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Engineer-Robotics Program

Indianapolis, Indiana

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Req ID R-6836 Title Engineer-Robotics Program 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 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.

At Lilly, we serve an extraordinary purpose. We make a difference for people around the global by discovering, developing and delivering medicines that help them live longer, healthier, more active lives. Not only do we deliver breakthrough medications, but you also can count on us to develop creative solutions to support communities through philanthropy and volunteerism.

Organization Overview:
The mission of engineering is to utilize sound engineering principles to safely create, qualify, maintain, and continuously improve the processes, facilities and equipment needed to carry out the manufacturing mission. The Global Robotics Program resides in Corporate Engineering and supports this mission through the utilization of robotics technologies across the Lilly manufacturing sites around the globe.


This position within the Global Robotics Program will provide engineering expertise to implement robotic technologies across the Lilly manufacturing sites that result in productivity improvements, safety improvements, and variability reduction.

  • Work closely with global sites and Robotics program peers to support the identification, evaluation, conceptualization, and design of global robotic systems.

  • Support Global Robotics Program lab activities and application development in areas including robotic system design, 2D and 3D vision development, robot code development, End Of Arm Tooling design, rapid prototyping, vendor evaluation, and augmented / virtual reality simulation.

  • Support the development Engineering Best Practices for robotic application development.

  • Participate multi-disciplinary teams within manufacturing, quality and other business units to develop applications for robotic technologies and support the effective deployments at manufacturing sites.

  • Conduct surveillance related to new technologies and bring them in-house as appropriate.

  • Work with Global Facilities Delivery team and manufacturing sites to incorporate robotics analysis into profiles for new manufacturing assets and facilities.

  • Provide subject matter expertise for robotic system design, development, installation, testing, and support.

  • Primary and secondary support for large capital project delivery. 

  • Work effectively with partner companies and contractors as needed. 

  • Partner with other senior technical staff to perform aspects of project delivery including but not limited to: Equipment specification and delivery, Site and Factory Acceptance activities, Verification/Qualification activities, and problem resolution.

  • Be a champion for safety activities and a role model for diversity, ethics, and compliance.

Basic Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s or masters in a science or engineering

  • Qualified candidates must be legally authorized to be employed in the United States. Lilly does not anticipate providing sponsorship for employment visa status (e.g., H-1B or TN status) for this employment position

Additional Skills/Preferences:

  • 5+ years as an engineer in a highly automated environment supporting robotic system development and deployment

  • Experience with:

    • Fanuc (TPP and Karel) and Staubli (VAL3) programming

    • Fanuc’s IRVision and Cognex for robot guidance

    • Fanuc’s Roboguide Simulation Staubli Robotics Suite (SRS)

    • AGV / AMR control systems and fleet managers

    • Control system programming and integration (PLC, HMI, MES, etc.)

  • 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

  • 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:

  • Significant domestic and international travel will be required.

  • Will require occasional work in a manufacturing environment.

  • Depending on the specific assignment, the role may require presence at another location for multiple weeks for project activities.

  • Safety equipment and / or gowning may be required.

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-6836.

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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