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Quality Assurance Manager

East Peoria, Illinois, United States
December 08, 2018

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Kevin Breeden

*** ****** *****, **** ******, IL *1611

Phone: 309-***-**** Email: EXPERIENCE

Quality Assurance Manager / Lonza Inc. / 2014 – 2018

Maintenance of quality management system in accordance with ISO-9001 and European Federation of Cosmetic Ingredients (EFfCI).

Managing team of 6 QC chemists. Including quarterly check-ins, evaluations, and generation of individual development plans.

Handling of internal, customer, and certification body audits for facility, as well conducting audits of potential suppliers.

Presenting quality key performance indicators (KPI’s) to the site, its management team, and to the global head of business.

Determining corrective and preventative actions for process failures and customer complaints using cause mapping process.

Managing and generating SOPs, work instructions, and test methods.

Setup and maintenance of quality module for products using SAP. Process Improvement Leader / Lonza Inc. / 2008 – 2014

Collection and interpretation of data to develop process changes for plant production improvements.

Troubleshooting and development of corrective actions for plant processing and batch reaction issues.

Generation of lab scale blends and reactions to eliminate production issues, to provide solutions to customer formulation issues, and for development of new products.

Developing cost savings projects for the plant.


Quality Control Analyst / Lonza Inc. / 2004 - 2008

Analyzing incoming raw materials, intermediate process samples, and final release samples.

Determination of batch charge recipes and in-process adjustments.

Preparing, validating, and monitoring of ISO standards and equipment checks.

Troubleshooting and repairs of laboratory equipment.

Monitoring process variables (adjustments, temperatures, pressures, cycle times, etc


Western Illinois University 1999 - 2003

Bachelor of Science - Biology Minor: Botany and Forensic Chemistry East Peoria Community High School 1996 - 1999


I am a self-driven individual, who has

acquired extensive experience in the

chemical manufacturing industry. My

background has provided the tools needed

for implementing and maintaining a strong

quality management system, as well as

developing individuals and supporting their

professional growth.

I possess the abilities to learn quickly,

multi-task, think outside of the box, and to

communicate efficiently and effectively. My

experience has allowed me to develop

strengths in troubleshooting issues,

modifying and developing efficient test

methods, and working with plant personnel

to continuously improve manufacturing



Strong ability for in depth troubleshooting and

delivery of corrective actions.

Challenger of status quo for delivery of process improvements and optimization.

Six Sigma Green Belt and trained in 5s.

Leader of laboratory best practices project for

all sites in the U.S.

Extensive background with Gas

Chromatography and manual / auto-titration

along with software associated with them.

Common instruments and methods also used:

HPLC, Atomic Absorption, Spectrophotometry,

FTIR, pH, Color, Turbidity, Solids / Moisture

analysis, Oil & Grease analysis.

Lab scale replication of processes such as

evaporation, distillation, filtration, and

pressure reactions.

Experience with SAP, Minitab, Microsoft Office

(including use of Macros and Visual Basic in

Excel), and PI Server software tied Delta V

processing software.

Licensed First Responder through PAEMS.

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