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Associate Director, Packaging Engineering

Eli Lilly and Company
Durham, North Carolina
Start date
Mar 18, 2023

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.

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.  To achieve our mission, we need an Associate Director of Packaging Engineering to join our team.

The Associate Director of Packaging Engineering is responsible for the staffing, training, and leadership of the Packaging engineering group (both process and automation).  This role is also responsible for supporting asset delivery, process development, commissioning, qualification, validation and startup of the Packaging area. After startup, the Associate Director of Packaging Engineering will be responsible for supporting the day-to-day engineering activities as well as planning for the 3-6 month project horizon as well as the 1-2 year operations horizon.  The Associate Director of Packaging Engineering is expected to lead by example and provide coaching to others in the areas of safety, quality, engineering, and continuous improvement.


  • Support Site Leadership to build a diverse and capable site organization based on engineering first principles.

  • Deliver the packaging scope and supporting systems through design, build, commissioning, qualification, validation, and subsequent operation.

  • Provide leadership and develop objectives to deliver Business Plan Goals as it relates to safety, quality, and equipment/process effectiveness and efficiency.

  • Maintain metrics to measure performance against business objectives and make necessary changes to improve performance.

  • Participate in the development and implementation of strategies associated with the area sponsoring or supporting the following initiatives: Continuous Improvement, Root Cause Analysis (RCA), and Failure Modes Effect Analysis (FMEA).

  • This role has direct interaction with Regulatory Agencies during site inspections.

  • Understand and influence the manufacturing control strategy for their area.

  • Represent their staff on the Plant Flow Team.

  • Lead a professional staff of approximately 10 individuals supporting both process engineering and automation.

Basic Requirements:

  • At least 7 years of automation and/or engineering experience.

  • Bachelor's degree in engineering

Additional Preferences:

  • Previous management or leadership experience including leading or working effectively with a cross functional group.

  • Excellent interpersonal, written, and oral communication skills.

  • Strong technical aptitude and ability to train and mentor others.

  • Solid understanding of basic requirements of regulatory agencies such as the FDA, EMEA, DEKRA, and OSHA.

  • Previous experience with highly automated equipment.

  • Previous experience with combination products, device assembly, pharmaceutical packaging, drug product formulation and filling in aseptic environment.

  • Previous facility or area start up experience.

  • Previous equipment qualification and process validation experience.

  • Previous experience with Manufacturing Execution Systems and electronic batch release.

  • Previous experience with deviation and change management systems including Trackwise.

Additional Information:

  • Ability to work 8-hour days – Monday through Friday

  • Ability to work overtime as 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.

Our employee resource groups (ERGs) offer strong support networks for their members and help our company develop talented individuals for future leadership roles. Our current groups include: Africa, Middle East, Central Asia Network, African American Network, Chinese Culture Network, Early Career Professionals, Japanese International Leadership Network (JILN), Lilly India Network, Organization of Latinos at Lilly, PRIDE (LGBTQ + Allies), Veterans Leadership Network, Women’s Network, Working and Living with Disabilities. Learn more about all of our groups.

As a condition of employment with Eli Lilly and Company and its subsidiaries in the United States and Puerto Rico, you must be fully COVID-19 vaccinated and provide proof of vaccination satisfactory to the company (subject to applicable law). 


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