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Lilly Process Automation Associate in Sesto Fiorentino, Italy

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.

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

Organization Overview:

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

Process Automation Associate will be a key player to drive the automation initiatives aimed at supporting an evolving, challenging and increasingly automated pharma 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 regulations, and ensuring their capability to meet business needs.

According to technical expertise and seniority, he/she will provide Tier 2 support either on our parenteral lines, packaging lines and utilities management.

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).


  • 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 version management, commissioning, qualification, validation, change management and system maintenance, etc.

  • 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 in cross functional environment and cooperate with other functions of the organization and external parties to provide daily support to the manufacturing computerized control systems.

  • Coach Tier 1 support team via on-the-field training and the definition of best practices and technical intervention aids.

Basic Requirements:

  • Master’s degree in Engineering (preferably Automation, Computer Science, Electronics or Telecommunications).

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

  • Excellent command in spoken and written English.

Additional Skills/Preferences:

  • 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.

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

  • Proven ability to write technical documents.

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

  • Keen to operate in a multidisciplinary environment with cross functional teams.

  • Knowledge of cGMP and data integrity principles is a plus.

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