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Sr Engineer-Automation

Eli Lilly and Company

Branchburg, New Jersey 08876
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  • Electrical Engineering
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  • Mechanical Engineering - Biomedical
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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.


Due to our 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. This is an Automation Engineering position in the fast growing, exciting and challenging biopharma industry for a candidate with significant experience. The Automation Engineer is primary responsible for the development of PLC/HMI codes, reliable operation of the existing automation systems and the management of automation projects for the Lilly New Jersey Facilities.  You will lead or manage project activities, influence project team members and work with cross function team for successful implementation of automation projects. You will be driving appropriate GMP change control preparing/adhering project schedules and budgets, programming building management and process control systems. You will be providing technical support for daily biologics manufacturing operations and for the specification, installation, start-up and validation support of process equipment projects. Other duties include interfacing with Facilities and Manufacturing personnel as required to coordinate plant shutdowns, prepare and review Operational SOP’s and Functional Requirement Specification (FRS), represent automation group in several process meetings. We have many different responsibilities and every day is unique!
Your responsibilities will be as follows: 
  • Be a Subject Matter Expert for Rockwell Automation’s PLCs and HMIs codes.
  • Configure historian data points and develop historian reports in Microsoft Reporting Services and SQL database.
  • Professional experience to lead multiple projects and able 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, Proecess Engineers, Validation and Quality
  • Apply engineering first principles and data trending for process 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 for capital projects by:
    • Design, maintain and enhance thr Process Control and Building Management Systems
    • Development of project scope, including user requirements, functional specifications, engineering drawings (P&ID's, PFDs, etc.)
    • 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 your projects
    • Work with professional consultants and mechanical contractors to develop design and construction drawings/specifications and to implement and test the changes
    • Lead installation, start-up, commissioning and qualification activities
  • 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

  •  B.S. or M.S. in Engineering (typically, Electronics, Computer Science
  • A minimum of 4 years of experience in biotechnology/pharmaceutical industry.
  • Minimum 4 years of programming experience with PLC’s (Control Logix, Compact Logix, SLC) and HMI’s (FactoryTalk View SE, RSView 32), including Rockwell Software RSLogix 5000, RSLogix 500, FactoryTalk Suite of products, and programming with Visual Basic or similar applications.
  • A minimum of 2 years of experience with FactoryTalk Historian SE (PI) and FactoryTalk Transaction Manager (FTTM) including programing historian data points, configuring reports in Microsoft Reporting Services and SQL database are plus.
  • 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 strong technical knowledge and experience with biopharmaceutical systems including bioreactors, centrifuge, media/buffer prep, CIP/SIP, glasswashers.
  • Have experience with manufacturing and project execution 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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