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PETER DAGADU

903 Chapel Ridge Drive * Perry, Georgia 31069


pdd68ee2@westpost.net * (706) 436-9942 (Cell)
QUALITY ASSURANCE MANAGEMENT
Food Processing * Production Management * Safety Programs
Diligent and accomplished Quality Assurance Manager offering distinguished caree
r applying principles of product safety evaluation and control within fast-paced
, highly regulated, food processing environments. Decisive leader with talent fo
r developing and implementing food defense training and quality programs related
to microorganisms, sanitation, and pre-operational inspections. Adept in drivin
g continual improvements and initiating processing equipment modifications to el
evate efficiency, profitability and effectiveness. Thrive in environments requir
ing flexibility, resourcefulness, and split-second decision-making. Multilingual
communicator with abilities in English, Spanish, and French.
CORE COMPETENCIES
* Food Safety Inspections
* Process Change Management
* Sanitation Standards * Lean Manufacturing Processes
* Production Efficiencies
* Customer Satisfaction * Quality Improvement
* HACCP / GMP / SQF
* Staff Training Programs
PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
ALLENS, INC. - Montezuma, GA 2009 to 2010
Directed quality control practices related to packaging and processing of food p
roducts at 2 plant locations for industry leader in frozen and canned consumer a
nd commercial vegetable brands.
Quality Systems Manager
Conducted routine production floor inspections to identify and rectify any emerg
ing food safety violations, defective machinery, and sanitation issues. Collabor
ated with production managers, plant management, safety department, and human re
source professionals on resolution of GMP and other SSOP violations. Evaluated q
uality of finished products, ensuring compliance with USDA and other governing r
egulations. Trained, tested, and evaluated all levels of employees on GMPs, pers
onal hygiene and basic HACCP. Led, coached, and mentored 2 Quality System Superv
isors, 2 Sanitation Supervisors and teams of 10-15 Quality Assurance Technicians
on performance of daily functions. Key Achievements:
* Drove changes on production floor layout practices to avoid product contaminat
ion during processing.
* Prevented cross-contamination for employees and products by implementing color
-coded system within Allergen room.
* Prepared facilities for SQF Certification by developing and delivering necessa
ry training.
WEST LIBERTY FOODS - West Liberty, IA 2008 to 2009
Enforced quality standards and regulatory compliance for manufacturer of high-qu
ality protein products built custom according to diverse retail client specifica
tions.
Quality Assurance / Food Safety Supervisor
Monitored equipment and slicing and packaging practices to ensure compliance wit
h USDA, GMPs, and other government regulations. Evaluated micros of product cont
act surfaces and other environmental conditions. Inspected finished products, ma
de quality determinations, and ensured customer requirements were consistently a
chieved. Provided training, developing, and functional guidance to team of 6 to
8 quality assurance technicians to ensure consistently strong results. Key Achie
vement:
* Instrumental in minimizing liability risk related to product contamination by
performing monthly food safety and weekly plant process audits.
PILGRIM'S PRIDE CORPORATION - Elberton, GA 2005 to 2007
Spearheaded production team for one of largest chicken companies in the United S
tates and Mexico, generating $7.1B in net annual sales.
Production Supervisor
Scheduled and supervised unit responsible for batter/breading par-frying of musc
led and formed meat products, along with bagging, casing, palletizing of formed
chicken products. Directed daily activities conducted by team of 30 and provided
coaching, mentoring, and training needed to maintain standards for quality, saf
ety, and customer specifications quotas. Performed quality inspections of machin
es, materials, and products. Identified deviations and prepared daily reports de
tailing new and ongoing quality issues. Key Achievement:
* Successfully identified and resolved problems with staffs, processes, and prac
tices, resulting in improvement to efficiency, productivity, and profitability.
* Provided hands-on leadership to production line that was never halted during q
uality control checks during 2-year tenure..
SYLVEST POULTRY COMPANY - Montgomery, AL 2002 to 2005
Managed product fabrication processes for regional poultry processing facility.
Production Supervisor
Directed safe and sanitary fabrication, weighing, boxing, and icing of chicken p
arts preformed by production team. Monitored production yields and customer spec
ifications, ensuring finished products achieved defined objectives. Ensured comp
any complied with governmental regulations and standards by training and retrain
ing all levels of staff on operational practices.
HOUSE OF RAEFORD FARMS - Athens, MI
1998 to 2002
Identified and resolved safety and quality issues relating to RTE-processed poul
try products processed by leading provider of full line of top-quality poultry p
roducts.
Food Safety / Quality Assurance Manager
Evaluated product processing records, including microbiological tests result of
contact surfaces and environmental situations, identified discrepancies, and pro
vided corrective actions and prevention practices. Monitored plant-level pest co
ntrol activities, SSOP and SOP. Trained, developed, and supervised 12 to 15 qual
ity assurance techs and provided guidance on handling situations revealed during
daily checks.
EDUCATION AND CREDENTIALS
Bachelor of Science in Animal / Food Science * THE UNIVERSITY OF GEORGIA - Athen
s, GA
Professional Development
Better Retort Operations and Processing ~ Supervisory Skills ~ Workshop on Therm
al Processing ~ Statistical Process Control (SPC) ~ Continuous Improvement Skil
ls. HACCP Certified, SQF Implementation Certified Past Experiences
1.Southern Packaging Company (SO PAK CO) 1981 to 1985 Quality Control Supervisor
. Thermal Processing.
Processed MRE for the US Military in flexible pouches as well as Cans.
2.White Poultry, 1985 to1990 Debone Supervisor Supervised 45 diverse associates
in deboning of front halves.
3.ConAgra Poultry 1990 to 1997 Debone Superintendent Supervised Supervisors in d
eboning of RTE Chickens.
4. Keystone foods 1996 to 1997 Food Safety/QA Manager. Processed Chicken Nuggets
for McDonalds.