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Senior Microbiologist

Location: 

Buffalo, NY, US, 14213

Req ID:  25362
Segment:  Quality & Regulatory

Rich’s, also known as Rich Products Corporation, is a family-owned food company dedicated to inspiring possibilities. From cakes and icings to pizza, appetizers and specialty toppings, our products are used in homes, restaurants and bakeries around the world. Beyond great food, our customers also gain insights to help them stay competitive, no matter their size. Our portfolio includes creative solutions geared at helping food industry professionals compete in foodservice, retail, in-store bakery, deli, and prepared foods, among others. Working in 100 locations globally, with annual sales exceeding $3.8 billion, Rich’s is a global leader with a focus on everything that family makes possible. Rich’s®—Infinite Possibilities. One Family.

PURPOSE STATEMENT

The Sr. Food Microbiologist provides technical expertise for the company’s facility environment and manufacturing process compliance for food safety, as well as other internal and external service such as performing process validation, chemical risk assessment, helpline data management, customer database FSQA request management. The role is also responsible for interpreting and disseminating sensitive technical information, the management, storage and reporting of this data to the senior management level of Quality Assurance & Food Safety. The role ensures conformance of the manufacturing sites to various internal, external and state/federal regulations with regards to biological, chemical, physical quality and safety. The role will interface between the Category Quality Assurance & Food Safety Directors and manufacturing site Quality Assurance & Food Safety Managers to ensure the quality and consistency of systems through regular auditing and feedback to all parties.

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES/OUTCOMES

1.    Manufacturing process food safety compliance:

- Design and conduct manufacturing process preventive control validation study, to ensure compliance with FDA FSMA, USDA FSIS, or state/local requirements. Capable of using mathematical predict modeling and carry out inoculation study for such validation. 
- Provide technical recommendation and guidance on monitoring, verification activities, and supports facilities with validation documentation and/or scientific literature. 
- Assess new hurdle technology capabilities to support manufacturing and product shelf life requirement.
- Support internal QMS inspection with update manufacturing food safety and/or regulatory requirement. 
- Conduct internal/external facility food safety/microbiological inspection if needed. 


2.    Environmental monitoring program and facility improvement:

- Update and maintain the implementation of microbiological environmental monitoring programs and controls with all manufacturing environments including all USC categories. 
- Trend and track USC environmental monitoring data, capable of interpreting and disseminating data to USC FSQA leadership team and all other functional leaders. 
- Schedule and manage EMP call to assist facilities trouble shooting and corrective action process. Work cross functionally with Operation, Sanitation, FSQA for improvement. 
- Conducts periodic onsite food safety assessments of internal manufacturing sites by auditing sanitation, microbiological sampling plans, finished product testing and good manufacturing practices (GMPs) while providing recommendations for improvement.
- Evaluate internal and external microbiological testing and detection methodology on environmental microbial testing.  
- Design and implement a hygienic design discussion and review platform to approve food safety needs for new equipment, infrastructure project, major construction. 


3.    Other microbiology related responsibilities:

- Involve in new ingredient and new finish product approval process. 
- Conduct product shelf life, challenge study, and troubleshooting for potential product spoilage. 
- Capable of conducting training in Food Microbiology, Food Safety, Sanitation, Microbiological Control in Food Manufacturing Facilities and Good Manufacturing Practices (GMPs) for plant, quality and R&D associates.
- Represents the company microbiology at scientific meetings, on industrial working groups and other committees. 
- Assist internal administration function, including corporate QA hold approval, regulatory warning letter database, etc.
- Assist internal quality matrix database and customer facing database, properly and promptly handle the requests to ensure internal and external customer satisfaction. 

KNOWLEDGE/SKILLS/EXPERIENCE
  • B.S. in Microbiology, Food Science or related field and minimum 10 years' relevant experience in food preparation/food industry OR M.S. in Microbiology, Food Science or related field and minimum 5 years' relevant experience in food preparation/food industry.
  • In-depth knowledge of food microbiology, chemistry, product development, food safety controls, manufacturing processes, sanitation principles, cleaning chemical material, material specifications, Good Laboratory Practices, auditing, troubleshooting, food spoilage, food-borne illness and procedures used to control the microbiological quality of food and microbiological testing procedures. Familiarize about RPC system is preferred. 
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, critical thinking and decision making, demonstrate the ability to work independently or as a member of a team.
  • Demonstrate knowledge and experience in food safety with in-depth knowledge of HACCP and FSMA compliance to microbiological safety standards. Prefer HACCP certified or PCQI.
  • Demonstrate lab management skills, such as media preparation, rapid methods testing and FDA BAM/ AOAC methods.
  • Have in-depth understanding of the key scientific principles associated with microbiology, chemistry, physical contamination, as related to food safety.
  • Have people influencing, critical thinking and decision-making skill, capable of conducting root cause analysis, corrective actions, and trouble shooting.
  • UHT experience a strong plus.
  • Ability to travel regularly (25% - 50% of time).
  • All applicants for this position must be authorized to work in the United States now and in the future without requiring sponsorship.

Rich Products Corporation, its subsidiaries and affiliates (“Rich’s”), are committed to a policy of Equal Employment Opportunity and will not discriminate against an applicant or employee on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, national origin or ancestry, sex, age, physical or mental disability, veteran or military status, genetic information, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital status or any other legally recognized protected basis under federal, state, or local law. The information collected by this application is solely to determine suitability for employment, verify identity, and maintain employment statistics on applicants.

 

Applicants with disabilities may be entitled to reasonable accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act and certain state or local laws. A reasonable accommodation is a change in the way things are normally done which will ensure an equal employment opportunity without imposing undue hardship on Rich’s. Please contact Rich’s Human Resources department at asc@rich.com if you need assistance completing this application or to otherwise participate in the application process.

BRINGING YOUR BEST SELF TO WORK.

As a family-owned company, caring for our associates—their whole selves—is a top priority. That’s why we provide benefits and tools to help our people balance the integration of work and life:

  • Competitive compensation
  • Health & financial benefits
  • Paid time off
  • Parental leave
  • Family planning support
  • Flexible work policy
  • Associate affinity groups
  • Volunteering & community impact opportunities
  • Holiday gatherings
  • In-house taste tests (we are a food company after all)!

It’s all part of how we support our family of associates. Because in the company of family, all things are possible.

MEET RICH’S.

Rich’s, also known as Rich Products Corporation, is a family-owned food company dedicated to inspiring possibilities. From cakes and icings to pizza, appetizers and specialty toppings, our products are used in homes, restaurants and bakeries around the world. Beyond great food, our customers also gain insights to help them stay competitive, no matter their size. Our portfolio includes creative solutions geared at helping food industry professionals compete in foodservice, retail, in-store bakery, deli, and prepared foods, among others. Working in 100 locations globally, with annual sales exceeding $3.8 billion, Rich’s is a global leader with a focus on everything that family makes possible. Rich’s®—Infinite Possibilities. One Family.


Nearest Major Market: Buffalo

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