Every day Mars Incorporated takes thousands of decisions that are informed by laboratory data. It is essential that Mars Associates have access to laboratory data that is accurate, reliable and timely to ensure consumer and brand protection, provide competitive advantage and enable operational excellence.
Reporting to the Microbiology Lab Operations Manager, the associate will perform microbiological testing in the brand new Regional Microbiology Laboratory in support of our largest Chocolate Manufacturing site based in Veghel.
Key Responsibilities Microbiological Analysis and media preparation
Responsible for making microbiological media and reagents for the laboratory.
Maintain stock of prepared media to ensure no work is delayed due to lack of supplies.
Perform analyses according to the standard operating procedures in the laboratory, delivering accurate results in a timely manner.
Maintain documentation of test results and testing traceability in the Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS).
Maintain documentation and records according to Regional Lab Quality Management System.
Inform the drift of the analysis equipment through the monitoring of the control charts to the Laboratory Operations Manager.
Participate in proficiency testing schemes as part of on-going competency verification.
Perform environmental monitoring in the laboratory through the analysis of swabs and air plates according to the environmental monitoring program.
Perform the verification of incoming consumables and reference standards to ensure compliance prior to use in the laboratory.
Participate in the management of inventory, reagents and consumables to avoid stock-outs.
Participate in waste management and decontamination of the laboratory and waste generated from analysis.
Actively participate in the management of non-conformities, corrective actions and preventive actions, as well as the continuous improvement of Management Systems related to Safety, Quality and Environment.
Operate, verify and maintain laboratory instrumentation.
When appropriate, contribute to writing/creating documents or procedures in accordance with the laboratory’s Quality Management System and Mars Global Laboratory Quality Management System.
Work as a team player with open and honest communication while respecting confidentiality with any laboratory information.
Follow Health, Safety and Environmental (HSE) requirements for the site and laboratory.
What are we looking for?
Bachelor’s degree in Microbiology or related field.
5 or more years’ experience with microbiological analyses in food industry or in lab testing companies.
Knowledge in running and maintaining necessary analytical instrumentation is required.
Experience working in a production lab environment (mandatory).
Knowledge of ISO 17025 standard (advantageous).
Masters the key scientific principles associated with Microbiological assays.
Understanding of microbiological testing techniques including FDA BAM/ISO testing methodologies.
Technical laboratory background in food pathogens testing methods, e.g. Salmonella, Listeria, etc. is an asset.
Knowledge of laboratory cross contaminations management/mitigation.
Skilled expertise and diligence in aseptic techniques.
Skilled in sample preparation, homogenization and serial dilutions.
Demonstrates knowledge and understanding of laboratory safety.
Demonstrated experience and skill with Spreadsheet software (MS Excel preferred) and Word.
Excellent organizational skills to adapt to fluctuating workloads while maintaining attention to detail.
Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to work independently or as a member of a team.
Proven written and verbal communication skills in English.