Food Safety Microbiology Technician - Hackettstown, NJ


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Company: Mars North America

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·         Job ID:HAC01359

·         Date:10/07/2009

·         Location:Hackettstown, US-NJ

·         State:New Jersey

·         Degree:Not Specified

·         Major:null



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Job Description

Quality. Responsibility. Mutuality. Efficiency. Freedom. Unusual values for a $5 billion company? Not at Mars North America! The Five Principles of Mars have inspired us for over 90 years. More than a statement of values, they are the explanation for our success and the formula for our future.

Mars North America creates the foods you love, like M&M's®, SNICKERS®, DOVE® and UNCLE BEN'S® . . . and the foods your pets love, too, like PEDIGREE®, CESAR®, WHISKAS® and SHEBA®.

We stand apart because we are a global leader in the food, snack and petcare industries and one of the most successful family-owned businesses in the world. Currently, we are looking for qualified, diverse individuals to apply for the following position:

This position is a member of the Food Safety Team that makes complex risk based food safety decisions that have direct impact on the microbial quality of our products and processes. This position maintains processes that assure raw materials, manufacturing processes, and environments are microbiologically safe for producing new and existing products.  The job interprets sensitive and technical information related to microbiological quality, and it provides timely recommendations  regarding cost effective resolutions and their potential impact on product quality and safety.
Key Responsibilities:

  • Use expert knowledge base and skills to navigate through complex testing strategies.  Analyze, evaluate and communicate results while interfacing with internal and external contacts (e.g., raw ingredient suppliers, contract labs, etc.)
  • Maintain food safety monitoring programs and systems (e.g., HACCP-prerequisite programs -- e.g., in process, and environmental monitoring)
  • Provide input for microbiology testing programs such that timely, consistent and accurate results are delivered.  Assure results are properly recorded and communicated with the appropriate degree of confidentiality
  • Investigate critical microbiological situations in order to assess and prioritize issues and to deliver recommendations in a timely manner such that cost effective corrective measures can be implemented resulting in minimal disruption to the business
  • Assist in validating new methods to isolate and identify microorganisms including foodborne pathogens
  • Maintain Global Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS) and other microbiological release systems that communicate with other plant sites and critical ingredient suppliers                                                                                                                                                


Key Skills Required:




  • Ability to work independently as well as within a team setting
  • A demonstrated ability to evaluate microbiologically sensitive business risks and to define the appropriate cost effective resolutions in a timely manner
  • Demonstrate effective written and oral communication skills; and presentation skills to be required for participation in training programs and presenting results of scientific research
  • Ability to deal with vendors, consultants, regulatory agencies and various technical and/or non-technical disciplines within or outside the company
  • Excellent analytical and troubleshooting skills
  • Familiar with sensitivity of data, security requirements, and computer applications in the laboratory


Minimum Qualifications: 1 year of work experience in microbiology within food and/or pharmaceutical industries

Demonstrated knowledge of food microbiology, food safety, manufacturing processes, material specifications, food laws, environmental regulations, HACCP, GMP's and microbiological test procedures.
Demonstrated laboratory skills to perform microbiological analyses and research 
Demonstrated knowledge of Good Laboratory Practices

B.S. degree in microbiology or related field (e.g., Food Science, Medical Technology, Biotechnology, Biology)


Successful completion of a drug and background screen


Preferred Qualifications:


2+ years of work experience in microbiology within food and/or pharmaceutical industries

Advanced degree in microbiology

Company-paid relocation is not available for this position.
As a privately-held, family-owned company, Mars North America offers benefits which reflect our commitment to attracting and retaining great people. This includes excellent pay, competitive health and dental care coverage, a retirement plan, a very competitive vacation plan and unrivalled career advancement opportunities, to name just a few of our unique and generous benefits.
If you're looking for a place where you can take ownership for your work, where the pace is fast, the environment is built around the importance of open communication, and where employees are called "associates" and treated as such, then we want to hear from you.
We value a diverse work environment and encourage qualified individuals to apply, regardless of race, religion, disability, national origin, veteran status, gender and age. Mars North America is an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employer.
Visit to learn more about our company and for information about all of our current openings. Please, no agencies.



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