Project Leader, Packaging

Date: Jan 15, 2022

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.
  • Manage resources (including Production Quality Support technicians and Coop students) to complete projects/tasks on schedule and create contingency plans to ensure minimal Packaging impact.
  • 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.
  • Lead investigations for deviations and customer complaints 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 as required.
  • In cooperation with the other Apotex project leadership team members, ensure that all systems are in place to ensure due diligence in design and construction procurement/execution and project cost and schedule controls as required.
  • Generate maintenance and operational Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) as required.
  • Gather data and prepare assessment to assist Quality Assurance in clarifying area compliance issues 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.
  • Act as a specialized manufacturing resource (Subject Matter Expert (SME)) to management in the resolution of complex issues.
  • Ensure that all work is performed in full compliance with Current Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMPs), SOPs and in accordance with established Safety Standards
  • Coordinate the installation and commissioning or Packaging equipment including completing equipment installation and operational qualifications (IQ/OQs) for new and existing equipment as required
  • Identify and coordinate technical Packaging training requirements for equipment and process.
  • 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

  • Education
    • Post-secondary degree in Engineering, Sciences or a related technical field preferred  or equivalent combination of College diploma and project management experience in a manufacturing environment
  • Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
    • 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
  • Experience
    • 3-5 years demonstrated leadership experience 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

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.