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Production and Quality Assurance Team Leader
The selected candidate will be responsible for leading a production and quality assur-
ance team involved in the manufacture of well established over the counter pharma-
Areas of responsibility include:
Manufacturing - responsibility for daily operations of multiple production lines, prepar-
ing appropriate reports, managing ordering of raw materials and packaging, coordinat-
ing repairs with the maintenance supervisor.
Quality Assurance - managing quality of incoming raw materials and packaging and
finished goods, manage the fatility hygiene requirements, monitor and manage any
EH&S - ensure all environment, health and safety requirements are met.
Other duties - Manage quality assurance and production teams, liaise with regulatory
agencies and other stakeholders as required, conduct regular audits on production,
safety and quality,
prepare required reports.
- BSc in - Chemistry, Physics, Mechanical or Electrical Engineering from a
recognized tertiary institution.
- A minimum of 3 years experience in a supervisory/management role in a
- Knowledge of HACCP/TPM/TQM would be an asset.
The Ideal Candidate
- A problem solver with an ability to think outside the box.
- Possesses exceptional communication and documentation skills.
- Demonstrated analytical skills and mechanical/technical aptitude.
- Must be able to manage multiple priorities and maintain focus.
- A strong sense of personal responsibility for the achievement of team targets.
- Contribute positively to a multi-disciplinary team.
- Proficient in Microsoft Office
Please submit your application by email to firstname.lastname@example.org
no later than May 13th, 2013.
References are required and only successful candidates will be contacted.
Around five o clock last Sunday
afternoon, Helmin Wiels
bought fish on Marie Pampoen
beach in Curaçao. Before he could
pocket his change, a gunman fired
five times. Hit in the back, he died
Wiels was leader of Pueblo Sober-
ano, the largest party in Curaçao s
Parliament, with five of the 21 seats.
Aged 54, he had been in politics for
ten years, after a career in social
work. Ronald Plasterk, the Dutch
minister who handles relations with
the island, last week called him "the
most powerful man in Curaçao."
He was a fierce campaigner
against corruption, with strong
grassroots support and a weekly
radio slot. He railed also against
other targets---political opponents,
Dutch expats, alleged mafia mem-
bers, drug dealers, and the US
counter-narcotics planes at Hato
Airport. A regular presence at early
morning mass in the Catholic
cathedral, Wiels did not spare his
Three days before his death, he
said that he intended to expose
alleged illegalities linked to the use
of text messages for the sale of lot-
The murder left the country
stunned. The streets went dead at
nightfall. A small crowd applauded
the dead man as his body left the
beach under police escort. Some
wept. Supporters lit candles. A sad
bunch of flowers marked the killing
Why was Helmin Weils killed?
The non-party Prime Minister,
Daniel Hodge is cautious. He told
Dutch journalists: "There are a lot
of speculations. I cannot join them."
But he added, "Probably it has to
do with the statements of Mr Wiels
in the past period."
Two brothers, aged 19 and 27,
were arrested on Tuesday. They had
uploaded a YouTube video which
threatened more deaths (don t both-
er to look: it s mostly a black
screen, with a soundtrack in the
local language, Papiamento).
It is not clear that they are the
assassins. The killing looks like a
long-planned professional job. It
was fast and efficient, with no col-
lateral damage from stray bullets.
The murderers knew Wiels move-
ments. They picked a Sunday, the
day he dropped his bodyguards.
Buying fish at Marie Pampoen was
a weekly routine.
The police are not saying much.
Two dozen witnesses were on the
beach---but most are not talking. An
accomplice drove off with the
shooter in a gold-coloured car. It
has not been traced. Some look for
clues in a number-play with four
fives---five o clock on May 5, with
Curaçao is a pretty little island,
40 miles off the coast of Venezuela.
Its clear waters, sunny climate and
the bustling historic city of Willem-
stad pulled more than 400,000
tourists last year. The other money-
spinner is an oil refinery, leased to
Venezuela s PdVSA.
October 2010 marked a bright
new dawn. Curaçao won self-gov-
ernment, or status aparte as one of
four theoretically equal constituents
of the Kingdom of the Netherlands,
alongside Aruba, the Dutch half of
St Maarten, and the European
Netherlands. A Dutch relief package
cleared most of Curaçao s debts.
At first glance, all looks well. But
the killing spotlights unstable poli-
tics, shaky public finances, large-
scale drug crime and corruption.
In the Netherlands tradition of
proportional representation, any
party with more than 5 per cent of
the national vote gets a seat. Then
the fun starts, as rivals jockey for
In 2010, Wiels Pueblo Soberano
joined a ruling coalition with two
other parties. The new prime min-
ister, 36-year-old Gerrit Schotte,
was a dashing but controversial fig-
ure with a Colombian mother, and
ethnically one of Curaçao s white
There were concerns when his
government disbanded the national
security service, which gathered
data on organised crime and the
drug trade. Nobody was entirely
sure what happened to its files.
There was controversy over a pro-
posed appointment to the central
Last year, two members of Parlia-
ment crossed the floor. Fearing a
no-confidence vote, the Speaker did
not convene the House. To resolve
the crisis, a temporary non-political
Cabinet was appointed, with fresh
elections called for October. After
the poll, Wiels dumped Schotte to
form a new coalition with 11 of the
21 seats. A further reshuffle is due.
The long-suffering Hodge wants to
step down from his post as soon he
In spite of the Dutch 2010
bailout, public finances are a mess.
The central bank said last year that
it had lost track of government
debt. In July, the Kingdom Council,
where Caribbean representatives sit
with the Dutch Cabinet, formally
instructed Curaçao to balance its
In today s Curaçao, the dread
word is Mafia. The US State
Department reported in March
that fishing boats from Colom-
bia and Venezuela bring cocaine
destined for the USA and
Europe, adding that Curaçao
lacks the capacity to "address
endemic drug-related crime,
violence, and corruption."
Last December, armed bandits
dressed as police raided a
messy Guyanese fishing boat
moored in Curaçao. They seized
US$11.5 million in gold. Seven
suspects were later held. Some
of the gold was recovered in
Like Wiels death, that crime
remains a mystery.
...Why? And what's next?
CURAÇAO'S BIG MAN SHOT DEAD
Helmin Wiel, right, and Gerrit Schotte in happier times.
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