Ocean Spray Cranberries is looking for a Principal Microbiologist to join our R&D team! You will lead the development and implementation of microbiological control strategies, standards, and processes across the Cooperative. Your responsibilities will include conducting scientific investigations and driving continuous improvement in microbiology. You will collaborate with cross-functional teams to validate process controls, establish preventive actions, and ensure food safety. Additionally, you will provide expertise and guidance on microbiological issues to support R&D and manufacturing.
Work across Corporate, plant Quality teams, contract manufacture partners, product development, packaging engineering, process engineering, procurement, and other cross-functional teams to support commissioning protocols including sampling plans, risk assessments and compliance to OSC Quality Operating Standards as well as Global (Codex Alimentarious), Federal (FSMA and HACCP), State and local regulations.
Review and analyze microbiological documentation from internal cross-functional teams, external partners, suppliers, or other relevant organizations. This assessment includes but is not limited to HACCP or Food Safety plans, 3rd party audits, surveys, sanitation, plant pre-requisite programs, environmental monitoring and other related food safety and quality programs.
Identify and implement the development, monitoring, and testing of new microbiological methods.
Collaborate and supports projects with universities, external labs, or other outside collaborators.
Plan, execute or oversee microbiological validation studies and challenges studies. Lead the execution of microbiology studies such as rapid method development, preservation systems, or antimicrobials.
Lead microbiological proficiency testing for internal manufacturing network.
Support FSQA issue resolutions, customer complaints and customer requests. Use problem solving techniques to work with plants, suppliers, engineers, R&D, legal, procurement and other cross-functional teams. Lead investigation of microbiological incidents to properly document investigation, root cause, corrective actions, and preventive actions.
Plan, execute and oversee laboratory research utilizing microbiology standard procedures, good laboratory practices and aseptic techniques to complete assigned tasks. Review microbiology results for compliance.
Provide microbiological guidance and technical assistance/support to other departments as well as to manufacturing plants. If applicable, conduct visits and/or audits as identified by the annual risk-based audit program or identify areas of microbial risk and ensure corrective actions are implemented.
Support the management of Corporate Microbiology laboratory.
Active participation in industry forums that include suppliers, processors, customers, and universities.
Oversees HACCP/Food Safety Plans of OSC Pilot Plant.
Knowledge, Skills & Abilities
Ph.D. in microbiology, food microbiology or related area.
Minimum 5 years previous work experience in food microbiology and is familiar with food manufacturing.
Excellent collaborative and problem-solving skills. A strong, broad technical background with expertise in the areas of microbiology and Food Safety and Quality Systems.
Well-versed in Codex, FSMA, FDA, GFSI, state and local, and international regulations.
Knowledge of HACCP and related food safety systems as applied at the food manufacturing plant level. Juice HACCP and PCQI certification preferred.
Excellent written and verbal communication skills are required with specific skills in the area of policy and procedure development and documentation.
Technical writing experience with standard operating procedures and reports
Ocean Spray is a vibrant agricultural cooperative owned by more than 700 cranberry farmers in the United States, Canada and Chile who have helped preserve the family farming way of life for generations. Formed in 1930, Ocean Spray is now the world’s leading producer of cranberry juices, juice drinks and dried cranberries and is the best-selling brand in the bottled juice category. The cooperative’s cranberries are currently featured in more than a thousand great-tasting, good-for-you products in roughly 100 countries worldwide. With approximately 2,000 team members and nearly 20 cranberry receiving and processing facilities worldwide, Ocean Spray is committed to managing our business in a way that respects and cares for our communities, team members and the environment. For more information about our family-farmer owned cooperative, visit www.oceanspray.com.
For close to 90 years, Ocean Spray, its family-farmer owners, and our team members have had a long-standing passion for health, taste and authenticity in all our products. The innovative, entrepreneurial spirit of our founders remains rooted in our cooperative's culture and our commitment to be a farm-to-family, health and wellness company. Our north star is our purpose: connecting our farms to families for a better life.