Packaging Development Scientific Leader

Date: Jan 5, 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 Packaging Development Scientific Leader is responsible for all the activities leading to the development of primary and secondary packaging components for a large variety of Pharmaceutical dosage forms including Oral liquids, Nasal, Ophthalmic and Inhalations products. The Packaging Development Manager also provides technical supports and solutions for issues related with packaging for commercial products.

Job Responsibilities


  • Develop and design packaging for liquid dosage products.
  • Evaluate primary packaging components for all new and existing products under liquid dosage portfolio.
  • Provide justification and select the most suitable primary packaging for new products based on the packaging evaluation data and consideration of other associated factors.
  • Work with related departments to develop secondary packaging for new products.
  • Liaise with packaging vendors to resolve any technical issues and ensure the project timeline on track.
  • Design and execute the primary and secondary packaging studies.
  • Verify the primary package capacities such as minimum fill and headspace.
  • Conduct technical communications with package vendors such as review and approval of the drawings.
  • Develop the process parameters and physical specifications for new primary and secondary packaging components.
  • Ensure label and primary packaging information are accurate for NPD products in Technical Transfer Template(TTT).
  • Provide packaging information to Regulatory Affairs Department for submissions and answer related deficiency questions from various agencies.
  • Work closely with QA and cross-functional teams in addressing customer complaints related to the packaging materials. 
  • Assess commercial line feasibility for new primary packaging.
  • Support Production Engineering and Validation Departments for packaging line trials, commissioning studies and PQ’s on commercial equipment.
  • Create and maintain test methods and SOPs relating to primary packaging development.
  • Coordinate packaging change communications with Marketing, Operations, Validation, QA and RA departments.
  • Provide Technical trainings and is responsible for packaging testing and evaluation reports.
  • Liaise with graphic group for post approved drug product label changes.
  • Participate and lead performance conversations with employees, including monthly one on ones, to connect on performance; check in on employee’s progress toward achieving Objectives, offer support and remove barriers; and, communicate and revisit performance expectations to reinforce and encourage high performance culture and a safe working environment for all employees.
  • Utilize open, honest, two-way communication to build trust-based relationships with employees, business partners and direct leader while continuously improving leadership capabilities by personally seeking feedback and development.
  • Create a culture which values trust and provides the opportunity for Employee development and growth in pursuit of our purpose and demonstrating our core Values – Collaboration, Courage, Perseverance and Passion.
  • Utilize your networks to attract and hire talent in a comprehensive, differentiated and consistent manner essential to our continued growth; then, onboard new employees by providing a consistent experience that reflects the values and commitments made to candidates during the hiring process.
  • Ensure adherence of team members (direct reports) with all compliance programs and company policies and procedures.
  • All other duties as assigned.

Job Requirements


  • University degree in Pharmaceutical Technology, Mechanical/Chemical Engineering or related science.
  • Experience developing and designing packaging for liquid dosage is required for this role.
  • Experience with packaging components such as Nasal, Ophthalmic, Oral Liquids and Inhalations, in a research and development environment.
  • Experience in the pharmaceutical, food or cosmetic industry is highly preferred. 
  • Knowledge of packaging tests.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills.
  • Excellent organization and report writing skills.
  • Well-developed interpersonal and team skills.
  • Experience leading multiple cross functional projects.  
  • Knowledge of GMP, GLP, Safety, FDA, TPD, Medical devices and Combination products guidelines would be an asset. 

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.