Microbiologist - Food Laboratory - CTS

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#### Primary Responsibilities
The Microbiologist is responsible for laboratory testing of raw materials, flavors, food products, beverages, water samples, and misc. environmental samples using various microbiological analyses and techniques. The Microbiologist prepares samples for processing and testing and maintains associated documentation of such processes and testing analyses.
#### Reporting to
Consumer Testing Services
#### Specific responsibilities
Properly prepares and analyzes samples for microbiological testing, as required.
Performs traditional cultural, molecular, and rapid methodology testing to meet product specifications and client/customer expectations.
Sets-up, calibrates, validates, maintains, and operates various laboratory equipment and instrumentation.
Performs microbiological testing using industry standard methods, along with methods developed in-house.
Assists with preparation of all microbiological media, diluents, reagents, supplements, etc., as required for testing purposes.
Performs proficiency testing and quality control testing to ensure compliance with and delivering against ISO 17025 and ISO 9001 requirements.
Drives quality and confidentiality of client and company information and takes a leading role in updating laboratory quality systems.
Ensures safety compliance within a Biosafety Level 2 environment and in working with live cultures.
Ensures equipment and laboratory areas are clean, organized, and maintained in a state of audit-readiness at all times.
Actively participates in performing housekeeping duties and in keeping equipment clean, sanitized, and in good operational condition.
Assists in other areas of the company, as needed.
Promotes responsibility, good work habits, a positive work environment, and in continually improving customer service.
Participates and promotes continuous improvement efforts within the laboratory functions and operations.
Drives 5S initiatives, Kaizen projects, KPI improvements, safety improvements, GLP compliance, cost containment and budget compliance, on-time service to client commit dates, quality first pass yield improvements, CAPA resolution improvements, etc.
Trains other Microbiology personnel where required and participates in all related training programs.
#### Profile
Minimum of a B.A. or B.S. degree in Microbiology, Food Science, or closely related field from an accredited University; M.S. degree preferred.
Minimum of 1 - 3 years of analytical and testing experience within a food laboratory environment.
Must possess excellent aseptic techniques.
The Microbiology Technician must bring a high level of professionalism in performing a broad range of microbiological duties and assignments in a full-functioning capacity.
Solid analytical skills are essential to successfully complete required procedures and in determining microbial populations, bioburden profiles, and in microbial characterization/identification procedures.
Considerable judgment is used to make decisions in carrying out assignments that have significant impact on food safety, food quality, regulatory compliance, and brand value for SGS and its clients.
Assists with expanding laboratory method development, laboratory capabilities, and managing form control documentation.
The position has the responsibility to support laboratory management in the implementation, maintenance, and improvement of the laboratory management systems.
#### Skills
Must have direct experience in laboratory techniques utilizing cultural, molecular, and rapid methodologies to identify pathogens, indicator organisms, and spoilage organisms. This experience should involve those methods directly related to foods, flavors, beverages, and/or environmental industry testing.
Must have direct food-related testing experience utilizing methodologies applicable to FDA-BAM and USDA; experience with AOAC and USP testing, a plus.
Must have working knowledge of microbiological rapid methods testing; this should include real-time PCR, ELISA, API, Vidas, Vitek, BAX and/or other closely related techniques and methodologies.
Experience with PCR for DNA species identification, a plus.
Experience in microbial characterization, identification, and in maintaining in-house microbial culture collections.
Knowledge of ISO 17025 laboratory accreditation, a plus.
Ability of communicate effectively in both oral and written forms.
Must establish and maintain effective working relationships with internal and external clients.
Ability to gather and review resources and select and synthesize data for reports and other written materials.
Competent in Microsoft Office, Word, Excel, and Outlook; knowledge and experience in working within a LIMS-type database.
Ability to assess daily workload, prioritize activities, and handle multiple responsibilities simultaneously.
Must possess excellent time management and organizational skills needed to balance multiple projects and changing priorities.
Ability to work independently and within a team environment.
Possess and display a strong sense of urgency and good judgment.
Must have work schedule flexibility as required, in efforts to effectively deliver timely testing and results generation to meet the demands of SGS business and client commit dates.
#### Additional information
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily with or without reasonable accommodations. The requirements listed above are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.
This job description should not be construed as an exhaustive statement of duties, responsibilities or requirements, but a general description of the job. Nothing contained herein restricts the company's rights to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time.
SGS is an EOE AA M/F/Vet/Disability employer.
Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to their race, color, religion, national origin, sex, protected veteran status or disability.
If applying for a position within the United States and you have difficulty completing the on-line employment application because of a disability, please call for assistance.
Industry or Theme: Agriculture & Food,Chemical,Consumer Goods & Retail,Life Sciences
Functional Area: Laboratories
Contract Type:
Reference Number: US04131
Listing Date: 22.04.2014 00
Closing Date: 30.06.2014 00

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