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Senior/Principal Scientist, Food Microbiology
Ocean Spray Cranberries, Inc - Lakeville, MA


Ocean Spray is a vibrant agricultural cooperative owned by more than 700 cranberry and grapefruit growers in the United States, Canada and Chile who have helped preserve the family farming way of life for generations. Formed in 1930, Ocean Spray is now the world's leading producer of cranberry juices, juice drinks and dried cranberries and is the best-selling brand in the bottled juice category. The cooperative's cranberries are currently featured in more than a thousand great-tasting, good-for-you products in over 50 countries worldwide. With more than 2,000 employees and nearly 20 cranberry receiving and processing facilities, Ocean Spray is committed to managing our business in a way that respects our communities, employees and the environment.

Senior/Principal Scientist, Food Microbiology
Ocean Spray Location: Corporate
Requisition #: 2518
Employment Duration: Full time
Last Updated: 3/27/15 1:53 PM


Ocean Spray Cranberries, Inc. has an open position for a Senior/Principal Scientist to work in the Food Microbiology/Food Safety Team within Corporate Quality. The individual will support food safety efforts and be committed to delivering scientific advancements in the microbial control area.

The position is located at our Corporate Office in Lakeville, MA. Full relocation assistance will be provided.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Lead and maintain practices, procedures, and documentation in the Food Microbiology Laboratory to ensure compliance with Good Laboratory Practices.
  • Lead microbiological method qualification efforts. Ensure the use of approved procedures.
  • Proactively explore alternative microbiological methods to increase speed to obtain results and/or sensitivity
  • Proactively explore novel microbial control processes. Set up validation protocols in compliance with regulatory requirements. Generate, analyze data, and deliver effective reports.
  • Investigate the antimicrobial activity and synergisms of traditional and novel systems. Be well versed in testing protocols for antimicrobial activity.
  • Perform Microbiological risk assessments for new or changes to product, process or package.
  • Review, update or implement Microbiology/Food Safety policies and procedures. Recommend and implement changes and improvements to microbiological procedures.
  • Deliver training on microbiological testing.

Knowledge, Skill, and Ability Requirements:

  • M.Sc. with five years of post-graduate experience or Ph.D. in Microbiology, Biology or Food Science with relevant experience is required.  Leadership experience in an FDA regulated industry for the Principal level. Years of experience will determine the appropriate level (Senior or Principal Scientist).
  • Knowledge of microbiological methods and method qualification.
  • Knowledge of food and water microbiology to be able to support microbiological risk assessments and food safety and food spoilage prevention strategies.
  • Understanding of physical and chemical microbial control procedures and effect on foods.
  • Understanding of factors affecting microbial growth and how they are applied to mitigate microbial risks in foods and beverages.
  • Demonstrate initiative and critical thinking. Ability to solve problems and overcome challenges.
  • Occasional travel required to manufacturing facilities, usually less than 10%.


Compensation and benefits are high on everyone's priority list, so itís high on our list too. Thatís why Ocean Spray provides competitive salaries and a wide variety of benefits - including programs that protect your health and welfare, help you prepare for retirement and truly enable you to balance your work and family life.

Ocean Spray is an Equal Opportunity Employer/AAP/M/F/V/D.


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