Principal Automation Engineer - Next Gen MES at Eli Lilly and Company (Indianapolis, IN)

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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 35,000 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.


The Principal Automation Engineer - Next Gen MES will support innovation evaluation and implementation for Manufacturing Process Automation and IT Systems with a focus on Lilly's implementation of a next gen MES (Manufacturing Execution System), representing OT (Process Automation) as a business SME.

Lilly is at a critical juncture as we tool up to realize the potential of our product pipeline. We are building new processing capabilities around the world, and emphasizing emerging, cutting edge processing technologies, such as continuous processing and advanced biotech platforms. Additionally, we are recapitalizing older assets, and bringing the operational philosophies in line with current technologies. Lilly places a high value on fully automated manufacturing processes, as the quality and operational benefits are baseline expectations of new process design. As part of this journey, Lilly is at an exciting stage of designing and deploying a new MES platform across our Parenteral Manufacturing Network.

This role is a senior-level engineering role which requires a 4-year engineering degree, preferably in Chemical, Mechanical, Electrical Engineering, Computer Science, or related science field. The position requires high learning agility and an interest and/or background in control programming, data historians (and databases), data integration, and MES platforms. There is an expectation of travel to other Lilly international locations generally not exceeding 10%.

The primary focus of the role will be to work with the next generation MES team to evaluate, design, and deploy the new MES across Lilly's parenteral manufacturing network. The Process Automation Engineer - Next Gen MES will represent the Automation/OT function on this project as a core team member of the MES Center of Excellence, ensuring integration with our existing Process Automation Systems. A high level of experience in automation architecture and technology trends is desired, with additional expertise needed in the primary areas of process automation and control: safety systems, process control, motion control, and batch control. The Center of Excellence will be responsible for delivering a global validated IT platform that can be deployed to our manufacturing sites globally while driving standardization and process optimization.

Global Process Automation & Control Engineering is part of the Lilly Corporate Engineering Tech Center (ETC). The ETC is a technical resource for training, standards, project implementation, and the center of engineering excellence for the corporation, providing deeply technical resources to solve the most intractable technical problems in manufacturing.

Key Objectives/Deliverables:

Work safely and continually look for improvements to both people and equipment safety.

Core Member of the Next Gen MES Center of Excellence
  • Serve as the lead for day to day decision making for their for the function
  • Needs to have influence and understanding across all sites
  • Escalation point for Process Automation (OT) function
  • Identify areas of standardization
  • Develop harmonized processes where appropriate
  • Provide business requirements
  • Act as an ambassador for the program
  • SME for Process Automation (OT) function on the system capabilities
  • Serve as functional representation for design governance
  • Act as consultants to the deployment teams

Expertise with Automation Technologies - Lead the corporation's efforts to better engineer automation projects on all platforms.

Data Integration -Develop robust and innovative solutions enabling our manufacturing engineers to utilize data to drive improvement decisions, identify issues, and utilize advanced analytics.

Corporate Initiatives - support key corporate initiatives with robust data integration strategies enabling connectivity of Lilly platforms. This includes major Capital Delivery and partnerships between Lilly Engineering and IT.

Drive implementation and use of technology governance processes.

Bring external and innovation focus, combined with a strong understanding of business objectives, manufacturing and quality processes and technologies, IT/Automation applications and Infrastructure, to define the future state vision for manufacturing.

Serve as a key thought leader across Corporate Process Automation and MQ IT to maximize value through the best leveraging of information technology. Partner with IT Solution Architects, Business Process Architects, Global Infrastructure Team and external resources and key customers to identify business problems, opportunities and processes to set the strategic Process Automation Integration direction to meet business needs

Basic Qualifications/Requirement:

  • Bachelor of Science Degree in engineering or a related science field.
  • Minimum 4 years' experience in process automation (OT) engineering and data integration (e.g. data historians, data analytics, visualization, MES integration, enterprise level applications, and data integrity)

Additional Preferences:

  • Knowledge of Data Integration, Databases, Enterprise Systems, Process Automation Systems (PLC and DCS), Data Historians, and Manufacturing Execution Systems (MES).
  • Core knowledge related to ISE S95 and S88 principles and IT/Automation integration
  • Ability to work well with different cultures
  • Experience in pharma or GMP industry Experience working with validated systems
  • Expertise in Lilly's preferred platforms, including Rockwell Automation, Emerson DeltaV, PMX, and Syncade
  • Experience in OSI PI Data Historians
  • Experience with MES integration with process automation systems

Other Information:

  • Monday through Friday Day Shift of 7:30am-4:30pm with some allowance for flex time.
  • Location: Indianapolis, IN or site hosted role
  • Travel: Domestic and International travel required (15%)

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 ( [email protected] ) 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.

As a condition of employment with Eli Lilly and Company and its subsidiaries in the United States and Puerto Rico, you must be fully COVID-19 vaccinated and provide proof of vaccination satisfactory to the company. If you would like to request an accommodation for medical or religious reasons, you may do so at [email protected]
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Eli Lilly and Company operates in the Biotech industry. The company is located in Indianapolis, IN and Indianapolis, IN. Eli Lilly and Company was founded in 1876. It has 39451 total employees. It offers perks and benefits such as Flexible Spending Account (FSA), Disability Insurance, Dental Benefits, Vision Benefits, Health Insurance Benefits and Life Insurance. To see all 143 open jobs at Eli Lilly and Company, click here.
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