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Sr Microbiologist - Food Safety




Full Time

This role serves as part of a team that is a key component of the food safety and microbiology program at ConAgra Foods. The incumbent interfaces with internal departments and functions including Quality, Engineering, Thermal Processing, Scientific and Regulatory Affairs, Consumer Affairs, Legal and Safety, as well as with Operations. Thus, the Senior Microbiologist must be an effective listener and communicator, knowledgeable yet humble, both a leader and a team player, and energetic and enthusiastic about the food safety goals and objectives.

The responsibilities of this role are numerous and include establishing programs within operations that will ensure the production of safe food. These programs may include HACCP systems, regulatory compliance, specifications and guidelines, sanitation standards, environmental monitoring, training, crisis management, policies and procedures, construction interventions, microbiological testing, sanitary design, new products, laboratory oversight and operating standards. These programs point to the important role the Senior Microbiologist plays in working with Operations, the primary responsibility.

The incumbent will work within the ConAgra operating platforms for Frozen Meals, Snacks, Shelf Stable and Spicetec Flavors & Seasonings. In addition, the Senior Microbiologist works with internal staff responsible for co-manufacturers. This position plays a comprehensive role in the coverage of operations and interfacing with internal and external personnel. This position reports to a Microbiology Director.

Provide key input and direction to the ConAgra strategic food safety vision consistent with company direction and focus.

Champion a culture mindset of food safety first and foremost both horizontally and vertically across the ConAgra enterprise.

Ensure the adoption of best food safety practices across the organization including pathogen environmental monitoring programs, food safety sampling and testing regimens, and leading-edge methods deployment.

Conduct portfolio risk assessments and recommend risk mitigation strategies and approaches.

Respond to food safety-related special situations and provides guidance and direction to the process.

Interact with key internal stakeholders such as Operations, Quality, Scientific and Regulatory Affairs, Legal, and others on food safety-related issues, policies, programs and procedures.

Collaborate with key stakeholders such as Procurement, Co-manufacturing Quality and others to ensure ConAgraís food safety standards are rigorously adhered to across the Global Supply Chain.

Ensure that all appropriate pre-requisite programs to HACCP including training, GMPís, SSOPís, and others are developed and functioning as part of ConAgraís overall food safety system.

Minimum B.S. in Microbiology, Food Science or related plus 7 years progressive food safety experience

M.S. or Ph.D. strongly preferred

Demonstrable knowledge of HACCP and related food safety systems as applied at the food manufacturing plant level.

Outstanding interpersonal and communication skills (written and verbal).

Strong technical leadership with an understanding of business needs and processes.

Preference for demonstrated external leadership with a record of accomplishment relative to food safety via trade associations, academic consortia, and in the regulatory arena.

Preference for experience with government regulations (FDA/USDA/CDC/State and Local as well as international).

Preference for a track record of successfully managing cross-functional teams and technical teams in the area of food safety.

Ability to travel up to 50% of the time.

Excellent report writing skills

Working knowledge of statistical and analytical tools



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