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Project/Design Engineer

Eli Lilly and Company
Indianapolis, Indiana
Start date
Mar 25, 2023

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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.

Organization Overview:

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.

The Global Facilities Delivery (GFD) Organization, part of Corporate Engineering and Continuous Improvement, delivers new and renovated capital assets around the world.  Our mission is accomplished through a highly leveraged organization of design, construction and qualification contractors.  Many of the assets delivered focus on medical innovation and delivering innovative solutions to patients.  Some of the assets delivered will support an expansion in supply of existing medicines or making the supply chain more robust. 


  • The DVL (Design Verification Lead) will assist in the development of standard operating procedures and best practices related to design/verification and ensure they remain current with industry best practices.

  • The DVL will coordinate all design for the Project Manager during the all design phases of the project and be responsible in delivering the conceptual design review and basic design review.

  • The DVL will direct the development of the design requirements.

  • The DVL will assist in development and maintenance of the design schedule to meet the project needs.

  • The DVL will participate in the selection of the A/E firms.

  • The DVL will coordinate with A/E firms to develop earned value progress systems to measure progress by discipline (monitor work versus invoice amounts).

  • The DVL will expedite design decisions and coordinating information flow between the design team and system owners.

  • The DVL is responsible for ensuring the design meets approved intent through interactions between the design firm, design specialists, engineering tech center disciplines, and end user/customer.

  • The DVL is responsible for design activities and governance through the (both within Lilly and contractors) timely resolving issues.

  • The DVL will examine areas of inefficiency and develop strategies for improvement to direct the design team to meet or improve on the design hours plan.

  • The DVL will review and approve along with the respective Project Manager the key design project personnel (both internal and external resources). 

  • The DVL will work with Engineering Tech Center resources and other key project team technical/constructability resources to address and resolve design issues.

  • The DVL ensures replication is achieved during design when applicable.

  • The DVL will support the Project Manager for value engineering exercises efforts to maximize project opportunities.

  • The DVL is responsible for the application of the appropriate Engineering Design Standards, Engineering Functional Standards, Engineering Specifications and Regulatory requirements.

  • The DVL is responsible for the overall design quality.

  • The DVL will review design-related invoices prior to approval and participate in KPI reviews/assessments.

  • The DVL will participate in the selection of the verification professional services.

  • The DVL will be accountable for the development of the Project Verification Plan, Traceability Matrix, and risk assessments (not necessary lead the execution).

  • The DVL will coordinate verification for the Project Manager during the verification phase of the project.

  • The DVL will be accountable for the discrepancy tracking and management in the Verification phase.

Basic Requirements:

  • BS in Engineering (Chemical or Mechanical strongly preferred)

  • Minimum of 1 year manufacturing and/or engineering in support of pharmaceutical or API (active pharmaceutical ingredient) networks

Additional Preferences:

  • Pharmaceutical process or project engineer experience

  • Strong written and verbal communication skills

  • Strong project management skills

  • Ability to effectively facilitate conflict to resolution

  • Effective meeting management

  • Ability to influence all levels of the project and site personnel

  • Strong negotiation skills

  • Strong manufacturing and engineering background.

  • Must have an understanding of the capital project delivery process, A/E design activities, and the understanding of the available Lilly technical resources (user reps, ETC resources, and design specialists).

  • Pharmaceutical process or project engineer experience

  • Must be able to concisely communicate complex options to a cross functional/multi-company team in order to gain consensus on design direction.

  • The person will have an extensive network of peers in similar positions in the industry, both in the owner and the contractor communities.

  • Detailed knowledge of systems and processes used by engineering contractors in the US market is essential, and a good understanding of how methods in other countries vary from this.

  • This person would have demonstrated values that are consistent with the Lilly values.

  • Must have excellent problem solving skills with the ability to envision and deliver innovative solutions.

  • Demonstrated teamwork with their peers with successful interactions and leadership when working across functional groups.

  • Must be able to frame complex decisions/analyses, facilitate to a decision, and implement according to the plan.

  • Must have demonstrated good written and verbal communications skills.  

  • Must have project mgmt. experience – the ability to lead groups including internal and external resources.

  • Must be willing and able to challenge others within and outside Lilly maintain scope definition.

  • Must be able to work in an environment where limited or conflicting direction is given (such as project scope definition vs user requests). 

  • Must create creditability and be influential in getting agreement between site, corporate engineering, A/E firm decision-makers and stakeholders who have differing opinions.

  • The capacity to achieve results through people is critical.

  • Facilitate issue resolution, anticipate scope changes, and implement safely with quality, speed and value.

  • Willingness to relocate and/or travel to locations outside of home state/country and have the demonstrated ability to work from long distances with little supervision.

  • Must exhibit a good sense of judgment in decision making, without the need for management approval while at the same time keeping management informed and engaged on critical issues.

  • In depth knowledge of, and experience in, the capital delivery process, Design and Verification process.  Demonstrated value for a disciplined, structured approach to project delivery that is based on compliance with Policies and Procedures rather than an approach dependent on a personal style.

  • Ability to influence personnel and organizations without having direct administrative responsibility for them.

  • Working knowledge of automation testing and maintenance package development.

  • Understanding of Financial Concepts and Estimating (e.g. NPV, COPs, Design and Verification Estimating Process, etc.).

  • Demonstrated willingness to embrace the concept of continuous improvement and be an agent for change.

  • Understanding of decision science concepts and can provide structure to decision making

  • Familiarity with MS Sharepoint configurations (i.e. LillyNet sites)

Additional Information:

  • Travel can be both domestic and international, on average about 25%, depending on the phase of the project.

  • The potential of co-location at the A/E firm or the job site to support C/Q activities for periods of time could occur based on project needs.

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 ( ) 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.

Our employee resource groups (ERGs) offer strong support networks for their members and help our company develop talented individuals for future leadership roles. Our current groups include: Africa, Middle East, Central Asia Network, African American Network, Chinese Culture Network, Early Career Professionals, Japanese International Leadership Network (JILN), Lilly India Network, Organization of Latinos at Lilly, PRIDE (LGBTQ + Allies), Veterans Leadership Network, Women’s Network, Working and Living with Disabilities. Learn more about all of our groups.

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). 



Science has been our calling from the beginning. Colonel Eli Lilly founded the company in 1876 and charged employees to “take what you find here and make it better and better.” More than 147 years later, we remain committed to his vision through every aspect of our business and the people we serve, starting with discovering the best treatments for those who take our medicines and extending to health care professionals, employees and the communities in which we live. Moreover, you can also count on the team at Lilly to be incredibly civic-minded, supporting our communities through philanthropy, volunteerism, and a creative and innovative can-do spirit. 

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