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Director, Food Safety (Microbiologist )
Lyons Magnus - Fresno, CA



A senior level management position in the Quality Assurance department of Lyons Magnus, an international food and beverage manufacturer headquartered in Fresno, California. The Director, Food Safety (Microbiologist) requires knowledge of quality control, GMPs, HACCP, proper sanitation, thermal processing, auditing, and microbiology as it pertains to a food manufacturing facility. This skill base includes but is not limited to familiarity with thermal process schedules, verification and commissioning, methodologies and execution for the microbial examination of food products, equipment, and environments.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Manage microbiological testing laboratory. This is to include all SOP and specifications are up to date and relevant. Manage and/or perform routine bacterial screening on raw materials, finished products, environments or special projects. Maintain reporting system.
  • Lead investigator on concerns pertaining to any microbial concern associated with raw materials, finished products, environments or special projects.
  • Manage environmental monitoring program.
  • Develop key objectives to be met for all direct reports. All objectives should reflect strict division of labor/responsibility within the micro lab to promote direct tangible accountability.
  • Direct and provide appropriate training for all direct reports and ensure all direct reports are functioning effectively within their given job description.
  • Assist SVP of Quality Assurance and Director of QA by providing quantitative and justifiable criteria for possible modifications within the given structure of the micro lab.
  • To work closely with, and in conjunction with all Quality Control personnel and Production Managers in any assistance capacity affecting shelf stability or root cause analysis of products with a potential or verified microbial contamination concern. This to include maintenance/development of process schedules and best sanitation practices of equipment/environment.
  • To conduct on site micro inspections at Lyons.
  • To assist SVP QA, Director of QA or QS manager on all requests regarding micro concerns. Support plant programs to ensure aseptic systems are not compromised. Initiate micro monitoring systems at Plant Engineers' request or on own.
  • Maintain surveillance of pathogenic and non pathogenic organisms as they relate to potential product contamination, environment, and water systems.
  • Maintain all documents, records and procedures that affect micro results, methods and reportingís.
  • Maintain a current maintenance and calibration logs for micro lab equipment.
  • To supervise assistant micro technologist/technician, train in areas of accountability and provide them with written job descriptions in all aspects of their responsibilities and requirements.
  • Initiate purchasing orders of all required materials and supplies for the micro lab, within the guidelines of projected budget.
  • Direct operational or product holds to appropriate accountable personnel i.e. warehouse, raw materials QC, and QC as they pertain to unacceptable micro results.
  • As Plant Sanitarian; conduct Lyons Plant Audits on a prescribed time table to inspect sanitary conditions and GMP practices. Provide a written inspection sheet with results of inspections to accountable personnel and their supervisors.
  • As Plant Sanitarian; initiate preventative work orders as they pertain to the sanitary conditions that require them. Work closely with the Maintenance Department to accomplish this task.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Advanced knowledge in Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint,
  • A proven track record of exceptional supervisory skills, organizational skills, and time management skills.
  • Exceptional verbal and written communication skills.

Education and/or Experience:

  • A minimum of a Bachelorís degree from an accredited university, preferably in Food Science, Microbiology
  • A minimum of 7 years of successful experience in the food manufacturing as a Microbiologist, Sanitarian or related field.
  • An understanding of the core competencies of manufacturing/packing of fresh fruit or vegetables, pasteurized products, and aseptic products and the testing methodologies of such.

Our compensation program is designed to attract, motivate, and retain the very best people. Lyons Magnus offers a comprehensive benefits plan that include: Health, Dental Insurance, Life Insurance, Long Term Disability, Sec. 125, 401(k) plan, and more.

If you meet these requirements and are eager to join a dynamic company poised for further growth, please respond with your cover letter, salary requirements, and resume.



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