This position is responsible for performing microbiological tests on samples of incoming ingredients, in-process components, finished goods and raw materials and for reading and recording the results of those tests to meet agreed upon and expected performance standards. The position is also responsible for assisting in maintaining microbiology operations, equipment and facilities.
Performs microbiological tests using specific media and procedures in accordance with USDA, FDA, State, Federal, and company regulations.
Assists with daily swab schedules and paperwork.
Records tests daily, reporting any out of specification results to the lead or supervisor.
Performs media preparation and sterilization.
Complies with Good Lab Practices (GLPs), Good Manufacturing Practices (GMPs) and Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP).
Logs incoming samples and enters results into spreadsheets.
Maintains a clean work area and ensures sterile testing conditions in the laboratory.
Maintains inventory of supplies.
Performs all other duties as assigned.
Assist with Pre-Operational start-up and verification.
Releases raw materials and microbiological holds when there are acceptable results or as instructed by supervision.
Prepares temperature sensitive products for shipment to 3rd party laboratory as specified by customers.
Position may require extended hours, weekends, and holidays.
Hours will generally be 9-5, however, will need to be flexible (average between 30 - 40 hours based on production needs). Will work approximately every 3rd weekend (1-2 per month depending upon rotation).
Responsible to conduct yourself and ensure your subordinates (if applicable) conduct themselves in a manner consistent with company mission, values, code of ethics, policies, and other standards of conduct.
Education: High school or equivalent. Post secondary education in science preferred.
Years of Related Experience: 1-2 years related experience or equivalent combination of experience and education.
Knowledge/Skills/Abilities: Ability to read, interpret and communicate basic technical documents. Ability to learn about and operate standard laboratory equipment. Basic communication skills and interpersonal skills. Basic level proficiency in operating a PC. Basic math skills. Solid interpersonal and communication skills. HACCP certification preferred. Prior microbiology or laboratory experience preferred.