Agricultural Engineer/Quality Assurance expert

Resume posted by amanolis in Agriculture.

Desired position type: Any
Location: Thessaloniki Decentralized Administration of Macedonia and Thrace, Greece

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Summary

I’m an Agricultural engineer, having more than 20 years experience in the fields of Agriculture, Food industry, Quality Control/Assurance and Environment.

My professional activity begins in 1997 with my employment at the Hellenic National Agricultural Research Foundation, and my participation for approximately three continuous years at a Research Project as responsible for the operation of an experimental facility.

Between years 2000 and 2006, I followed a very creative and fruitful collaboration with the Goulandris Natural History Museum/Greek Biotope Wetland Centre (EKBY). During this period, I had the chance to coordinate, manage and participate in important environmental projects, being in close collaboration with colleagues from all over the world.

For the last 12 years I’m activated in the field of Quality Assurance Management facing it from two different points of view: from the QA Manger’s one (QA-QC Manager in the Food industry for almost 8 years) but also from the Auditor’s one (Auditing Quality Management Systems such as ISO 22000, Globalgap, BRC, IFS, e.tc).
During these years, I had the unique chance to both get closer to primary agricultural production and also combine my knowledge and broaden my skills and competences (e.g. postharvest handling, sorting, packing, BRC, IFS, ISO 22000).

It is noteworthy, that during my so far professional activity, the attendance of the two Postgraduate specializations (the one honored by the Hellenic Scholarships Foundation), gave me additional valuable theoretical and practical knowledge, further enhancing and broadening my experience.

I’m currently looking for the chance of my next step. The step that will give me the pleasure of being creative while sharing my experience.

Education

2005, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, School of Polytechnics, Faculty of Rural and Surveying Engineering. MSc in “Geoinformatics – Water Resources”, honoured by the Greek Scholarship for Postgraduate studies.

2002, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, School of Agriculture, Laboratory of Applied Soil Science. Postrgraduate specialization in Soil resources management (Exams passed).

1997, Agricultural University of Athens, Department of Natural Resources Management and Agricultural Engineering. First Degree, Agricultural Engineer, specialization in Soil Science and Agricultural Chemistry.

Experience

09/2016 – QMS Cert (Certification Body)
Auditor/Inspector of Quality Management Systems in Agriculture and the Food Sector regarding:
• Food processing companies, according to ISO 22000, ISO 9001, BRC.
• Fruit & Vegetables producer groups, according to Globalgap IFA (as NSF Inspector), CSF Fibermax Bayer’s private protocol and Agro2 (National protocol).
• Companies activated in the field of paper processing / trading, according to the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) protocol (as Control Union Certifications BV trainee auditor).

01/2010 – 08/2016, Protofanousi Fruits SA (Packing, Exporting and Trading of Fresh fruits)
Quality Assurance Manager / Quality Control Manager, having as main responsibilities:
• Everyday communication with customers (mainly from abroad) regarding special needs and/or complaints.
• Direct collaboration with the Exports Department, regarding sales enhancement.
• Collaboration with the pertinent authorities in Greece and abroad, concerning the establishment of formal protocols for the export of fresh fruits in new markets (e.g. export of kiwis to China, India, South Africa, Korea etc.).
• Running and re-certifying the established Quality Management System of the company (according to the specifications of BRC, IFS, ISO 22000, Tesco Nurture, Globalgap IFA and Organic protocols).
• Keep quality records and drafting relevant technical reports.
• Personnel guidance/supervision and collaboration with the production managers during packing, according to clients’ specifications and needs.
• Attendance at international exhibitions of the fruits and vegetables sector (Fruit Logistica, Asia Fruit Logistica etc)
• Coordination/supervision of the technical agronomists’ team. Communication with growers, regarding fruit quality issues and agricultural practices needed to achieve it.
• Organize technical meetings with farmers.

03/2006 – 04/2009, BioHellas SA (Organic farming product certification)
Auditor (Inspection Department, Certification Department), having as main duties:
• On-site inspections at food companies, according to EU Regulations 2092/91, 834/2007, 889/2008 and according to USDA/NOP standards (United States Department of Agriculture/ National Organic Program).
• Member of the Certification Committee, for the review/evaluation of on-site audit reports and certification grant.
• Project Manager of the research project “Methodology development regarding aromatic and pharmaceutical herbs certification: Application to Sideritis sp.”.

02/2007 – 03/2008, Bousbouras Dimitris (Technical studies elaboration)
Scientific member of the team responsible for the elaboration of the study “Environmental monitoring of lakes Cheimaditida and Zazari (Florina,Greece)”. Duties related to water quality (sampling, analysis, reports etc)

02/2001 – 02/2006, The Goulandris Natural History Museum – Greek Biotope/Wetland Centre (EKBY) (Nature Conservation Institute)
Project Manager / Researcher in the field of Water and Soil Resources, having as main duties:
• Project Manager and/or member of project team, in a series of environmental projects subsidized by National and European funding mechanisms (Life environment, EU-FP5, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, etc.
• Participation in the elaboration of project proposals, writing of manuscripts concerning Water and Soil resources, member of the scientific team for the evaluation of technical studies and contribution to various EKBY’s running projects, concerning the scientific fields of limnology, agriculture, wetland restoration, constructed wetlands, hydrology and water/soil resources.
• EKBY’s representative to the Board of the Society for the Protection of Prespa.
• Contribution to the planning, establishment and implementation of EKBY’s ELOT EN ISO 9001:2000 Quality Management System. In house personnel trainer in the use of EKBY’s software relevant to project management.

10/1997 – 02/2001, National Agricultural Research Foundation (NAGREF) (Research Institute)
Associate Researcher. Participation in a research project regarding wastewater treatment and reuse in agriculture, having as main duties:
• Operation of the wastewater treatment facility and of the greenhouse with hydroponic cultivations irrigated with the treated wastewater.
• Contribution in the project “Hydrological and pedological study for the Tenagi Filippon site, Greece”, regarding soil physics.

Specialties

    Personnel Management, Project Management, QA/QC Management

Spoken Languages

    English (Proficient user in both reading and writing), German (Basic user – lessons in progress), Greek Mother tangue