Production Project Leader

Date: Jun 16, 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:

Job Summary


The Production Project Leader is responsible for initiatives to improve production safety, quality, capacity, reliability, cost, customer serviceand regulatory compliance in the Production department.  Acting as a leading member of a team, the Project Leader works with others in Production in an attempt to reduce or eliminate non-value added activities or costs, while maintaining or improving quality, productivity and timeliness of the projects being managed.

Job Responsibilities


  • Work closely with Production Technicians and the Production Technical team to understand and analyze production processes and equipment in order to make continuous improvements focusing on Safety, Quality and Productivity.
  • Manage resources to complete projects on schedule and create contingency plans to ensure minimal production impact.
  • Liaise regularly with Production Operations, Engineering, and Quality Assurance, and SHE group to coordinate project activities, to provide technical advice, leadership and updates on project status, to implement initiatives in meeting business needs.
  • Following Change Control requirement, coordinate the installation and commissioning or production equipment including completing equipment installation and operational qualifications (IQ/OQs) for new and existing equipment as required.
  • Seek out issues and recommend solutions for improvements in production processes, reliability and compliance to Production Operations, Engineering and Quality Assurance.
  • Coordinate the activities of team members, outside consultants/vendors and contractors in the execution of projects, ensuring technical and regulatory compliance standards. Under supervision, ensure cost and schedule parameters are continuously monitored.
  • Generate maintenance and operational Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) as required
  • Performs all work in compliance with our Code of Conduct and Business Ethics, and related policies and with the legal and regulatory requirements that apply to our job activities;
  • Works as a member of a team to achieve all outcomes;
  • Operates in accordance with our Code of Conduct and Business Ethics, and all established regulatory, compliance and safety requirements;
  • Performs all work in support of our Values: Collaboration, Courage, Perseverance, and Passion and
  • 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.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
  • Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
    • 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
    • Proven customer service skills
    • Proven strong organizational, time management, and project management skills. Demonstrated experience in coordinating project activities
    • Excellent written and spoken English communication skills
  • Experience
    • Experience in pharmaceutical, food or other chemical processing industry, ideally with exposure to compounding, filling/packaging and cleaning/sterilization processes for liquid dose products is preferred.


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.