Buyer, Procurement - ROW

Date: Jun 18, 2022

Location: North York, ON, CA, M9L 1T9

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:

Job Summary


This position is responsible to ensure an uninterrupted supply of materials or services to meet internal and external customer requirements, in accordance with Global Quality policies. This role is responsible for managing the day-to-day supplier issues and relationships from an operational and tactical perspective.  This is demonstrated through ownership and personal accountability for overall performance of assigned categories.

Job Responsibilities


  • Primarily manage the end to end process for the procurement of API, Excipients, capsules and key starting materials for new sourcing projects and alternate sourcing for commercial projects with internal stakeholders, external partners e ROW suppliers etc.
  • Identify and suggest suitable, long term development and supply partners by considering the requirements of the different target markets in terms of pricing, quality related matters, delivery performance and regulatory issues
  • Responsible to ensure that all purchases meet or exceed quality requirements. Work closely with Apotex internal teams and Suppliers in the prompt resolution.
  • Monitor and report supplier performance issues including on-time delivery and quality and escalate any unresolved issues or concerns to the supervisor or manager.
  • Prepare and maintain reports as required to support the procurement function, operations, and key performance metrics.
  • Reconcile and resolve any supplier invoicing issues in conjunction with Apotex Accounts Payable.
  • Participate in the supplier qualification process and managing existing supplier base.
  • Constantly driving negotiations and discussions with suppliers in order to achieve the savings as per predefined targets. Negotiate API, Excipient and Capsules prices. Manage relevant communication with suppliers. Identifying stretch saving opportunities.
  • Market and Business intelligence - provide supporting information to Global Sourcing and Procurement units/ hubs
  • Maintain and establish internal working procedures with other divisions and interfaces
  • Initiate agreements, CDA's, review and approval process according to guidelines.
  • Cooperate with business, stakeholders, R&D, SCM and other internal relevant functions to ensure proper hand over of projects between the R&D and commercial, new launches, tech transfers functions in order to ensure right coordination and alignment between the teams and implementation of strategy
  • Train/provide guidance to the more junior team members.
  • Participate in and be able to lead and influence meetings. Provides recommendations and alternatives required to influence the decision making process.
  • Work with other parts of the business to gain an understanding of operational requirements. This role leverages cross functional relationships to achieve alignment between material/service requirements and business needs.
  • Communicates effectively across functions and with different levels of the business.
  • 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 duties as assigned.


Job Requirements


  • Graduate/ Postgraduate/ Ph.D. in Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Pharmaceutical
  • Experience in the chemical or pharmaceutical industry is required for this role
  • Ideally 3-5 years of experience in API Sourcing and Procurement in Pharma industry
  • Independent, but a team player. Should have leadership skills. Strong interpersonal, effective communication and negotiation skills.
  • Working knowledge of SAP
  • Multi-tasking with sense of speed. Organized, with attention to details. Change adaptability and service oriented; ability to work independently and manage priorities.
  • Must possess the ability to provide solutions to a variety of problems of moderate scope and complexity

COVID-19 VACCINATION POLICY: In accordance with Apotex Inc. (“Apotex”) policy, as of November 15, 2021, all individuals entering a Canadian site (including but not limited to employees, visitors, contractors and agency workers) must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 in accordance with the current government requirements.  Further, all employees must maintain all future booster vaccines as approved and recommended by Health Canada.  Accommodation from these requirements for reasons pursuant to the Ontario Human Rights Code, or any other applicable law (most commonly for medical and/or religious reasons) will be reviewed and considered by Apotex.


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.