Project Leader, Production Engineering

Date: Apr 8, 2021

Location: Brantford, ON, CA, N3T 6B8

Company: Apotex


About Apotex Inc.

Apotex Inc. is a proudly Canadian, global pharmaceutical company that produces high-quality, affordable medicines for patients around the world. Apotex employs almost 8,000 people worldwide in manufacturing, R&D, and commercial operations.  Apotex Inc. exports to more than 100 countries and territories and operates in more than 45 countries, with a significant presence in Canada, the US, Mexico, and India. Through vertical integration, Apotex is comprised of multiple divisions and affiliates including Apotex Inc., focused on generics; Apobiologix, a division of Apotex Inc. focused on biosimilar development; Aveva, an affiliate of Apotex Inc. fully integrated global developer and manufacturer of complete transdermal solutions; Apotex Consumer Products, a division of Apotex Inc. focused on brand name products; and Global Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients (GAPI), a division of Apotex Inc. focused on the manufacturing of active pharmaceutical ingredients (API) for Apotex and third parties. For more information visit: www.apotex.com.


Job Summary

Production Engineer is a dedicated professional committed to continuous improvement, creating the environment for the success of Production group. As a part of the Production department, this role supports projects relating to the effective manufacturing of Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients (API) in the Brantford facility.

Reporting directly to the Senior Production Manager, the Production Engineer will be responsible for providing support to operational teams and acting as a resource with specialized knowledge pertaining to equipment and operating technologies at the site. In this role will support, simplify and streamline activities of the Production Department as well a variety of project deliverables.  

Job Responsibilities

  • Lead projects in production plants, focusing on standardization and improvement of unit operations leading to consistent production execution times.
  • Manage the full project life cycle, including developing project design concepts, scope and user specifications, preparing cost estimates and feasibility studies and seeing the project to final completion, as required
  • Allocate resources to complete projects on schedule and create contingency plans to ensure minimal production impact.
  • Develop clear and simple justifications and project summaries to clearly define the problem, root cause and proposed solution. Must be comfortable presenting to upper management.
  • Possess an in-depth understanding of equipment enabling you to be a subject matter expert for the purpose of investigations, audits, training, or otherwise as required.
  • Works with Engineering department to get all necessary permits and certifications, complete technical review of engineering specifications and test plans and work with individual Start-Up Teams to ensure all the appropriate commissioning, qualification and training plans are in place
  • Provide support to Production team on process knowledge with Safety and GMP disciplines to ensure Production execution as planned
  • Designate on behalf of Production team to review equipment change control, equipment qualification documentation, SOP updates, and overall GMP compliance
  • Works closely with production operators, process and engineering designates to establish and update periodically user requirements for all GMP production equipment.
  • Designate on behalf of the Production team to investigate safety related events and hazard recognition submissions together with other department designates in the shortest possible time. Completes/reviews reports, submits proposals for elimination of hazards.
  • Act as a leader within the department representing the interests of Apotex Pharmachem.
  • Works in a safe manner collaborating as a team member to achieve all outcomes.
  • Demonstrate Behaviours that exhibit our organizational Values: Collaboration, Courage, Perseverance, and Passion.
  • Ensure personal adherence with all compliance programs including the Global Business Ethics and Compliance Program, Global Quality policies and procedures, Safety and Environment policies, and HR policies.
  • All other relevant duties as assigned.


Job Requirements

  • Education
    • B.Sc in Chemical Engineering
    • Certified P.Eng designation is an asset
  • Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
    • Previous leadership experience, or ability to influence others to accomplish organizational objective
    • Excellent oral and written communication skills
    • Working knowledge of safety, code regulations and GMP requirements.
    • Thorough knowledge of production equipment, process unit operations and industrial facility systems
    • Sound technical, hands-on process knowledge and expertise in the Chemical/ Pharmaceutical industry
    • Knowledge in chemical plant safety including process chemistry and operational safety
    • Excellent critical thinking skills for decision making with systematic approach
    • Knowledge of operations streamlining processes: kaizen, six sigma.
    • Previous exposure to managing projects is preferred
    • Hands-on knowledge of design utilizing AutoCAD, Microsoft Office, Delta V and Visio is preferred
  • Experience
    • 5 years’ experience in a chemical industrial environment, preferably with a pharmaceutical, food or cosmetics background
    • 3 years’ experience in an engineering role




At Apotex, we are committed to fostering an inclusive, accessible work environment, where all employees feel valued, respected and supported.
Apotex offers accommodation for applicants with disabilities as part of its recruitment process. If you are contacted to arrange for an interview or testing, please advise us if you require an accommodation.