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IT Lead Software Engineer

Eli Lilly and Company
San Diego, California
Start date
Jun 12, 2023

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Engineering, Software Engineer
Required Education
High School or equivalent
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.

Come bring to life tech capabilities to lead in Pharma-tech!

The Software Product Engineering (SPE) organization is actively looking for motivated technical leaders who like to set direction and accelerate business results through enterprise tech solutions. Do you enjoy being at the heart of technical innovation? Are you a skilled developer who loves to solve exciting problems with code? Are you passionate about crafting a brand-new value chain for IT that forges new frontiers in tech? If so, please apply.

What You’ll Be Doing

Working directly with Technologist and Scientist in our San Diego facility for Software Product Engineering (SPE) Biologics team, you will help design and build technical front-end and back-end solutions that meet the needs of our scientific business areas. In this role you will serve as an architect while developing, helping to lead and shape the Software Engineering group!

How You’ll Succeed
  • As an Associate Director Software Engineer, you will bring your technical experience and leadership to design and build scientific solution that exceed product goals.

  • With an approach that accepts failure, and ability to work in ambiguity, you will use your object-oriented development principles to reach creative project solutions to deliver on time.

  • By increasing your development experience, you will ensure the applications achieve the optimal performance, quality, and responsiveness.

  • Using your problem-solving skills, you will strive to quickly identify and correct bottlenecks and fix bugs for optimal user experience.

  • With an attention to detail and proactivity you will seek to maintain existing applications via debugging and continuous updates, ensuring code quality, organization, and automation.

  • As a superb communicator with strong interpersonal skills, you will work and collaborate effectively on a team including with remote team members, to define, design and ship new features.

  • With a high level of curiosity, you will conduct external research and innovation to evolve existing and create new solutions.

What You Should Bring
  • Sophisticated hands-on engineering experience in the software space.

  • Good communication skills and ability to work effectively across multiple business and technical teams.

  • Sophisticated knowledge and practical experience of cloud technologies and software engineering.

  • Web Security and Healthcare compliance experience is a plus.

  • A high level of intellectual curiosity, external perspective, and innovation.

  • Experience with architectural patterns of distributed applications on cloud.

  • Proficiency with Object Oriented Programming, multi-threading, data serialization and REST APIs.

  • Experience with offline storage, threading, and application performance tuning.

  • Familiarity with APIs to connect applications to back-end services.

  • Demonstrated ability to write, perform, automate or lead teams performing unit tests.

  • Proficient understanding of code versioning tools and continuous integration (CI/CD).

  • Consistent track record of using Agile software development concepts and associated implementations as demonstrated in a fleshed-out portfolio of software development projects.

Your Basic Qualifications
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science, Information Technology or related technical field or High School Diploma/GED with 5+ years of experience in IT technical roles.

  • 5+ years of experience in industry performing software development.

  • Java, C++ or other OOP language.

  • Prior experience with HTTP and APIs (Rest based and others).

  • Experience with CI/CD pipelining.

  • Experience refactoring and re-platforming.

  • Professional experience in delivering software solutions that span the development life cycle, i.e., project initiation, design, development, testing, deployment, maintenance, support, and retirement.

  • 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.

Other Information/Additional Preferences

Lilly currently anticipates that the base salary for this position could range from between $116, 250 to $170, 500 and will depend, in part, on the successful candidate’s qualifications for the role, including education and experience. Full-time equivalent employees also will be eligible for a company bonus (depending, in part, on company and individual performance). In addition, Lilly offers a comprehensive benefit program to eligible employees, including eligibility to participate in a company-sponsored 401(k); pension; vacation benefits; eligibility for medical, dental, vision and prescription drug benefits; flexible benefits (e.g., healthcare and/or dependent day care flexible spending accounts); life insurance and death benefits; certain time off and leave of absence benefits; and well-being benefits (e.g., employee assistance program, fitness benefits, and employee clubs and activities).  Of course, the compensation described above is subject to change and could be higher or lower than the range described above.  Further, Lilly reserves the right to amend, modify, or terminate its compensation and benefit programs in its sole discretion and Lilly’s compensation practices and guidelines will apply regarding the details of any promotion or transfer of Lilly employees. 

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.



Science has been our calling from the beginning. Colonel Eli Lilly founded the company in 1876 and charged employees to “take what you find here and make it better and better.” More than 147 years later, we remain committed to his vision through every aspect of our business and the people we serve, starting with discovering the best treatments for those who take our medicines and extending to health care professionals, employees and the communities in which we live. Moreover, you can also count on the team at Lilly to be incredibly civic-minded, supporting our communities through philanthropy, volunteerism, and a creative and innovative can-do spirit. 

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