Jorge Naquit

Jorge Naquit

Work History

Work History
May 2008 - Present

Director

Jorge Naquit Consulting Services

Consultant and coaching to companies, either in pharmaceutical, food, or cosmetics field, to implement efficient systems and tools to manage:

  • quality assurance 
  • food safety
  • risks prevention and management
  • critical thinking and problem solving methodologies
  • crisis management
  • regulatory affairs

The support includes personnel training and coaching in management attitudes  to achieve business breakthroughs in all the interphases of the company.

Main customers: Groupe Danone (France), Danone Argentina, Danone Uruguay, Danone Chile, Itap Bemis Argentina, American Clave, Pandurata Argentina (Bauducco), Stonyfield Farms Inc., Abbott Laboratories Argentina S.A.

Sep 2005 - Apr 2008

Director, Quality Assurance and Food Safety

Danone Ltda

My main responsibilities were:

  • Define the policy, strategies and objectives for Quality, together with the General Manager and the other Directions of the Company.
  • Coordinate the Quality System, to accompany the evolution of the objectives and indicators, both for the productive processes and for the process in general within the diverse areas or the interphases.
  • Coordinate the internal audit system to verify the functioning of the system, or to push the continuous improvement of the system.
  • Formulate the recommendations to solve the problems found, guaranteeing the high level of quality and the safety of the products at the consumption moment.
  • Manage the quality of the suppliers, their indicators, audits and actions plans and follow ups.
  • Coordinate the crisis management and the relationship with the press agency.
  • Coordinate the products applications to the authorities, the audit of labels and nutritional tables, to assure 100% conformity with legislations.
  • Promote meetings with the authorities (federal, state and city), as well as relevant journalists, to keep a fluid relationship and a positive image of the company.
  • Manage the consumer call center.
  • Manage co-packers quality.
  • Define and control the annual budget to assure the realization of the mentioned activities.
Mar 2002 - Aug 2005

Director, Quality Assurance and Food Safety

http://www.danone.ca

My main responsibilities were:

  •  Define the policy, strategies and objectives for Quality, together with the General Manager and the other Directions of the Company.
  • Coordinate the Quality System
  • Coordinate the internal audit system
  • Formulate the recommendations to solve the problems found
  • Manage the quality of the suppliers, their indicators, audits and actions plans and follow ups.
  • Coordinate the crisis management and the relationship with the press agency.
  • Coordinate the products applications to the authorities, the audit of labels and nutritional tables, to assure 100% conformity with legislations.
  • Define and control the annual budget to assure the realization of the mentioned activities.
Jul 2000 - Mar 2002

Director, Quality Assurance

Danone Ltda.

My main responsabilities were:

  • Define the policy, strategies and objectives for Quality, together with the General Manager and the other Directions of the Company
  • Coordinate the Quality System
  • Coordinate the internal audit system
  • Formulate the recommendations to solve the problems found, guaranteeing the high level of quality and the safety of the products at the consumption moment
  • Manage the quality of the suppliers, their indicators, audits and actions plans and follow ups
  • Coordinate the crisis management and the relationship with the press agency.
  • Define and control the annual budget to assure the realization of the mentioned activities.
Nov 1997 - Jul 2000

Quality Technical Manager

Danone S.A.

In this position, I had the following responsibilities:

  • Contribute with the coordination of the quality system, to attain the evolution of the objectives and indicators, for both the productive processes and for the processes in general within each area or the interphases.

  • Coordinate the audit system to verify the conformity of the system, or to impulse the continuous improvement of the system.

  • Manage the quality of the suppliers, their indicators, audits, action plans and follow up.

  • Coordinate the crisis management and the relationship with the press agency.

  • Coordinate the products applications to the authorities, the audit of labels and nutritional tables, to assure 100% conformity with legislations.

  • Define and control the annual budget to assure the realization of the mentioned activities.

Dec 1987 - Oct 1997

Quality Assurance Manager - Technical Director

Abbott Laboratories Argentina S.A.

Technical Director of the Company, responsible for products applications, and for developing relationships with Health authorities.

Responsible for training of all the plant levels as regards to quality subjects.

Responsible for the quality control lab, controls on the raw materials, intermediate products and finished products.

Auditor for Good Manufacturing Practices, and Safety.

Responsible for the preparation and control of the annual budget for the Quality Direction.

Management of the monthly reporting for quality indicators.

Management of consumers’ complaints

Responsible for the elaboration and maintenance of the technical documentation of the plant, for both manufacturing and analytical control.

Responsible of the products stability program.

May 1987 - Aug 1987

Intern

Hoechst Argentina S.A.

My internship was focused on process validations, on all of the manufactuirng processes at Hoechst plant. The result was very well evaluated by my superiors at the company.

Education

Education

Skills

Skills

Regulatory Affairs

Being aware of the changes in regulations, participating in Professional Committees to discuss on new regulations proposals, understanding them, and applying them, as well as assuring compliance throughout the impacted areas of a Company, is a constant challenge where management abilities and communication skills are essential.

Crisis Management

In front of the huge universe of image risks the companies face today, getting organized in "calm" times is essential, preparing the appropriate tools, training and sensibilizing the involved personnel, developping the skills to face vertiginous needs of information in crisis times, and mapping the risky areas where it is known to have a weakness potentially leading to a crisis situation.

Quality Audit

Quality audit is an excellent tool to engage either the suppliers, or the internal clients and peers, to understand better their own processes and find out the universe of possibilities and improvement opportunities to make their businesses / processes more robust.

Food Safety Managemet

HACCP and other methodologies for risk anticipation and management (like FMEA), are particularly applied in food industries, and starting to be applied in the pharmaceutical industry (with the ICH Q8, Q9 and Q10). The secret is the teamwork, interdisciplinary and "interlevels", whilst applying the methodology.

Quality Assurance Management

I am a passionate for Quality, either applied in products and manufacturing processes, or in business processes at the different interphases of a company. I strongly believe that Quality is a lot more than a technical skill: it has all the possibilities to be a strong support for flexible and riskless businesses.

Professional Profile

Pharmacist,mastering four languages (English, French, Portuguese, Spanish), expert in quality assurance and food safety systems management, with a remarkable experience in conducting people, problems analysis and solving, audit, suppliers management and development, crisis management, institutional relationships, regulatory affairs, in the pharmaceutical and food manufacturing industries.

All along my 20 years of successful career I was responsible for technical quality management positions, until the strategic direction of the area in several countries and member of Executive Committees.

Strengths

Results oriented

People management and leadership, great comunicator

Flexibility and adaptation to different types of situation, even under pressure.

Inclined to working in multidisciplinary teams.

Initiative and strategic vision.

Interest

I like reading and studying on Quality Systems, means to improve and being more productive in all the interphases of a company, like Toyota Phylosophy, Lean Thinking, etc.

I like cinema, theatre, musicals, opera, concerts.

I love playing the piano, classical music, which constitutes a personal challenge to grow in this area too.

Objective

My goal is to consolidate and develop my carreer in corporate directive positions for quality assurance and/or regulatory affairs, in multionational or national pharma, food or cosmetics industries.