Project Leader, Production

April 8 2021
Categories Engineering, Manufacturing, Production and planning management, Production, Operations, Quality, Safety, Project management, Project Management, Business Analysis
North York, 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:

Job Summary

The Production Project Leader is responsible for initiatives to improve production safety, quality, capacity, reliability, cost per 1000 dosages, customer service and regulatory compliance in the Production department. Acting as a leading member of a team, the Project Leader works with others in Solid Dose 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
  • Ensure that all work is performed in full compliance with Current Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMPs), SOPs and in accordance with established Safety Standards
  • Perform additional related duties as assigned

Job Requirements

  • 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
  • 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

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.

We have adapted our recruitment strategy to ensure our staff and applicants are safe by conducting our interviews and onboarding online.

Other measures Apotex has put into place include (but are not limited to):

• staggering employee shifts to reduce the size of work groups

• modifying our cafeteria space to enhance social distancing, the implementation of additional cleaning and sanitization routines

• robust self-assessment and screening tools

• non-surgical masks for employees working in GMP areas

• travel restrictions

• work-from-home policy for all employees who can perform their roles remotely

• strict visitor screening protocol

It is important to note that while these are our protocols at this time, they are subject to change based on guidelines and regulations put in place by local and global government agencies.

For up-to-date information about Apotex’s ongoing efforts in response to COVID-19, visit: or follow us on LinkedIn and Twitter

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