Microbiology & Food Safety Program Lead – Schreiber Foods

Schreiber Foods strives to do good through food every day. Based in North America, we’re a customer-brand leader in cream cheese, natural cheese, process cheese, shelf-stable beverages and yogurt. Our more than 10,000 employees and presence on five continents enable us to be an essential ingredient in our customers’ success.With annual sales of more than $7 billion, we partner with the best retailers, restaurants, distributors and food manufacturers around the globe. We also recognize our responsibility to do good in the world and are driven to make a difference in everything we do.

Life & Culture – We call ourselves partners – not employees – and there’s a good reason behind that. Our work is more than just a job. Our common goals drive and energize us as we work together to be the best we can be. Caring is a huge part of who we are. We not only help each other grow; we take care of each other along the way. Whenever a partner is experiencing a hardship, it’s common for others to take the initiative to organize fundraisers to help support them through our Partners Helping Partners program. We also care about our communities and want to help make them better places to live every day.

Who are we looking for? Our people are truly the heart of our company, and we’re on a journey together. It’s about more than a job. We work hard to find great people with diverse backgrounds, experiences and perspectives, and provide opportunities to help them grow. Like a family, we care deeply about each other

Job Description:

To ensure microbiology laboratory function/operation and full compliance as per company requirement. This position is a combination of a subject matter expertise in Microbiology that requires people leadership and customer facing skills.  Candidate will lead (direct & indirect) the efforts of development, implementation, training, troubleshooting, and auditing of microbiological methods and best practices; work with customers on their expectations and ensure we are with them; and work with operations to identify trends, implement action plans, oversee appropriate CAPA development driven by data; and instill Food Safety Quality Culture through words and actions.  
Duties include ensuring full compliance of the Baramati plant Main micro laboratory function, which includes ensuring accuracy and timely functioning of laboratory. Hiring, retaining, training and coaching partners. Maintaining compliance through internal audits and ensuring all internal, regulatory and customer’s requirements are fully compliant. Evaluating partner performance, including partner accountability for adherence to microbiology department functions including but not limited to sampling, analysis, ensuring all monitoring plan are met, data / information trending and communication and Proficiency test participation, ISO 17025/ ‘Good Laboratory Practices’ management compliances.

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What you’ll Do:

  • Serves as laboratory microbiology leader and technical resource to collaborate with operations leaders on expectations, results interpretation, sampling plans (including customer-specific and regulatory requirements), method use, determining process capabilities/troubleshooting, and projects and programs as required.  Coordinate and be the primary contact for external labs.  Meet with external customers to explain programs and results.  Provide input and work with departments on conducting risk assessments for HACCP and quality of products and processes.  Be able to explain programs and requirements for customer and regulatory auditors.
  • Lead the microbiology team on microbiology lab management and accreditation requirements.  Remove barriers for testing execution and provide direction on methods that should be used.  Promote safe working environments for partners.
  • Ensure all requirements Good Laboratory Practices and customer testing expectations (ex. ISO17025 or equivalent) are being met.  Evaluate CAPAs for thoroughness and effectiveness – within operations, sanitation, as well as within the laboratory. Escalate outages and work with corporate Home Office as necessary to resolve issues.  Support all India facilities as needed. 
  • Develop Food Safety and Quality and Culture – train, coach, evaluate, and reinforce continuous improvement principles with partners as well as personal, people, business, and process leadership.  Support all India facilities as needed. 
  • Work with corporate Food Safety & Microbiology partners or topics of Pathogen Environmental Monitoring expectations, formula evaluation & process food safety, method validations & changes, etc.  Assist with troubleshooting of issues at other plants as needed (may be outside of India).
  • Closely with all plants and support India region Food Safety and Sanitation process by working on development /improvement of systems, training partners, implementing and reviewing Food safety a system. Support in trouble shooting of the process when required to overcome the challenges and applying / implementing lessons learned as applicable.
  • Track and maintain control of department budgets to assure plant goals are met. Plan for capex for laboratory and food safety related.  Plan for capex for laboratory and food safety related.

What you need to succeed:

  • Bachelor’s degree in microbiology.
  • 10+ years’ experience in microbiology laboratory, preferably in food industry.
  • Indirect leadership, project management, computer (Microsoft Office, Minitab), excellent written and oral communication skills with a high attention to detail.
  • Knowledge and practical application in laboratory auditing, investigations and root cause analysis, method development, validation and transfer activities. 
  • Subject-matter expertise
    • Incumbent shall have a sound knowledge of microbiology analysis of food and food products.
    • HACCP and Food safety risk assessment preferably in field of microbiology
    • Performance skills (accuracy with detail, planning and organizing, efficiency, business acumen)
    • Good technical communication skills explaining programs and policies to internal and external partners.
    • Good documentation skills.
    • Comfortable in a food manufacturing environment as well as in a laboratory
  • Leadership
    • Leadership skills in managing and developing team.
    • Interpersonal skills (relationship building, teamwork, interpersonal insight, conflict resolution, customer orientation)
    • Judgment and thinking (strategic thinking, original thinking, judgment and decision making, problem solving, awareness)

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