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A day of the life of the Head of Production at Tchaikapharma High Quality Medicines – Varna

My name is Nikolay Nedyalkov and I am the head of the manufacturing plant in Varna. I graduated Automation and Control Systems at Varna Tech University and since then have gathered 18 years of experience in the pharmaceutical field.

My day starts with an overview of the production facilities, a conversation with the shift manager on the implementation of the production planning, discussing possible technical issues. Together with the staff in the Quality Control Department we discuss the results of the ongoing analyses and identify the measures to be taken.

Together with the Logistics department, we clarify the upcoming deliveries, possible schedule changes and the possibilities to compensate for possible backlogs. We review future orders, their volumes and lead times. I also monitor the supply of packaging materials, plan repairs and purchase spare parts.

After discussing the current situation, I clear up any changes made to the production planning with my immediate superiors in line, including recent supply changes. I then prepare a daily report. Occasionally, I also hold meetings with external suppliers and subcontractors.

In my work, it is extremely important to follow the standards of good manufacturing and distribution practice and to comply with European directives and requirements. On a daily basis, I keep myself informed about the latest news in the pharmaceutical sector and about any international and national regulations and remedies.