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Lilly Associate Director, Quality Assurance in Lebanon, Indiana

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Organization Overview:

For 140 years, Lilly has manufactured medicines that improve people’s lives around the world. We produce our medicines using some of the most sophisticated manufacturing technologies and rigorous quality standards. Lilly Manufacturing strives for excellence in its process, standards, procedures and behaviors to develop medicines with safety first and quality always.

Eli Lilly and Company is breaking ground on a new facility in Lebanon, Indiana, with primary focus on the manufacture of Advanced Therapeutic Medicinal Products (ATMPs) such as gene therapies. The Associate Director, Quality Assurance, for this site (LP2) is the management representative who, irrespective of other responsibilities, has the responsibility for establishment, monitoring and continuous improvement of the site's Quality Management System (QMS). The individual in this role ensures that processes needed for execution of the quality management system are documented and monitored for effectiveness. The QMS will be flexible in nature to allow for all production activities from Product Research and Development (PR&D) through Commercial operations including cell/virus banking, drug substance, drug product and final shipping controls. The LP2 site will be the first Lilly manufacturing facility operating within the ATMP framework. This role is responsible for QA technical oversight including document approvals (e.g., Commissioning and Qualification Packages, procedures) and cross-functional decision making. As the project progresses, this role will transition to site-based leadership, responsible for the staffing, training, and leadership of the quality assurance group. The Associate Director, Quality Assurance, supports the design and development of key operational oversight, site compliance and inspectional readiness systems and procedures that support the site validation and registration. After startup, the Associate Director will continue to foster a strong quality culture and cultivate operational excellence through demonstrated leadership.

Responsibilities:

The Associate Director, Quality Assurance, will establish, monitor, and improve the Quality Management System at Lilly's LP2 pharmaceutical manufacturing site. Responsibilities include technical and administrative leadership, as well as project management.

  • Support the Site Quality Leader in the development of the site organization, creation of the Quality Management System implementation plan, and execution of site Quality programs

  • Serve as technical resource to review and approve technical documents (e.g., user requirements, test cases, validation protocols, procedures)

  • Support the development of the overall site operational readiness plan

  • Build a diverse and capable quality assurance organization linked to the Lilly global organization in support of creating and implementing the site Quality Compliance Programs, supporting qualification, validation, and routine production

  • Foster a strong quality culture including maintaining open communications and promoting teamwork and employee participation in the work group

  • Supervise, coach, and aid in employee development and performance management; ensure a fair and equitable work environment

  • Network with global and other applicable networks to understand best practices, share knowledge

  • Participate in tactical and strategic business planning

  • Work cross-functionally across all areas of the site for coordination, planning, and execution of activities

  • Coordinate site regulatory strategy with the global regulatory group

  • Plan and support execution of site regulatory agency inspections and site readiness

  • Coordinate the creation and execution of the site Quality Plan

  • Plan and execute the site self-assessment program

  • Ensure data integrity by design

Basic Requirements:

  • Bachelor's degree in a science, engineering, pharmaceutical-related field of study or equivalent experience.

  • 5+ years in pharmaceutical leadership with specific QA experience, including leading or working effectively with a cross-functional group

Additional Preferences:

  • Experience in gene therapies

  • Strong knowledge of Quality Management Systems, Site Compliance processes, and regulatory requirements (e.g., CFRs, ATMP)

  • Previous experience directly supporting pharmaceutical operations (e.g., drug substance, parenteral drug product), preference for support with cell or gene therapy

  • Previous regulatory inspection readiness and inspection execution experience

  • Previous facility or area start up experience, including equipment and process validation support

  • Excellent interpersonal, written, and oral communication skills

  • Strong technical aptitude and ability to train and mentor others

  • Demonstrated technical writing skills

  • Demonstrated problem-solving and decision-making skills

  • CQM or CQE certification from the American Society for Quality (ASQ)

  • Project management experience

  • Previous Computer System Quality Assurance experience

Additional Information:

  • Ability to work 8-hour days – Monday through Friday, onsite

  • Ability to work overtime as required

  • Ability to travel 10-25% or potentially relocate during the project phase to support the design and staffing of the facility

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