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Scientist: Food Safety & Microbiology-1300392 – Glenview, IL


Kraft Foods Group is one of the most admired and largest food and beverage businesses in North America. We’re also one of the largest worldwide among publicly traded consumer packaged food and beverage companies, based on our 2011 combined net revenues of $18.7 billion.

We manufacture and market food and beverage products, including convenient meals, Refreshment beverages and coffee, cheese and other grocery products, primarily in the United States and Canada, under a host of iconic brands. Our product categories span breakfast, lunch and dinner meal occasions, both at home and in foodservice locations.

Our diverse brand portfolio consists of many of the most popular food brands in North America, Including three brands with annual net revenues exceeding $1 billion each – Kraft cheeses, dinners And dressings; Oscar Mayer meats; and Maxwell House coffees – plus over 20 brands with annual net revenues of between $100 million and $1 billion each.

In the United States, based on dollar share in 2011, we hold the number one branded share position in a majority of our 50 product categories, as well as in 18 of our top 20 product categories. We hold the number two branded share position in the other two product categories.


This position supports the implementation and execution of key microbiology and food safety programs within a specific business unit (BU). Role includes reviewing product/process design with R&D to ensure food safety and designing challenge study when required. The microbiologist will provide HACCP plan development and validation support to internal/external plants. He/She will work with the BU on microbiological and food safety related issues.

1.    Work with Product Development/R&D to design in food safety/quality controls and provide risk evaluation to the Business Unit

2.    Design and execute challenge studies, shelf-life studies and validation studies to determine critical limits for critical processes. Partner with external institutions and business partners to update/maintain CCP models

3.    Provide scientific and technical food safety and microbiological support to the BU/Region to ensure product safety and quality by participating in evaluation of suppliers and co-manufacturers. Identify and communicate food safety risks to BU/Region, giving actionable advice on Food Safety programs.

4.    Work with business partners where improvements and execution of relevant HACCP models, zoning and environmental monitoring are required at suppliers/external manufacturers.

5.    Conduct validation of Critical Control Points related to heat kill steps (Cooking, roasting, etc) and assess validity of data obtained by others.

6.    Provide training in HACCP and Microbiology to RD&Q and Plant HACCP Coordinators and Microbiology lab personnel.

7.    Conduct validation studies to evaluate and approve microbiological test methods (rapid and cultural) for the Kraft Laboratory network.

8.    Liaise externally to ensure most relevant information and emerging issues are identified and incorporated in food safety visits.


·         PhD in Food Safety, Microbiology or closely related field and 1 - 2 years experience in applied microbiology or related discipline.


·         MS in Food Safety or Microbiology or closely related field and 4-5 years experience in Food Safety or related discipline.

·         Prior HACCP certification preferred.

·         Knowledge of HACCP and Food Safety

·         Knowledge of regulatory requirements and processes.

·         Knowledge of Good Manufacturing Practices, Pathogen Environmental Monitoring, and Facility / Equipment Design

·         Knowledge of Microbiology Laboratory Techniques with awareness of rapid test methods

·         Awareness of quality systems/processes (ISO, CODEX, etc)

·         Excellent communication skills (presentation, report writing).

·         Good people skills

·         Action oriented Basic computer skills.

·         Travel - 25%

Kraft Foods is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. Kraft recruits qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, gender, age, ethnic or national origin, veteran status, physical or mental disability, genetic information, sexual orientation or preference, gender identity, marital status or citizenship status.


: Quality

Primary Location

: NA-US-IL-Glenview


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