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Site Automation Engineer

Eli Lilly and Company
Indianapolis, Indiana
Start date
Mar 25, 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.

Position Brand Description:

Responsible for ensuring an overall state of compliance as it relates to executing tasks that could be either strategic or tactical concerning business needs. Ensure that process automation solutions/systems are in-control, capable, and compliant.

Key Objectives/Deliverables:

Support the Process Team Agenda

  • Ensure a safe working environment by following safety rules and helping improve the safety culture.
  • Actively participate in safety-related activities (audits, JSA’s, hazard reviews, etc.) to drive ongoing safety improvement.
  • Take overall responsibility for the safe design and safe operation of the equipment within the area.
  • Execute changes to the equipment / process.
  • Ensure all qualification activities are appropriately executed and documented.
  • Define the scope of activities when changes are implemented as part of the process team agenda.
  • Participate in identifying the return to service criteria for equipment after interventions and / or maintenance.
  • Conduct / participate in all impact assessments in relation to changes to the equipment to ensure the integrity of the equipment’s qualification state at the conclusion of the change.

Provide Technical Oversight

  • Ensure changes to control systems, maintenance and other interventions do not have an adverse impact to the qualification state of the equipment.
  • Define the scope of requalification activities when required due to changes or identified trends in the asset qualification monitoring activities.
  • Support the process teams by overseeing the implementation of network wide improvements.
  • Oversee the ongoing asset qualification monitoring of direct impact systems to verify that they remain in a state that is fit for the intended use.
  • Assist in identifying key elements for return to service of control systems after interventions and/or maintenance.

Coaching and Mentoring

  • Provide oversight, coaching, and mentoring of the process team automation engineers.
  • Educates self and peers on complex issues and gains supports for ideas.

Site Expectations

  • Serves as a key automation resource within the Site
  • Serve as a serialization resource within the Site
  • Communicate effectively with others, especially process team members, customers, and engineering team.
  • Obtain technical expertise of equipment and processes in area of responsibility. This includes clear understanding of equipment flow chart/process flow document, and  critical process parameters.
  • Lead medium-scale projects or programs with moderate risks and resource/financial requirements for improvement opportunities (procedural changes, upgrades, projects, etc.) associated with equipment within the area.
  • Provide floor support for unscheduled downtime of equipment / processes.
  • Implement corrections, corrective actions, and countermeasures arising from CAPA’s.
  • Lead or participate in IQ/OQ/PQ activities (including commissioning activities of new equipment or areas).
  • Develop scope for capital projects targeted at both short and longer term needs. 
  • Act as user representative for capital projects or delivery agent for local projects.

Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelors Degree in STEM discipline (Engineering preferred)
  • 2 years of Automation experience (manufacturing experience preferred)

Additional Preferences:

  • Previous experience as a process automation engineer or process engineer is desirable.
  • Pharmaceutical experience is desirable.
  • Computer System Validation experience is desirable.
  • Strong troubleshooting skills.
  • Ability to work in a safe manner to ensure the safety of self and others.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communications skills to be able to work effectively in a team-based environment.
  • Responsible for leading by example in safety, working safely and accountable for supporting all HSE Corporate and Site Goals.

Other Information:

  • 8 hour days, after-hour support.
  • Occasional travel may be required for training, conferences, capital projects, etc.

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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