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Lilly Logistics Automation Process Engineer in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina

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.

In Raleigh, North Carolina, Lilly is constructing a new and cutting-edge pharmaceutical manufacturing plant. This plant will be one of Lilly’s most technically advanced manufacturing sites and will include robotic technologies like Automated Guided Vehicles, Autonomous Mobile Robots, Automated Storage and Retrieval Systems, and numerous robotics cells that will result in safety improvements, increased productivity, and variability reduction. As a Logistics Process Engineer for the Lilly manufacturing site, you will provide engineering expertise for the implementation and support of these robotic technologies.

Key Objectives/Deliverables:

  • Know the safe operation limits and HSE specific features of equipment

  • Development and supporting maintenance operations plans

  • Knowing and understanding basis of design for equipment

  • Understanding and refining product flow and critical steps on product path

  • Applying first principles on process improvement and issue resolution

  • Critical thinking and usage of lean thinking for process improvement

  • Root cause analysis for downtime-related issues

  • Identify bottleneck processes leading to downstream issue areas

  • Able to develop new SOPs, best practices, maintenance routines as the process evolves over time

  • Understand potential failure modes and recommending appropriate countermeasures for equipment related deviations

  • Understand and revise as needed PFMEAS and CMRAs

  • Understanding equipment capability and alarm management requirements

  • Having a clear understanding of asset performance

  • Partner with Logistics

  • Conduct and manage change controls as needed

  • Participate in an on-call schedule for support as needed

Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s or masters in a science or engineering

  • Minimum 3 years as an engineer in a highly automated environment supporting automation and/or robotic systems

Additional Skills/Preferences:

  • 5 years as an engineer in a highly automated environment supporting logistics automation equipment development, deployment, support, and troubleshooting.

  • Experience supporting manufacturing operations and driving continuous improvement in equipment performance.

  • Proficiency in delivering highly complex tasks and/or tasks that are highly cross-functional or cross-site in nature and may have aggressive timelines.

  • Experience utilizing robotic technologies to deliver value to manufacturing operations.

  • Thorough knowledge/experience in cGMP, ICH, USP, and applicable regulations as well as robotics industry standards

  • Experience utilizing SAP EWM

Experience with:

  • AGV / AMR control systems and fleet managers

  • Automated Storage and Retrieval System (ASRS)

  • Writing or investigating deviations

Ability to:

  • Communicate effectively to customers, business partners, and staff including good oral, written, and visual presentations.

  • Interpret and apply solutions to different situations by understanding customer needs and applying strong problem-solving skills.

  • Utilize and implement various tools, systems, and processes resulting in improved operational excellence of laboratory and manufacturing operations.

Additional Information:

  • Must be able to travel up to 25% of the time, US and international.

  • Position is based at the RTP site in North Carolina.

  • Will require occasional work in a variety of manufacturing environments; some safety equipment and/or gowning may be required.

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