Lerato Kuoe, Quality Control Manager at Lesotho Flour Mills Ltd.
How long have you been employed with SOTG?
June 1st, 1992.
What is your history/career path prior to Seaboard?
I trained as a laboratory technologist and after completing my studies I was employed by the Government of Lesotho in the Health sector. I worked in the lab for four years. My main duty was to analyze the patients’ samples as they came in. I worked in different sections of the lab including the Microbiology lab, Clinical Chemistry lab, Hematology and Blood transfusion lab. The rotation into different laboratories did give me a chanced to learn different procedures and handling patients which present different illnesses and treatments.
June 1st, 1992 I arrived at Lesotho Flour Mills where I started as a Laboratory Technician. There my main duties were to analyze all raw materials and finished products against the specifications.
I was later promoted into the position of Lab Supervisor and my duty was to supervise the Lab Technicians and the Assistant Lab Technician.
I assisted in making sure the lab was running smoothly, which meant making sure the specifications were laid out clearly to ensure a smooth operation of all lab equipment and ordering of all consumables that were required.
This included sitting in for the Lab Manager when off duty or on leave. On January 1st, 2007 I was appointed the Quality Control Manager title.
What are your current responsibilities?
My team and I ensure that the quality system is documented, implemented and maintained effectively.
To ensure that we adhere to all food laws, food fortification regulations (which the government is pushing to be mandatory) and all the grading regulations.
What do you enjoy most about working for Seaboard?
Seaboard being an international company exposes us in different ways.
Most of our leaders (Executive Management) are expatriates meaning that they have exposure of working in different countries. They positively influence us with international ways of doing this.
What’s your favorite story/memory about working for Seaboard?
My favorite memory is when I got promoted into the position of Quality Manager. This was a huge step for me as followed or entered into the boots of a lady who was very strong and had very powerful leadership skills.
What important values do you think Seaboard delivers on?
Seaboard has a strong unity. It advocates strongly on teamwork and not solo mentality. Seaboard strives on improvement and improving at all times.
Seaboard values reliability and integrity.
What surprised you most about the job or its location?
What surprised me the most is that it does not matter how long you have been in the job, you’re given an opportunity to learn everyday.
How do you spend your free time?
Family time is the most valuable time. So, due to the fact that most of the time we’re at work, free time I like to dedicate to my family. It can be just sitting at home or enjoying an outing.
What is your hidden talent? Or something most people don’t know about you?
I am passionate about cooking, especially baking. I am a person that really works better when I am under pressure.