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Senior Principal Engineer - Utilities Lead

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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 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 Description:

  • The Utilities Lead role is a member of the Engineering Tech Center organization responsible for ensuring the safe and economically effective delivery of compliant manufacturing, research, and administrative facilities for Lilly worldwide.
  • Depending on the candidate's background, this position will focus on delivering design expertise for mechanical and utilities systems.
  • The Utilities Lead will provide technical oversight of the translation by contractors of those requirements into design solutions and the delivery of functional and qualified assets based on the designs.
  • The position requires cross functional interaction with both internal (Lilly) and external (contractor) groups.
Key Objectives/Deliverables:
  • Establish the Engineering Requirements for the mechanical and unit operation systems of capital projects.
  • Perform evaluations and design guidance on mechanical systems that may include HVAC systems, utility systems (air, steam, water, glycol, etc.), waste treatment and disposal systems, as well as unit operations supporting drug substance, drug product manufacturing.
  • Ensure there is alignment between stakeholders and functional unit strategies, policies, and standards. Ensure the business needs, functional unit strategies, policies, standards, and product needs are translated into performance criteria.
  • Review engineering and design work by contractors and the submittals from suppliers and contractors against the engineering requirements including Lilly Global Quality Standards, Global Engineering Standards, and Engineering Master Specifications.
  • Assume responsibility to own and maintain assigned Engineering functional standards, guidance documents, best practices, and master specifications including the review of exception requests and periodic reviews with internal (Lilly) groups and selected vendors/contractors to ensure Lilly specifies economically efficient designs.
  • Ensures Lilly Engineering is effectively engaged at the appropriate level in reviewing the project designs for the projects assigned. Participates in the Global Facility Delivery PDRI processes as requested.
  • Ensure connection to key external policy makers, practitioners, and influencers in mechanical and electrical disciplines are made and kept up to date. 
  • Communicate the impact of key external marketplace changes as they occur.
  • Own and facilitate communities of practice in the mechanical, electrical functions across Lilly as a whole.  Facilitate communication between practicing engineers in these fields to promote best-practice sharing where applicable.

Minimum Requirements:

  • BS in Engineering (Chemical or Mechanical strongly preferred) typically found in pharmaceutical manufacturing
  • Minimum of 5 years manufacturing and/or project delivery experience

Additional Preferences:

  • Familiarity with financial concepts (e.g. NPV, COPs).
  • Understanding of decision science concepts and can provide structure to decision making.
  • Demonstrated familiarity with understanding and application of mechanical code, mechanical system specifications, and applications of mechanical design elements
  • Demonstrated understanding of the design processes employed by engineering and architectural firms.
  • Must possess strong business acumen, with an awareness of the life cycle cost evaluation processes as they apply to equipment and systems.
  • Must be able to frame complex decisions/analyses.
  • Must have demonstrated good written and verbal communications for the projects assigned skills.
  • Must have the ability to lead groups including internal and external resources to provide profile and study content.
  • Must be organized, able to develop a plan for design, and able to execute the plan hitting agreed-to target dates.  Must be able to set own priorities.
  • Proven flexibility in adapting and adjusting to changes in working practices and a willingness to take on different roles as required by the needs of the Engineering Tech Center.
  • Ability to work with diverse perspectives and to identity and resolve issues with minimal direction.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of non-US codes and standards applicable to mechanical systems and components relevant to Lilly sites.

    Additional Information:

    • This position is based in Indianapolis, IN and requires onsite presence the majority of the time. This is not a 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.



    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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