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Ivan Jaji
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QA Manager & Compliance Specialist
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QA Manager & Compliance Specialist

About our Client

Organised Quality Assurance Manager with 18 years of experience in the quality assurance industry. Adept at establishing requirements that meet quality assurance objectives and standards. Goal-oriented with broad knowledge in quality and technical aspects. Hands-on experience in implementing and managing GMP, HACCP, FSSC 22000 and overall QA systems in FMCGs. Committed; team player who has solid working knowledge of food safety programs. Leader/trainer of people, to meet customer, quality, and business expectations.


  • Implemented Digital Manufacturing Operations in Net Content Management with 92% reduction in weight complaints
  • Reduction of Kit Kat Solids Complaints by 80%: Six Sigma Green Belt
  • Led implementation of the QX Matrix methodology key lines resulting in 23% reduction in consumer complaints
  • Implemented laboratory performance measures resulting in 60% on-time release of materials
  • Implemented an effective competent assessment methodology for laboratory analysts, with sustenance of proficiency rating
  • Implemented SPC on Net mass management in all departments, reducing violations by 40%
  • Lead project on controlled wet cleaning on key chocolate lines, reducing EB out of spec by 70%  
  • Optimised release of packaging, reducing TAT from 48hrs to 24 hrs
  • Designed an effective supplier management & audit program
  • Successfully coordinated a light weighting project on PET bottles to reduce (20%) carbon footprint
  • Project coordinator/leader ISO 22 000 certification/implementation
  • Initiated variety packing for Kellogg’s
  • Achieved ‘A’ rating on Unilever SHEQ audit
  • Instrumental in getting Kellogg’s business on board
  • Led FSMS audits of two Co- Packers for Nestle
  • Instrumental in achieving the best rating on Nestle FSMS audit

Professional Experience

Nestle Chocolate & Water

Designation:  Assistant Quality Assurance Manager and Compliance Specialist

•​Maintain quality systems in conformance with internal policies (The Company, ISO, plant) and external requirements, GMP, HACCP and food safety systems.

•​Assessing the level of compliance and determining the status of compliance on an on-going basis towards Food     Safety, Legal and Nestle Quality requirements

•​Manage improvements and changes in product-related internal and regulatory compliance.

•​Preparation and maintenance of departmental budget.

•​Maintenance of compliance assessment tools and monitoring programs for raw materials, packaging and finished products.

•​Management of investigative and emerging contaminants on all materials.

•​Support maintenance & updating of the HACCP system in line with FSSC 22000.

•​Performing gap assessment of all products for regulatory requirements and our practices once every year with the help of regulatory affairs.

•​Defect analysis, deployment and elimination using Q-Pillar-TPM methodology.

•​Updating internal documents such as QMS as per the updates received from regulatory affairs.

•​Process capability studies using SPC, RCA, DMAIC tools and other Focused improvement methodologies on selected lines.

•​Involvement in NPD process, process capability & validation studies.

•​Compilation of monthly reports on Quality relevant KPIs.

•​Overall management of the e-mark system, SANS 1841 and legal metrology requirements.

•​Method validation and ensuring adherence to GLP & ISO 17025.

•​Maintenance of Halal and Kosher certification.

•​Support management of Internal audits & supplier audits for packaging and raw materials.

•​Manage day-to-day function of the laboratory, GLOBE LIMs & yearly proficiency tests.

•​Co-manage Food Fraud Management Programs.

•​Conduct performance evaluations and reviews of direct reports in line with business objectives.

•​Labelling compliance, and artwork approval with regulations (local & export) for Nestle confectionery.

•​Overseeing 6 quality analysts/quality controllers (Raw Material, Packaging, Net Mass, Semi-finished & Finished Product).

Designation:    SHEQ & Food Safety Manager

•​Managed overall QA systems, blending, food safety & sanitary programs.

•​Implemented HACCP system in line with ISO 22000 + PAS220 (FSSC 22000).

•​Coordinated new product development for the organisation.

•​Ensured full compliance with South Africa's OHSA & Food legislation.

•​Ensured environmental compliance in line with ISO 14001.

•​Implemented Behaviour Based Safety & Quality.

•​Performed risk assessment of Safety Health & Environmental issues.

•​Ensured Allergen management as per policy.

•​Coordinated pest control activities.

•​Management & coordination of cleaning schedules.

•​Generation of SOPs & policies in line with business strategy.

•​Integrating operations with quality to improve quality & productivity.

•​Monthly Reports for different suppliers.

•​Staff compliment.

•​Monitoring employee hygiene practices and ensuring adherence to safe food handling standards.

Nestle Infant Cereals, Powdered Milks & Beverages

Designation:  Food Safety Specialist & Factory Microbiologist

•​Ensured HACCP ownership, implementation & maintenance on all production lines.

•​Managed the allergen program on all production lines.

•​Coordinated hygiene and sanitation programs.

•​Managed Woolworth's food safety & hygiene audits.

•​Implemented IPM principles enhancing compliance with strict standards for infant food production.

•​Ensured compliance with applicable country legislations and regulations.

•​Project managed the factory towards NQMS implementation & ISO 22000 certification.

•​Coordinated Supplier quality assurance & food safety audits of our agric-based raw materials.

•​Participated in drafting the departmental budget.

•​Managed training concerning quality & food safety programs.

•​Coordinated integration of ISO systems (22000, 18000 & 14000).

•​Supervised QA personnel, staff compliment of 10.

Coca Cola Company

Designation:  Production Superintendent

•​Managed/supervised bottling line personnel staff complement of 30.

•​Produced daily, weekly, and monthly production reports.

•​Ensured cost reduction and containment by reducing waste levels by implementing tighter process controls and reducing overtime on all machines by meeting targets within stipulated monthly working hours.

•​Ensured proper sanitary conditions are adhered to in production.

•​Ensured demand fulfilment by meeting targeted volumes.

•​Ensured efficient use of raw materials by minimising losses throughout the entire production line.

•​Identified and managed bottlenecks by designing ways of increasing capacities at those points.

•​Produced Coca-Cola products in line with the TCCQS.

•​Participated in consumer complaint investigation & root cause analysis.

•​Participated in supplier quality assurance audits.

•​Ensured that all safety regulations were adhered to by personnel on the shop floor.


BSc (Hons) Applied Biochemistry & Biology                        

National Diploma in Applied Biological Sciences​​                            

Quality Assurance City & Guilds Part I & II​​​​                          



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