At Elanco (NYSE: ELAN) – it all starts with animals!


As a global leader in animal health, we are dedicated to innovation and delivering products and services to prevent and treat disease in farm animals and pets. We’re driven by our vision of ‘Food and Companionship Enriching Life’ and our approach to sustainability – the Elanco Healthy Purpose™ – to advance the health of animals, people, the planet and our enterprise.


At Elanco, we pride ourselves on fostering a diverse and inclusive work environment. We believe that diversity is the driving force behind innovation, creativity, and overall business success. Here, you’ll be part of a company that values and champions new ways of thinking, work with dynamic individuals, and acquire new skills and experiences that will propel your career to new heights.


Making animals’ lives better makes life better – join our team today!


Your Role: Executive Director, Technical Services/Material Sciences


The Executive Director of TSMS is responsible for providing technical and strategic leadership for the Technical Services, Material Science (TSMS) operational function at Elanco covering all internal and external supply nodes. The role is integral to delivering Elanco’s mission of on time product innovation launch, product supply robustness and technical process-based productivity across our small molecule and biological based manufacturing platforms.


Your Responsibilities:

  • Reporting to the SVP of Quality/HSE/TSMS, this role is a member of Elanco’s Senior Manufacturing Global leadership team and will develop and implement a strategic vision for TSMS at Elanco.
  • Assure that appropriate process capability strategies are deployed at sites/external manufacturers to deliver manufacturing processes which are in control, capable, compliant and continuously improving, to assure on time supply, in alignment with Quality (FDA, Eudralex, USDA) and HSE Manufacturing Standards.
  • Grow the talent pipeline in the TSMS functions through aligning leadership on recruitment strategies, implementation of robust succession planning, and development of key talents within the TSMS networks. Partner with Operations leadership to assure that the appropriate technical capability is in place within the manufacturing networks.
  • Facilitate resolution of complex process capability related issues, through appropriate deployment of Central TSMS resources and oversight of investigations/remediation programs.
  • Assure appropriate management of complex technical agendas through appropriate selection, functioning and management of Global Post Launch Optimization Teams.
  • Partner with R&D to deliver on time launch of new product innovation.


What You Need to Succeed (minimum qualifications):

  • Education:  Bachelor’s degree in engineering, pharmaceutical sciences, or pharmacy
  • Required Experience:  15+ years’ experience in scientific/engineering related areas (including quality, tech services, engineering) in the life sciences industry.
  • Fluent in English
  • Experience with FDA/EU GMP regulatory requirements for process development/registration.


What will give you a competitive edge (preferred qualifications):

  • Master’s degree in a technical discipline (Engineering, Pharmaceutical Sciences, Pharmacy, Biotech Processing).
  • Strong understanding of Statistics and/or Six Sigma
  • Demonstrated technical abilities in multiple technology platforms
  • Demonstrated skills in creating alignment, fostering change, developing high performing teams and growing the next level of leaders
  • Demonstrated operational strategy problem solving experience identifying and understanding issues, problems, and opportunities
  • Deep understanding of the product development lifecycle including regulatory engagement over multiple product platforms
  • Track record of working with global teams to enable goal delivery.


Additional Information:

  • Ability to travel 30%, including international travel.
  • Global Headquarters in Greenfield, IN (Indianapolis) – Hybrid work environment. Moving to downtown Indianapolis in April 2025.
  • Excellent relocation package available


Don’t meet every single requirement? Studies have shown underrepresented groups are less likely to apply to jobs unless they meet every single qualification. At Elanco we are dedicated to building a diverse and inclusive work environment. If you think you might be a good fit for a role but don’t necessarily meet every requirement, we encourage you to apply. You may be the right candidate for this role or other roles!


Elanco Benefits and Perks:

We offer a comprehensive benefits package focusing on financial, physical, and mental well-being while encouraging our employees to pursue our purpose! Some highlights include:

  • Two weeklong shutdowns (mid-summer and year-end) in the US (in addition to 28 days of PTO)​
  • 8-week parental leave​
  • 9 Employee Resource Groups​
  • Annual bonus offering​
  • Flexible work arrangements​
  • Up to 6% 401K matching


Elanco 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