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Lilly Sr. Principal Engineer - Project Controls 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.

Key Objectives/Deliverables:

Project Controls:

  • Conducts periodic evaluation of current systems and developing and implementing standards and benchmarking for a comprehensive project control program.

  • Verifies that the contractor project management systems used for monitoring and forecasting project scope, cost and schedule performance are effectively implemented on projects and support Lilly minimum requirements.

  • Supports the Project Manager with reviewing project estimates and budgets prepared internally or by the prime contractor.

  • Partners with the Project Manager in the development and administration of capital estimates, control budgets, and schedules for system-wide capital project program and ensures fiscal accountability and cost-effective services are provided.

  • Partners with the GFD Profilers on the development of cost opinions and project schedules for strategic facilities planning and profiles.

  • Supports Project Manager, via partnering with the prime contractor, to establish fully integrated baseline project schedules.

  • Supports Project Manager to quantify impact of any proposed changes to the baseline scope, cost, and schedule

  • Supports Project Manager and contract partner on standard progress and performance analysis, including productivity analyses, for engineering, procurement, construction, and C&Q activities.

  • Provides support to Lilly procurement with RFP scope and bid breakdown, bid analysis, and contract administration per GFD best practices.

Compliance :

  • Develops and maintains all SOP’s and Best Practices related to the project controls mission and ensuring that Lilly’s toolset remains current with appropriate industry best practices.

  • Liaises between GFD project managers and Lilly finance to assist project team in understanding financial policies (7F, etc.)

Interface/Communication :

  • Develop and maintain effective communication with project team, business partners and other stakeholders.

Minimum Requirements:

  • BS in business management, engineering, construction, or other related area

  • Minimum 8 years of experience with project delivery, scheduling, and costing/budgeting.

Additional Preferences:

  • Planning/scheduling and cost engineering experience for major capital projects in the process industry. Experience in controlling projects using earned value measurement systems for both engineering and construction activities.

  • Experience in the development and implementation of integrated baseline control processes for project scope, schedule, and budget

  • Detailed knowledge of systems and processes used by major engineering and construction contractors in the US market, and a good understanding of how methods in other countries vary from this is required. Proficient with various external commercial programs including Oracles Primavera P6, Primavera Risk Analysis and Microsoft Project

  • Demonstrated experience of managing integrated project control systems for major EPC contractors. Knowledge of estimating and budgeting methodologies used in these industries.

  • Demonstrated experience in managing business and commercial aspects of major capital projects as part of the overall project management team including contract negotiation, and claims management is desirable.

  • The capacity to achieve results through people is critical.

  • Facilitate issue resolution and implement safely with quality, speed, and value.

  • Willingness to travel to locations outside of home state / country and have the demonstrated ability to work at long distances with little supervision.

  • Must exhibit a good sense of judgment in decision making, without the need for management approval while at the same time keeping management informed and engaged on critical issues.

  • Effective communication skills both written and verbal.

  • Ability to influence personnel and organizations without having direct administrative responsibility for them.

  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills with ability to listen effectively and respond appropriately working across functional groups, as well as engineering and construction firms.

  • Strong ability to perform well and be unfailingly diplomatic in a high pressure and complex environment.

  • Network of peers in similar positions in the industry, both in the owner and the contractor communities.

This position is based in Indianapolis, IN and would report onsite at Lilly Technology Center-South.

Potential travel up to 20% of the time, domestic and international possible.

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