As a leading global animal health company, Elanco delivers innovative products and services to improve the health of pets and farm animals around the world because we believe making animals’ lives better, makes life better. Since 1954, we have provided solutions that support veterinarians, farmers and pet owners to advance our vision of Food and Companionship Enriching Life. Elanco’s promise to employees: Together, we foster an inclusive culture where everyone can make a difference, encouraging ownership, growth and well-being.

This role is based at the Elanco Animal Health Clinton Manufacturing Site, Elanco’s largest US manufacturing center.  You will have the opportunity to work in a dynamic and complex manufacturing environment, partnering with cross-functional teams to deliver innovative automation solutions focused on safety, reliability, quality, operability, throughput, and cost.

The Automation Engineer is responsible for delivery, support, and optimization of automation systems at Clinton.   In this role, you will play a key role in day-to-day process support and delivery of area projects with a focus on safety, compliance, and continuous improvement.


Technical Execution

  • Provide comprehensive and timely control system support for business area operations, including troubleshooting, issue resolution, corrective actions, and change management activities.
  • Recommend and implement process improvements using automation solutions.
  • Use knowledge and experience to optimize control strategies.
  • Serve as key resource for a business area and control system, as assigned.
  • Influence decisions on control system selection, design, validation, and strategy.
  • Demonstrate comprehensive understanding of computer system validation principles.

Project and Financial Management

  • Influence planning, execution, and delivery of projects that require automation resources.
  • Coordinate efforts of site resources, contract resources, and project teams to facilitate small to medium scale project delivery.
  • Manage budget, process schedules, and financial impact and interact with business to minimize downtime and mitigate risks to project delivery.
  • Communicate issues and drive issue resolution.
  • Facilitate project development meetings to ensure all areas of the business requirements and objectives are being addressed.

Influence/Business Engagement

  • Identify customer requirements and develop solutions to meet the business needs.
  • Understand, deliver, and document business value to customers.
  • Improve productivity through effective application and replication of successful automation and control solutions.
  • Establish key relationships internal/external to the business area.
  • Identify customer requirements and develop solutions to meet the business needs.
  • Partner with Computer System Quality to ensure validation compliance.
  • Increase site utilization of Automation systems, data and tools by training, mentoring, and coaching peers.

Basic Minimum Qualifications

  • BS Engineering (or equivalent – Majors in: Controls and Computer Control Systems, Automation Engineering, etc.)
  • DeltaV DCS programming experience required
  • Additional programming experience preferred (PLCs, HMIs, vision systems, etc.)
  • Excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills.
  • Ability to prioritize multiple activities.
  • Proven organization and time management skills.
  • Strong project management/delivery skills including ability to resolve or escalate issues.
  • Preferred experience working in a regulated manufacturing environment.
  • Ability to work independently.
  • Ability to lead team and work with external resources.
  • Provide backup 24 hour support, as the business requires.

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