Business Title

Director, Food Safety Microbiology

Requisition ID


Job Category

Senior Management/Exec


USA - Battle Creek, MI
USA - Kalamazoo, MI
USA - Madison, WI
USA - Midwest



Job Posting

Covance’s Nutritional Chemistry and Food Safety (NCFS) division has an exiting opportunity for a Director in Food Safety Microbiology.

As a member of the Senior Leadership Team you’ll be the primary scientific authority for the microbiology laboratory, responsible for driving the strategic growth of the business, developing operational plans to meet long and short term objectives and for executing these plans.

Additional responsibilities include:

  Identification and implementation of client service offerings that will differentiate Covance among other industry providers.

  Assesses interest and feasibility of service offerings designed to meet scientific, regulatory and client requirements.

  Select methodology and assure appropriate techniques are used for microbiological testing in multiple food matrices.

  Consult with clients on technical problems or scope changes; suggest solutions and actions to solve assay problems.

  Develop plans and drive continuous process improvement efforts in the laboratory to ensure competitiveness in the market place.

The ideal candidate will have the following experience and qualifications:

  PhD in Microbiology plus 5 years experience in the food industry; B.S. or M.S. in Microbiology plus 10-15 years experience in the food industry.

  Strong scientific reputation.

  Knowledge and familiarity of the dynamics and environment of a high volume, high throughput microbiology lab.

  Experience developing or modifying microbiology methodology.

  Excellent written, oral and interpersonal communication skills that facilitate the ability to engage with clients and lead a team.

  Laboratory start-up experience a plus, but not required.

This opportunity is located in Battle Creek, MI just minutes away from Kalamazoo, three hours from Chicago, IL and two hours from Detroit, MI. Arts & entertainment, museums, professional sporting events and theater are minutes from your door step!

Ideally, the successful candidate will live within commuting distance of the business; however, since the primary location for Covance’s NCFS division is located in Madison, WI, consideration will be given to candidates that choose to live in the Madison area and travel to Battle Creek. Relocation assistance will be available.

At Covance, your imagination, your dedication, and your drive to find solutions to challenging projects begin on your very first day. Covance is one of the world’s largest and most respected contract research organizations. Our clients are a Who’s Who of the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industry. If you’re looking for a diverse and stimulating work environment, you'll find it at Covance.

There is no better time to join us!

Covance is committed to diversity in the workplace and is an equal opportunity employer.


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