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AI Capabilities and Ops Associate Director

Eli Lilly and Company
Indianapolis, Indiana
Start date
May 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.

Come shape the future of our industry by bringing Artificial Intelligence capabilities to life!

Digital Core IT is actively looking for an AI Capabilities and Ops Associate Director to lead a technical team building and supporting solutions that improve performance and reliability of processes and systems in pharma. This role is perfect for someone with a passion for artificial intelligence and a solid background in DevOps practices, aimed at delivering high-quality solutions rapidly and effectively. If you thrive in dynamic, fast-paced environments, and are skilled at leveraging both AI and DevOps to solve complex problems, then this is your opportunity to make significant impact. Are you passionate about artificial intelligence and the impact it can have across an entire industry? Are you a change agent who can influence organizations? If so, bring YOUR skills and talents to the Lilly team where you’ll have the chance to create an impact on the lives of patients!

What You'll Be Doing:

Team Leadership and Program Delivery: Manage and mentor a team of AI engineers and DevOps specialists. Oversee the design, development, and deployment of AI-infused software solutions, maintaining alignment with our company’s vision and purpose.

AI-Driven Development Strategy: Lead the strategic adoption of AI technologies within our DevOps frameworks, ensuring seamless integration and operational excellence. Introduce AI tools and algorithms that enhance automation in testing, deployment, and infrastructure management.

Innovation in Automation and Processes: Utilize AI to streamline workflows, improve the CI/CD pipeline, and optimize cloud infrastructure management. Ensure our DevOps practices incorporate the latest in AI advancements to enhance speed and quality.

Cross-functional Collaboration: Collaborate with product managers, software developers, and external stakeholders to ensure that our DevOps strategy integrates effectively across all phases of development and supports overarching business goals.

Quality Assurance and Performance Metrics: Implement robust testing frameworks and monitor system performance continuously. Use AI-driven analytics to anticipate problems and deliver solutions proactively.

Ethical AI Use and Compliance: Promote ethical practices in the use of AI within DevOps, adhering to all regulatory and compliance guidelines, and ensuring the privacy and security of data across all platforms.

How You Will Succeed:

Analytical and Strategic Problem Solving: Employ critical thinking to navigate complex challenges, leveraging knowledge of organizational needs and solid technical skills to deliver innovative solutions.

Technical Proficiency and Innovation: Drive different thinking and propose innovative solutions working with Lilly and vendor partners. Combine your knowledge of AI technologies with a robust understanding of DevOps principles to drive the development and optimization of our products.

Effective Communication: Articulate complex technical concepts clearly and persuasively to a diverse range of stakeholders, fostering understanding and strategic alignment.

Leadership and Team Building: Inspire and lead your team towards achieving technological excellence, promoting an environment of collaboration and continuous improvement.

Commitment to Learning: Continuously update your knowledge on the latest in AI and DevOps fields, ensuring that our practices and tools remain at the forefront of technological advancements.

What You Should Bring:

Leadership Capabilities: Proven track record in leading cross-functional teams and driving complex large technical programs and enterprise capability implementations to successful completion.

Background in AI and DevOps: Demonstrated experience in managing and integrating AI within DevOps environments. Understanding of machine learning, neural networks, and their practical applications in automation and optimization.

Technical Skills: Prior experience in programming languages and technologies relevant to AI and DevOps, such as Python, Ruby, and Java. Familiarity with AI frameworks (TensorFlow, PyTorch,) DevOps tools (Docker, Kubernetes, Jenkins,) and cloud environments such as Azure and AWS.

Strategic Vision and Tactical Execution: Ability to develop strategic visions for AI-powered products and ensure their effective execution through agile DevOps practices.

Ethical and Regulatory Knowledge: Commitment to ethical AI development and a strong understanding of compliance and security protocols in software development in regulated industries.

Your Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in computer science, engineering, mathematics, or a related field.
  • Experience in Cloud environments such as AWS or Azure
  • 5+ years of technology program and product leadership experience with expertise in industry standard methodologies.
  • 2+ years of experience in working with AI technologies and tools, such as natural language processing (NLP), generative AI (LLMs,) machine learning algorithms, deep learning, etc.

Additional Preferences:

  • Previous experience delivering large organizational change tied to technology implementations
  • DevOps, DevSecOps and ITIL certifications
  • Scaled Agile, Agile, and Scrum certifications
  • Previous direct employee leadership experience
  • Cloud environment certifications in Azure and AWS
  • Previous technical program leadership in regulated industries

Additional Information:

  • Position located in Indianapolis, Indiana working in a hybrid model.
  • Travel may be required periodically.

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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