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Lilly Senior Automation Engineer (DeltaV / BioTech) 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.

Lilly is at a critical juncture as we tool up to realize the potential of our product pipeline. We are building new processing capabilities around the world, and emphasizing emerging, cutting edge processing technologies, such as continuous processing and advanced biotech platforms. Additionally, we are recapitalizing older assets, and bringing the operational philosophies in line with current technologies. Lilly places a high value on fully automated manufacturing processes, as the quality and operational benefits are baseline expectations of new process design.

The Consultant Engineer - Automation will provide technical expertise on the DeltaV platform to support automation activities within the API (Drug Substance) network. This role will lead automation project delivery with technical and project leadership for major capital projects across the API Network.

This role is a mid-level to senior automation engineering role which requires a 4-year engineering degree, preferably in Chemical, Mechanical, Electrical Engineering, or related science field. The position requires high learning agility and a background in DCS programming (preferably DeltaV) and experience in automated BioTech manufacturing. There is an expectation of travel to other Lilly international locations with varying durations project to project.

Global Process Automation & Control Engineering (GPACE) is part of the Engineering Tech Center (ETC). GPACE provides automation, measurement, and process control solutions. GPACE is a technical resource for training, standards, capital project delivery, and Lilly’s standard automation platforms. GPACE’s primary customers are global manufacturing and development sites, MQIT, and peer groups such as Global Facilities Delivery (GFD).

Key Objectives/Deliverables

Work safely and continually look for improvements to both people and equipment safety.

Expertise with Automation Technologies – Lead the corporation’s efforts to better engineer automation projects on all platforms.

Automation/Control Discipline and Technical Leadership – Partner with colleagues to lead the discipline through solution assessment, reuse, and development. Manage tools, engineering standards, master specifications and best practices.

Automation Design – Provide support to manufacturing sites and Global Facilities Delivery during project profiling and design. Ensure project design meets intended requirements, considers life cycle cost, and eliminates non-value add complexity. Use replication and best practices to optimize project cost. This role could be support or lead of Automation deliverables.

Automation Delivery – support key corporate initiatives with technical and project leadership to deliver robust automation systems. This includes major Capital Delivery and partnerships between Lilly Engineering and IT.

Optimization and Control – Increase the benefits of automation and control solutions while driving life-cycle costs down. Apply automation solutions to meet site, network, and business unit objectives for productivity, quality, and cost. Assist sites globally with technical planning, technology assessments, process control troubleshooting, and root cause analysis.

External Influence and Benchmarking - Monitor and influence, when appropriate, changes in external codes and standards on Lilly’s behalf, and work to ensure ongoing compliance within Lilly. Extract benchmarking information from academia and industry.

Basic Requirements:

  • Bachelor of Science Degree in engineering or a related science field.

  • Minimum 5 years’ experience –including projects and operational support.

Additional Preferences:

  • Strong knowledge of the Emerson DeltaV platform.

  • Strong knowledge of Drug Substance manufacturing processes including Batch.

  • Strong problem-solving skills on automation platforms.

  • Strong communication skills.

  • Core knowledge related to ISE S95 and S88 principles.

  • Ability to work well with different cultures and engineering disciplines.

  • Demonstrated technical leadership on automation project delivery

  • Experience in pharma or GMP industry

  • Experience working with validated systems

  • Experience with DeltaV Live

  • Experience with other DCS or PLC platforms in addition to DeltaV

Other Information:

Monday through Friday Day Shift of 7:30am-4:30pm with some allowance for flex time.

Location: Based out of Indianapolis, IN but with potential 6-24 month assignments at other plant sites (both domestic and international)

Travel: Domestic and International travel required (20%)

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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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!