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Manager Food Safety

Copperas Cove, TX
April 19, 2020

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TOMAS ACOSTA 201-***-****


Sanitation Manager/Quality Control Supervisor with 17 years of management and engineering work experience with strong leadership and relationship-building skills. Knowledge of Quality Assurance activities including audits, process monitoring, recommending/implementing corrective actions providing accurate data for statistical reports, Monitoring the Cleaning & Sanitation Programs, and ensuring overall compliance.


Hardie’s Fresh Foods, Inc. – Austin, TX 09/30/2019 – Present.

Operations Specialist

Watched current and past product sales as well as tracking market and customer trends for buying planning. Performed administration tasks, such as filing, creating reports, developing spreadsheets, photocopying, and emailing documents for inter-departmental use. Worked closely with other departments by providing essential information to improve day-to-day operations. Learned about distribution operations while performing allocation to recommend ways to improve processes. Directly supported Manager of Purchasing Establish and adjust selling prices by monitoring costs, supply and demand, while also working with sales staff to obtain information about customer-specific needs and preferences.

Examine order and purchase products at the most favorable price, consistent with quality, quantity, specification requirements, and other established factors.

Responsible for the management of perishable inventory purchased by daily review of sales, inventory adjustments and inventory quantities.

Developed new relations by working as a liaison between departments, vendors, and consumers.

Collaborated with the receiving department to improve the process and product distribution to ensure prompt and correct receipt of merchandise from assigned suppliers.

Managed Purchase Orders and working with nearly 25 suppliers to obtain optimum pricing, terms, and deliveries.

Interfaced closely with corporate officers in reviewing inventory reports and daily sales activity within the purchasing department.

Responsible for the placement, management, and data entry of purchase orders for 3 locations.

Serve as point of contact for vendors and other buyers with questions about purchase order discrepancies

Examined sales history and reported findings to the senior buyer to help reduce excess ordering

Closely monitored inventory and identified a critical double-counting error in the process.

Examining and analyzing purchase requisitions for accuracy.

Ajinomoto Foods North America, Inc. – Lampasas, TX 06/11/18 – 08/12/19

Quality Assurance/Sanitation Manager

Assisting the Food Safety & Quality Assurance Manager with the supervision and direction of the FSQA staff as well as serving as backup for the FSQA Manager in all quality and food safety matters. Conducting quality audits, perform pre-operational inspections of equipment and processing areas, gather and compile production samples, provide incoming ingredient inspections, monitor and ensure compliance with facility HACCP, SSOP, Quality, and GMP programs. Developing & Implementing a new Facility Sanitation Manual.

Developed/Implemented the new Sanitation Manual.

Formed & trained the new Sanitation team.

Organized and ordered all Sanitation Supplies.

Employee work routine was established for all areas.

Re-designed the RTE Chemical Room Layout to maximize space.

Installment and Monitored new chemical dispenser pumps. Eliminating an ineffective manual pouring system. Saving time and product usage.

Created and established new Sanitation Control Forms.

Established and Monitored Sanitation KPIs.

Monitored the Master Sanitation Schedule.

Generating the Monthly Sanitation Scorecard.

Improved the company Intensified Cleaning Process.

Managing Chemical Inventory.

Responsible to maintain Cleaning Supplies Inventory.

Implemented a FIFO system for product handling – Eliminating product deterioration due to a weak rotation.

Worked in collaboration with the project Manager to Propose/obtain new equipment to make the sanitation process more efficient and cost-effective.

a)Conveyor Belt washer “Cyclone” to improve conveyor belt cleaning time while using fewer chemicals.

b)Heavy-Duty Electric High Pressure and Steam Washer to make the Fryers cleaning procedure faster and better. It will reduce product usage and cleaning time.

c)Cordless Backpack Electrostatic Sprayer for Disinfectants and Sanitizers.

Assisting the FSQA department during Root Couse investigation/Proposing Potential Corrective actions.

Managed the weekly Sanitation Meeting.

Defined and trained employees on the COP Tank Cleaning procedure.

Assisting during SQF and Customer Audits.

Maintained and organized company records for audit purpose.

Responsible for employee disciplinary action.

Alconox Inc. – White Plains, NY 12/2011 – 05/2018

Quality Assurance/Control Supervisor

Manage daily Quality Control activities for product Inspections & Collection of Quality records. Monitor implementation of ISO 13485 QMS, FDA - 21 CFR Part 820 and cGMPS to ensure regulatory compliance. QC analytical testing, product stability studies, product release, and supporting production activities.

Implemented Line Clearance validation procedure which attained a 100 % reduction in Cross-Contamination issues.

Executed a new particles inspection plan that reduced product final evaluation time from 5 hours to 30 minutes.

Established Formula Control and Lot traceability plan that produced an important reduction in re-processing batches.

Installment & Monitored new Ink Jet/ Hand Held printer devices across all production packing lines. Eliminating an old and ineffective labeling system.

Developed a new pre-run verification procedure to ensure product quality and consistency throughout all packing process.

Implemented FIFO system for label inventory – Eliminating label deterioration due to a poor rotation.

Re-designed and Monitored a new Pest Control program that helped to control pest present in QC Laboratory and offices.

Updated Equipment Master Calibration List for QC Lab to meet the regulatory requirements.

Quickly identify problem areas/diagnosed root causes and implemented corrective/preventative actions by effectively analyzing technical inspection reports and keeping careful records of results.

Improved Raw material handling, Finished Goods, and Non-Conforming products through the implementation of ISO 13485 QMS practices.

Periodically report the state of Quality System to executive management.

Responsible for QC Lab and product testing.

Provided support to Research & Development team during product design.

Executed Sampling plan every year for the Inhibitory Residue Test.

Manage DI Water testing plan – No high Standard Plate Count results for more than a year.

Participate in Continuous Quality Improvement.

Managed Coordination/Responded on-site customer audits.

Performed Supplier audit.

Participating and supporting employee training.

814 Americas Inc. - Elizabeth, NJ 01/2006 – 10/2011

Quality Control Supervisor

Work actively with management and supervisors to proactively prevent problems during manufacturing.

Monitors employee-training initiatives to meet standards of quality and process control

Monitor the implementation of quality control/assurance programs (HACCP, SSOP, GMP, Environmental Swabs, Listeria program, Hold & Release Product Policy, Traceability Program, Potable Water Policy, etc.) that meet company and regulatory standards for safety, quality, and consumer acceptance.

Manage coordination and cooperation with on-site audits performed by, Silliker, other regulatory agencies, and approved inspectors.

Performs and monitors GMP plant inspections.

Monitor and maintain procedures and documentation for product recall and tracking.

Performs and monitors quality control testing for raw materials, packaging materials, and finished product quality at the plant level.

Manage internal quality audit program for the production facility to ensure company and regulatory standards of product quality, sanitation, and process controls are met.

Responsible for Quality Systems Integration within the plant operation.

Evaluate critical control points with manufacturing to assure compliance with specifications.

Investigate consumer complaints and determine root cause and corrective actions.

Monitor, upgrade and document food safety programs to comply with government, corporate, customer, industry requirements and USDA regulations.

Develop and implement new methods, procedures, and systems to improve quality performance.


B.S. in Industrial Engineering

Universidad Federico Henriquez y Calvajar, DR.


Good knowledge of Microsoft, Excel, Word, and PowerPoint.

OSHA regulation experiences for processing areas.

HACCP certified.

SQF Edition 8 Trained.

Statistical Control Process Experiences.

Experience on Blue Ridge - Supply Chain & Demand Planning Software.

Fluent in English and Spanish.

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