Operational Excellence Project Leader

Date: Feb 27, 2023

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


Responsible for driving change through the identification and quantification of continuous improvement opportunities. Engaging management and employees in analysis and improvement of identified areas critical to the business and external customers. Ensuring project execution through personal accountability, team facilitation and commitment to transform organizational culture, deliver business results and drive for sustainability. 

Job Responsibilities


  • Collaborating with business leaders, key customers, suppliers and employees in the identification, prioritization, selection and execution of a portfolio of LEAN projects through the introduction and application of the DMAIC methodology to deliver business results, delight customers, transform organizational culture and achieve Apotex core strategic plan objectives.
  • Using the LEAN tools and methodology, work as a change agent to drive and facilitate positive change - continuous improvement - in support of the accomplishment of Apotex core strategic plan objectives.
  • Lead, facilitate and/or support the development of project design, justification, scope, specifications and cost estimates in collaboration with process owners and other key stakeholders.
  • Working in partnership with teams of highly experienced individual contributors to execute and deliver project results by leveraging expertise in mentoring, relationship building, envisioning meaningful change, strategic thinking and team building.
  • Developing relationships with stakeholders to become a trusted advisor and strategic partner.
  • Demonstrating leadership through coaching and mentoring teams of employees in the practical understanding and application of LEAN tools to lead improvement initiatives.
  • Under the direction and guidance of the Associate Director, Operational Excellence, facilitate and deliver training in the use of LEAN tools to expand knowledge and understanding and to further enhance the continuous improvement efforts throughout the Site.
  • 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


  • Post-secondary degree in Engineering or Sciences
  • Experience in the pharma, food or cosmetics industry
  • Minimum 3-5 years of business experience, demonstrating leadership by achieving outcomes through others, developing and maintaining positive working relationships, clarifying expectations and seeking understanding, and taking ownership and accountability for own performance
  • Project management experience in a manufacturing environment
  • Strong presentation skills to facilitate communication of LEAN initiatives in various forums - small group presentations, large employee meetings and briefings with senior leadership
  • Proven strong organizational, time management, and project management skills. Demonstrated experience in coordinating project activities
  • Experience with leading and facilitating team events
  • Strong organizational, interpersonal and communication skills - excellent command of the English language, both written and verbal
  • Ability to be a self-starter, work independently and manage multiple priorities in a fast-paced and changing environment
  • Ability to challenge the status quo in an effort to drive systemic change and improvements
  • Working knowledge of GMP
  • Proficiency with Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Project Management .

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.