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Supply Chain Associate

Durham, North Carolina

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Req ID R-4266 Title Supply Chain Associate City Durham State / Province North Carolina Country United States

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 39,000 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.

Lilly unites caring with discovery to create medicines that make life better for people around the world.  Lilly is a fortune 500 company that has been in operation for over 140 years.  We make medicine with safety first and quality always while living our company values of Integrity, Excellence, and Respect for People.

Lilly is designing and building a new state of the art Parenteral, Device Assembly, and Packaging Facility located at the Research Triangle Park (RTP) in North Carolina.  This is an exciting opportunity to help build and operate a state-of-the-art manufacturing site and Quality System from the ground up. 

The Supply Chain Associate (SCA) is responsible for Material Flow, Project Planning and Execution Support, Procurement, and Supply Chain Management.  The SCA ensures the material handling system and supporting processes are designed and implemented utilizing lean principles enabling the flow of material and information across the campus while supporting operations rates.  

The Supply Chain for this facility will be highly integrated, minimizing inventory holding, utilizing reusable/returnable containers and pallets in closed loop system design.


Material Flow

  • Create and maintain a Plan for Every Part (PFEP) for assigned materials.  The PFEP will include but not limited to supplier data, both SAP Bill of Material and non-Bill of Material items such as reusable containers and pallets, product usage expressed as quantities and rates across the RTP site.  The PFEP will be a living document that will be used throughout the project delivery phase enabling a smooth transition to operational execution.
  • Support lean principles and ensure efficient and effective material flows are maintained
  • Support value steam mapping initiatives across the RTP site
  • Coordinate cross functionally to ensure appropriate container harmonization is achieved across both internal Lilly sites and external supply network

Project Planning and Execution Support

  • Establish effective relationships with the joint process teams, Lilly sites, functional areas, and external partners
  • Coordinate with Supply Chain Orchestrated Planning and Lilly North American Customer Service to ensure demand flowing to RTP is balanced with site delivery of capacity.  Communicate changes as required.
  • Review demand requirements with cross functional Project team and facilitate alignment to a unified plan that balance’s customer service, capacity, and operating efficiencies
  • Update planning and execution systems as required
  • Help align project plans to meet and/or exceed customer service expectations
  • Perform timely system transactions to reflect the applicable flow of material through RTP
  • Provide customer support to internal and external partners
  • Communicate supply concerns, when appropriate, and help drive action plans  


  • Serve as a Buyer representative for RTP though the project phase inclusive of BOM and non-BOM components needed for various commissioning and qualification activities
  • Create and maintain all MRP and Non-MRP orders
  • Serve as a procurement liaison for CMs and Suppliers for the RTP Project Team

    Supply Chain Management

  • Support the development, implementation, and maintenance of project plans, launch plans, and sourcing activities
  • Provide consult to the Global Supply Chain regarding Inventory Targeting, Risk Assessment, and Life Cycle management
  • Support the creation and maintenance of key business agreements (Supply Agreements, MRDs and Quality Agreements)
  • Utilize Operational Standards for Supply Chain Excellence principles & processes, to analyze supply chain performance and drive continuous improvement
  • Manage material inventories and mitigate obsolescence risks as the project team moves towards operational readiness
  • Perform inventory reconciliations, resolve discrepancies
  • Support and conduct supply chain assessments as required, and implement action plans to project delivery disruptions and improve supply chain effectiveness
  • Maintain close alignment with SAP and PMX data stewardship, ensuring timely and accurate SAP set-up of data elements to enable demand flow to the RTP site, supply of product both to and from RTP site (internal and external), execution of testing, qualification, validation and production activities.
  • Participate in applicable Power User forums and communicate pertinent information
  • Provide supply chain education and support the creation of processes and proceduresSupport and provide input into RTP site IT set-up and testing as required


  • At least 2 years of experience in Supply Chain and Logistics management (S&OP, demand management, customer service), matured in industries with complex supply chain (e.g. - Automotive, FMCG, Pharma/Medical Devices)
  • SAP User/Experience in using ERP systems
  • Demonstrated Project Management skills
  • Ability to communicate and influence effectively across functional groups
  • Strategic thinking and capability
  • Demonstrated ability to prioritize and multi-task effectively
  • Enthusiasm for changes, team spirit and flexibility

Additional Preferences

  • APICS (American Production & Inventory Control Society) certification
  • Lean Six Sigma experience

Education Requirements:

  • Bachelor Degree in Business, Engineering, or Supply Chain Logistics (MBA is a preference)

Eli Lilly and Company, Lilly USA, LLC and our wholly owned subsidiaries (collectively “Lilly”) are committed to help individuals with disabilities to participate in the workforce and ensure equal opportunity to compete for jobs. If you require an accommodation to submit a resume for positions at Lilly, please email Lilly Human Resources ( ) for further assistance. Please note This email address is intended for use only to request an accommodation as part of the application process. Any other correspondence will not receive a response.

Lilly is an EEO/Affirmative Action Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, protected veteran status, disability or any other legally protected status.

To submit resume, visit and apply to Req ID R-4266.

Lilly is an EEO/Affirmative Action Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, protected veteran status, disability or any other legally protected status.

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