Operational Excellence (OpEx) Associate Director

Date: Sep 19, 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: www.apotex.com.

Job Summary


Responsible for driving change by championing, enabling, identifying, and quantifying continuous improvement opportunities where LEAN, Six Sigma, and other tools can be applied to successfully transform organizational culture and deliver business results. Systematically increase Site productivity and actively participate as a member of the Site Leadership Team.



Job Responsibilities


  • In collaboration with the SLT, the Global Dir, Mfg Excellence, key customers, and employees, drive change by championing the identification, prioritization, execution, and evaluation of complex LEAN/CI projects designed to deliver significant business results,  transform culture, and achieve Apotex core strategic plan objectives.
  • Manage, mentor, coach, support and lead a Team of OpEx Project Leaders/managers in the application of LEAN/Continuous Improvement methodologies
  • Drive waste reduction and systematically increase productivity through LEAN/Continuous Improvement initiatives.
  • Develop relationships with key stakeholders to become a trusted advisor and strategic partner in the identification and execution of LEAN/Continuous Improvement initiatives. Effectively communicate and drive change to support the development of and the transformation to a LEAN culture.
  • In collaboration with other Site OpEx Leaders and the Global Dir, Mfg Excellence, manage the development and delivery of LEAN methodology training & certifications for LEAN Leaders and LEAN project participants to expand knowledge, understanding and capabilities
  • Lead the identification and selection of new OpEx Leaders from across the Site.
  • Remain current with changes and advancements in LEAN/ Continuous Improvement methodologies and recommend their introduction where appropriate to the Apotex environment.
  • Participate and lead performance conversations with direct employees and encourage high performance culture and a safe working environment for all employees.
  • Demonstrate our core Values – Collaboration, Courage, Perseverance and Passion.
  • Utilize your networks to attract and hire talent and onboard new employees
  • Ensure adherence of team members (direct reports) with all compliance programs and company policies and procedures.
  • All other duties as assigned.

Job Requirements


  • Education
    • Post-secondary degree in Engineering, Sciences, and/or other relevant degree and significant project management and operations experience in a manufacturing/packaging environment.
    • LEAN Black Belt/ LEAN Six Sigma Black Belt qualification a definite asset and/or training and qualification in other Continuous Improvement methodologies.
  • Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
    • Strong presentation skills to facilitate large employee meetings and briefings with senior leadership.
    • Proven strong organizational, and project management skills.
    • Strong interpersonal and communication skills - excellent in English language, both written and verbal.
    • A self-starter, work independently and manage multiple priorities in a fast-paced and changing environment.
    • Working knowledge of GMP.
    • Proficiency with Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Project Management.
  • Experience
    • 10 – 15 years’ of progressive business experience, successfully leading multiple LEAN/Continuous Improvement projects and demonstrating leadership
    • Experience in leading and facilitating team events.


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.