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Automation Engineer (Project Design/Delivery)

Indianapolis, Indiana

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Req ID R-14940 Title Automation Engineer (Project Design/Delivery) City Indianapolis State / Province Indiana 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 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.

Organization Overview:

Lilly is at a critical juncture as we tool up to realize the potential of our product pipeline.  We are building new processing capabilities around the world, and emphasizing emerging, innovative processing technologies, such as continuous processing, biotech platforms, and advanced data and control systems.  Additionally, we are recapitalizing older assets, and bringing the operational philosophies in line with current technologies.  Lilly places a high value on fully automated manufacturing processes, as the quality and operational benefits are baseline expectations of new process design.

Position Overview:

Global Process Automation & Control Engineering (GPACE) is part of the Engineering Tech Center (ETC).  GPACE provides automation solutions through measurements, control, control systems, data and integration, and project delivery.  GPACE is a technical resource for training, standards, and stewards of Lilly’s primary automation platforms.  GPACE’s primary customers are global manufacturing, development, Corporate IT, and Global Facilities Delivery (GFD).  

The Automation Engineer (Project Design/Delivery) will entail the following scope:

  • Provide automation leadership for the design and delivery of major Capital projects and corporate initiatives with a focus on the Global Parenteral Network.
  • Manage system integrators and internal Lilly team members to deliver all aspects of Automation.
  • Support key corporate initiatives such as life cycle management, Engineering information management, and cyber security.
  • Evaluate new technology and innovation trends leading to the development of proof of concepts and sharing of use cases for application within Lilly.
  • Drive automation governance and replication across the Global Parenteral Network for major equipment design, architecture, and Automation/IT systems.
  • In addition, this role will work to optimize and improve project automation engineering approaches by combining technical and project delivery expertise, industry best practices, and engineering standards.

Key Objectives/Deliverables

Work safely and continually look for improvements to both people and equipment safety.  Ensure safety is incorporate into process automation design. Process Automation Design – Provide support to manufacturing sites and Global Facilities Delivery during project profiling and design.  Ensure project design meets intended requirements, considers life cycle cost, and eliminates non-value add complexity.  Use replication and best practices to optimize project cost. Project Engineering – Lead automation design and delivery of major capital projects.  Provide appropriate levels of project execution support.  Collaborate with GFD and outsource partners to ensure a successful Automation Project Management structure is in place to successfully deliver the project. Process Understanding – Understand the breadth of Lilly key manufacturing processes, from API through distribution, and of the process development lifecycle, from development through process retirement.

Basic Requirements:

  • Bachelor of Science Degree in Engineering or a related science field.
  • Minimum 3 years’ experience in automation machine control, process control, or equivalent work experience in a related technical field.

Additional Preferences:

  • Experience in a pharmaceutical manufacturing or related life science field.
  • Minimum 1 years’ experience in automation system integration design and delivery.
  • Experience with Information Technology/Operational Technology (IT/OT) system integration.
  • Experience working with validated systems in a pharmaceutical environment.
  • Expertise in one or more automation platforms including Rockwell Automation and/or Emerson.
  • Experience in automation system project delivery and major capital projects including schedule and cost management.

Education Requirements:

Bachelor of Science in Engineering or related science field

Additional Information:

  • This position will be based in Indianapolis but will be supporting major capital project delivery.  It is expected that significant travel both US and OUS will be required.
  • 8-hour days - Monday through Friday, overtime and some weekend/holiday may be required for project support.
  • Travel:  Domestic and International travel may be required (50%+ in some instances).
  • Location: Indianapolis, Indiana.  LTC-South Engineering Tech Center. 

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-14940.

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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