Manufacturing Automation SME - 18 months Contract

Date: Jan 14, 2022

Location: Richmond Hill, ON, CA, L4C 5H2

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


This position is responsible for supporting the design, configuration, testing and delivery of Manufacturing execution system (MES) to the Manufacturing Teams across the site. Creating a highly collaborative environment, the Manufacturing Automation SME will play a key role in leveraging the new capabilities of MES on behalf of the Manufacturing function, by identifying improvement opportunities, generating ideas, and implementing solutions to improve key processes.


**Please note, this is 18-months contract, eligible for benefits**

Job Responsibilities


  • Providing Subject Matter expertise around the manufacturing operations, material flow and business process, along with knowledge on the current automation maturity.
  • Responsible for equipment upgrades, connection, and integration.
  • Core MES Design, Configuration, Verification & Validation.
  • Connect Suite Equipment Controllers.
  • Setup Core MES Configuration Management.
  • Develop Site Deployment Plan Template.
  • Design Process Models.
  • MES Go Live Support.
  • Re-assess the volume of SOP Updates.
  • Manage Change Control.
  • Integration Platform (connect MES to external apps).
  • Application Integration.
  • Acts as a change agent, to identify and drive the business changes. Reviews and provides feedback to Change Management team on communication efforts, change plans, job role definitions, training materials.
  • Uses knowledge in functional area to understand and improve individual, work group, and/or organizational results. Leverages industry best practices applicable to the work function
  • Identifies improvement opportunities, generates ideas, and implements solutions. Fosters a continuous improvement mindset to streamline and harmonize functional processes and systems.
  • Sets goals, prioritizes tasks, and monitors progress toward goals.
  • Effectively collaborates and influences to gain acceptance of ideas and commitment to actions that support specific project outcomes. Communicates effectively to diverse stakeholders of all levels of the organization.
  • Responds quickly and effectively to rapid, frequent, and unforeseen change. Approaches challenges with effective problem-solving abilities.
  • Creates an open, engaged environment where everyone has clarity on the path forward and understands how they contribute to business results.
  • 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


  • University degree, or commensurate experience; Degrees in Engineering or Applied science, Biotechnology, Mechatronics, robotics and Automation would be an asset. 
  • Minimum 5 years of experience in the Pharmaceutical industry.
  • Minimum 3 years of experience in managing or leading projects.
  • Experience with Automation and PLC is required for this role; knowledge and experience with Internet of Things (IOT), Digitalization or Smart Factory would be an asset.
  • Strong functional or operational background and extensive knowledge of Manufacturing.
  • Conceptual knowledge and understanding of ERP systems.
  • Proven ability to analyze, identify, plan, and implement operational efficiencies by streamlining and harmonizing functional processes and systems.
  • Solid business acumen with a continuous improvement mindset, challenging the status quo, identifying improvement opportunities, generating ideas, and implementing solutions.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills; communicates effectively to diverse stakeholders of all levels of the organization.
  • Solid planning, project management and organizational skills.
  • Excellent attention to detail.
  • Excellent knowledge of Excel, Word, other Microsoft Office Programs and SAP.

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.