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Lilly Associate - Process Automation Engineer in Sesto Fiorentino, Italy

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Job Title: Process Automation Engineer

Organization Overview: Process Automation (PA) team is part of MI&CS (Manufacturing Information & Control System), the division in Eli Lilly Italy in charge of providing IT, OT and PA solutions for manufacturing operations. Automation plays a pivotal role in our plant, running the systems to formulate, fill, visually inspect, assemble and pack the pharmaceutical products we deliver around the globe.

PA Engineer will join our mission to make medicine with safety first and quality always, bringing passion, technical expertise and his/her whole self to work.

He/she will provide support on Sesto manufacturing lines and help driving the digital transformation of the manufacturing site.

He/she will be responsible for troubleshooting, identifying and deploying improvement initiatives, maintaining the systems in a validated state and in compliance with current internal and external regulations, and ensuring their capability to meet business needs.

He/she will work in close cooperation with the PA team and in cross-functional groups to share his/her expertise and be the focal point on the full-stack of automation solutions used in our manufacturing site (from PLC and platforms to SCADA and integration layer).

Responsibilities: PA Engineer is a key player to drive the automation initiatives aimed at supporting an evolving, challenging and increasingly automated pharma manufacturing site.

  • Propose, execute, and document initiatives to improve the performances, strengthen the compliance and solve issues on manufacturing PA systems.

  • Guarantee compliance to corporate standards and cGMP in terms of (non-exhaustive list) version management, commissioning, qualification, validation, change management and system maintenance.

  • Manage the software layers connecting the physical processes of manufacturing plants to the systems being used to manage and control the production in terms of data acquisition, data exchange, data backup and reporting.

  • Represent IT and PA functional organization in the manufacturing line cross-functional teams where he/she is assigned and partner with representatives of other key support and business units to guarantee that the production plan is met.

  • Coach and mentor automation associates in aspects of fundamental automation support, including best practices, process knowledge, problem solving, project management, and automation design.

  • Cooperate with other functions of the organization and external parties to provide daily support to the manufacturing computerized control systems, having an in-depth knowledge of the activities carried out in the field and the performance of the systems/processes.

  • Manage updates, life cycle and validation activities for PA systems and solutions.

  • Participate in cross-functional teams, with responsibility for cooperating to implement a clear project agenda and ensure the sustainability of the changes to the systems in his/her area of responsibility.

  • Support, write and peer review documentation of learning points, CSV and technical documents, incidents and deviations investigations.

  • Lead or participate in root cause analysis and countermeasure development and implementation of major safety, quality, or data integrity investigations.

  • Provide back up and shutdown support for automation associates.

  • Originate and lead changes or improvement initiatives related to equipment/processes/systems, defining accurate business cases, cost/resource evaluation and execution planning.

  • Maintain in a validated state the systems for which he/she is appointed as System Custodian, ensuring systems remain in a qualified state, are appropriate for use and supporting documents remain current.

  • Review and identify cost reduction opportunities as well as process bottlenecks and assist in prioritization of opportunities with respect to overall business objectives.

Basic Requirements:

  • Master’s degree in engineering (preferably automation, computer science, electronics or telecommunications), or other scientific disciplines.

  • Excellent command in spoken and written English.

Additional Skills/Preferences:

  • Previous work experience in automation engineering and system integration, preferably supporting a manufacturing site.

  • Proficient in all functional levels of a manufacturing control operation, distributed control systems, technologies and architectures. Experience with PLC, SCADA and MES from market leaders (e.g., Rockwell, Siemens, B&R) is a plus.

  • Proven ability to write technical documents and communicate in a clear and effective manner.

  • Attitude to self-organize the work, be accountable and adapt to a fast-evolving scenario of duties and opportunities.

  • Knowledge of cGMP and data integrity principles and how they are applied in the pharmaceutical industry.

  • Knowledge of cybersecurity concepts, data processing techniques and industry 4.0/digital solutions. A previous work or academic experience in these areas is appreciated.

  • Keen to operate in a multidisciplinary environment with cross functional teams and to collaborate internally and externally to Eli Lilly.

  • Ability to prioritize and manage projects, by maintaining scope, time and budget in control.

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