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Automation Engineer - Drug Product - Synthetic Molecule Design and Development (SMDD)

Eli Lilly and Company
Indianapolis, Indiana
Start date
Mar 3, 2024

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Engineering, Automation Engineer, Marketing
Required Education
Bachelors Degree
Position Type
Full time
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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.

Lilly’s Synthetic Molecule Design and Development (SMDD) team is involved in key development activities from pre-clinical phases through commercialization of drug substances and drug products for small molecules, synthetic oligonucleotides and peptides. Our scientists develop key technical and business solutions across the portfolio using their deep technical expertise to speed up testing of the clinical hypothesis and overall drug development.  SMDD takes on this diversity of responsibilities by recognizing that an even greater diversity of talents and cultures is vital to deliver the next generation of life changing medicines to patients!

SMDD is seeking outstanding automation engineering candidates to work within the process design and development teams. The position presents an opportunity to work side by side with formulation scientists and engineers to support new technical solutions to accelerate our portfolio and provide automation support of the SMDD pilot plant. The position will be based in Indianapolis where research is conducted in a new, state of the art development facility.


Candidates must demonstrate strong technical/automation depth and a willingness to promote a collaborative, team-based approach to problem solving. The responsibilities for this role include:

  • Provide automation technical support for the various pilot plant platforms and process information system (e.g. data historians).

  • Provide a high-level of data mining and analysis for process understanding and troubleshooting.

  • Design and implement automation related changes for the various pilot plant platforms.

  • Perform system support activities (e.g. system backups, performance monitoring, password maintenance, remote connections, etc.)

  • Automation design and delivery of new process units, particularly in support of continuous manufacturing initiatives in the pilot plant through the installation of next generation continuous manufacturing platforms, such as continuous encapsulation and continuous roller compaction.

  • Provide project management and technical leadership to projects.

  • Oversight of contractors and vendors assisting in the delivery of automation solutions.

  • Foster an inclusive environment by promoting diverse thought and shared experience to deliver innovative solutions that address unmet technical needs.

Basic Requirements:

  • BS in engineering or related field.

  • 3+ years' experience in process automation engineering and data integration (e.g. data historians, data analytics, visualization, MES integration, enterprise level applications and security).

Additional Skills/Preferences:

  • Knowledge of system integration, data integration, databases, enterprise systems, process automation systems, and process historians

  • Core knowledge related to S95 and S88 principles and IT/Automation integration.

  • Proficiency in project management.

  • Experience in pharmaceutical or similar GMP industry.

  • Experience in Lilly’s preferred platforms, including Rockwell Automation and Emerson DeltaV.

  • Experience in OSI PI Data Historians

  • Excellent verbal communication and documentation skills.

  • Demonstrate ability to effectively collaborate with multidisciplinary teams.

  • Demonstrate leadership behaviors with ability to accept challenges, seek opportunities to remove barriers, influence without authority, and lead in areas of uncertainty.

  • Demonstrate outstanding teamwork/interpersonal skills.

  • Demonstrate problem solving, attention to detail and result oriented behaviors in a fast-paced environment.

Additional Information:

  • Travel: 0 to 10%

  • Position Location: Local/Onsite in Indianapolis, IN.

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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