Brown - Quality Assurance Manager - Foods Sector - Cape Town, South Africa

Michelle Brown

Cape Town, South Africa

Summary

I started my career as a lab technician in various food manufacturing industries. I moved on as first a microbiologist then principal test officer for the SABS. From there I did laboratory management and subsequently Quality Assurance Management, focusing on maintaining BRC, HACCP, IFS and ISO certifications.

Services

Quality Assurance Manager - Foods Sector

  • Full time
  • Part time
  • One time
  • Contract
  • Temp

Work History

Food Safety Consultant

Calex Hygiene Management Solutions

From July 2013

• Overseeing the implementation of PRP's and HACCP on a consultancy basis within the food industry
• Training staff on hygiene and food safety systems
• Document control
• Trouble shooting/customer complaint investigation
• Internal auditing of hygiene and food safety systems
• Supplier quality assurance
• Preparing the company for Audits by Retailers and Customers.
• Arranging Certification Audits.

QA Manager

Mpact Plastics

June 2010 - June 2013

South Africa)
Industry: Manufacturing - Rigid and thermoformed packaging

• Manage quality control across three shifts
• Ensuring compliance against HACCP, IBL and BRC (IOP - packaging) certifications
• Monitoring of the outsourced Cleaning and Pest Control services employed within the
Company
• Managing customer complaints by trending, reporting and resolving.
• Quality Induction and refresher training to all staff
• Compiling product specifications and Certificate of Analyses.
• Ensuring product compliance to relevant legislation
• Managing Occupational Health and Safety related activities (Risk Assessments; Incident Reporting's)
• Compiling and managing cost centre budgets

July 2009 to May 2010

QA Manager

May 2007 - June 2009

I&J Value Added Products (Cape Town, South Africa)
Industry: Manufacturing - Crumbed and Coated fish products

• Management of staff across both day and night shifts to ensure conformance to specified
Quality and food safety standards
• Performance reviews of salaried staff
• Ensuring compliance against various certifications, including HACCP, BRC,
IFS, SANS 1841 and Food Assess (Pick 'n Pay).
• Monitoring of the outsourced Cleaning and Pest Control services employed within the company
• Managing customer complaints by trending, reporting and resolving.
• Control of QA reports and releases on SAP
• Compile and manage cost centre budget


Laboratory Manager
Anchor Yeast (Pty) Ltd (Cape Town, South Africa)
Industry: Manufacturing - Yeast products

• Manage and control work functions in the QC laboratory
• Performance reviews of laboratory technicians
• Ensuring all analytical and microbiological tests are performed as per documented procedures
• Ensuring all products conform to specifications
• Ensuring all laboratory instruments are calibrated
• Generate Certificate of Analyses for all batches released by the laboratory
• Conduct internal factory ISO 9001, food safety and SANS 1841 audits
• Manage and control the laboratory budget

Principal Test Officer

South African Bureau of Standards - Microbiology Laboratory

April 2004 - May 2007

(Cape Town, South Africa)

• Co-ordinating of the daily laboratory activities
• Customer liaison
• Issuing of customer reports
• Maintaining the Quality System (ISO 17025)
• Microbiological analyses

Test Officer

South African Bureau of Standards - Microbiology Laboratory

September 2002 - April 2004

(Cape Town, South Africa)

• Media preparation
• Microbiological testing, including pathogens such as Salmonella spp, E.coli, Listeria spp,
E.coli 0157 and S aureus.

Laboratory Technician

Wella SA (Pty) Ltd

April 1999 - June 2002

(Cape Town, South Africa)
Industry: Manufacturing - Hair products

• Microbiological testing, including TVC, E.coli, Yeast and Moulds
• Swabbing and water testing to verify hygiene and sanitation standards
• Analytical analyses including melting points, viscosity and refractive index

Laboratory Technician

Enterprise Foods (Pty) Ltd

April 1998 - April 1999

(Cape Town, South Africa)
Industry: Manufacturing - Processed meat products

• Microbiological testing, including TVC, E.coli, Yeast and Moulds and S aureus
• Analytical analyses including protein determinations, fat determination and salt, nitrite and moisture analyses
• Calibration of laboratory instruments

Laboratory Technician

Bonnita Dairies

Student Food Technologist

Rietmanns (Pty) Ltd

Qualifications & Certifications

Industrial & Commercial

IOP

Cape Peninsula University of Technology

Duration

Food Technology

Peninsula Technikon

CPUT

The Communication Academy

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