Associate Director, Enterprise Metadata Management Lead

Date: Feb 15, 2021

Location: North York, ON, CA, M9L 2Y6

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

As a member of the Data Office, the role of the Metadata Lead is to facilitate discovery and understanding of relevant information such as Business,Technical and Operational metadata.The Metadata Management (MM) Lead is is reponsible for correctly defining and maintaining business, technical and operational metadata within an organization, ensuring that metadata is properly created, stored and maintained so that inconsistencies and redundancies are minimized. The key activities of the MM Lead include Managing & publishing data definitions in Apotex’s Business Glossary, Maintaining data classifications, Maintaining data archival/retention guidelines (i.e. lifecycle management), and Maintaining Apotex’s data inventory.

The Metadata Mangement Lead leads or participates as a senior representative on cross-functional business project teams, representing the Enterprise MM function.
In conjunction with business leaders, develops, makes authoritative recommendations around, and ensures the implementation of, consistent and harmonized policies, procedures and professional standards of performance for the Enterprise Metadata Mangment program.

Job Responsibilities

•Understand Apotex business practices and work closely with Domain Owners, Data Stewards and data related functions to implement all Metadata Mangment related processes and changes.
•Works closely with business leads, SME’s, Executives , Data Office working group and Data Governance (DG) Steering Committee to align with Data Strategy and implement strategic decisions and Operation plans.
•Responsible for all aspects of Metadata Management competency.; definition of competencies  and training of Data stewards
•Establishes metadata artifact templates and standards.
•Prepares metadata management policy.
•Defines metadata management processes.
•Ensures compliance to metadata management policy and processes.
•Primary point of coordination for metadata integration with business systems analysts and application development teams. 
•Responsible for providing technical oversight for metadata management efforts, including standards management process. 
•Primary focal point for all metadata entry and downloads.
•Primary Focal point for Metadata Repository design.
•Primary business user focal point for Metadata Repository issues.
•Coordinates all Metadata Repository development efforts.
•Responsible for Metadata Repository technical support problem resolution.
•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

oBachelor’s degree or higher in Business or Technology
•Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
oStrong business understanding of  data & metadata
oFamiliar with Metadata Management methodologies and practices
oIndirectly managing or mentoring small to large teams
oWorking with business resources to develop business processes
oWorking knowledge in practices and technology in areas such as Business Intelligence, data models, business glossary, and master data domain management
oStrong analytical skills
oExcellent oral, written and interpersonal communication skills
oAbility to present in front of senior management, and both small and large audiences
oAbility to resolve conflicts and build consensus
o10+ years of experience in Data Management and/or Metadata Management
oBackground & experience working with data taxonomies & ontologies
oExperience with Data Warehouse and Business Intelligence solutions



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.