Quality Assurance Microbiologist

Treatt USA 4900 Lakeland Commerce Parkway, Lakeland, Florida, 33805

Full Time | Posted 5 weeks ago

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Job title: Quality Assurance Microbiologist
Reporting to: QA Supervisor
Location: Lakeland, USA

The Opportunity

The Quality Assurance (QA) Microbiologist plays a pivotal role in upholding our product quality standards by actively supporting the Quality Management System. This position primarily focuses on investigating the growth, potential sources, and specific attributes of microscopic organisms within Treatt products. The QA Microbiologist collaborates closely with the Quality Assurance Supervisor and cross-functional teams to ensure product safety and quality compliance.

What it’s like to work here

We’ve been making the world taste better since 1886 and sell over 3000 products in more than 90 countries, but we’re only just getting started. We’re on an exciting journey and have ambitious plans to become the indispensable partner of choice for the world’s leading flavour and fragrance houses, beverage and consumer brands.

On joining Treatt, you’ll become one of over 300 international experts, working together to collectively surprise and delight our customers. Nothing is more important to us than the happiness of our people as without them, we’d never succeed.

We think Treatt’s a great place to work, but don’t just take our word for it:
“Everyone wants your feedback and opinion; it feels like a place of study where nurturing and encouragement are the standard. It is very clear the hard work that goes into providing excellence for customers, but it is also very apparent that managers have the same goals for helping us all to progress.” – Anita, Innovation Scientist

“Joining my close and supportive team was the most enjoyable way to gain more skills and increase my knowledge” – Ashley, Distillation Control Team Leader
“Treatt creates an environment to help you be the best you can, with no two days the same and opportunities always available to help you learn and develop. The people and the culture create a fantastic company to be part of” – Rebecca, Commercial Coordinator

What you’ll be doing

The duties and tasks of the Quality Assurance (QA) Microbiologist involve the following:
• Oversee and maintain the Retain Program to ensure proper storage and organization of retained samples for future reference.
• Manage and maintain the ATP Program, including the weekly calibration of ATP equipment, to ensure accurate and consistent results. Send monthly trending report to QA Supervisor.
• Manage and maintain the Environmental Program, which includes monitoring and maintaining cleanliness and hygiene within the production environment. Send monthly trending report to QA Supervisor.
• Administer and maintain weekly water analysis to verify the quality and safety of water sources. Send monthly trending report to QA Supervisor.
• Manage and maintain the Temperature Monitoring Program, ensuring temperature controls are in place and documented as per quality standards.
• Review and report on area cleaning logs weekly.
• Assist in conducting daily walkthroughs and reporting findings.
• Manage and maintain the Glass and Knife Programs
• Assist in investigating and consulting microbiological complaints and CAPAs to resolve quality issues effectively.
• Provide necessary training to operators on plant hygiene as needed to uphold cleanliness and microbiological safety standards.
• Conduct validation studies related to environmental and equipment testing, ensuring the reliability of our quality control processes.
• Actively contribute as a member of the internal audit team, ensuring timely completion of internal audits and adherence to compliance standards.
• Participate as a key member of the HACCP team, supporting the implementation and maintenance of food safety protocols.
• Support the QA Supervisor in the implementation of corrective action plans pertaining to microbiological concerns identified during audits.
• Assist in investigating Soleris anomalies as requested by the QA Supervisor or QC Manager to maintain product quality and safety.
• Analyze and interpret microbiological data as requested by the QA Supervisor or QC Manager to identify trends and areas for improvement.
• Provide consultation on laboratory equipment upgrades, as requested by the QC Manager, to enhance testing and analysis capabilities.
• Collaborate with the Innovation team to assess potential microbiological contamination risks in new product developments and offer guidance on risk mitigation strategies.
• Assist with microbiological training as needed for new laboratory hires or during method/equipment changes as requested by QC Manager.
• Undertake any other tasks that align with the overall job description and contribute to the quality and safety of our products.
• Bachelor’s or MS degree in Microbiology or Food Science, or related, from an accredited college or university.
• Previous experience of working in a microbiological laboratory and knowledge of quality assurance, preferred.
• A track record of successful teamwork in a manufacturing environment.
• Knowledge of HACCP, GMP, food safety, and related food safety regulations and processes is preferred.

What we’re looking for

Education and Training:
• Bachelor’s or MS degree in Microbiology or Food Science, or related, from an accredited college or university.
• Previous experience of working in a microbiological laboratory and knowledge of quality assurance, preferred.
• A track record of successful teamwork in a manufacturing environment.
• Knowledge of HACCP, GMP, food safety, and related food safety regulations and processes is preferred.

Knowledge and Experience:
• A minimum of 2-4 years of relevant work experience, with an understanding of food safety and regulations.
• Proficiency in Microsoft Office is required. Familiarity with ERP systems like SAP or JD Edwards is preferred.

We want you to love your work and bring that energy to the job every day, no matter what the task. You’ll be someone who keeps up to date with the latest technologies and is always willing to share their knowledge with colleagues.
Our department is busy. We need someone who can run with the pack but also bring their own personality to their work.
You should be personable, friendly and supportive, acknowledging that you’ll get to work with colleagues from all seniority levels across all departments on a daily basis.

What we’ll do for you

We offer an excellent package which includes a competitive salary; vacation time as well as the opportunity to purchase additional vacation, we also offer a discretionary annual bonus, medical (including family cover), dental and vision coverage, AFLAC, 401k employer matching up to 6%, company-paid short term and long term disability insurance, company-paid life insurance and stock purchase options.
With the encouragement and development you need, we help you to become your ultimate you. Beyond building a successful career, we also support the wishes and ambitions of our staff outside of the office in achieving a health work/life balance - the wellbeing of our staff is paramount to us, which we actively promote and support by regularly delivering a variety of wellbeing initiatives. There will also be opportunities to be actively involved in community and charity projects and to take part in numerous subsidised social events.

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