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Production Supervisor


This is a Contract position in Etobicoke, ON posted May 13, 2022.


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 Supervisor, Production Operations is responsible for all aspects of a specific business unit within a Solid Dose Production facility, including ensuring that all work is performed in compliance with Safe Work Practices, cGMP, Standard Operating Procedures, and company policies. As part of the Production leadership team, the main focus is responsibility for day-to-day performance and results, developing systems and measurements to evaluate area performance and employee individual performance and contribution and lead initiatives (e.g. reliability) to facilitate improved productivity.


** Rotating shifts required**

Job Responsibilities


  • Performs all work in support of our Corporate Values of Pride, Accountability, Integrity and Diligence; Demonstrates strong and visible support of our values.
  • Works as a member of a team to achieve all outcomes.
  • Provide results oriented leadership that drives continuous improvement consistent with the Operations Strategic Plan and the Production Game Plan.
  • Co-ordinate, assign and supervise all production activities and outcomes for area of responsibility to ensure production schedule/agreed upon goals and objectives are met.
  • Recruit, train, develop and manage effectively the ongoing performance of all direct reports, which includes, but is not limited to:
    • Ensuring their Job Descriptions are reviewed, signed and sent to Employee Services, annually,
    • Reviewing and updating employee development plans, ensuring that all employees are properly trained and qualified to execute their duties,
    • Providing coaching, feedback and recognition,
  • Responsible to ensure compliance of team members (direct reports) with Safety and Employment policies (e.g., Respect in the Workplace – Prevention of Violence and/or Harassment).
  • Develop systems and metrics to measure and evaluate both productivity and individual performance and contribution on an on-going basis.
  • Use systems and metrics to guide the initiation and execution of safety, quality, productivity and continuous improvement initiatives in support of the Operations Strategic Plan and Production Game Plan.
  • Provide strong leadership to the team that fosters personal development, interaction and participation.
  • Provide leadership as a member of the Production leadership team, building and maintaining positive relationships with the key business partners within and outside of Production (e.g. Production Maintenance, other Production departments (Compounding, Dosing, Coating, etc), Logistics, QA, Validation, Formulations, Human Resources, etc.)
  • Ensure department is professional and performs all work in accordance with all established regulatory, compliance and safety requirements. Initiate investigations and provide or implement preventive/corrective action for all safety and compliance non-conformances.
  • Responsible and accountable for supervising the team in accordance with Ontario Occupation Health and Safety Act, Apotex Inc Health and Safety policies and Safe Work procedures (SWPs).
  • Provide recommendations to the next level of management regarding procedural and organizational changes.
  • Evaluate the individual performance and contribution of all direct reports on an on-going basis and establish developmental plans in conjunction with individuals where required.  Ensure employees participate/receive all relevant training within required timeframes.
  • Responsible for the resolution of all employee issues within the department with the involvement of the next level of management and human resources as required.
  • Ensures their team is aligned to all departmental and corporate strategic initiatives.
  • Acts as a specialized manufacturing resource to senior management to support resolution of complex issues.
  • Represent the interests of Production Operations in the absence of the department manager.
  • All other duties as assigned

Job Requirements


  • Post-secondary degree, diploma or certificate  from a university, college or technical institute in a science related to the work being carried out
  • Three to five years supervisory experience preferred
  • Demonstrated leadership experience particularly in the areas of approachability, dealing with direct reports, managing diversity, setting goals and objectives and measuring performance
  • Computer literacy with Microsoft Office programs and exposure to SAP or other ERPs
  • Demonstrated ability to handle multiple priorities in a fast paced environment.
  • Ability to work within a team environment (as part of a team) as demonstrated through previous work experience.
  • Previous experience in the Food, Consumer Packaged Goods or Pharmaceutical industry an asset
  • Ability to motivate self and others
  • Proven experience in systematic problem solving.
  • Excellent written and spoken English communication skills.

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.