Engineer- Automation

Employer
Lilly
Location
Indiana
Salary
Competitive
Posted
June 08 2018
Ref
42069BR
Discipline
Life Sciences
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type
Pharma
Job Type
Other
Responsibilities
Purpose:
This position is part of the Bioprocess Development (BR&D) organization. The individual in this role will:
  • Provide 24/7 process and system support to enable business continuity for production and laboratory areas. This support includes change control implementation, deviation investigation, routine process control system support activities, troubleshooting process control systems and off hours support.
  • Initiate, configure, test, and manage software and/or hardware changes to maintain or improve process control, MES and related data system solutions which enable development of large molecule processes and the production of GMP bulk API for clinical trial use.
  • Implement innovative automation solutions to enable world class bioprocess development by partnering with other engineers, development scientists and technical service leaders

Specific Functions or Duties

  • TECHNICAL LEADERSHIP:
    The individual in this role will provide technical expertise for implementing, maintaining and troubleshooting process control solutions in the production of Bulk API for development and clinical trial purposes. The ability to multi-task efficiently will be important since several different processes run in the bioprocess pilot plant and laboratories over the course of a year and each may be in a different stage of development.

    This opportunity will include process monitoring and troubleshooting, project management, identifying and implementing improvements, documentation of new and modified software and/or hardware and authoring technical reports where appropriate.

    In addition, this role provides automation technical support for process control system platforms (DeltaV, ControlLogix) and/or process information systems (PI data historian) as well as system support activities (e.g. performance monitoring, password maintenance, cyber security, etc.). Oversight of contractors assisting in the delivery of automation solutions may be required.

    COMPLIANCE:
    Responsibilities include documentation and testing activities to ensure that process control and related systems maintain the appropriate state of validation for use.
  • The individual in this role will be responsible for managing changes and investigating deviations/process upsets.
  • The individual is also responsible for assisting with life-cycle management for automation systems.
INTERACTIONS:
Regular interactions with the following groups are critical for success: HSE, Quality Assurance, Tech Services, Development, Operations, FUME/C&Q, Engineering, Maintenance, Environmental Monitoring, and Manufacturing.

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.

Basic Qualifications
  • Bachelor of Science in Engineering or a technical field.
  • Commensurate experience with a strong background in the application and implementation of process field instrumentation in a manufacturing environment.
  • Ability to configure process control systems and troubleshoot computer hardware and instrumentation.
  • 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
  • Ability to work well in a team environment incorporating a variety of functional relationships and desire to be point of accountability.
  • Demonstrated experience with DeltaV (Batch, Phase/Sequence Programming and Advanced Control Module Configuration), analog and discrete instrumentation, control devices and device networks
  • 5+ years' experience in large scale manufacturing, preferably regulated
  • Excellent troubleshooting skills with the ability to work both independently and in team-based project environments
  • Interest in supporting various computer system platforms such as DeltaV, Unicorn, PLCs, data historians and PAT systems.
  • Familiarity with MES and data system architectures, operating systems, applications and interfaces
  • Ability to organize, prioritize, schedule, complete and follow-up on work activities to meet customers' needs
  • Experience with pilot plant unit operations such as fermentation, bioreactors, centrifugation and filtration

Additional Information
  • Personal Considerations: Work environment includes administrative, laboratory, and pilot plant settings.
  • Other Information: 8 hour days with flexibility to support activities during shutdowns, weekends, etc.
  • 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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