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Sr. Principal Engineer – Calibration and Metrology

Eli Lilly and Company
Indianapolis, Indiana
Start date
Feb 17, 2024

Job Details

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.

Organization Overview

At Lilly, we serve an extraordinary purpose. We make a difference for people around the globe by discovering, developing and delivering medicines that help them live longer, healthier, more active lives. Not only do we deliver breakthrough medications, but you also can count on us to develop creative solutions to support communities through philanthropy and volunteerism.

Position Brand Description:

  • This Sr. Principal Engineer – Calibration and Metrology role will be part of the Engineering Tech Center organization.  The ETC is responsible for ensuring the safe and economically effective delivery of compliant manufacturing, research, and administrative facilities for Lilly worldwide.
  • This position will own and be responsible for the overall calibration program for Lilly.  This position will own all engineering standards (e.g. EFS-2102), best practices, procedures and program documents associated with the calibration program.
  • This position will supplement site instrument/calibration resources to ensure the calibration requirements, practices and expectations are met.
  • This position will also partner with instrument engineers in ETC and at sites to deliver instrumentation that fit into the calibration program in an effective and efficient manner.
  • This position will network outside to stay current on industry practices and introduce new technology for calibrations into Lilly at the right pace
  • The position will lead the community of practice for Calibration topics across Lilly as a whole (including groups such as M&Q, Development, Facilities management)
  • The position requires cross functional interaction with both internal (Lilly) and external (contractor) groups.

Key Objectives/Deliverables:

  • Own and be the subject-matter-expert on the content of Engineering Functional Standard EFS-2102, engineering best practices in the Calibration field, engineering master specifications relating to instrument data/information, and engineering guidance documents relating to this field. 
  • Fulfil the role of SME in any exceptions or proposed alternatives to the strategies and expectations outlined in those documents.
  • Assist sites in implementing improvement actions in the calibration field. Partner with other metrologists and those working with instrumentation to ensure the program has proper technical depth and breadth going forward.
  • Develop improved methods for calibrations, including introducing new technologies.
  • Become expert on how calibrations work inside of GMARS, becoming knowledgeable on how the GMARS system operates/functions with calibration tasks.
  • Own and facilitate the Community of Practice for people in the calibration field inside Lilly.  Assist those community members on best practices, and ways to improve on execution when asked.
  • Ensure connection to key external policy makers, practitioners, and influencers in the calibration field are made and kept up to date.  Communicate the impact of key external marketplace changes as they occur.

Minimum Requirements:

  • BS in Engineering (disciplines typically found in pharmaceutical manufacturing and in the automation/instrument field preferred)
  • Minimum of 5 years of experience in the calibration, metrology, or instrument engineering fields.

Additional Preferences:

  • Experience as an instrument engineer or practitioner in a calibration program
  • Knowledgeable of data integrity requirements and concepts
  • Familiarity with Maximo software program and the Lilly GMARS system
  • Understanding of decision science concepts and can provide structure to decision making.
  • Familiarity with MS SharePoint configurations (i.e. Lilly NOW sites).
  • Demonstrated knowledge with guidance from industry on the topic of calibration.
  • Ability to work with diverse perspectives and to identity and resolve issues with minimal direction.
  • Must have creditability and be influential in getting agreement amongst leadership.
  • Must have demonstrated a consistent level of successful performance.
  • Proven flexibility in adapting and adjusting to changes in working practices
  • 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.
  • Must have the ability to lead groups including internal and external resources
  • Must be willing and able to challenge others within Lilly value structure.

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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