Careers at Pillar5 Pharma

Pillar5 Career Positions

Founded in 2009, Pillar5 Pharma is an industry-leading Canadian contract development and manufacturing organization (CDMO), based in the Ottawa Valley. We are a full-service provider of sterile ophthalmic solutions and solid dose manufacturing, and the market leader in multi-dose preservative-free technology.

We make great products that people use each and every day. We make eye drops, ear drops, allergy medication, and other off-the-shelf pharmaceuticals. We manufacture products for some of the largest pharma companies on the planet. And we do it all from the small community of Arnprior.

Facility Mechanic

Be better. Live better. That’s our vision at Pillar5 Pharma. We are a pharmaceutical manufacturing company that makes products people use in their everyday lives. Pillar5 Pharma Inc. is seeking a skilled and experienced Facility Mechanic to join our Maintenance Department. As a Facility Mechanic, you will play a crucial role in ensuring the smooth operation of our pharmaceutical manufacturing facility.

RESPONSIBILITIES:
  • Perform routine maintenance tasks, including inspecting, troubleshooting, and repairing equipment and systems.
  • Maintaining and optimizing machinery and equipment, component fabrication, welding, start-up and testing, basic electrical, pneumatic, hydraulic, plumbing, and mechanical troubleshooting.
  • Conduct preventative maintenance to ensure optimal performance and minimize downtime.
  • Collaborate with other team members to identify and resolve facility-related issues.
  • Ensure compliance with safety regulations, GMP, and company policies.
  • Assist in the installation and modification of equipment and systems.
QUALIFICATIONS:
  • Training, education, or certification in Industrial Maintenance required. Millwright designation or other suitable Red Seal Certification is an asset.
  • Proven experience as a Facility Mechanic in a pharmaceutical or similar manufacturing environment is an asset.
  • Strong knowledge of mechanical systems, including HVAC, boilers, compressors, purified water systems, and electrical.
  • Ability to read and interpret technical manuals and blueprints.
  • Excellent problem-solving and troubleshooting skills.
  • Attention to detail and ability to work with precision.
  • Good communication and teamwork abilities
  • Ability to work shifts and be on call as required.
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Payroll & Accounting Administrator (1 year contract)

Be better. Live better. That’s our vision at Pillar5 Pharma. We are a pharmaceutical manufacturing company that makes products people use in their everyday lives. Pillar5 Pharma Inc. is seeking a highly organized and detail-oriented individual to join our Finance department as a Payroll and Accounting Administrator. In this role, you will be responsible for ensuring accurate and timely processing of payroll and maintaining financial records.

RESPONSIBILITIES:
  • Process payroll for all employees, including calculating wages, deductions, benefits entitlements, and overtime.
  • Maintain accurate payroll records and employee information.
  • Provide information and answer employee inquiries about payroll related matters.
  • Ensure compliance with federal, provincial, and local payroll regulations.
  • Assist with payroll tax filings and reporting.
  • Reconcile payroll accounts and resolve any discrepancies.
  • Assist with month-end and year-end financial closing activities.
  • Support the Finance team with various accounting tasks as needed.
QUALIFICATIONS:
  • Previous experience in payroll administration and/or accounting.
  • Degree in business administration, finance, or accounting preferred.
  • Strong knowledge of payroll processes and regulations.
  • Proficiency in using ADP payroll software and MS Office
  • Experience working with SAP system is considered an asset.
  • Excellent attention to detail and accuracy
  • Ability to handle sensitive and confidential information.
  • Strong organizational and time management skills
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Manufacturing Mechanic

Be better. Live better. That’s our vision at Pillar5 Pharma. We are a pharmaceutical manufacturing company that makes products people use in their everyday lives. Reporting to the Head, APA, the Production Mechanic will be responsible for setting up, modifying, operating, troubleshooting, and repairing several different types of machinery.

RESPONSIBILITIES:
  • Assemble, troubleshoot, and operate a variety of filling, packaging, and compression machines on a day-to-day basis.
  • Diagnose malfunctions and determine the need for adjustment or repair.
  • Perform and follow written set-up and maintenance on machines and equipment as per preventative maintenance schedule.
  • Perform size-change on packaging lines and prepare them for a variety of product formats.
  • Train operators on proper handling of equipment.
  • Work with outside contractors to ensure completion of maintenance tasks and with other groups and trades personnel.
  • Make recommendation and implement continuous improvement to equipment and processes.
  • Strong mechanical aptitude and proven mechanical training and experience with Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC) controllers i.e., troubleshooting
QUALIFICATIONS:
  • Grade 12 diploma, post-secondary education with millwright certification is preferred.
  • Minimum of 3 years progressive experience in a production environment preferably in an aseptic environment.
  • Excellent teamwork, organizational and interpersonal skills
  • Demonstrated ability to handle multiple priorities in a fast-paced environment.
  • Understanding of GMP’s and SOP’s
  • Understanding of Lean and Six Sigma concepts is an asset.
  • Ability to work all shifts.
SCHEDULE:
  • Monday – Thursday rotating shift (Days: 6:00am – 4:30pm & Afternoons: 4:00pm –2:30am) or
  • Friday – Sunday Weekend Shift (6am – 6pm)
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Human Resources Associate

Be better. Live better. That’s our vision at Pillar5 Pharma. We are a pharmaceutical manufacturing company that makes products people use in their everyday lives. We are looking for a Human Resources Associate to join our small, talented HR team and own a portfolio focusing on employee relations and employee engagement. You will help us drive a workforce culture driven by our core values.

 RESPONSIBILITIES:
  • Work closely with our front-line leaders to drive all employee relations issues including progressive discipline, absenteeism, corrective actions (including training), while ensuring appropriate documentation and issue resolution. This includes ownership of employee exit programs to identify trends and recurring causes for departures.
  • Drive all employee engagement programs including planning, execution, analysis, and action planning of all engagement survey results. This includes smaller pulse surveys and more significant third-party surveys.
  • Analyze existing HR technology infrastructure to help drive business efficiency. Use existing tools and technology to drive our manager and employee self-serve model.
  • Continuous market analysis and review to ensure legislative compliance in all HR activities and policies. Ensure Pillar5 remains fully compliant with all laws and regulations.
  • Develop, plan and execute employee wellness programs to enhance work environment and engagement levels. Build out a program to effectively reach out to our employee base to drive employee engagement. 
QUALIFICATIONS:
  • Degree/Diploma in Human Resources or another relevant field
  • Min 3 years HR experience
  • Computer and system savvy
  • Strong organizational skills and extreme attention to detail
  • Excellent customer orientation
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Aseptic Processing Operator

Be better. Live better. That’s our vision at Pillar5 Pharma. We are a pharmaceutical manufacturing company that makes products people use in their everyday lives. Pillar5 Pharma Inc. is seeking to build its talent pool by hiring ambitious people to operate in our aseptic processing equipment lines. As an Aseptic Processing Operator, you will learn to produce ophthalmic pharmaceutical products in a manner that will ensure product safety for our customers.

RESPONSIBILITIES: 
  • Perform sterile gowning to allow for working in the aseptic cleanrooms.
  • Set up and operate bottle filling machines in a slow and deliberate manner.
  • Perform routine maintenance and troubleshooting on equipment to ensure optimal performance.
  • Monitor production processes and adjust as necessary to maintain product quality and efficiency.
  • Follow standard operating procedures (SOPs) and safety guidelines to maintain a safe and clean work environment.
  • Document production activities and maintain accurate records of materials used and products produced.
  • Collaborate with team members and supervisors to meet production targets and deadlines.
QUALIFICATIONS:
  • Prior experience in a manufacturing or production environment is an asset.
  • Strong attention to detail and ability to follow instructions accurately.
  • Strong mechanical aptitude and mathematical skills.
  • Proven ability to complete accurate documentation.
  • Ability to work effectively in a fast-paced and team-oriented environment.
  • Good communication skills and ability to collaborate with colleagues.
  • High school diploma or equivalent. Any courses taken in biology/microbiology is an asset.
  • Capable of working all shifts and meeting the physical demands of this position.
SCHEDULE:
  • Days/Afternoon Rotating Shifts: Monday – Thursday (Days: 6:00am – 4:30pm & Afternoons: 4:00pm – 2:30am).
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Sterility Assurance Associate (1 year contract)

Be better. Live better. That’s our vision at Pillar5 Pharma. We are a pharmaceutical manufacturing company that makes products people use in their everyday lives. The Sterility Assurance Associate facilitates the training and auditing program for APA personnel and support personnel to support the Sterility Assurance Program at Pillar5 Pharma.

RESPONSIBILITIES: 
  • Co-ordinate and execute aseptic initial and final gown qualification for APA personnel and support personnel. Providing practice classroom session in gowning techniques, proper environmental monitoring practices for air and surface sampling, sampling requirements and good documentation practices.
  • Co-ordinate and execute ongoing aseptic gown requalification and retraining for APA personnel and support personnel.
  • Schedules and performs weekly and follow-up audits for all gown certified personnel, evaluating aseptic practices to meet recommended gown contamination rates %. Provides personnel with written reports, in person reviews of their audit report, and follow-up audits.
  • Provide training videos that adhere to standard work instructions to support the aseptic practices and behaviour program.
  • Support the Media Fill Program, as a qualified media fill inspector.
  • Execute the completion of assigned CAPA and EC for sterility assurance related events.
  • Support the garment management program to ensure cleanroom garments and associated barrier systems are in good standing to maintain contamination control. Responsible for issuing SQC for cleanroom garment concerns.
  • Provides contamination control support and troubleshooting to the APA.
  • Assist the Sterility Assurance Manager in the completion of audits for the Sterility Assurance Audit Program (ML 099).
  • Co-ordinate changes to the Micro data portal and the Gown Qualification Tracker.
  • Provides microbiology laboratory support for disinfectant efficacy studies.
  • Responsible for supporting investigations and preparation of reports for events in the APA that result in Environmental monitoring report (EMR) and Environmental Risk Assessments (ERA). EMR and ERAs are approved by the Sterility Assurance Manager.
  • Write and modify SOPs for the gowning program and the gown management program.
  • Performs other tasks as identified by the Sterility Assurance Manager.
QUALIFICATIONS:
  • Bachelor’s degree in microbiology, biochemistry, or biology. University courses in microbiology are required for this position.
  • 2-3 years experience in Microbiology in a pharmaceutical manufacturing environment.
  • Experience working in a cGMP pharmaceutical manufacturing environment.
  • Ability to think objectively, have excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
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