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Plant Operation Manager

Miami, FL
May 13, 2020

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Orestes Sánchez

***** ** **** **. *****, FL. **183. 786-***-****.

Plant Management, Quality Assurance / Quality Control, Operations Management

Resourceful and Innovative professional in Engineering and Quality Management experience. Held P&L. Expertise in initiation of projects and programs that boost efficiency and productivity. A true Hands-on Manager with proven skills in analysis, strategic planning, coordination, budgeting, negotiation, motivation and improvement of operations through policies that promote a team-based work atmosphere, creative thinking, and a positive effect on the corporate bottom line.

Selected Responsibilities, Accomplishments and Experience

Plant Operations Manager. Alite Universal, Miami, FL. March 2019 – Current

Food Industry

Responsibilities: Plan, organize and run day-to-day operations to guarantee quality standards and customers’ expectations. Emphasis on customer services excellence. Increase production’s efficiency, assets capacity and flexibility with collection and analyzing statistical data to find and remove overtime, rework or unnecessary hidden cost. Responsible for production and Schedules, ensuring quality of process and finished goods, as well as on-time shipping & receiving control. Allocate resources effectively and fully utilize assets to produce optimal results. Implement projects in alignment with strategic initiatives and provide a clear sense of direction and focus. Monitor operations, HACCP and corrective/preventive action plan (CAPA) regarding to non-conforming reports and audits. Create a good teamwork while company staff are recruited, trained and developed (influence and learn from below). Commit and enforce industrial safety and health environment procedures. Identifies significant problems and opportunities. Analyzes problems in depth. Relates and compares data from different sources. Determines root causes and subtle relationships. Demonstrates consistent logic, judgment, rationality, and objectivity in decision making. Achieves balance between quick decisiveness and thorough approach. Shows common sense to anticipate consequences of decisions strategic. Stress management. Maintain stable performance under heavy pressure. Takes firm stands on issues without being abrasive, Team builder, achievement effective (positive, supportive, results oriented). Help develop the annual budget including new project and planned or unplanned expenses according to the company goals, assuring production is cost effective. Develop systems and processes that track and optimize productivity and standards, metrics and performance targets ensuring effective return on assets, likewise managing Profit & Loss and cashflow statement in conjunction with finance department. Resolve employees’ issues, concern or discrepancy with corrective steps. Stay updated about industrial management, GMP concepts and Standard Operations Procedure, concerning to the company policies and procedures. Project and execute layout, repair and expansion of load and unload area, operationally and structurally.


Managed facility, International / Nationwide customers & providers (import/export). Analyzed quality assurance to improve process control (DMAIC), Preventive maintenance adjusted, Inventory control (just in time, software), Controlled logistics under USDOT norms and efficient customer service. Improved paperwork formats, efficiency and productivity controls. Corrected Sanitation procedures. Selected and trained appropriate management staff, enforced norms of Safety and Environmental Health according to OSHA, EPA and FDA standards through state and federal regulations. Implemented and corrected action plan by non-conforming reports. Managed P&L and Cashflow statement in join with finance department, Coordinated and follow up staff weekly meeting to ensure that operating costs match within the allocated budget, as well as checked KPI's, that planned projects and goals are being met according to company's expectations regarding to policies and strategy, reinforcing team commitment.

Quality Manager. Prime Chemicals. Tampa, FL. 2016 - 2019

Industrial and household chemical products.

Responsibilities: Improvement, application, and follow-up of quality standards for industrial processes, materials, and products: Develops and initiates standards and methods for inspection, testing, evaluation, incoming material, process control, product evaluation, product reliability, inventory control, metrology, automated testing, research and development, administrative application. Devises sampling procedures and develops forms and instructions for recording and reporting quality and reliability data. Set up program to evaluate accuracy of production equipment and testing, analytical measurement of equipment of facilities. Develops and implements methods and procedures for disposition of discrepant material and devises methods to assess cost and responsibility. Directs workers engaged in measuring and testing product, tabulating data concerning materials, product and process quality and reliability. Compiles and writes training material and conducts training sessions on quality control activities and quality assurance program.


Process improved through Six Sigma Lean principles, DMAIC & SPC, last one specifically (Histograms / Pareto Diagram), others. Managed and trained to 15 operators in production process. Starting from SOP’s to establish controls regarding to the new policies and procedures. Removed or reduced waste as well as rework, overtime, fix hidden costs like time and motion in process layout. Improved the energy transfer in plant through control of high and middle devices consumption (mass and energy balance). Checked systematically the better performance of the equipment, devices and machinery in production plant. Adjusted raw material on formulation (R&D) and parameters in process, improving quality standards. Increased productivity through review of workflow on deviations planned & unplanned (CAPA). The information flow performance was improved on VSM system (by Profit Surge software) and Ishikawa diagram.

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Plant Manager. ECOIHS Group LLC. New Orleans, LA. Chemical and Bio Chemical manufacturing for industrial cleaning.

2009 - 2016

Responsibilities: Analyze production schedules and estimate labor. Ensure and negotiate with suppliers’ equipment, raw materials, packing and other supplies required for completion of production orders, process flow and administrative area, guaranteeing required minimum stocks on time (supply chain). Adjust paperwork according to workstations. Direct and train worker regarding to company’s polices and safety regulations. Recommend measures to improve production methods, equipment performance, production capacities and quality standards of product and processes. Suggest and enforce changes in working conditions and use of equipment (PPE/PPC) to increase plant’s safety norms across to all departments. Analyze and resolves work problems, or assists workers in solving work problems. Initiate plans to motivate workers to achieve work goals. Set daily/weekly/monthly objectives and communicate them all organization levels according to information required. Assign responsibilities through workflow and information flow. Ensure the schedule regular maintenance. Check product output according to specifications and delivery time. Submit reports on performance and progress. Analyze process, identify issues in efficiency or production cost and suggest improvements. Enforce strictly safety guidelines, environmental rules regarding to EPA, OSHA, ISO, DOT and company methodology. Plan and supervise and new expansion project ensuring a suitable contractor company in terms of structure.


Managed several aspects of a company facility including hiring and training of staff, performance evaluations and motivation of employees, 45 workers per shift (two shifts). Managed annual plant expense and capital budget of the plant as well as follow up of performance of expected sales volumes. Inventory control according to production’s projection and sales department considering minimum levels of inventory. Analysis of P&L and performance to procurement of new equipment, supplies and provider.

Increased cash flow by partnering with the vendor while provided shipment containers to our products. Initiated program by MRP system along with inkjet labeling mode instead of paper labeling that reduced costs dramatically and kept only the containers needed at that specific time, for several raw materials and final product in inventory.

Reduced operation costs and increased accountability by working with the individual department managers to better understand and take control of their budgets within a production plant in expansion mode. Systematic analysis of budget became part of the performance evaluation process; annual costs were successfully reduced by nine percent.

Reviewed the procurement of raw materials comparing liquid versus powder bagged materials. It was found that liquid materials purchased were 8% higher costs, when the additive to the chemical was usually very cheap solvents or diluents. Redefined the purchase process materials, wherein we added diluents or solvents at the plant. Annual production costs dropped 12% and new products of variable concentrations were created; now raw material could be of internal consuming and supply customers with new options in the market place as added value.

Analyzed of the CIP/COP process, improving effectiveness, timing and concentration of applied products, In-process control quality test.

Created capital budgets for new production line and structure (building) expansion based upon cost of investment, projected cash flow, rates of inflation and value of investment, considering elimination or maximum reduction to impact on the return on investment - ROI.

Enhanced morale through promotion of a team-based work atmosphere. Provided assignments of increased responsibility along with opportunities for additional training and performance incentives that encouraged a sense of ownership in the overall operation.

Technical Department Manager. Pigments and Chemical Agents Co. Guatemala City, GT.

2007 - 2009

Representative of DuPont Co, Central America area.

Responsibilities: Take ownership of customer issues reported and see problems through to resolution. Research, diagnose, troubleshoot and identify solutions to resolve customer issues. Follow standard procedures for proper escalation of unresolved issues to the appropriate internal teams. Provide prompt and accurate feedback to customers. Ensure proper recording and closure of all issues. Prepare accurate and timely reports. Documentary forms of knowledge base tech and articles.


Improved product quality and reduced operating costs by researching best practices and purchasing a new automatic quality control system (incorporated equipment in production line) that could measure 5 technical tests of each product batch made simultaneously. New quality procedures were implemented to reduce the use of several laboratory equipment, downtime, reagents and labor required while improving consistency of testing to ensuring quality standards.

Qualification and follow up of the applications in laboratory and processes. Improve, develop and implementing techniques in the process customers in case of modifications in: food and beverage, polymers, copolymers, painting, ink, varnish, cosmetics and pharmacologic processes.

Quality Assurance Engineer. DANONE Co. Buenos Aires, Argentina 2001 - 2007

Food Company.

Responsibilities: Review requirements, specifications and technical documents to provide timely and meaningful feedback. Create detailed, comprehensive and well-structured test plans and test cases. Estimate, prioritize, plan and coordinate testing activities. Design, develop and execute automation scripts using open source tools. Identify, record, document thoroughly and track bugs. Perform thorough regression testing when bugs are resolved. Develop and apply testing processes for new and existing products to meet client needs. Liaise with internal teams (e.g. developers and product managers) to identify system requirements. Monitor debugging process results. Investigate the causes of non-conforming software and train users to implement solutions. Track quality assurance metrics, like defect densities and open defect. Stay up-to-date with new testing tools and test strategies.


Streamlined processes and documentation removed redundancies and put in place new standard operating procedures that improved accuracy of information, removed hidden downtime and reduced cost of production.

Reduced operating cost through negotiations with our suppliers of packaging raw materials, chemicals and reagents. Provided additional volume deals based on the company’s value that dropped purchase prices 10% annual and garnered technical assistance when needed.

Reduced downtime through review and restructure of maintenance schedules through corrective action plan. Adjusted shift schedules so maintenance could effectively utilize Preventative Maintenance tools timeless production.

Researched and did the due diligence required to negotiate effectively with equipment manufacturers. Utilized Subject Matter Experts (SME's) Develop process simulation to work out the best production methods Purchase and installation of new equipment. Use scientific principles related to magnitude, momentum, heat transfer, others. Implementation of new norms under GMPs and HACCP. Procedures staring with analysis and improvement of information flow between departments. The above for implementation, certification and follow up of ISO 9000/9001 norms.

Quality Control Analyst. Súchel- Camacho S.A. La Habana, Cuba. 1999 -2000

Cosmetology Company.

Responsibilities: Ensure that lab cleanliness and safety standards are maintained. Develop and qualify new testing methods. Train other analysts to perform laboratory procedures and assays. Perform visual inspections of finished products. Participate in internal assessments and audits as required. Identify and troubleshoot Lab equipment problems. Evaluate innovative technologies and methods to make recommendations regarding their use. Serve as a technical liaison between quality control and other departments, vendors, or contractors. Coordinate testing with contract laboratories and vendors.


Assigned within QC department. Physical - Chemical determinations of the formulations and raw materials as PH, Specific Gravity and Density, Titration, Viscosity, Total Solids, Analytical Chromatography (HPLC gas & liquid), Melting(S) & Boiling(L) points, Spectrophotometric Analysis, Organoleptic test, Colorimeter Analysis. Verification of incoming raw materials, in-process inspections and finished product according to technical specifications and MSDS.

Research & Development on formulations and new raw material. Analysis of different procedure in process regarding to developed methods to improve product cost, product quality and performance under quality standards.

Education Professional & Training

Quality Engineering Master’s degree. National Technological University (UTN), B.A. Argentina

Chemical Engineering Bachelor’s degree. University of Habana (CUJAE), Cuba

Additional coursework in Process Improvement, Lean Six Sigma / Green Belt, Budgeting, Team Building, Project Management, Safety and Environmental Health under OSHA and EPA norms, Certification Hazmat DOT regulations regarding to 40, 49 CFR 172.700 – 172.704 (General Awareness, Function Specific, Safety and IS-00906 Workplace Security Awareness). IATA regulations for Transportation of Dangerous Good. Bilingual English/Spanish.

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