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(Archived) API Operations Manager – Elanco External Manufacturing (EEM) - Teleworker

Last Updated: 7/24/23

Job Description

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.

EEM-API is the hub for the management of Elanco external manufacturers of active pharmaceutical ingredients. The API Operations Manager plays a critical role in the support of the API portfolio and is responsible for the performance of contract manufacturers. The API Operations Manager has complete responsibility for all aspects of API manufacturing and supply. This includes executing appropriate governance for these CMs and suppliers, ensuring that appropriate levels of service and compliance are met.


Contract Management:

  • Responsible for working closely with functional leadership in the definition of contract terms and negotiation strategies.
  • Represent EEM-API by assisting procurement with the negotiation of new contract manufacturing contractual arrangements and renewals.
  • Provide on-going oversight for ensuring site compliance to contractual arrangements. Team member during due diligence and site selection.

Operations Management:

  • Responsible for monitoring and influencing all functional activities associated with product supply from the CMs; driving collaboration between functional areas (e.g. Planning/Scheduling, CMC, QC, QA TS/MS of finished products and R&D) to resolve issues and ensuring reliable product supply and product quality in a cost effective manner. Governance will include oversight of a balanced scorecard including but not limited to requirements of the Global Contract Manufacturing Standard’s (GCMS).
  • Responsible for change control management in compliance with Elanco quality system.

Team Leadership:

  • Indirect leadership with CM product teams. Indirect leadership of approximately 10 employees who support external manufacturing operations.

Relationship Governance:

  • Responsible for forming, facilitating and leading the appropriate governance structure in accordance with GCMS’s, including the establishment of steering teams, joint process teams, project teams, setting relationship goals and success indicators, driving continuous improvement activities and overall monitoring of performance.

Periodic Assessment:

  • Responsible for completing periodic reviews of CM relationships against set goals and objectives; recalibrating expectations as appropriate.
  • Conducting periodic risk assessments of CMs and communication of results to senior management.

Continuous Improvement:

  • Responsible for improving work practices, quality and reducing costs.

Projects/Business Ventures:

  • The role may be required to participate in CM selection and due diligence activities as required. These activities will be driven by global business development and the requirement for new product launches.


  • Responsible for the adherence to appropriate financial, quality, supply chain, HS, regulatory internal standards as well as internationally recognized standards at the external manufacturers.

Technical Transfers:

  • Responsible for supporting successful technical transfers either into or from contract manufacturers. Ensuring that supply remains undisrupted throughout any technical transfers or terminations.

Basic Qualifications:

  • Engineering or Science degree (B.S. or higher)
  • 5+ years experience in a cGMP or related environment
  • Strong skills in organic and analytical chemistry
  • Ability to influence others to obtain business results
  • Demonstrated learning agility
  • High communication skills
  • Excellent mentoring and coaching skills
  • Ability to prioritize multiple activities

Additional preferences:

  • Understanding VICH standards and post approval change guidelines applied in the manufacture of API’s
  • Previous successful supervisory experience
  • Proficiency with applications like SAP, TrackWise, etc.
  • Understanding of supply chain methodology – operational supply chain excellence concepts
  • Knowledge of Global Contract Manufacturing Standards

Other information:

  • Reports to: Senior Director– Elanco External Manufacturing of Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients
  • Direct reports: none
  • Travel: approximately 20 - 25%

Elanco currently anticipates that the base salary for this position could range from $111,100.00 to $166,600.00 depending partly on the successful candidate’s qualifications, including education and experience. Full-time equivalent employees also will be eligible for a company bonus (depending partly on company and individual performance). Additionally, Elanco offers a comprehensive benefit program to eligible employees that includes a company-matching 401(k); vacation benefits; eligibility for medical, dental, vision, and prescription drug benefits; flexible benefits (e.g., healthcare and/or dependent day care flexible spending accounts); life insurance and death benefits; certain time off and leave of absence benefits; and well-being benefits (e.g., employee assistance program, fitness benefits, and employee clubs and activities). Of course, the compensation is subject to change and could be higher or lower than the range described above. Elanco reserves the right to amend, modify, or terminate its compensation and benefit programs in its sole discretion, and Elanco’s compensation practices and guidelines will apply regarding the details of any promotion or transfer of Elanco employees.

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

Company Details

Greenfield, Indiana, United States
Elanco Animal Health Incorporated (NYSE: ELAN) is a global leader in animal health dedicated to innovating and delivering products and services to prevent and treat disease in farm animals and pets, creating value for farmers, pet owners, veterinarians, stakeholders, and society as a whole. With nearly 70 years of animal health heritage, we are committed to helping our customers improve the health...