Equipment Capability and Asset Management

  • Create an appropriate methodology to ensure visibility of the ongoing state of qualification of key FUME systems at the CMs.

  • Review equipment and process system user requirements and qualification plans to ensure that the equipment and systems are appropriate for the intended purpose.

  • Act as customer representative for review of Contact Manufacturer (CM) requests for capital projects targeted at both short and long term needs.

Oversight of HSE and PSM

  • Serve as the liason for API EM and Global HSE on health, safety, and environmental (HSE) and process safety management (PSM) oversight at the relevant contract manufacturing sites.

  • Leaverage internal Lilly experts in HSE and PSM to ensure appropriate risk reduction at CMs.

  • Participate in Lilly HSE and PSM audits of contract manufacturing sites as applicable.

  • Maintain key HSE and PSM metrics for review within API EM.

Adherence to Business, Quality, and Financial Systems:

  • Understand and follow all applicable Lilly policies and procedures with respect to interactions and oversight of API contract manufacturing sites. These include, but are not limited to: Financial Responsibility and Reporting (FRAP); Lilly Red Book; Lilly contract manufacturing standards; Lilly engineering standards, and; Lilly Quality policies and best practices.

Basic Requirements:

  • Minimum 5 years of work experience in a pharmaceutical or biopharmaceutical cGMP manufacturing/process engineering related role.

Additional Preferences:

  • Experience in typical unit operations for Small or Large Molecule API manufacturing.

  • Develop and implement innovative approaches to problems

  • Process Hazard Analysis experience

  • Successful application of root cause analysis and systematic problem solving

  • Strong Computer skills in a variety of software packages ( e.g Batch Plus, JMP, Visio, Aspen, Dynochem, OSI PI, MS Office Suite).

  • Visualize an operation/process and reflect it in a model.

  • Demonstrated ability to apply fundamental chemical engineering principles to process understanding, problem solving, and process improvement.

  • Demonstrated ability to function in a team environment as a technical leader and as a member of teams.

  • Demonstrated ability to manage and prioritize competing priorities and to appropriately communicate verbally and in writing to various audiences.

Education Requirements:

  • Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering, or another engineering discipline

Other Information:

  • The normal schedule for this position is Monday-Friday, 8 hours/day. However, teleconferences may routinely occur outside of these hours due to the time zones of contract manufacturers. OUS travel may routinely be required to support process start-ups, troubleshooting, and commercial manufacturing . This travel is typically in the range of 15% to 25% annually, depending on the needs of the process(es).

  • Must complete assigned training curriculum.

  • No certifications required.

  • Tasks require entering manufacturing and laboratory areas and will 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.

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 workplace_adjustment@lilly.com.

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