Project Leader, Reliability

Date: Jan 15, 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

The Reliability Project Leader is responsible for the continuous improvement of the production and building services equipment. This role monitors equipment downtime and develops appropriate countermeasures to eliminate avoidable failures and maximize asset life cycles.

This role is the process owner for conducting Failure Modes and Effects Analyses (FMEA) on new and existing assets as well as performing and documenting formal Root Cause Failure Analyses (RCFA) on significant consequential failures.

Responsible to ensure that maintenance protocols (including tasks, parts, frequencies, special skills or tools) are in compliance with cGMP and foster maximum reliability at minimum total cost.

Job Responsibilities

  • Establish and drive reliability engineering principles and best work practices.
  • Develop maintenance strategies and life plans for equipment.
  • Establish equipment performance expectations and measure overall equipment performance.
  • Direct and oversee major overhauls and repairs to critical equipment.
  • Troubleshoot equipment problems and conduct root cause failure analysis investigations on failed equipment.
  • Develop action plans to eliminate repeat failures, and implement corrective actions.
  • Work with Production to identify key areas for reliability improvements, develop action plan, and work to implement action plan.
  • Provide technical support to technicians on repairs, troubleshooting problems, and equipment installation issues.
  • Provide technical support to the Engineering Department on the selection of equipment based on reliability improvements and industry best practices.
  • Work closely with the Quality Department to ensure all maintenance activities are properly executed and approved.
  • 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/diploma in mechanical or electro-mechanical discipline, or millwright or machinist with equivalent related work experience.
    • Training in Reliability Engineering Principles and Practices preferred.
  • Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
    • Demonstrated leadership skills in a staff position including influencing others, managing diversity, setting goals and objectives and measuring performance.
    • Experience with CMMS systems essential, SAP is preferred.
    • Strong data analysis skills.
    • Ability to work within a team environment in a facilitator role.
    • Strong organizational and communications skills are essential.
    • Demonstrated problem solving and decision-making abilities.
    • Working experience of Word, Excel and Outlook.
    • Excellent communication skills and interpersonal skills required.
    • Demonstrate a continuous improvement mindset.
  • Experience
    • 4 – 8 years related experience preferably in a pharmaceutical (or similarly regulated) Industry.

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.