Packaging Project Leader

Date: Apr 23, 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


The Packaging Project Leader will independently lead continuous process improvement initiatives to improve Packaging safety, quality, capacity, reliability, cost per 1000 dosages, customer service and regulatory compliance.  Represents Packaging on teams and forums where Packaging process and technical knowledge is required.  Acting as a leading member of a team, the Project Leader works with others in an attempt to improving quality, productivity and timeliness of the projects being managed, with the end goal being reduction or elimination of non-value-added activities or costs.

Job Responsibilities


  • Work closely with Packaging Technicians and the Packaging Technical team in analyzing Packaging processes and equipment in order to make continuous improvements focusing on Safety, Quality and Productivity.
  • Coordinate the installation and commissioning or Packaging equipment including completing equipment installation and operational qualifications (IQ/OQs) for new and existing equipment as required
  • Lead investigations for deviations in Packaging relating to equipment, process and product failures. Recognize critical path for investigations leading to timely identification of root cause, corrective and preventative actions.  Recommend solutions for improvements in Packaging processes, reliability and compliance to Packaging Operations, Engineering and Quality Assurance.  Review all investigation reports for completeness and accuracy prior to approval by Decision Making Committee.
  • Manage resources (including Coop students) to complete projects on schedule and create contingency plans to ensure minimal Packaging impact.
  • Identify and coordinate technical Packaging training requirements for equipment
  • Liaise regularly with Packaging Operations, Engineering, Quality Assurance and SHE groups to coordinate project activities, to provide technical advice, leadership and updates on project status and to implement initiatives in meeting business needs.
  • Generate maintenance and operational Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) as required.
  • Act as a coach for one or more Packaging technicians, providing strong leadership by motivating team members and fostering an environment of personal development, involvement and participation.
  • Ensure that all work is performed in full compliance with Current Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMPs), SOPs and in accordance with established Safety Standards.

Job Requirements


  • Post-secondary degree in Engineering.
  • 1-2 years managing projects in a manufacturing environment.
  • Leadership ability particularly in the areas of achieving outcomes through others, developing and maintaining positive working relationships, clarifying expectations and seeking understanding, and taking ownership and accountability for own performance.
  • Ability to work within a team environment (as part of a team) as demonstrated through previous work experience.
  • Ability to manage multiple priorities in a fast-paced environment.
  • Excellent written and spoken English communication skills.

COVID-19 Update


We have adapted our recruitment strategy to ensure our staff and applicants are safe by conducting our interviews and onboarding online.

Other measures Apotex has put into place include (but are not limited to):

  • staggering employee shifts to reduce the size of work groups
  • modifying our cafeteria space to enhance social distancing, the implementation of additional cleaning and sanitization routines
  • robust self-assessment and screening tools
  • non-surgical masks for employees working in GMP areas
  • travel restrictions
  • work-from-home policy for all employees who can perform their roles remotely
  • strict visitor screening protocol

It is important to note that while these are our protocols at this time, they are subject to change based on guidelines and regulations put in place by local and global government agencies.

For up-to-date information about Apotex’s ongoing efforts in response to COVID-19, visit: https://www1.apotex.com/global/covid-19-update or follow us on LinkedIn and Twitter



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.