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Food Microbiologist

Company: Meals manufacturing
Location: Gilroy
Posted on: November 25, 2022

Job Description:

Role and Responsibilities

Duties:

* To ensure that microbiological testing complies with both GLP and GMP and meets all requirements as per the company's SOPs
* Functional and Technical Expertise: Possess an understanding of the latest microbiology theories and research initiatives and make recommendations internally about any related changes to current methods and working practices
* Carry out all required testing following appropriate aseptic techniques
* Support value streams in the identification and implementation of corrective actions and increase the knowledge of good hygiene and microbial control practices.
* May be requested to write procedures or guidelines for the use of analytical equipment and to describe Laboratory working practices
* To have a sharp eye for detail and is readily able to identify procedural or GMP errors
* When needed, required to write procedures and / or reports for Laboratory working practices
* Work with plant personnel to ensure that relevant processes and facilities also are microbiologically acceptable
* Ensure compliance with the laboratory Quality Management system
* Maintain the laboratory budget
* Order laboratory supplies and maintain inventory up to the lab needs
* Auditing plant equipment and facilities to determine conditions are favorable for microbial growth
* Provide support to QA and plant to implement changes in plant procedures, equipment, or facilities as needed
* Maintain trends of information on Controlled Manufacturing Environment failures
* Support manufacturing by analyzing manufacturing product lines to determine how or where, within the manufacturing or inspection process, the root cause of non-conformances or customer complaints exist
* When needed, prepare written protocols
* Perform micro testing for coliforms, E coli, Coliforms, TPC, Y&M in accordance with SOP
* Collect and organize production samples and check for discrepancies against specs
* Support continuous improvement of environmental controls by performing real time risk assessments in classified areas as directed by the Lab Director/ FSQA Manager
* Prepare and conduct multiple laboratory tests
* Perform Environmental monitoring tasks
* Review and evaluate raw data for acceptability of products/ raw material
* Perform routine calibration
* calibrates laboratory equipment clean laboratory work environment
* Troubleshooting, cleaning, and maintaining laboratory equipment and supplies
* Conduct sample Tracking
* In charge of maintaining Chains of Custody
* Conduct Microbiology Proficiency Test as required
* General maintenance of the laboratory including monitoring stock, quality control checks, record management

Qualifications and Education Requirements

* BS in Microbiology or closely related field
* Strong English communication skills (read, write, and speak)
* Preferably 6 months of relevant experience in industry or aseptic processing experience
* Knowledge of molecular microbiology techniques including PCR, no experience required
* Capability of working independently and with limited supervision, working with others as a member of a team
* Ability to operate autoclaves, dishwashers, computers, analytical equipment
* Ability to work around lab equipment noise
* Willingness to work flexible hours, including overtime and weekends (occasionally)

Job Type: Full-time

Pay: $50,000.00 - $53,000.00 per year

Schedule:
* 8 hour shift

Ability to commute/relocate:
* Gilroy, CA 95020: Reliably commute or planning to relocate before starting work (Required)

Work Location: One location%58047475%

Keywords: Meals manufacturing, Gilroy , Food Microbiologist, Other , Gilroy, California

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