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Lilly Sr. Principal Associate, Medicines Quality - Quality Systems GCP 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 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:

Medicines Quality Organization (MQO) Quality Systems partners with stakeholders across Lilly to ensure a robust Safety and Efficacy quality system and uses data to proactively drive Quality by Design for the benefit of the people we serve.​ The Sr. Principal Associate, MQO Quality Systems plays a pivotal role in collaborating closely with process owners, L&D, Quality colleagues, and leaders to shape and optimize the Safety and Efficacy Quality System (SEQS). This role will have a focus on the SEQS Medical Series. The Sr. Principal Associate provides QMS input and drives quality principles, consistent quality system architecture decisions, and the integration of requirements into procedures and required tools. Additionally, the Sr. Principal may lead or consult on large cross-functional quality projects, ensuring alignment with GxP regulations and adherence to Lilly's Quality Management System (QMS).


Quality Systems and Managing Change

  • Demonstrate a deep understanding of SEQS architecture, Quality processes, and QMS fundamentals when communicating with external parties, regulatory agencies, or business partners.

  • Maintain current awareness of external legislation, guidelines, and industry practices affecting Standards and processes.

  • Drives global harmonization of procedural documents to ensure clarity of content, consistency in application, and compliance with applicable Standards and regulations.

  • Utilize technical writing and information development skills to create clear, concise quality system documentation.


  • Engages with cross-functional teams to assess changes in processes and procedures against regulatory requirements, ensuring a comprehensive understanding of their impact on the Quality Management System (QMS), thereby facilitating the submission of document change requests.

  • Identify improvement opportunities, utilize critical thinking, and apply problem-solving techniques to enhance and sustain quality and process effectiveness within SEQS.

  • Provide consultation and education to others on the interpretation and practical implementation of the quality requirements from regulations and guidances associated with their area of expertise.

  • Gathers and disseminates best practices through direct communication and engagement within communities of practice.

Technical Leadership

  • Provide leadership and influence within the broader quality organization (local and global) and across business areas to foster a strong understanding of the Lilly Quality System.

  • Promote alignment, integration, and coordination with other quality systems within LRL.

  • Act as the business quality assurance (BQA) representative for assigned computer systems. Works with systems owners to ensure systems used as controls are compliant with requirements.

  • Collaborate with Global Business Process Owners to assess quality and compliance risks associated with their processes and support ongoing process performance monitoring within the business.

Basic Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s Degree, preferably in a scientific or health related field

  • Minimum of five years of experience in clinical development, regulatory, or safety in a regulated biotech/pharmaceutical environment.

  • Experience with and knowledge of GxP guidelines and external regulations.

Additional Skills/Preferences:

  • GCP guidelines and external regulations expertise strongly preferred.

  • Strong demonstrated interpersonal and negotiation skills.

  • Excellent Communication skills (written and oral).

  • Demonstrated ability to manage difficult global business issues utilizing a judgment-based approach.

  • Demonstrated ability to influence business partners as well as quality leadership in decisions related to areas of expertise.

  • Demonstrated ability to lead a team directly or indirectly, working effectively cross-functionally and cross-culturally in a virtual work environment, to communicate and resolve technical and complex issues.

  • Strong project management skills, experience in process improvement, and the ability to be solution focused in the design and implementation of quality and process improvements.

  • Demonstrated understanding of quality system management architecture, business process construct, and their interdependencies.

Additional Information:

• Travel 0%

• Indianapolis, Indiana (Onsite), this is not a remote position.

• This position is banded, and business title could fluctuate depending on what level a hire is made. Internal applicants should see internal guidelines.

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