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Automation Engineer

Eli Lilly and Company

Branchburg, New Jersey 08876
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Eli Lilly and Company
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Company Overview

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 39,000 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.


We have an ever-growing biopharmaceutical pipeline; we are seeking an Automation Engineer who shares our passion for making a difference in the lives of people around the world.
You will be a part of a fast growing, exciting and challenging biopharma industry applying your automation skills and knowledge.

In this role, you will have responsibilities for the development of PLC/HMI codes, reliable operation of the existing automation systems, front line Building Management System(BMS) support and the management of automation projects for the Lilly New Jersey Facilities.  You will work with cross function team to troubleshoot issues and for successful implementation of automation projects. You will be independently accomplishing day to day automation activities, driving appropriate GMP change control preparing/adhering project schedules, programming BMS and process control systems.

This position is responsible for technical support for daily biologics manufacturing operations and for the specification, installation, start-up and validation support of process and BMS equipment projects. Other duties include interfacing and collaboration with Facilities and Manufacturing personnel for the coordination of plant shutdowns, preparations & review Operational SOP’s and Functional Requirement Specification (FRS).  You will be a representative for the automation group in several process meetings. Each day will be unique and have opportunity for your technical automation stewardship in our organization!
Your responsibilities will be as follows:
Be an Expert for PLCs and HMIs codes.
Troubleshoot PLC and HMI codes and support day to day automation activities.
Professional experience to work independently with minimum supervision.
Deliver professional Automation support of clinical and commercial biologics manufacturing operations by: 
  • Representing Engineering on cross functional process teams
  • Leading equipment and process troubleshooting efforts and root cause analysis
  • Implementing continuous improvement/safety projects
Interacting regularly with Manufacturing, Facilities, Process Engineers, Plant Engineering, Validation and Quality
Data monitoring and trending for BMS improvements and issue resolution.
Author, review, and approve change controls, deviation investigations (NCEs), standard operating procedures (SOPs), drawings, schematics, work orders, etc.
Provide engineering support and project management by:
  • Maintain, monitor and enhance the Building Management Systems
  • Development user requirement and functional specifications, engineering drawings.
  • Coordination with other functional groups regarding operability, technical feasibility, engineering design, maintenance, spare parts, installation/shut-down coordination, project schedule and validation/documentation requirements
  • Arrange for procurement of equipment and instrumentation required for automation support
  • Work with professional consultants and mechanical contractors to develop design and construction drawings/specifications and to implement and test the changes
On call after hours and weekend support to the Facilities/manufacturing to ensure continuous production
Keep up to date with required training.  Develop expertise by attending technical seminars and training sessions.
Travel Percentage


Additional Information
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



Basic Qualifications

  • Have attained a B.S. or M.S. in Engineering (typically, Electronics, Electrical, Computer Engineering).
  • Minimum 2 years of programming experience with PLC and HMI.
  • Qualified candidates must be legally authorized to be employed in the United States. Lilly does not anticipate providing sponsorship for employment visa status (e.g., H-1B or TN status) for this employment position
Additional Skills/Preferences
  • Have technical knowledge and experience with Building Management Automation Systems.
  • Have experience with frontline support in a GMP environment.
  • Have strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Be self-motivated, confident and self-directed personality with able to work independently as well as in team environment
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