Jack of all trades

Remigius Angula is a quality assurance manager at Plastic Packaging.

09 August 2019 | People

Pull quote: “I plan on taking the Plastic Packaging Group's standards compliance to the next level.,” – Remigius Angula

Michelline Nawatises

Remigius Angula was born in Oshakati in the Oshana Region. He holds a Bachelor of Science (BSc) Honours degree in microbiology which he obtained at the University of Stellenbosch and a BSc degree in chemistry and molecular physiology from the University of Namibia. He is currently involved in quality management systems (QMS) and food safety system implementation.

Angula was a laboratory technician at Unam from 2003 to 2007. He took up position as microbiologist at the Namibia Standards Institution (NSI) between 2008 and 2013. He was promoted to section head of microbiology at the NSI, a position he held until 2015. He relocated to Walvis Bay and was a quality and food safety coordinator at Walvis Bay Salt Refiners until 2018.

The fierce Angula joined the Plastic Packaging family mid-September of 2018 and is a quality assurance manager for the entire Plastic Packaging group; this includes Angola and South Africa. His job entails establishing, documenting, implementing, monitoring and evaluating and continually improving the effectiveness of the quality management system of Plastic Packaging in accordance with ISO standards other applicable statutory and regulatory requirements to enhance customer satisfaction.

His day includes ensuring that in-house quality checks, procedures, standards and specifications are met. He conducts root-cause analyses on customer complaints and quality alerts, provides feedback on these and conducts training on quality and food safety-related issued to the employees. He further drafts standard operating procedures, work instructions and coordinates the health and safety related matters of Plastic Packaging. Angula is also responsible for the implementation of lean manufacturing principles at the workplace (eliminating all sorts of waste). Everything revolves around the plan-to-do-check-act cycle for continuous improvements.

The father of three children has accomplished being part of the NSI microbiology team that got the lab in Walvis Bay accredited to ISO 17025:2005 as well as being a technical signatory for all accredited microbiological methods. Furthermore, he was selected from Africa to attend a six-month training course on quality for the World Market Leadership Training in Germany and is certified as a lead auditor (ISO 9001:2008)

The soccer fanatic is inspired by seeing progress in performing a certain task and knowing that he made an impact. “It gives me satisfaction to see an immense progression in tasks I perform and see a positive outcome after the final product,” he says. When asked by Careers what advice he would give to his young self, knowing what he knows now, he had this to say: “You are the creator of your destiny. Don't procrastinate your duties always stay focused,” he said.

The jack of all trades wants to see himself as an integrated systems auditor (ISO 9001, 14001, 45001) in the future and he strongly believes that Plastic Packaging is the correct platform for him to succeed in his talents and to make this dream a reality.

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