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Lilly QC Biologist 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 QC Biologist in the Indianapolis Active Pharmaceutical Ingredient (IAPI) group is responsible for performing microbial methods (MicroSEQ, Endotoxin, TAMC, TYMC, Bacteriophage) and Environmental Monitoring supporting IAPI manufacturing. The biologist completes second person verification as well as participates in laboratory root cause investigations, equipment evaluations and qualification, and some quality system improvement initiatives by executing well-defined protocols and procedures. The biologist works independently and must communicate well with peers and customers.

Key Objectives/Deliverables:

Sample Analysis and Reporting

  • Accurately and safely perform analytical test methods or related support activities as per procedures or protocols and reviews that results conform to standards

  • Perform data entry and reviews own work for accuracy in accordance with laboratory procedures, standards, and GMP requirements

  • Recognizes when a deviation from procedures, etc. has occurred and initiates an investigation

  • Verify (SPV) analytical data of other analysts within the lab as required

Continuous Improvement Initiatives

  • Identifies and communicates opportunities for improvement initiatives in daily work activities

  • Troubleshoot equipment and methods as required

Lab Operations

  • Training and mentoring others within lab, where applicable

  • Executes notification to management when required by procedures or standards

  • Understand the scientific principles required for manufacturing and testing of intermediates and bulk drug substances, including the interaction of the biology and equipment.

  • Develop, monitor, and appropriately react to established statistically based metrics in real-time to assess analytical vs. process variability and capability.

  • Provide technical support to non-routine (e.g., deviation) investigations

  • Support production floor operations through change proposals, investigations, and deviation root cause analysis.

  • Maintain and improve quality systems including method remediation.

  • Participate in self-assessments and regulatory agency inspections.

  • Ensure internal and external quality and supply commitments are met.

Basic Requirements:

  • Bachelor's degree in a science related field or 5 years of demonstrated relevant experience in a GMP (analytical or biological) lab

Additional Preferences:

  • Excellent interpersonal skills and networking skills

  • Demonstrated strong written and verbal communications skills

  • Strong attention to detail

  • Ability to organize and prioritize multiple tasks

  • Demonstrated strong problem solving and analytical thinking skills

  • Experience working in a QC Microbiology lab strongly preferred

  • Experience and knowledge of cGMP requirements

  • Understanding of statistical tools and analysis

Other Information:

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

  • May be required to provide on call support as well as weekend/overtime support

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