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Operator, Chemical I (Brantford)

September 29 2021
Industries Pharmaceutical, Biotechnology
Categories Chemistry, Operations (manufacturing, packaging), Production, Operations, Quality, Safety, Trades, Manual, Operator, Machinist
Brantford, ON

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 Chemical Operator is responsible for supporting the production process of our active pharmaceutical ingredient (API) facility through set-up, operation, monitoring and cleaning of heavy equipment, including reactors, filters, dryers, mills and production facilities, used to mix and handle ingredients. Operators also record information and observations relating to the mixing process, troubleshoot issues with equipment and assist in process improvement initiatives and the work plan development process and procedures

Job Responsibilities

  • Responsible for setting up, carrying out and monitoring processing steps as assigned by the Senior Operators or Shift Supervisor, ensuring quality work in a timely manner.
  • Works in compliance with all departmental and company Health and Safety policies, SOPs, cGMP procedures and other governmental regulations.
  • Accurately records data in a timely manner in production documents, under supervision
  • Reports injuries, accidents or damaged equipment.
  • Uses appropriate personal safety equipment and follows safety procedures.
  • Responsible for ensuring that the production facility is maintained in a neat and tidy manner in accordance with departmental policy.
  • In constant communication with the Senior Operators, Leadhand or Shift Supervisor, including reporting plant and equipment status, observations or problems.
  • Responsible for reviewing new or updated departmental SOPs and attending required training sessions.
  • “When assigned to work in a work centre different from the one they are assigned to, they must work in a support role, shadow an operator that is trained and knowledgeable in the procedures specific to that area. “
  • To arrive at work 15 minutes prior to shift and prepare for upcoming shift.
  • 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
    • Minimum high school diploma
    • College Diploma or CET (chemical engineering technician) certification is strongly preferred

Post-secondary degree in chemical engineering or chemistry is desirable

  • Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
    • Aptitude for mechanics.
    • Basic computer skills (ex. MS Office)
    • Strong verbal and written communication skills and good command of English language
    • Able to multi-task in fast-paced, physically demanding environment
    • A desire to work with team members to improve processes and product quality in a fast-paced, physically demanding environment.
    • Willingness to comply with safety and quality regulations, including wearing protective equipment.
    • Must meet physical requirements of the position, including walking, standing or sitting for extended periods, lifting heavy objects, climbing, crouching and operating tools and equipment.
    • Must be flexible and able to work continential (rotating days and nights) 12-hour shifts
    • Demonstrated continuous improvement mindset and knowledge of GMP requirements are assets
  • Experience
    • Prior experience working in an industrial, manufacturing environment (6 months minimum)

Process chemistry experience 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.

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