Senior Microbiologist

Job Locations US-GA-Savannah
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Company Overview

Want a job you can feel good about? Leading to better encompasses everything we do at Kerry, it's how we've become the world's leading taste and nutrition company. Whether it's building sustainable solutions for consumers or building benefits and opportunities for employees, the main thread of the Kerry fabric is #LeadingToBetter. With focus on a sustainable future, a career with Kerry is something you can feel good about.


Leading to better.

Through sensory science and technology, Kerry develops and manufactures food and beverage solutions for popular brands throughout the world. In fact, you've most likely experienced Kerry in the food or beverages you've consumed in the past few days!



Leading to better, together. 

Together, we shape how the world views food and beverage.  Leading to better, together means we do this in a culture that nurtures agility, speed, quality and safety and we do this through:

  • Celebrating curiosity that leads to action
  • Empowering our people
  • Promoting diverse thinking
  • Investing in innovation
  • Acting on sustainability
  • Embracing our differences

Kerry is an equal opportunity employer. Employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age disability, protected veteran status or other characteristics protected by law. Kerry will only employ those who are legally authorized to work in the United States for this opening. Any offer of employment is conditional upon the successful completion of a background investigation and drug screen.

Description and Responsibilities



The primary responsibility for this position is to provide accurate and reliable microbiological analysis of raw ingredients, finished product, environmental and the processing environment. Ensure that the end release product is safe for public consumption and meets customer requirements for quality. This position reports to the Quality Assurance Supervisor. In the absence of the Microbiologist, another Microbiologist will serve as backup.


First shift


Essential Duties & Responsibilities:


Testing Procedure:


  • Develop and follow Laboratory Standard Operating Procedures which must be based on Good laboratory Practices (GLP’s)
  • Adopt microbiological methods which are prescribed in the official compendium (e.g. AOAC, AACC, FCC, USP, BP, etc.)
  • Test raw ingredients, finished products and environmental samples.
  • Testing of finished products using pour plate, petrifilm and rapid micro test methods for sterility.
  • Monitor plant and laboratory environment by taking swabs, air and water samples at set frequency.
  • Participate in the AOAC proficiency testing.(Including: performing specific tests, expressing the results in a described manner, monitor response time)
  • Provide Month end statistical information to QATM, Process Documentation Supervisor and Plant Manager.
  • Maintain registration of the laboratory permits.
  • Maintain clean equipment and laboratory environment.
  • Calibrate laboratory equipment.
  • Provide recommendations and feedback on testing results to management.
  • Evaluate and authorize the stability of raw materials and finished product.      
  • Review all laboratory programs regularly and keep records.
  • General support of plant production and quality assigned by plant leadership.
  • Attend all safety meetings, report any safety incidents/accidents and understand and follow all Company and Plant Safety policies and Procedures.
  • Trained in the Kerry HACCP program in order to identify critical steps and other instructions critical to effective implementation and maintenance of the Food Safety Plan.
  • Provides support for the current SQF System




  • Manager micro laboratory supplies (inventory on a set frequency)
  • Communicate with lab suppliers and order supplies when necessary.



  • Leadership in the fundamentals of lab safety, equipment and testing procedures.
  • Provide support to plant employees in aseptic sampling process and food safety.


Continuous Improvements:


  • Maintaining technical proficiency through participating in training and development courses as provided by LMS
  • Adhering to the ethical standards as outlined by Kerry USA
  • Participation in continuous improvement projects and suggestions organized by plant management.
  • Participation in cost savings initiatives
  • Participation in courses provided by GFTC, Silliker or other leaders in microbiology or organized by the Corporate Microbiology Task Force


Equipment/Technology Utilized:


  • Computer – Excel, Word, Internet,
  • Rapid Micro Testing
  • Petrifilm
  • Pour plating techniques
  • Autoclave
  • Swabbing
  • Air Analysis
  • Water sampling
  • Microscope
  • Gram staining
  • Others


Funds & Budgets:


  • Meet the efficiency and cost targets for the department


Decision Making:


  • Evaluate product from shipment or production
  • Set up and order acceptance levels for micro testing materials
  • Schedule environmental testing for plant




  • Minimum Bachelor of Science in Microbiology or Biology
  • Technical Courses (internal and external)




  • 3 years of experience in the microbiological laboratory
  • Knowledge of pathogen confirmation tests.
  • Full understanding of biohazards and laboratory safety.
  • Able to work weekends and holidays


Communication Internal:


  • Kerry Quality Managers                                               Regular
  • Process Documentation Supervisor                            Regular
  • Plant Supervisor                                                          Occasional


Communication External (As necessary):


  • Lab Suppliers                                                           Regular




  • Interact with all internal organizational staff in a supportive and co-operative manner.
  • Contact internal departments regarding any discrepancies or further information required to complete assembly.
  • Provide microbiological reports to Process Documentation Supervisor and Quality Manager.


Problem Solving/Judgment:


  • Issues in the lab, production and customers
  • Recommend solutions to environmental hazards and nonconforming product.


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