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Scientist, Food Safety


Fresno, CA

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The Scientist, Food Safety is part of the SVI QA team in providing the hands on microbiological support to the Quality Assurance and Food Safety Team.  The incumbent will also be responsible for running the central microbiology laboratory at the SVI Innovation center based in Fresno, CA.  The person will provide the key microbiological knowledge to develop microbiological analysis protocols, develop methods based on customer specifications and provide support to the QA team for microbiological monitoring of operations and food safety audits

Essential Functions:

  • Initiates all microbiological analytical requirements for indicator and pathogenic microbiology for the business.
  • Be responsible and operate the central microbiological laboratory at the SVI Innovation center in Fresno, CA.
  • Comply with biohazard safety standards through proper handling of hazardous chemicals and microorganisms.
  • Understand the microbiological requirements of various product categories and provide microbiological support in analysis and trouble shooting of product and process parameters.
  • Provide the microbiological support through research, design and planning of experiments and analytical laboratory work.
  • Prepare technical write ups, project procedures and reports offering conclusions and recommendations based upon study outcomes.
  • Provide support in the understanding of microbiological regulations to the business with the background of FDA/EPA regulations.
  • Assisting in continuous improvement initiatives that reduce manufacturing costs, improve quality and / or enhance customer service.
  • Train the plants and operations team in trouble shooting and managing process microbiological issues that the operations may have in various categories.
  • Stays apprised of technologies used by other food manufacturers by reviewing technical literature, attending seminars and maintaining
  • Act as the liaison between the Company and Customer Development Representatives, Regulatory Inspectors and Third Party Auditors for microbiological aspects of the QA system.
  • Perform the role of the key microbiologist for the organization in providing all round microbiological analytical capability, training the key technical team on microbiological aspects of current and new projects.
  • Travel to various plants within USA and international plants as required to train on microbiological techniques, process treatments leading to excellence in microbiological aspects for the business.
  • Keep abreast of Savory Seasoning & Flavor Industry and Regulatory trends and development of specifications related to microbiological aspects
  • Other duties as assigned or directed

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • MUST have a Masterís Degree or above in Microbiology/Food Science.
  • Must have a minimum of 5 years of experience in microbiology laboratory undertaking hands on microbiological analysis from sample preparation, media preparations, plating techniques, enumeration through various techniques including morphological data through microscopy, rapid techniques including immunology, molecular biology advanced techniques such as PCR, Gel electrophoresis and relating to epidemiology.
  • Understanding of statistical techniques is critical for this position.
  • MUST have knowledge in food chemistry, analytical chemistry associated food ingredients, and statistical analysis. Color, Flavor, Mycotoxin, Pesticide & other chemical residue testing is critical knowledge linked to the product microbiology.
  • Must articulate strong written and verbal communication skills and excellent analytical and problem solving skills.
  • MUST have proven ability to interact effectively with department, company or customer associates and experience in a team-oriented environment is required.
  • Applicant must be self-driven, pro-active, with scientific curiosity and take calculate risks on new products and process development.
  • MUST have strong computer skills and be proficient with Microsoft Office Suite
  • MUST be willing to travel as needed (25% to 35%) to SVI plants, co-packers, customers and suppliers.
  • Ability to work with a varied group of Food scientists, engineers in a collaborative environment at the innovation center, operations teams at plants across USA and globally in a fast growing company will be critical for this position.

OLAM Spices and Vegetable Ingredients provides equality of opportunity for all persons with respect to hiring without discrimination on the grounds of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, pregnancy, age, disability, or sexual orientation.


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