Job Description

Go North

Your Direction


“To advance and provide comprehensive and innovative patient-centered health services to under-served and hard to reach regions.”


The North West Company (NWC) is hiring Relief Pharmacy Assistants for the Northern and NorthMart stores. Bring your community-focused care and pharmaceutical skills to NWC. In your role as the Relief Pharmacy Assistant, you will assist the Pharmacist in the technical aspects of prescription filling and administrative duties in order to increase the Pharmacist’s opportunity to provide patient care. You’re expected to deliver superior customer service and to participate in all aspects of Pharmacy Operations as required as a team member.

NWC is a leading retailer to under-served rural communities and urban neighbourhood markets in the following regions: Northern Canada, Western Canada, rural Alaska, the South Pacific islands, and the Caribbean. Our stores offer a broad range of products and services with an emphasis on food. Our value offer is to be the best local shopping choice for everyday household and local lifestyle needs. Check out northwest.ca for more information. Go North.


Your Role:

  • Receive prescriptions from patients, follow provincial legal/regulatory conditions, and maintain patient confidentiality;
  • Perform computer functions as directed by the Pharmacist, including data entry, price check, patient information entry/update, refills, and report generation
  • Fill prescriptions (always under the Pharmacist’s or Regulated Pharmacy Technician’s supervision);
  • Select appropriate products, and count, measure, and prepare the products;
  • Label and organize prescriptions for Pharmacist, and gain necessary approvals for verbal refills where authorized;
  • Facilitate all aspects of Cognitive Services;
  • Maintain inventory control;
  • Assist Pharmacist in maintaining appropriate stock levels of drugs and supplies, and check for, and pull, expired medications at least monthly, and;
  • Maintain supplies and clerical organization.

Desired Skills & Experience:

  • Certification from a College/On-line Pharmacy Technician school (accreditation not necessary);
  • Two or more years of experience as a Pharmacy Assistant;
  • Experience with report generation; and able to prepare receipts, invoices, letters and memos, and general filling;
  • Experience filling medication orders, including measuring, mixing, and packaging, labeling, and delivering;
  • Ability to work under minimal supervision;
  • Experience with Pharmacy software program and must have experience with Kroll;
  • Experience in retail or administration is an asset;
  • Great customer service skills;
  • Strong communication skills, both verbally and written, and;
  • Policy and procedure driven, with respect and understanding of community differences.


A competitive hourly wage is being offered along with opportunities to learn and develop within the organization. We thank all applicants for their interest; however only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

Job Snapshot

Employee Type
Full-Time Regular
Date Posted
2/21/2020