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Sr. Principal - QA Site Compliance - Inspection Readiness Steward

Eli Lilly and Company
Durham, North Carolina
Start date
May 7, 2024

Job Details

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 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.

Position Description:

Senior Principal Associate – QA Site Compliance serves as the site inspection readiness steward to lead the inspection readiness program at the RTP site.  The inspection readiness steward will have oversight of the inspection readiness program and processes and provide quality auditing expertise in regulation requirements for all aspects of manufacturing conducted at RTP.

Key Objectives/Deliverables:

  • Coordinates and manages regulatory inspections including logistics and data system(s).
  • Implement and Lead the site inspection readiness program
  • Implement and Lead the Quality Oversight program
  • Acts as data steward and trainer for site audit data system(s)
  • Leads inspection readiness huddles
  • Monitor and report on the status and effectiveness of the inspection readiness program and needed improvements
  • Perform local site impact assessments in response to Lilly site external inspection findings and external trendings in accordance with Lilly’s regulatory change management program.
  • Ensure awareness of applicable regulatory requirements and quality management system requirements throughout the organization
  • Leads site initiatives related to quality and compliance; supports network initiatives related to quality and compliance for local implementation
  • Serve as a quality and technical mentor/coach for interpretation and application of regulatory and global requirements for individual contributors and management at the site
  • Lead and model behaviors foundational to strong quality culture
  • Performs site self-inspections, as necessary
  • Support site safety initiatives.

Basic Requirements:

  • BSc or MSc in scientific/technical discipline: chemistry, biology, microbiology, engineering or equivalent scientific/technical degree
  • 10+ years of experience in pharmaceutical and/or medical device industry

Preferred attributes but not required:

  • Extensive knowledge of external Regulations and Lilly Quality System requirements
  • Ability to function in a team environment as a leader and as a team member
  • Demonstrated ability to partner/network with other sites
  • Demonstrated participations in inspections and inspection readiness activities including acting as an audit host.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage projects.
  • Proficiency with computer systems.
  • Multi product facility knowledge including parenteral drug product manufacturing, device assembly and packaging activities
  • Good knowledge of cGMPs, ISO and quality management systems with demonstrated technical proficiency
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills with ability to influence multiple levels of the organization 
  • Strong self-management and organizational skills, ability to prioritize, critical decision-making skills, problem solving, mentorship and coaching skills. 
  • Self-motivation, lead the way for ensuring a fair and equitable work environment.
  • Responsible for maintaining a safe work environment, working safely and accountable for supporting all HSE Corporate and Site Goals

    Additional Information:

    • US/OUS travel may be required
    • Flex hours possible
    • Site operates 24/7 - overtime may be required

    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.



    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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