Lab Manager in Carthage, MO at Butterball

Date Posted: 3/20/2020

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Job Description

Job Summary:

This person will perform complex, non-repetitive, technical duties relative to managing Laboratory functions within the plant. Provide leadership to plant and Lab and personnel to assure that internal and external product specifications are achieved/maintained. Perform standardized qualitative and quantitative tests to determine physical, microbiological or chemical properties of food products.  Assure all regulations & customer regulations are met.   Aid in commercialization, product and process improvement.  Generally requires 5 or more years of work experience with 3 years of relative experience as a Microbiologist, Chemist or similar function with a four year degree.  Proficient in Excel, Word, and PowerPoint.  Bilingual, Spanish preferred, but not required.   Must be able to work with a cross functional team representing and providing technical expertise in the area of both Chemistry and Microbiology of products.   This team would include Marketing, Sales, R & D, Quality Assurance and Operations.

Essential Functions, Duties & Responsibilities

  • Assist with developing, implementing and maintaining laboratory programs  i.e., Microbiological programs, chemical analysis, product testing, environmental testing.
  • Develop new micro and chemical methods and procedures.
  • Negotiate with vendors for lowest prices.
  • Assist with research and development work on cost effectiveness, implementing line extensions/product changes and in-plant testing of new products prior to full-scale production.
  • Use company computer software to design sampling programs for PCS,environmental and processing swabs.
  • Oversee and perform Lethality Studies
  • Oversee and perform Challenge studies.
  • Utilize laboratory data to prepare reports, graphs, and charts for membes of management  and initiate applicable corrective measures.
  • Provide data analysis and trending of data.
  • Provide guidance in troubleshooting microbial issues.  This would include finished product, ingredient, sanitation and environmental issues.
  • Provide guidance in troubleshooting formulation issues relate to chemical analysis.
  • Perform chemical and physical analysis of food ingredients and finished food samples using established chemistry methods and procedure to ensure complaince to standards and specfications.
  • Participate in providing Corporate with laboratory assisstance involving product performance, both improvements and corrective measures.
  • Develop, implement Lab Personnel Training.
  • Development of supervisory personnel for further advancements and overall job           satisfaction.
  • When QA manager is not availble serve as liaison with local, area, and Federal USDA and FDA personnel.
  • Conduct facility audits and audit Lab technicians job performance.
  • Post appropriate members of management when deviations occur for corrective action.
  • Maintain laboratory profeciencty testing standards and accrediation.
  • Maintain laboratory standard procedures manual.
  • Maintain laboratory safety manual.
  • Verification of laboratory training as well as providing training material.
  • Provide guidance of  product and ingredient lethality studies.
  • Provide technical expertise to the plant on sanitation and gmp’s.
  • Provide guidance on customer complaints related to spoilage.
  • Provide guidance to customers in areas of Food Safety.
  • Serve as processing authority in the event Quality Director not availiable on HACCP deviations.   
  • Provide expertise to the sanitation team on cleaning procedures, sanitizer procedures, as well as environmental cleaning processes and procedures.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

•         Experience as a Microbiologist or similar function in the Food Manufacturing Industry.

•         Ability to prepare standard solutions and reagents for use in chemical testing and maintain stock of necessary lab materials. 

•         Ability to work with cross functional team and provide the necessary Food Safety and microbial and chemical analysis expertise on products, processes and procedures. 

•         Proficient in Excel, Word, and PowerPoint. 

•         Bilingual English/Spanish preferred. 

Education & Experience: 

•         Generally requires 5 or more years of work experience with 3 years of relative experience as a, Microbiologist, Food Chemist or similar function with a four year degree from an accredited college or university.

•         Must be HACCP certified.

Additional Responsibilities:

  • Insure regular calibration of chemistry lab equipment, including annual certification, as well as routine maintenance of chemistry lab equipment.
  • Demonstrate competency on all test methods, lab SOP’s and instrument calibrations to a level sufficient to perform all assigned work and to be able to train others.
  • Clean and sterilize equipment as needed.

The statements herein are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by employees and are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of what is required of personnel so classified.  Furthermore, they do not imply or establish a contract for employment and are subject to change at the discretion of the employer.

Butterball, LLC is and equal opportunity employer and is committed to the fair and impartial treatment of all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, disability, marital status, veteran status, sexual orientation or other protected status under applicable law.


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