Mail : firstname.lastname@example.org
Tel.: +31 (0)6 12 45 83 42
Date of birth : 07-03-1964 (Gouda)
Address : Voordijk 71
5254 VG Haarsteeg (NB)
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Edwin M. Wekking
Entrepreneur. Creative, go-getter, perfectionist and loyal. Strong skills in leadership, restructuring, organization development and digital transformation processes. As an entrepreneur I have experience with the various phases in which a company can find itself: strong annual growth (turnover and profit), development (new services), investments / financing and ultimately successful sale of the company (Opinion BV). But also the start of a company during the financial crisis (in collaboration with private equity party), crisis management, restart and ultimately bankruptcy (Foodscore BV). Working together, renewing, trusting and persevering are the pillars of my functioning in every job.
Knowledge and expertise in the field of change management and reorganisations. Successful implementations of LIMS systems, ERP and ‘real-time OEE monitoring’ and analysis. Extensive experience in the field of food & non-food technology (microbiological, chemical, sensory). Thorough knowledge and experience with quality systems (ISO, IFS food & HPC, BRC). Design, development (building ) of specific systems for the food industry (including Aldi, Jumbo, Albert Heijn and Delhaize).
As a hobby; specialized in website technology, on-line marketing, writing texts (advertising, sales, websites, scientific publications).
Keeping donkeys on my farm and coffee lover
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Keywords: entrepreneur, (interim) manager change & improve (focus on production environment), food safety and quality specialist, laboratory, IT systems (LIMS, ERP), manager, driving force behind innovation, implementation of efficiency.
(2019 – present)
Daily management in a production company with 3-shift system (80 employees) , 20 production cells, technical service (co-making & co-packing HPC). Focus on efficiency, improvements and quality and IT. Demonstrable results in efficiency and improvement processes. Design, building and implementation of real-time OEE monitoring in the factory.
QESH manager & daily management laboratory. Successful transformation of the laboratory (less FTE, higher production). Introduction and validation of the innovative Certa Blue system (micro). Establishment and implementation of LIMS (successfully completed). Audit process IFS HPC successfully completed (higher level).
Support with IFS audit. Supervision Albert Heijn audit (product integrity) and ompleted successfully. Performing internal quality audits and training personnel (quality system).
(2010 – 2016)
Research agency & laboratory (operating internationally). Daily activities were mainly advice (quality), product development (improving recipes, cost price reduction) and the daily management of the research- and consultancy department within the company. Inventor and developer of the ‘Foodscore system’: web-based portal to manage specifications and research results of private label products. The Foodscore system has been used intensively for 6 years by Jumbo, SuperUnie, Albert Heijn, Euroshopper and Delhaize. Inventor and developer of labeling tool (online) for Aldi suppliers (based on legislation (EC) No. 1169/2011). The tool has been successfully introduced.
(2004 – 2009)
Set-up and design of a new location for the Food laboratory in Oosterhout (2005). Daily management and final responsibility of this new laboratory. Microbiological, chemical and physical research. The design and implementation of the sensory research department within the lab was completed at a later stage. Expanding portfolio of analyzes based on growth and development of customers. Lab set up in 2 shift system. Responsible for monthly financial reports to the owner (Candover private equity plc).
(1992 – 2003)
Founder, shareholder and director of the independently established internationally operating sensory research agency with ultimately branches in Germany, UK, Belgium, Poland and France. Taking care of sensory projects for retail organizations: selection of suppliers for private label products and monitoring the quality of private labels (Aldi, Lidl, Jumbo, SuperUnie, Albert Heijn). Product optimization and innovation for branded article manufacturers (Schweppes, Unilever, Verstegen, Peijnenburg etc.). Daily management of the company (finance, sales, research). Not only the collection of sensory data (fieldwork) but combining this data with technical data (ingredients, nutritional values) of the product was (is) my specialty (cost price reduction).
(1988 – 1991)
Initially worked through BSO (current Atos Origin) as an IT consultant at Biochem. Advising (and building) a LIMS system. More specifically, the data exchange between analysis equipment, the LIMS and ultimately its integration into a website to make the data accessible to customers. After successfully completing this process, joined the management and became a lab manager. Daily management of the food laboratory. In addition, development analyzes and expansion of customer base.
Main areas of experience
Management, training & advice
IT systems, production & technology
Food & non-food technology
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- Training & Advice
- Strategy & innovation
- Production & technology
- Quality Systems (e.g. ISO, IFS, BRC)
- Laboratory technology (food & non food)
HBO (HAS) business administration (diploma)
WO Nijmegen (Mathematics) , 4th year not finished
Various courses and training courses in communication, management, quality, IT and food technology.
Dutch : native language
English : excellent
German : very good
French : good
Examples of recent projects
1. Real time production monitoring, continous improvement
20 production cells and 4 mixing plants equipped with tablets for the operators (and team leaders). Set up logical input screens based on a solid data model. Recording of failures, performance (output) and various other parameters during each production run by operators. Data is immediately displayed on a dashboard for the team leaders and in the event of a downtime , notifications are sent directly to the technical service. Progress per production cell and mixing plant can be read directly from the ‘real time dashboard’. This provides concrete information (calculations) regarding lead time, nature and duration of disruptions, actions of the technical service, OEE figures and insight into the difference between planned parameters of the running order versus the ‘actual’ parameters. As soon as orders are closed, financial performance is also available via the dashboards. The next scheduled orders are visible on the basis of a clear planning dashboard for team leaders and operators. The data of the order to be started is directly available (duration, end time, speed of the line, etc.). Quality parameters of the just completed order are immediately available (line checks, product deviations, filling weights etc.). Daily overview of the total performance per production cell and mixing plant are reported automatically. The implementation of this system was completed in 6 months. Achieved: on average the downtime per line decreased by almost 15% (view graph).
2. Implementation LIMS, KPI’s, management of change
Replacing the ‘Excel’ based working at the lab with the implementation of a LIMS system (Alis). This allows efficient storage and archiving of all measurement data from laboratory & production. Easy filtering & searching within large amounts of data. In a very extensive matrix of SKUs and specifications, an automatic specification check has been realized (Non-conformity detection & (e-mail) alarms). Because more time has become available at the lab, more attention is paid to statistics & trend analyzes for all measurements, Control Chart rules (Shewhart + Nelson rules) and capability studies (including cp/cpk). This has resulted in a significant quality improvement of the performance in the lab and a reduction of 1.5 FTE.
Quality must be supported throughout the entire organization. Based on the digital document management in Alis, procedures, work rules and registrations via tablets are made accessible on the work floor. The result of this better awareness in terms of quality and more accurate work has reduced the number of non-conformities by 7%. For a detailed description of the project I also refer to the ‘case’ made by the quality partner ‘Alis’.
3. Improvement : setup and validation new methods micro
Efficiency improvement: replacing the traditional (labor-intensive) microbiological research method with the Certa Blue method. This method is based on the rapid detection of metabolic processes that take place in microorganisms. The metabolic activity causes a color change in the sensor that is applied to the bottom of the test vial. This color change is detected by optical sensors. This means that results can be read within 24 hours (previously between 3-5 days) and that end products can be faster for delivery (and therefore faster invoicing is possible). Saving on micro within the lab of 1 FTE. The validation of the method has been successfully completed within the team. A second method that has been successfully validated within the accreditation process (ISO 17025) is the Tempo method from BioMerieux. View method…