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Advisor - Engineering - Delivery Device Connect Solution

Eli Lilly and Company
Indianapolis, Indiana
Start date
Mar 19, 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.

In 1992, Eli Lilly and Company established the delivery device business for the purpose of designing, developing, launching, and continuously improving proprietary delivery device systems. This business is unique to the broader Lilly Research Labs (LRL) organization due to its focus on patient-centered delivery system solutions, its new way to design and develop delivery platforms utilizing both internal and external technologies, and its level of integration with the commercial groups and Business Units. The Delivery Device Connect Solutions (DDCS) organization leverages alliances in design and manufacturing to rapidly convert proprietary concepts into products that meet the users’ needs and intended uses.

In response to a rapidly growing portfolio of projects, DDCS is seeking an Advisor – Engineering within the Packaging Systems team. You will be an individual contributor for container closure system and pharmaceutical devices characterization with ability to influence the strategy for our IMPACTS (Imaging, Material, Performance, Analytical, Container Closure Integrity, Transportation and Surface Science) laboratories. The ideal candidate for this role will have the potential to be a future leader with supervisor and leadership responsibilities. You should be experienced in a variety of analytical techniques for container closure integrity testing (CCIT), materials testing, mechanical testing, X-ray CT imaging, and microscopy to characterize and evaluate container closure and device component attributes and performance. You should be able to analyze, interpret, and communicate data to stakeholders and drive execution across multiple projects and programs, We are seeking a highly motivated individual with the ability to impact the following areas:

Drug Discovery, Development, and Commercialization

  • Think critically, guide the design, critique, and drive the execution of effective research plans. Identify scientific issues, propose solutions, and solve problems, both individually and with partners in functional groups.

  • Deliver timely, high-quality data and interpretations to drive key scientific solutions.

  • Strong working knowledge of engineering first principles and the ability to readily apply them to device/packaging designs.

  • Identify and evaluate new analytical testing technologies and test methods to continually improve lab capabilities.

  • Take projects forward with speed, solving challenging scientific/technical/logistical problems along the way (balancing creativity/innovation with replication).

  • Quickly become productive when assigned to new projects by effectively demonstrating mastery of complex new subject areas with minimum guidance.

  • Influence teams to undertake the right experiments to enable decision making in the shortest possible time. 

  • Have excellent interpersonal and team building skills and maintain a track record of building collaborative scientific relationships.

People Development

  • Advise and execute the laboratories’ technical and staffing strategies.

  • Provide strong technical mentorship for Container Closure Systems Engineers, Laboratory Engineers and other scientists through direct coaching and timely feedback.

  • Partner with management team to develop organizational talent within the organization.

Cross Functional Integration and Collaboration

  • Ability to foster collaboration and influence scientific/engineering direction across functions, including research, manufacturing and development with Business Unit partners and teams

  • Interact across groups, including other departments, regulatory agencies, and functional groups.

  • Effectively communicate project goals and progress at governance committees and other LRL forums.

Technology Outreach

  • Champion the external world presence and brand reputation for LRL and DDCS through personal involvement in external activities (e.g., publishing or presenting at external conferences, participation in external standards organizations).

  • Leverage this reputation to build strategic relationships and to facilitate collaborations, research agreements, and outsourcing with world class external partners.

Basic Qualifications:

  • Ph.D. Chemistry, Biochemistry, Engineering, Materials Science, or other relevant fields with 2+ years of experience in pharmaceutical/medical device development, primary container closure systems and materials; or B.S. in Chemistry, Biochemistry, Engineering, Materials Science, or other relevant fields with 12+ years of experience; or M.S. with 7+ years of experience in pharmaceutical science/medical devices/packaging

  • Experience in laboratory management and strategy.

Additional Skills and Preferences:

  • Demonstrated team leadership with the ability to form scientific coalitions.

  • Demonstrated excellent verbal and written communication skills (data presentations, invention disclosures, project progress reviews).

  • Prior experience in applied research and pharmaceutical/medical device product development

  • Experience working in GMP– preferably pharmaceutical, and/or medical device industry – or other highly regulated environment.

  • Laboratory-based experience in evaluation of pharmaceutical materials, container closure systems and/or medical devices.

  • Working knowledge of pharmaceutical industry regulatory directives, guidance, and compendia standards for packaging components, container closure systems (e.g. FDA, Ph.Eur, USP, WHO), medical devices.

  • Effective coaching, mentoring, and/or supervision of engineers and technicians, and excellent interpersonal and team building skills while maintaining a track record of building collaborative scientific relationships.

Additional Information:

  • Position Location: Indianapolis, IN

  • Travel 10% both US and OUS

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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