Title:  Technologist, Pilot Plant

Date:  Jan 25, 2023
Location:  Taro Pharmaceauticals CAN
Company:  Taro Pharmaceuticals INC, Canada

Taro Pharmaceuticals Inc. is a multinational, specialty pharmaceutical company with a vision of reaching people and touching lives globally as a leading provider of valued medicines. We are dedicated to meeting the needs of our customers and the overall community through the innovation, development, manufacturing and marketing of the highest quality healthcare products.

Established in 1950, Taro’s world class production facility is located in Brampton, Ontario, with a current team of over 600 Canadian employees. Our company’s focus on the dermatology sector has made us a leading manufacturer and supplier of specialized topical products with a diverse portfolio of creams, ointments, liquids, and gels.

With support from our parent company, Sun Pharma, one of the world’s largest specialty generic pharmaceutical companies, we are committed to providing a healthy, safe and rewarding environment for all of our employees.

Our reward packages have been designed to meet the needs of our diverse workforce and their families. For additional information visit: www.taro.com.

What we offer:   

A safe and clean; GMP regulated work environment

Opportunities for career growth and development

A competitive wage/salary

Incentive bonus programs that are designed to reward employees for their individual contributions

Benefit programs designed to support our employees and their families, including a comprehensive health & dental benefits package, group RRSP matching program, direct  access to healthcare and well-being programs, and paid time off

Employee training and organizational development programs including tuition reimbursement, internal mobility programs, and employee recognition programs

Our Brampton location is presently looking for Technologist, Pilot Plant

The purpose of this position is to manufacture exhibit batches including the compounding and packaging of products from lab scale development batches up to commercially sized pre-validation batches.  The individual in this position is responsible for ensuring that equipment in the pilot plant is maintained according to GMP standards.  In addition, this position is responsible for the maintenance of an adequate inventory of raw materials and packaging components required for use in the Formulation Labs and for the production of exhibit and scale-up batches.

Duties and responsibilities

  • Compounding and packaging of Exhibit Batches using both the pilot plant and commercial equipment. 
  • Process development and scale up of R&D Formulations using bench scale lab equipment, pilot plant and commercial equipment.
  • Maintenance / calibration of equipment in Product Development Lab and in Pilot Plant.
  • Staging of raw materials and packaging components for exhibit / processing batch manufacturing.  This includes but is not limited to the setting up and preparation of the processing vessels, packaging equipment and ancillary equipment as well as ensuring that all documentation is completed.
  • Maintenance of an adequate inventory of raw materials and packaging components for exhibit batch / processing batch manufacturing.
  • Cleaning of Pilot Plant and Pilot Plant equipment according to GMP standards, and maintaining cleaning records.
  • Maintenance of R&D inventory systems.
  • Receive and sample R&D new raw materials and packaging components.
  • Provide materials to PD formulators and analytical chemists.
  • Compound small batches for analytical purposes if needed.
  • Source new equipment for use in the Formulation laboratories and Pilot Plant.
  • Co-ordinate the disposal of expired R&D raw materials, packaging components, finished packaged product and obsolete Formulation Laboratory experiments.
  • Fork-lift operation to maintain the R&D warehouse inventory and stage materials for exhibit batch / processing batch manufacturing.
  • Complete all GMP Documentation correctly and in a timely manner.
  • Complete all training assignments and maintain personal training records.
  • Participate in and/or lead Non Conformance Investigations
  • Complete Corrective and Preventive Actions (CAPA’s)
  • Initiate, and follow through with actions required to close Change Controls
  • Participate in Internal, Customer and Regulatory Audits
  • Extensive understanding of bench scale, pilot plant and commercial equipment
  • Extensive inter-personal contact is required with other R&D professionals, plant staff, admin staff, etc
  • Raw materials and packaging components must be available in a timely manner to provide enough time for analytical testing before use in exhibit batches
  • Other duties as assigned


  • The suggested minimum education is a community college degree with 5+ years experience specifically manufacturing semisolid products
  • Excellent GMP knowledge is needed to ensure that exhibit batches are compounded and packaged according to cGMP guidelines
  • Excellent communication and negotiation skills are needed to facilitate the scheduling of PD batches with the Operations Group in order to deal with the wide range of individuals within the organization
  • Excellent computer skills are needed for documentation, technical reports and inventory system management

Working conditions

Generally the surroundings are fairly pleasant.  Occasional exposure to dirty environment and higher than normal noise levels, frequent, daily exposure to various chemicals used in the testing of raw materials, components and finished products.  Occasionally there is exposure to unpleasant odors resulting from testing procedures. Temperature levels are fairly consistent.  The position requires a mixture of standing and walking, some heavy lifting and/or movement of material/instruments.

Physical requirements

  • The position requires a mixture of standing and walking, some heavy lifting and/or movement of material/instruments.

Direct reports



We thank all applicants, but only those selected for further consideration will be contacted. No phone calls please.

This position is open to applicants legally authorized to work in Canada.

Taro Pharmaceuticals Inc. embraces diversity in the workplace and is committed to achieving employment equity. Our goal is to attract, develop and retain highly talented employees from diverse backgrounds, allowing us to benefit from a wide variety of experiences and perspectives. We ensure that our recruitment practices are supportive of this commitment and do not infringe on any characteristics protected by law.

In accordance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005, and the Ontario Human Rights Code, Taro Pharmaceuticals Inc. will provide accommodation throughout the recruitment and selection process to applicants with disabilities. If selected to participate in the recruitment and selection process, please inform Human Resources of the nature of accommodation(s) that you may require in respect of any materials or processes used to ensure your equal participation.

NOTE: All employment is conditional upon the completing and obtaining of a satisfactory background check which may include educational, employment, references and criminal records (for which a pardon has not been granted) checks.

AGENCY NOTICE: Please note that Taro Pharmaceuticals Inc.  does not accept unsolicited resumes from recruiters or employment agencies. In the absence of a signed Services Agreement with an agency / recruiter, Taro Pharmaceuticals Inc. will not consider any referrals or agree to payment of referral or recruitment fees. In the event a recruiter or an agency submits a resume or candidate without a previously signed agreement, Taro Pharmaceuticals Inc. explicitly reserves the right to pursue and hire those candidate(s) without any financial obligation to the recruiter or agency.