Senior Automation Engineer

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Req ID R-21495
Title Senior Automation Engineer
City Durham
State / Province North Carolina
Country United States
Region Research

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.

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, innovative processing technologies, such as continuous processing, biotech platforms, and advanced data and control systems. 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.

Specifically, this role will entail the following scope:

  • Provide automation design and oversight to major Capital projects and corporate initiatives with a focus on the Global Parenteral Network, specifically the delivery of Lilly’s new Research Triangle Park facility.
  • Manage system integrators to deliver all aspects of Automation for Lilly’s new Raleigh based facility.
  • Support key corporate initiatives such as life cycle management, Engineering information management, and cyber security
  • Evaluate new technology and innovation trends leading to the development of proof of concepts and sharing of use cases for application within Lilly.
  • Drive automation governance and replication across the Global Parenteral Network and the Global Packaging Network for Tier 1 equipment, architecture, and Automation/IT systems and solutions.

In addition, this role will work to optimizes and improve project automation engineering approaches by combining technical expertise, best practices, engineering standards, and project delivery expertise.

Key Objectives/Deliverables

  • Safety – Work safely and continually looks for improvements in personnel and equipment safety, ensure safe design and operation of new equipment, ensure automation design reflects safety concerns for operations and maintenance.
  • Automation/Control Discipline and Technical Leadership – Partner with colleagues to lead the discipline through solution assessment, replication, and development. Manage tools, engineering standards, master specifications and best practices. Provide technical coaching and consultation to other Lilly engineers, facilitate shared learning forums.
  • Automation Design – Provide support to European manufacturing sites and Global Facilities Delivery during project profiling and design. Ensure project design meets intended requirements, considers life cycle cost, and eliminates non-value add complexity. Use replication and best practices to optimize project cost.
  • External Influence and Benchmarking – Monitor and influence, when appropriate, changes in external codes and standards on Lilly’s behalf, and work to ensure ongoing compliance within Lilly. Extract benchmarking information from academia and industry.
  • Technology and Innovation. Keep current on external trends and practices to evaluate technology for application within Lilly.

Basic Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering or related science degree
  • Minimum 2 years’ experience in automation machine control, process control, or equivalent work experience in a related field.

Additional Skills/Preferences

  • Experience on Rockwell Automation platforms or equivalent platforms.
  • Demonstrated ability to work safely
  • Demonstrated expertise in one or more automation platforms, preferable Rockwell Automation Systems.
  • Significant experience and strong problem-solving skills in measurements, control (process and/or manufacturing), control systems, integration, and data.
  • Excellent verbal and written communications skills
  • Ability to manage people and projects to deliver a common set of objectives
  • Knowledge of GMP’s and pharmaceutical manufacturing
  • Knowledge in Microsoft Operating Systems
  • Knowledge in Databases

Additional Information

  • Expectation that the position will be based out of Raleigh, North Carolina
  • 8-hour days – Monday through Friday, overtime and some weekend/holiday may be required for project support.
  • Travel: Domestic and International travel may be required, 10%

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 (subject to applicable law).

To submit resume, visit and apply to Req ID R-21495.

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.

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