15 Mar, 2023

Senior Process Engineer

  • Lilly
  • Durham, NC, USA
Process Engineer Biochemicals / Pharmaceuticals Chemicals

Job Description

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.


Our new RTP facility will be one of Lilly’s most technically advanced manufacturing sites and will include robotic technologies, and advanced data collection and analysis platforms that will result in safety improvements, increased productivity, and variability reduction. This role will be part of the RTP Site Engineering team responsible for the delivery and stewardship of the lines.


Key Objectives:

  • Ensure a safe working environment by following safety rules and helping improve the safety culture.
  • Actively participate in safety-related activities (audits, JSA’s, hazard reviews, etc.) to drive ongoing safety improvement.
  • Take overall responsibility for the safe design and safe operation of the equipment within the area.
  • Provide engineering expertise as active member of area process team.
  • Obtain technical expertise of equipment and processes in area of responsibility. This includes clear understanding of equipment flow chart/process flow document, critical process parameters, and master formula instructions for the process.
  • Establish & monitor/trend control systems as tool for verifying and optimizing equipment performance.
  • Lead troubleshooting efforts to resolve more difficult equipment and operational problems.
  • The Maintenance Tech/Engineering Tech is the first line of support in troubleshooting and involves the Process Engineer as needed.
  • Utilize formal problem solving techniques, including Root Cause Analysis, to resolve equipment issues.
  • Respond to and implement customer requests related to the equipment.
  • Communicate effectively with others, especially process team members, customers, engineering tech, and crafts personnel.
  • Provide oversight to Maintenance Tech/Engineering Tech(s) that support the area.
  • Evaluate all activities for impact on qualified state of equipment and utilize appropriate tools/processes as necessary (change control, hold, etc.).
  • Responsible for system/component classification and maintenance strategy for equipment.
  • Implement corrections, corrective actions, and countermeasures arising from CAPA’s.
  • Participate in Periodic Reviews for equipment.
  • Lead or participate in IQ/OQ/PQ activities (including commissioning activities of new equipment or areas).
  • Develop scope for capital projects targeted at both short and longer term needs.
  • Act as user representative for capital projects or delivery agent for local projects.
  • Understand equipment reliability issues with the objective of improvement.
  • Coordinate with site/corporate asset management personnel to replicate improvements and assure alignment of maintenance and other equipment activities.
  • Identify and drive improvement opportunities (procedural changes, upgrades, projects, etc.) associated with equipment within the area.
  • Compare equipment performance data with that of other operations to determine areas of opportunity.
  • Goals/objectives should target world-class levels of operation for safety, quality and customer service.



  • Bachelor’s degree in Engineering
  • Adequate interpersonal and communications skills to be able to work effectively in a team-based environment.
  • Strong computer skills in a variety of software packages (Excel, JMP, etc.).
  • Ability to work in a safe manner to ensure the safety of self and others.
  • Responsible for maintaining a safe work environment, working safely and accountable for supporting all HSE Corporate and Site Goals.
  • Ability to travel up to 20% during Asset Delivery and < 10% after startup


Preferred Attributes:

  • Previous experience in Pharmaceutical Manufacturing.
  • Ability to apply statistical thinking concepts to the analysis of manufacturing problems.
  • Experience working with validated systems.
  • Experience in utilizing root cause analysis techniques for the systematic solving of problems.


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