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Automation Engineer - Packaging

Eli Lilly and Company
Durham, North Carolina
Start date
Feb 24, 2024

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Engineering, Automation Engineer
Required Education
Bachelors Degree
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 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.

The Automation Engineer for our Packaging area is responsible for automated equipment performance, providing a first line support to production processes, as well as supporting area engineering initiatives, process improvements, and project implementation. This position will require the development of expertise in production processes, commissioning, qualification, and validation requirements and equipment specific code and/or control system technologies to support commercial production. The Automation Engineer will help ensure that equipment is maintained in a qualified state, can be operated safely, and maintenance is properly performed on the systems.

Key Objectives/Deliverables:

  • Partner with Corporate Automation, Global Packaging, Automation Integrators, and Global Facilities Delivery to design, install, and qualify the new RTP packaging lines.

  • Assist in the integration of these lines into the site data collection and SCADA layer.

  • System Administration ownership of these platforms including user access controls, automated alarm management, data capture and analysis, and system maintenance.

  • Manage and own the system security including data integrity.

  • Perform audits and periodic assessments of the systems to ensure compliance with Global Quality and Engineering Standards.

  • Lead the management and growth of the platforms as new process equipment and systems are added to the facility.

  • Partner with Corporate Automation for global initiatives including advanced data programs and cyber security.

  • Develop site procedures that will govern the packaging related control systems.

  • Be a champion for site safety activities, diversity/inclusion, ethics, and compliance

Minimum Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Engineering

  • Experience in a GMP manufacturing environment

  • Experience with Packaging equipment

  • Experience in instrumentation, PLC and/or HMI programming

Additional Preferences:

  • Studio 5000 and Factory talk view SE programming experience.Previous experience with highly automated equipment

  • Core knowledge related to ISE S95 and S88 principles and

  • IT/Automation integration.

  • Experience working with validated systems.

  • Experience in OSI/PI Data Historians or related system.

  • Experience in Microsoft operating systems, virtual environments, and networking.

  • Experience in databases and visualization.

  • Experience with B&R platform is a plus.

  • Demonstrated ability to work safely in a participative environment.

  • Demonstrated proficiency with Microsoft Word and Excel; proficient at typing and writing technical documents.

  • Demonstrated ability to work independently with strong organizational skills and attention to detail and ability to adapt to rapidly changing priorities

  • Demonstrated strong interpersonal skills and communications skills with a customer service attitude.

  • Responsible for maintaining a safe work environment, working safely and accountable

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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