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Andrejs Boka

Business Unit Manager, Certification Expert, Lead Auditor, Enthusiastic Proponent of the EU Green Deal

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15+ Years Experience

With over 15 years of experience in Management of Quality, Occupational Health and Safety, and Certification, I have achieved numerous professional milestones. During my career, I have served as a Quality Manager for 6 years and as Head of the OHS department for 8 years. Currently, I am helping companies gain international recognition and certification through my work with Bureau Veritas.

Latvian, English, Russian

100%

ISO 9001, 50001, 27001 & GDPR

90%

Salesforce & Tableau

85%

SEO, HTML, CSS, Wordpress

75%

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My Resume

Working Experience

2023 -

Senior Information Systems Auditor

Latvijas Banka

Evaluating the effectiveness, efficiency, security, and compliance of an organization's information systems

2020 - 2023

Business Unit Manager

Bureau Veritas Latvia, Riga

Managing the work of the certification business unit, ensuring smooth communication between management, auditors, sales team, and back office, with experience organizing individual projects with clients and overseeing the work of offices and representative offices across different countries. Additionally, offering legal assistance and maintaining strict control over income and expenses, consistently meeting established personal and office KPIs. With a direct reporting line to the CCE/Board Member, I am committed to delivering outstanding results and contributing to the success of any team.

2015 - 2020

Senior Sales Manager

Bureau Veritas Latvia, Riga

B2B sales and project management for certification services spanning a wide range of industries. These include Quality Management Systems such as ISO 9001, ISO/TS 16949/IATF (automotive), ISO 13485 (medical devices), EN9100 (aerospace), ISO 17100 (translation), and AQAP NATO. Offering Environmental Management Systems (ISO 14001), Occupational Health and Safety Systems (ISO 45001), Energy Management (ISO 50001), Food Safety Management (ISO 22000, BRC, IFS, GMP+, VLOG, FSSC), Information Technology and Security (ISO 20000, ISO 27001), Chain of Custody (FSC, ASC, MSC, UTZ, RSPO, ISO 28000), Social Responsibility (SA8000, SMETA, ISO 26000), Personal Data Protection (GDPR, ISO 27701), and Business Continuity (ISO 22301). Additionally - Verification Services such as Reg. 333/2011; Carbon footprint (ISO 14064-1, ISO 14064-2, ISO 14067)

2007 - 2015

Business Unit Manager

GRIF SIA, Riga

Extensive experience in selling Occupational Health and Safety services and managing branch operations, which includes overseeing HR, QM, marketing, and negotiations with customers, partners, and professional organizations. Additionally, I have worked with state authorities such as the Welfare Ministry, State Labour Inspectorate, Employers’ Confederation of Latvia, and Free Trade Union Confederation of Latvia. As part of my responsibilities, I manage finances, plan work schedules, and provide regular reporting to stakeholders.

2003 - 2007

Quality System Manager

Rīgas vagonbūves rūpnīca AS (Riga Carriage Building Plant)

Process approach implementation, leading quality teams, conducting internal quality audits, implementing and providing internal education on ISO 9001, and managing HR and projects. My efforts have led to successful certifications, including Moody's International and Bureau Veritas, demonstrating my commitment to quality and excellence.

2001 - 2003

Quality Control Specialist

Vairogs-M SIA & RVR AS

2000 - 2000

Metal-Cutting Guillotine Operator

Vairogs-M SIA

My Education

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  • Education
  • Certificates
  • Licenses
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Bac.iur.

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Mg.oec.

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ISO 50001

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ISO 9001

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Management

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ISO 27001

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Communication Breakdowns in the Age of Social Media

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Social Network

11-Mar-2023

The consequences of communication breakdowns can be significant, ranging from minor misunderstandings to serious conflicts. In some cases, communication breakdowns can lead to damaged relationships and lost opportunities. For example, a misinterpreted message on social media could lead to a lost job opportunity or a damaged business relationship.

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Overcoming the Challenge of Norms with Artificial Intelligence

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AI

04-Mar-2023

A new phenomenon, hastily named artificial intelligence, may revolutionize the field of legislation. Perhaps at first, it will be enough to conduct targeted audits to identify repetitions, collisions, gaps, and clear contradictions to the supreme norms. But I am confident that in the near future, any law, position, regulation, directive will undergo a procedure for checking using elements of artificial intelligence.

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Only Systematic Approach Can Influence the Reduction of GHG Emissions

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GHG emissions

03-Mar-2023

Reducing greenhouse gas emissions is crucial to mitigating environmental damage, including energy consumption, energy type, and volume, all of which impact emissions. Meeting energy efficiency targets, utilizing renewable energy sources, developing energy storage capabilities, and implementing eco-design waste management, optimizing packaging materials, skillful recycling, reuse or life extension are all critical measures to reduce emission volumes.

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How to Identify Personal Data: Searching for the Treasure

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Personal data

26-Apr-2018

Hello everyone, in this article, I'd like to offer a fresh perspective on defining personal data. Specifically, I'll discuss which data should be considered "identified" and which can be deemed "identifiable." To illustrate my point, let's play a game called Tobago.
In Tobago, players must find a treasure on the board by limiting their search through a series of filters. At first, the data is non-personal, similar to the start of the game where players have no treasure. As the game progresses, more filters and identifiers are added to transform the data into personal data.

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Implementing ISO 50001 at Home: Using Standards for Personal Energy Efficiency

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Energy efficiency

16-Oct-2017

Who says that standards are only for corporate use? Standards embody best practices and knowledge, so why not apply them to your personal life? That's what I did in my mostly electricity-powered house, by implementing the energy efficiency ISO 50001 standard. I monitor my energy consumption daily and record the kilowatt-hours used each day. I use a Google Drive spreadsheet...

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