Paola Andrea Plazas Tobón

  • Bogotá
Paola Andrea  Plazas Tobón



Chemical Engineer  with extensive experience in manufacturing sectors, such as  pharmaceutical, food, paper and plastic, with an emphasis on quality management and production, process control, personnel management and continuous Improvement . Excellent attitude towards teamwork, leadership, continuous learning, adaptability, accountability and results oriented persistence. Solid knowledge of good manufacturing practices, HACCP basic knowledge and specialist in systems quality management.

Work experience

Work experience
Feb 2014 - Mar 2016


SCHNEIDER ELECTRIC - Dexson Plant                                                                Multinational Company  leader management energy

Promote excellence projects and programs to all areas of the company, understanding and scaling those critical problems in order to solve, act as a coach with  teams, in order to contribute to problem solving. Make permanent visits to the market, identifying and realizing opportunities for improvement, also proposing the reallocation of resources, sharing ideas with others in the cluster and actively acting as a representative in the Business & Management Review meetings. Work within the areas of the organization, generating greater awareness towards quality, implementing the Support Center and Customer Support, participate in the process of cost reduction generated within the plant. Act as facilitator in the process of developing action plans cross in the company, especially in relation to functions Quality (customer satisfaction)  and industrial supply chains.Maintain good internal and external relationships with the management teams of different entities (national, divisional, government), keep good practices of quality and satisfaction.


  • Obtain Product Certifications, such as, RETIE,  UL , M1 for material for Reaction to fire.
  • Reduce Customer´s Complaints related with Quality Products in 90% ( 2014 vs 2015)
  • Reduce Non Quality Cost 0.7% to 0.4 0%(2014 vs 2015)
  • Project Six Sigma “Complete Products to Customers”.
  • Successful Replacement to Quality & Customer satisfaction Manager Andean Zone during 4 months
  • Lead action in projects to launch New Projects: Apolo and Venus for raceways.
Apr 2011 - Feb 2014


EMPACOR - Colombian company manufacturer of paper and corrugated material.

Ensure compliance with product quality specifications., analysis of business processes and implementation of programs to improve the quality changes, track performance or raw materials, evaluate suppliers, plan and validate  tests to standardize new materials, handling complaints and customer complaints ,  lead process management or water treatment company (PTAR). 18 people in charged.


  • Starting  plant waste water treatment and process standardization.
  • Standardizing  analysis methods paper strength according to TAPPI (Technical Association of the Pulp and Paper Industry).
  • Obtain Savings $ 72,000,000 / month, due to  dosage adjustment process chemicals.
  • Implementation of methods of analysis for PET flakes from recycled material.
Aug 2009 - Mar 2011


TEAMFOODS COLOMBIA- Food company of fats and vegetable oils sector with presence in Chile, Colombia, Mexico and the United States.

Leading all activities related to the production process, personnel planning and production, improving efficiencies and quality results process and product. 20 people in charged.


  • Standardizing process or hydrogenated products.
  • Savings achieved $ 86,000,000 in 2010, due to savings plans in consumption of services (steam, water, air, energy).
  • Decreased amount of nonconforming products from 17% to 9% in hydrogenated products.
May 2008 - Dec 2008


INDUSTRIA QUIMICA ANDINA- Colombian pharmaceutical and chemical industry producing active ingredients for the pharmaceutical industry (acetylsalicylic acid, salicylic acid, granules, food coloring and caramel color).

Direct, coordinate and control the activities related to production processes for optimization of material and human resources. Prepare the budget or purchases of raw materials, packaging materials and supplies required to meet the production schedule.Perform scheduling production of different lines of production and logistics of raw materials and packaging materials. Ensure the efficiency, profitability and productivity of processes to maintain the highest levels of product quality.Selection, evaluation and negotiation with suppliers and  lead the plant people and ensure their well-being.


Decrease in the cost of the final product (Color Candy and food coloring), due to the development of competitive suppliers of packaging material, as a result, the Company has projected annual savings of $ 72,000,000.

Jan 2006 - Apr 2008



Schedule monthly production and all related activities according to orders required by customers. Direct the production process according to the procedures and include improvements to optimize the use of resources.Control physical inventories of raw materials in the plant. Direct and keep discipline by staff (16 people). Coordinate different activities of cleaning and maintenance of equipment and facilities.


  • Optimizing the unit consumption of raw materials in the final product, resulting in decreased costs by approximately $ 144.000.000 per month.
  • Standardization of processes or plant granules.
  • Developed new references or product to meet specific customer needs, specifically granular product.
Jul 1997 - Dec 2005



Responsible for giving support to the production area and standardize processes following the guidelines of ISO 9001: 2000. Monitoring  and control production activities. Analyze the behavior of the critical variables of production processes, take corrective and preventive actions.Optimize the use of productive resources.   Perform basic engineering studies for projects (balances of matter and energy, equipment selection). Responsible for plant design.Conduct audits (internal audit of quality management system).


  • Controlling the production process (reduction of deviations and incidents in the process by up to 50% compared from 2000 to 2004).
  • Collaborated with the improvement of the different processes (purchases, sales, planning, quality control, storage and others), through conducting internal audits in the role of principal auditor.
  • standardization of production processes (acetylsalicylic acid, salicylic acid and caramel).
    or I integrated the process equipment maintenance to the production process to reduce downtime Unscheduled and preserve the integrity of the product: (Working graduate "Implementation of preventive maintenance process to improve the efficiency of the production process in Chemical Industry Andina" . Work approved with merit mention. 2003)
Aug 1995 - Jun 1997



Research and development studies in the laboratory to determine the influence of process variables and  Implement in industrial scale plant the findings to improve production processes.


Feb 2002 - Jun 2003


Universidad Agraria de Colombia - ICONTEC

Management and administration systems Quality management.

Jan 1991 - Dec 1996


Universidad América - Bogotá Colombia

Chemical engineering is the branch of engineering that is dedicated to the study, synthesis, development, design, operation and optimization of all industrial processes that produce physical, chemical and / or biochemical materials.

Certifications and Courses

Feb 2016 - Present

Black Belt Expected certification

G&C Lean Sigma

Know and implement  special tools of Six Sigma and Lean Manufacturing large-scale companies,  reducing costs and improving processes in the short, medium and long-term element. 

Jul 2015

8D Problem Solving Methodology

Schneider Electric
Dec 2013

Human Resources Administration

SENA  - 40 Hours
Nov 2013

Leadership, teamwork and effective communication

SENA - 60 Hours
Mar 2013

Environmental Management System Auditor




Good Communicator

Capability to communicate with technical and non-technical people


Motivate and develop People to get the common well-being of the team 

Make Things happend

implement strategies to achieve results

Team Working

The process of working collaboratively with a group of people in order to achieve a goal.