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Lilly Technical Execution Lead 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.

Organization Overview:

Medicines Development Information and Digital Solutions (MD IDS) serves as a strategic function within Lilly Research Laboratories (LRL). The MD IDS team defines and influences information and business strategies and designs and develops solutions to enable the realization of the LRL and MD IDS strategies. The role of the MD IDS Project Execution Lead is to provide project leadership and strategic direction on critical activities in order to achieve business objectives. Key responsibilities include applying the MD IDS Strategy within our applications and processes, translating business requirements to data/system requirements, performing impact analyses across applications, managing expectations with business partners and software vendors for project deliverables, analyzing future project ideas and their estimated business value, consulting with testers and developers to creatively brainstorm and right-size effective solutions, and providing leadership for successful execution of large, complex projects.


This role will primarily focus on delivery and execution of key IDS initiatives that support the R&D Portfolio and Project Management (PPM) Organization, including the ongoing expansion of Polaris for portfolio insights and advancing analytic capabilities. The PPM Organization plays a key role in leading R&D programs and advising leadership on portfolio performance. The information from portfolio systems includes scope, milestones, portfolio attributes, and costs, which is critical for leadership, R&D project teams and functions. This information is also valuable in investment analyses, productivity assessments, long and mid-range planning, external benchmarking, and project/portfolio oversight. The most recent implementation of the Prism Program, which modernized and consolidated R&D portfolio/project systems and capabilities, has resulted in new ways of working and new opportunities for efficiencies with enterprise business integration, process improvement, analytics, and innovation

Key Objectives and Deliverables:

  • Translate and document business requirements to data and system requirements and effectively communicate them to software vendors, developers, and testers.

  • Ensure proper technical requirements have been appropriately defined for each project and are consistent with local and global requirements and best practices.

  • Use standardized processes for requirements definition and analysis, design, development, test, and validation activities.

  • Lead and coordinate implementation efforts of Solution Delivery initiatives.

  • Provide direction, support, and leadership to project teams to ensure on-time project deliverables.

  • Analyze and communicate project status to multiple audiences, including all levels of management.

  • Anticipate, understand, and communicate the implications of technical decisions on the business, applications, and project timelines and influence decisions accordingly.

  • Define, lead, and execute technical work.

  • Analyze and solve complex technical problems, including advanced data analysis and multiple technologies.

  • Build effective relationships with business areas using advanced business and systems analysis skills to determine key business needs, utilize external knowledge to proactively evaluate changes in the environment, and influence technology solutions specifically related to LRL business processes.

  • Evaluate proposed project ideas/software changes via impact analysis and estimated business value to influence decision making.

  • Manage relationships with software suppliers and IDS services providers which support applications within PPM and Business Systems Support for LRL.

  • Obtain and leverage deep knowledge of LRL business processes and technology to ensure solutions across LRL meet business and IDS needs and to influence future application and business direction.

  • Drive team to understand and evaluate the existing and potential items in the portfolio of work to align with LRL business priorities and influence the execution of LRL IDS projects in collaboration with vendors, business partners, team, and management.

  • Leverage deep system testing knowledge to ensure system testing methods are appropriate, coordinated, and comprehensive to decrease probability of unexpected system issues or inability to optimize the systems’ use to maximize business benefit.

  • Gain and leverage understanding and knowledge of how LRL IDS strategies, platforms, and technologies enable business process execution.

  • Use increased business, technology, and quality knowledge to appropriately challenge status quo and drive business and IDS collaboration.

  • Leverage relationships outside of LRL IDS to enable increased productivity and seek opportunities to reuse internal processes and services to streamline support and implementation of key systems.

  • Grow utilization and expertise level in tools and processes that support requirements management, code management, change management, and quality practices that govern key work.

Basic Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science or related field

  • Experience with ITIL and key IT processes

  • Experience with Agile Methodology

  • Experience with data modeling tools and reporting using PowerBI or related

  • Experience with AWS database technologies like PostgreSQL, S3

Additional Preferences:

  • Experience with Analytics concepts and methodologies

  • Demonstrated ability to define and clearly communicate project goals to varying audiences.

  • Business Analysis experience with focus on requirements management, test management, issue management, and IDS project delivery.

  • Familiarity with Software Quality Assurance methods and techniques

  • Previous Pharmaceutical R&D IDS experience

  • Experience leading teams or in formal leadership roles

  • Demonstrated ability to broadly influence senior leadership in the organization, including IDS and business leadership

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills

  • Excellent self-management skills

  • Demonstrated initiative to build relationships, learn new business processes and identify opportunities

  • Experience working with individuals across organization boundaries

  • Leadership abilities and ability to achieve results through others

  • Demonstrated ability to influence peers

  • Demonstrated broad and deep technology learning ability

  • Demonstrated ability to perform and support programming, software integration, and data integration activities

  • Demonstrated depth and breadth of knowledge and experience with current IDS technologies

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