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Fiona Byrns

Fiona Byrns

Food Industry Consulting

Currently resides in: Western Cape, South Africa

Born in Johannesburg South Africa

Proven track record at a senior management level
Extensive Product Development experience in the Product/Process development
Management of commercial programs for procurement of goods required for products as well as related services
Business process Development experience from green field sites to revamping existing sites
Project Management skills that have been proven in all areas of business from Technical, Commercial, IT, Food Safety and Engineering. Heading up project teams and controlling project deliverables and costs.
Responsible for developing and managing compliance programs related to the following ISO9000, ISO22000, OHAS

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Business Address

Cape Town, Cape Town, South Africa

Professional details

Current Position(s)

food industry specialist | consulting | FAB Consultancy
South Africa | 2015 - present

Technical Executive | Bidfood Food Ingredients
Cape Town, South Africa | 2012 - present

Manufacturing and Industrial

Food Industry Consultant | Consultant | FAB Consultancy
South Africa

Previous Position(s)

Owner/consultant | World focus cc
Cape Town, South Africa | 2012 - 2012

Online Media, Internet and E-Commerce

Specialist business process consulting, with the emphasis on manufacturing systems and related technologies.
IT consulting
Web Development

Plant Manager | Danisco
Cape Town, South Africa | 2010 - 2012

Manufacturing and Industrial

Responsible for the management and direction of the plant at the Danisco site in Cape Town, South Africa. Accountable for implementing policies, procedures and tactical plans in accordance with the strategy formulated by the division management including the allocation and motivation of resources in the most efficient manner to timely meet the company goals and objectives. These resources include Production, Quality control and Quality assurance, Maintenance, IT, Office Administration (including HR) Warehouse management (shared with LOGFI) and Production planning.

Owner | World focus cc
Cape Town, South Africa | 2009 - 2010

Consulting and Project Management

Self-employed consulting as a Projects Co-ordinator consulting to EOH as a project manager for Syspro implementations as well has hardware installations. Serviced a wide variety of customers in the FMCG, Automotive and general manufacturing industries.
Management of projects to ensure timelines and budgets where meet.
Provide reports and tracking for billing of consultants assigned to projects
Assist with project scoping and tendering for new projects
Function as a liaison between client and consultants to ensure project objectives are meet

Project Manager - Capital expenditure | Orley Foods
2008 - 2009

• The relocation and construction of a new chocolate factory to house some existing equipment and make space for future equipment
• The acquisitions and installation of newly purchased equipment to increase production capacity and increase product lines
• The design and implementation of a automation system to allow better control of the reticulation of raw materials in the factory – WonderWare
• The design and implementation of a replacement business system - Syspro
It was recognised that during my employ at Orley I had managed all the major projects from the technical to the construction and including the change management project to convert the existing ERP system to a new system that I take on a role focusing on this aspect of the business as it needed a dedicated project manager.
Orley foods have recently been sold to the Libstar group.

Operations Manager | Orley Foods
2004 - 2008

Head up the Operations Department which consists of the following areas: Manufacturing, Engineering, Logistics, Productivity, Procurement, IT, SHEQ (including Laboratories), Site Services, Safety and Hygiene.
Ensure the Equity and Workplace Skills targets are adhered to by actively promoting staff development and increasing retention of key staff members.
• Maintain appropriate disciplinary standards within Company and Departments within my control
• The appointed 16.2 responsible for Site Safety and Security as defined by the OHSA Act.
• Responsible for the efficient manufacture and quality of products through the manufacturing facilities as well as tracking all new technologies and ensuring the smooth implementation of these technologies.
• Control department expenditure and participate in financial decisions on CAPEX acquisitions for company.
• Member of the executive team deciding on strategic directions of the Company.
• Responsible to communicate with the relevant staff organisations and unions (FAWU & THOR) and represent the Company at the CCMA.
• Actively promoting the participation of the Adult Education Programme for the factory employees
• Managing the IT department to improve and update the company technologies and infrastructure, managing that the systems in place ensure intellectual property is not compromised and is well guarded thereby offering peace of mind to the numerous multinational companies whose information is stored on the IT systems i.e. recipes.
• Managing the procurement department and improving the sourcing of raw materials and equipment with policy and procedures.
• Ensuring that the HACCP and ISO systems where maintained and that all audits where successful be they from the various governing organisations or the customers.
• Participating in policy change and ensuring that all areas of the business is covered by the ISO document management systems

R&D Manager | Mars
2001 - 2004

Defining and developing business process for the following departments, R&D, Commercial, IT and Quality
Instituting a customer safety control system - e.g. HACCP and a system to ensure that consistent quality is maintained. Instituting a monitoring system for raw materials and finished stock including stock in the trade.
Setting up an analytical laboratory with the required equipment, Staff and testing procedures as required by the defined business processes.
Co-ordinating the installation of an IT infrastructure and the procurement of the hardware and software pre SAP installation. Designing the IT systems for the technical department and procurement departments to meet the business requirements
Rationalisation of recipes, processes and raw materials to increase profits in the target markets resulting in more efficient supply chain processes
Implementing procurement policies and widening the supplier base to ensure cost effective purchasing.
Setting up New Product Development processes starting with product costings and market perceptions to enable increased speed to market of new products. Interfacing with the Factory and Engineering Managers thereby ensuring quick turnaround of product to market. Responsible for the technical aspects of packaging. Interfacing with the Franchise and Trade Marketing Managers in the development and approval of new and modification to existing packaging.Assisting with the design of packaging from concept to final production by overseeing the printing and manufacture of the various raw materials. Initiating product and process improvements to ensure cost-effective efficient production. Participated in the commissioning of upgraded equipment and new technologies.
Giving input to the Factory Manager as regards efficient production and meeting of growth targets. Assisting with the management of the business in twice-monthly management meetings. Reporting to the Board of Directors on a quarterly basis.

New Product Development Manager | Nabisco Biscuit Company
Johannesburg, South Africa | 1999 - 2000

Consumer Goods, Fashion and Retail

Product development/Improvement, Systems development (Development focused, Sensory evaluation, Raw material sourcing, Project management (Development focused), Food Law, Department management, Department financial control,Participate at a senior management level in decision making

New Product Development Manager | Cadbury plc.
1987 - 1999

• Develop new product lines from conceptualization to launch stage
• Managing the R&D technologists
• Sensory Evaluation
• Maintaining and Upgrading the technical department computer hardware and software.
• Team leader in developing the SAP system for the company.
• Maintaining the recipe system and costing of new products
• Providing a consumer help line for all customer queries regarding product.
• Ensuring all products meet legal requirements both local and international by communicating with all relevant government bodies
• Member of FLAG – Food Law Advisory Group – assisting Department of Heath draw up the new food labelling Act
• Commissioning of new plant and technologies
• Control departmental expenditure and set up budgets

Educational history


Adfen Internationa

2006 - present

Competency based Recruitment

FFh Skills Development

2006 - 2009

First Aid Level 1

Lexis Nexis Firm Manager

2004 - present

Legal Liability - OHAS

TACK International

2003 - present

Coaching for results

TACK International

2003 - present

Handling Conflict at work

The Institute of Packaging

2000 - 2001

Diploma in Packaging Technology - Packaging Technology

SkillPath Seminars

1999 - present

Managing Multiple Projects, Objectives and Deadlines


1998 - 1998

Diploma in Project Management - Project Management

ZDA Solingen Germany

1997 - present

ZDS Diploma in Confectionery Technology

ARC-Animal Production Institute (ARC-API)

1995 - present

Advanced Sensory Evaluation

Cape Technikon

1986 - present

ND Food Technology - Food Technology




Member, 2000 - present

The Institute is a non-profit organization dedicated to the development of the art and science of packaging in South Africa, and to this end, representing the interests of its members in this country.


Member, 1986 - present

SAAFoST is the Association for Food Scientists, Technologists and other Professionals serving the food and allied industries in South Africa.

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