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Microbiologist

The Coca-Cola Company

  • Location: Atlanta, GA - USA
  • Post Date: 2/1/2019
  • Job Type: FULL TIME
  • TRAVEL REQUIRED: 00% - 25%
  • RELOCATION PROVIDED: No
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Job ID: R-23606

Position Overview:

The key responsibilities of this role will be to perform complex physical and/or chemical analysis of raw materials, in process products and finished goods; prepares detailed reports with recommendations and performs routine maintenance and safety checks on laboratory equipment.
The candidate will be
- proficient in applying established standards in microbiology;
- able to train and instruct analysts/scientists
- problem solving of microbiology related issues for a production facility
- A Subject Matter Expert with knowledge base acquired in microbiology as applied to beverages, beverage processing, beverage technology or related foods .
- Works independently; may be required to coach other professionals.
- Knowledge and understanding of Good Laboratory Practices (GLP) and Quality Management Systems (QMS).
- Lead research projects and develop or validate laboratory test methods or equipment to ensure reliability and accuracy of analytical results.
- Organize workflow and task schedules to maximize laboratory efficiency.

Function Specific Activities:

Functional Skills:

  • Ability to perform advanced, complex testing at a high level of throughput using the required methodology as required on ingredients, intermediates and finished products and report results.
  • Demonstrates subject matter expertise in microbiology to evaluate data/information and make decisions, provide solutions to problems, and educated opinions on ingredients, syrups, beverages, concentrates or other substances to provide support to bottlers and customers. 
  • Advanced Field Specialty in microbiology: Expert ability to integrate advanced techniques and to apply the most appropriate techniques to a broad range of problems.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and application of Good Laboratory Practices; Laboratory/Analytical Instrumentation, including instrumental theory, operation, maintenance and ability to operate and troubleshoot laboratory methods;  LIMS; Quality management systems.
  • Ability to communicate technical information both verbally and in written reports that is understandable by technical and non-technical audiences; to produce report of results and recommendations that is clear and concise. Build technical relationship

Key Duties/Responsibilities:

  • Perform basic and complex testing of materials at a high level of throughput using the required microbiological, analytical and/ or sensorial methodology according to quality guidelines
  • Interpret data from routine and non-routine analyses in order to validate that ingredients/materials meet specifications. Record results & write technical reports.
  • Maintain laboratory equipment and instrumentation (e.g., troubleshooting, conducting preventative maintenance, calibrating and repairing).
  • Organize workflow and task schedules to maximize laboratory efficiency (e.g., prioritize sample analysis, assign tasks, preventative maintenance).
  • Train and instruct Laboratory analysts/scientists.
  • Work to and ensure self and team compliance to quality management system requirements through training, documentations, quality records and audits.
  • Perform data audit in order to ensure accuracy of data and analytical processes.  This may include database queries, statistical process control or correlation study.
  • Lead research projects and develop or validate laboratory test methods or equipment (sampling, monitoring, analytical procedures) in order to ensure reliability and accuracy of analytical results.  This may include performing capability studies.
  • Lead a multidisciplinary team to resolve troubleshooting issues; act as the business process owner

Educational requirements:

  • M.S. in Science preferably Microbiology, Food Science, or Food Technology with microbiology focus and a demonstrated aptitude to relate business and technical requirements.

PREFERRED EDUCATIONAL REQUIREMENTS:

  • Masters or PhD in Microbiology is preferable

Related work experience

  • 8+ years relevant experience in a Laboratory in the food, pharmaceutical or chemical Industry
  • Experience in Beverage technology and flavor chemistry is desirable
  • Experience of trouble shooting is desirable
  • Project leadership and project management

Job Requirements:

Years of Experience:

7-10 Years Experience

Growth Behaviors:

  • GROWTH MINDSET: Demonstrates curiosity. Welcomes failure as a learning opportunity.
  • SMART RISK: Makes bold decisions/recommendations.
  • EXTERNALLY FOCUSED: Understands the upstream and downstream implications of his/her work. Tracks and shares external trends, best practices or ideas.
  • PERFORMANCE DRIVEN AND ACCOUNTABLE: Has high performance standards. Outperforms her/his peers.
  • FAST/AGILE: Removes barriers to move faster. Experiments and adapts. Thrives under pressure and fast pace.
  • EMPOWERED: Brings solutions instead of problems. Challenges the status quo. Has the courage to take an unpopular stance.

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer and do not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, sex, age, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, status as a veteran, and basis of disability or any other federal, state or local protected class. Apply
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