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Lilly Vision Inspection Automation Engineer in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina

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.

At Lilly, we serve an extraordinary purpose. We make a difference for people around the globe by discovering, developing and delivering medicines that help them live longer, healthier, more active lives. Not only do we deliver breakthrough medications, but you also can count on us to develop creative solutions to support communities through philanthropy and volunteerism

Role Summary

  • The Senior Automation Engineer will serve as technical lead for Automation in Parenteral technologies, specifically, Visual Inspection.

  • The Senior Automation Engineer will provide the necessary leadership to ensure the success of the automation and controls areas for Parenteral Visual Inspection during project phase

  • This individual will provide consulting support on technical issues related to Automation for equipment in Visual Inspection, specifically, Seidenader Automated Syringe Inspection Machines (ASIM) and semi-automated syringe Inspection machines (V90+)

  • This individual shall also provide oversight and compliance during operation and change management of activities with regards to Visual Inspection Automation topics


  • Responsible for automation deliverables with regards to Visual Inspection verification and qualification activities (IV/OV/PQ) and provide support to TS/MS for PV activities.

  • Perform vision recipe development and testing during qualification activities and provide support for similar activities during start-up and routine operations.

  • Manage and execute automation and controls for capital investments at the site with regards to Visual Inspection, as well as develop site procedures for documentation of automation control systems, from specifications through operational procedures.

  • Manage definition of software and hardware needed, develop functional requirements, develop/review and approve software design, execute software testing activities, and install or coordinate installation of automation control systems, including vendor interaction with regards to Visual Inspection

  • Partner with other Engineering, Operations, and Technical Services/Manufacturing Science (TS/MS) leads to ensure timely completion of current site Inspection deliverables and future site projects.

  • Manage and troubleshoot inspection automation systems. Perform or coordinate upgrades and fixes installation, including required testing.

  • Continuously assess and optimize the use of automation applications. Understand operational needs and issues associated with new and existing process automation systems, assist in deviations, initiate change controls to optimize systems, and implement or support implementation of change controls.

  • Understand and follow applicable internal and external computer systems quality policies, procedures and regulations while also ensuring compliance with HSE regulations and programs.

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree (chemical, computer, mechanical, electrical engineering or relevant discipline) with 5+ years of experience required, Pharmaceutical Industry preferred.

  • Master’s degree (chemical, computer, mechanical, electrical engineering or relevant discipline) with 3+ years Engineering experience required, Pharmaceutical Industry preferred.

  • Demonstrate a deep technical knowledge and experience with Automation Systems

  • Experience with frontline support in a GMP environment is required.

  • Knowledge of working with computers and associated applications such as MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint are required.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Ideal candidate will have broad experience in a pharmaceutical environment with a hands-on understanding of control and data acquisition systems, IT infrastructures, automated calibration, and maintenance management systems

  • Prior experience with B&R PLCs and HMIs codes, equipment integrations with HMI/SCADA platforms and OSI PI historian, data analytics tools (Tableau, Power BI, Seeq, etc.), electrical switchgears, generators, and UPS systems, as applicable

  • Prior experience with vision recipe development and knowledge of vision tool sets. Experience with Seidenader Vision (SV) Observer configuration software is a plus.

  • Experience in designing and implementing PLC, SCADA, OPC, Data Management or networked automated systems and electronic batch records.

  • Demonstrated experience in working in capital projects and adhering to timelines and budgets

  • Experience in troubleshooting issues to root cause and recommending and implementing effective corrective actions.

  • Display excellent interpersonal effectiveness and communication skills (written and oral).

  • Experience with contributing to capital projects from conceptual phases through equipment installations, cGMP compliance, commissioning/verification, qualification, and continuous improvement.

  • Have hands-on experience with engineering design, commissioning/verification, and qualification.

Physical/Mental Requirements

  • Able to stand for extended hours for test runs

  • Able to climb ladders/steps

  • Able to lift items of 25lbs

  • On-call support during routine operations

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 ( LillyRecruitingCompliance@lists.lilly.com ) 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).