Scientific Leader, Statistical Support
North York, ON
4d ago

Apotex is a proudly Canadian, global pharmaceutical company that produces high-quality, affordable medicines (both generic and innovative pharmaceuticals) for patients around the world.

We are the 7th largest generic pharmaceutical company globally with more than 12,000 employees and estimated sales of approximately $3 billion.

  • Our fully integrated operation is comprised of four lines of business : Global Generics; Apobiologix; Global Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients (API);
  • and ApoPharma (Innovative Products). With our worldwide manufacturing sites, Apotex can produce up to 24 billion dosages per year.

    We produce 300 medicines in 4,000 dosages and formats that are exported to 115 countries. Apotex will spend $2 billion over the next 10 years on research and development.

    Job Summary

    Statistical Support is an integral requirement during the development and lifecycle of new pharmaceutical products.

    This role is responsible and accountable for providing Statistical Support for new product development groups within the GTA.

    This group is also responsible for the Apotex GRD Statistical Certification Program and driving consistent statistical approaches across the manufacturing sites.

    The Scientific Leader, Statistical Support acts as a project leader, overseeing the approach to and resolution of all technical issues related to GRD tasks by implementing sound statistical methodology.

    Job Responsibilities

  • Contributes to decision making on study design, data collection, and analysis by independently recommending appropriate statistical methodology, ensuring alignment with study objectives and regulatory guidelines.
  • Oversees sample size determinations for unique or complex study designs.
  • Contributes to the development and authoring / review of the statistical methods section of unique or complex protocols and reports, and writes statistical analysis plans, when necessary.
  • Works with internal stakeholders to define specifications and acceptable ranges, and to design suitable experiments using Design of Experiment methodology.
  • Determines point and interval estimates, and applies sound statistical methodology in performing risk assessments and optimization plans.
  • Investigates out of specification or out of trend results.
  • Leads projects providing statistical support for DoE trials in order to evaluate changes in formulations, analytical method, raw materials, and manufacturing processes.
  • Oversees statistical activities, such as JMP use or SAS programming, of more junior staff.
  • Liaises with internal stakeholders to determine data attributes, or formatting, required to obtain data for tables, listings and figures.
  • Contributes to the preparation of statistical justifications, and writes responses to complex issues, applying concise, creative and sound scientific and statistical interpretation of literature or data, often with a tight deadline.
  • Provides professional and technical advice in statistics with the ability to mentor more junior staff, and explain statistical concepts to non-
  • statisticians to enhance their understanding.

  • Provides statistical expertise and performs consultations on issues regarding process optimization, process improvement, optimum utilization of equipment, and general statistical best practice to other members of the GRD department and other departments, as needed.
  • Contributes to the development and maintenance of the Apotex GRD Statistical Certification Program.
  • Provides guidance to junior statistical support staff on technical and statistical support for product submission documents for all major process changes.
  • Contributes to defendable justifications and whitepapers on novel assessment tools and statistical methodologies / approaches.
  • Provides professional expertise and takes a senior role in offering statistical support services and innovative solutions and implements tools to help the group achieve expectations and goals.
  • Keeps abreast of the changing regulatory landscape relating to study design, data analysis and reporting.
  • Participates in regulatory inspections, and represents Apotex’s interests at regulatory or scientific meetings.
  • Takes a lead role in the recommendation of revisions to support the continuous improvement of departmental processes and SOPs.
  • Performs all work in support of our Corporate Values of Collaboration, Courage, Passion and Perseverance. Pride. Demonstrates strong and visible support of our values.
  • Performs all work in accordance with all established regulatory and compliance and safety requirements and SOP’s.
  • All other duties as assigned.
  • Job Requirements

  • University degree in Mathematics (Statistics).
  • SSC / ASA member in good standing with P Stat professional accreditation.
  • Minimum of five years of successful working experience in a regulated industry (preferably Pharmaceutical) with related experience in supporting statistical analysis and evaluations.
  • Extensive knowledge and experience in applied statistics.
  • Strong verbal and written English communication skills
  • Excellent organization, troubleshooting, report writing and analytical skills.
  • Intermediate to Advanced level of computer skills in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook)
  • SAS, JMP and related statistical software proficiency is a must
  • Well-developed interpersonal and team skills
  • Multi-tasking and project management skills
  • Ability to make timely evaluations which are appropriately supported by data.
  • 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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