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Principal Engineer- Dry Products

Eli Lilly and Company
Indianapolis, Indiana
Start date
May 26, 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.

At Lilly, we serve an extraordinary purpose. For more than 140 years, we have worked tirelessly to discover medicines that make life better. These discoveries start in Lilly Research Laboratories, where our scientists work to create new medicines that will help solve our world’s greatest health challenges.

The Process Engineering Center (PEC), as part of the Engineering Tech Center, is primarily responsible for providing global technical expertise and customer service support to the Lilly Manufacturing, Global Facilities Delivery, Lilly Research Laboratories organizations.

This role provides discipline leadership (including oversight of the community, technology development, knowledge sharing, mentoring of junior talent), technical consultation to sites, support major capital, and network with the external community at large.  This role focuses on the technologies and operations that make up the Dry Products Network for pharma products as well as other networks that employ solid dosage formulation unit operations.

Key Objectives/Deliverables:

Technical and Discipline Leadership

  • Provide technical oversight for Dry Products Network oral solid dosage process engineering globally including Lilly manufacturing sites and external manufacturing partners.  Support commercialization of new products and improvements to existing commercial manufacturing processes through technical evaluation, technology assessments, and assistance in local capital project execution when needed.
  • Maintain and increase knowledge on the mechanics of dry product equipment technology such as, Mixers, Dry Granulation, Continuous Manufacturing, Compression, Capsule filling, Tablet Coating, Printing technology, Fluid Bed granulation & drying
  • Consult in troubleshooting and root cause analysis of significant manufacturing issues.
  • Provide ongoing technical mentoring to Lilly engineers across the manufacturing network.
  • Support the development and maintenance of engineering requirements (Standards, Master Specifications), Best Practices and Technical Reports.
  • Partner with other senior technical staff to direct discipline activities, oversight of the community of practice, new technology development and technology assessments.
  • Technical Communication and Knowledge Sharing – Share general technical knowledge and project learning with technical peers, operations staff, and management. Publish technical information for access by global Lilly sites.

Major Capital Support

  • Provide technical consulting in conceptual and detailed design on major capital projects in partnership with Global Facilities Delivery. Assist in startup assistance as needed for new processes and/or technology.  Promote and develop the use of Requirements for effective and efficient designs.


  • Identify and sponsor productivity improvement projects through unit operations improvements. Promote replication of best practices within the network, and across networks.
  • Safety and Compliance - Ensure personal compliance with all applicable regulatory and corporate policy requirements; Ensure appropriate safety practices and procedures are in place and are followed to prevent injuries.  Lead and drive initiatives that improve process safety across the Dry Products Network.

Basic Requirements:

  • Bachelors degree in engineering (e.g. ChE, ME, IE, BME) or related science
  • Minimum 5 years of experience in Pharmaceutical Process Engineering and related Dry Products manufacturing functional areas (e.g. Quality, TSMS, Plant Engineering, Operations)

Additional Skills/Preferences:

  • Knowledge and proven ability to apply engineering fundamentals
  • Ability to develop and implement innovative approaches to problems
  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • Ability to recruit, organize, and effectively influence people across organizational boundaries
  • Sound project management skills with a high-level of customer focus oriented on follow-through-to-completion
  • Expertise in data analysis, including statistical principles, advanced spreadsheet applications, and electronic modeling practices.
  • An ability to appropriately select, design and specify a wide range of process equipment.

Additional Information:

  • This position supports the Dry Products network globally and may require US (including Puerto Rico) and OUS travel (10-25%)
  • This position requires the ability to access many different manufacturing sites and areas
  • This is not a fully remote position

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.


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