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Microbiological Technician - Rialto, CA 92376

 

Niagara Bottling

 

At Niagara, we’re looking for Team Members who want to be part of achieving our mission to provide our customers the highest quality most affordable bottled water.

Consider applying here, if you want to:

  • Work in an entrepreneurial and dynamic environment with a chance to make an impact.
  • Develop lasting relationships with great people.
  • Have the opportunity to build a satisfying career.

We offer competitive compensation and benefits packages for our Team Members.

Microbiological Technician

The Microbiology Technician is responsible for carrying out day to day microbiological testing related to the production of aseptically packaged beverage products under the general supervision of the QA Supervisor/Manager. This role is responsible for setting up laboratory tests for microbial examination to include retrieving biological specimen samples and preparing them for testing as appropriate. Microbiology technicians assess whether specimens meet laboratory standards, document any quality issues, and ensure materials are properly discarded.

Essential Functions

  • Qualified individual is expected to review and report results of microbiological analyses in a timely manner. It is also required that they identify and communicate results that may require further investigation or discussion with a supervisor.
  • Technicians must know how to follow aseptic technique and follow Good Laboratory practices. A person in this role should be very knowledgeable of these guidelines and be able to practice them consistently.
  • Microbiology technicians may be responsible for keeping inventory of testing materials, ordering and maintaining FEFO (First Expired, First Out) of relevant materials. Micro techs are also responsible for laboratory cleanliness and organization.
  • Please note this job description is not designed to contain a comprehensive list of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without prior notice.

Qualifications

  • Minimum Qualifications:
    • 2 Years – Experience in Microbiological Laboratory Setting

*experience may include a combination of work experience and education

  • Preferred Qualifications:
    • 4 Years – Experience in Microbiological Laboratory Setting
    • 2 Years– Experience in Manufacturing Environment
  • experience may include a combination of work experience and education

Competencies

  • Knowledge/Understanding of Aseptic processes
  • SQF Practitioner Certification
  • HACCP/Food Safety Certification
  • Strong Communication Skills - Must have the ability communicate any specimen related information or issues to peers and management clearly and effectively
  • Writing Skills – Must be able to clearly and accurately write reports on microbiology testing results.
  • Detail Oriented – Must be efficient, motivated, and have attention to detail, in order to assure accurate results
  • Problem Solving – Must be able to identify issues with specimen types and missing information. Be able to engage with lab technicians or other departments to resolve any problems that might arise
  • Time Management – Expected to ensure sample turnaround times are met on time. May include sample preparation, data review, and providing data interpretation reports
  • Basic Computer Skills – Must be able to utilize basic computer programs and LIMS software to maintain data and create reports: Microsoft Office, Outlook, etc.

This position embodies the values of Niagara’s LIFE competency model, focusing on the following key drivers of success:

  • Lead Like an Owner
    • Manages a safe working environment, accurately documents safety related training, and effectively communicates safety incidents
    • Provides strategic input and oversight to departmental projects
    • Makes data driven decisions and develops sustainable solutions
    • Skilled in reducing costs and managing timelines while prioritizing long run impact over short term wins
    • Makes decisions by putting overall company success first before department/individual success
    • Leads/facilitates discussions to get positive outcomes for the customer
    • Makes strategic decisions which prioritize the needs of the customer over departmental/individual goals
  • InnovACT
    • Continuously evaluates existing programs and processes, and develops new initiatives to increase efficiency and reduce waste
    • Creates, monitors, and responds to departmental performance metrics to drive continuous improvement
    • Communicates a clear vision, organizes resources effectively, and adjusts the strategy as needed when managing change
  • Find a Way
    • Demonstrates ability to think analytically and synthesize complex information
    • Effectively delegates technical tasks to subordinates
    • Works effectively with departments, vendors, and customers to achieve organizational success
    • Identifies opportunities for collaboration in strategic ways
  • Empowered to be Great
    • Makes hiring decisions primarily based on culture fit and attitude, and secondarily based on technical expertise
    • Engages in long term talent planning
    • Provides opportunities for the development of all direct reports
    • Understands, identifies, and addresses conflict within own team and between teams

Education

  • Minimum Required:
    • Associate's Degree in Biology, Microbiology or Food Science
    • or other related field
  • Preferred:
    • Bachelor's Degree in Biology, Microbiology or Food Science
    • or other related field

Certification/License:

  • Required: N/A
  • Preferred: N/A

Foreign Language

  • Required: None Required
  • Preferred: None Required

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