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Senior / Principal Scientist, Microbiology - Ocean Spray Cranberries

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.

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Ocean Spray Cranberries, Inc. is looking or a Senior/Principal Scientist to join 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. This position is based in Lakeville, MA.


       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.

       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.

       Lead implementation and monitoring of microbiological control processes and the design of thermal processes


       M.Sc. or Ph.D. in Microbiology, Biology or Food Science. Leadership experience in an FDA regulated industry for the Principal level. 2+ years experience for Senior level; 5+ years experience for Principal level.

       Food safety experience with a solid understanding of preventive controls for microbiological and other hazards. Well-versed in the design of thermal processes.

       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 10% or as requested.



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