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Director - Process Chromatography Engineering (SMDD)

Eli Lilly and Company
Indianapolis, Indiana
Start date
May 23, 2023

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Engineering, Manufacturing & Production, Process
Required Education
Position Type
Full time
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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.

At Lilly, Small Molecule Design and Development (SMDD) is involved in key activities for the development of synthetic active pharmaceutical ingredients from pre-clinical phases through commercialization of drug substances and drug products. Our scientists and engineers develop key technical and business solutions across the portfolio using their deep technical expertise to accelerate testing of the clinical hypothesis and overall drug development. SMDD delivers on these responsibilities by recognizing diverse talent and cultures are necessary to bring the next generation of life changing medicines to patients.

Our team is looking for experienced, creative, and energetic candidates to lead process design, development & optimization of process scale chromatography development to support Lilly’s peptide, oligonucleotide, and conjugate portfolio.  The candidate would support the delivery of GMP clinical material to support clinical trials, while developing the appropriate control strategies to support regulatory submission, transfer of process technology to manufacturing for product commercialization. The position presents an opportunity to lead dynamic teams comprised of purification engineers and closely partner with purification scientists and broader projects teams to deliver solutions that advance the portfolio of potential medicines. 

Top candidates for this position will be expected to:

  • Work to design optimized downstream drug substance processes for new biosynthetic candidates.  Possess fluent knowledge in chromatography process development, deploy a balance of first principles-based process modeling with carefully designed experiments for process design and optimization, possess strong process equipment knowledge, and expertise in scale-up methodologies with a drive to challenge existing methods; create and apply cutting edge technology and novel platforms within a time constrained environment

  • Familiarity and working knowledge of peptides and oligonucleotide separations

  • Employ strategic thinking to overcome technical hurdles and oversee process technical transfer to GMP manufacturing facilities

  • Demonstrate high learning agility with the ability to understand and exploit new scientific concepts and methods across multiple disciplines; be able to apply these learnings to a portfolio of small molecule, oligonucleotide, and synthetic peptide modalities

  • Develop and deploy modern technologies, including continuous processing, automated screening methods, PAT, and modeling and simulation

  • Ability to interface across multiple projects to understand various business needs.  Continue to build the purification engineering team to critical mass

  • Comfortable with scientific uncertainty and the ability to translate hypotheses into action

  • Supervise, mentor and develop scientific staff. Ensure continued technical and professional growth of group members, encourage efforts towards excellence and knowledge sharing

  • Encourage team members to take initiative and accountability to achieve goals; draws out and encourages others to share knowledge

  • The ability to troubleshoot issues as they occur, and to identify trends and opportunities to reduce process variability, are also key

  • Provide technical guidance in the scale-up and demonstration of new purification processes in development and commercial scale equipment. Participate in technology transfer activities to CRO/CMO organizations and Lilly manufacturing to ensure processes are technically sound, well developed and characterized, and safe

  • Design laboratory experimentation in support of process design, definition, optimization, and technology transfer objectives. Ability to generate process (and property design) data based on a fundamental understanding of the underlying physical processes. Utilize advancements in technology (PAT) and modeling platforms to understand and direct experimental protocols

  • Plan and manage short term and long-term development activities. Develop and/or review technical agendas and timelines for project work. Recommend resource allocation to accomplish projects according to plans, communicate progress and propose changes in timeline, objectives, or direction.

  • Collaborate with internal and external manufacturing partners to develop robust processes that are readily amenable to efficient drug substance manufacturing

  • Collaborate closely with Project teams including Project Management, Quality, Manufacturing, and Regulatory scientists to execute and deliver material and information for clinical trials and regulatory submissions

  • Embrace diverse thought, background, and experience to deliver innovative solutions

  • Possess strong communication (oral, written), organizational, and leadership skills

  • Active participant in the external environment and the ability to recognize and apply external innovation and across the Lilly synthetic portfolio

  • Possess deep understanding of the external global regulatory climate and emerging requirements. Ability to address key CMC regulatory questions that enable clinical studies and support marketing authorization applications

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Ph.D. in chemical engineering or a closely related field with 5+ years of experience

Additional Skills/Preferences:

  • Experience with developing chemical processes from mid-development cycle (proof of concept) to product commercialization.

  • Experience with technical transfer of processes into manufacturing operations

  • Experience with authoring regulatory submissions and responding to regulatory questions

  • Experience within the pharmaceutical sector is desired; however, other relevant experience may meet expectations. Prior experience in the development of an active ingredient and associated formulated product is acceptable. Relevant industrial sectors include agrochemicals, nutraceuticals, specialty chemicals, and personal care products.

  • Experience with multivariate analysis to support process monitoring and troubleshooting at scale.   

  • Experience with online and offline analytical techniques and process analytical technologies (PAT)

  • Strong technical skills to supply business value

  • Creativity and ability to transform ideas into marketable products and processes

  • Knowledge and experience with management of a technical project

  • Demonstrated leadership capabilities especially in a team environment

  • Demonstrated ability to drive and accept change

  • Demonstrated success in persuasion, influence and negotiation

  • Good interpersonal skills and a sustained tendency for collaboration

  • Ability to prioritize multiple activities and manage ambiguity

  • Ability to influence others to promote a positive work environment

  • Understanding and awareness of the external scientific and regulatory landscape

  • Demonstrated initiative and risk-taking

  • Demonstrated technical proficiency and ability to create ideas for future work plans

  • Established external publication record

Additional Information:

  • Travel: 0 to 10%

  • Position Local: Indianapolis, IN; Lilly Technology Center-North (LTC-N)

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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