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Global Microbiology Lead

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Date: 24-Nov-2022

Location: Beloit, WI, US

Company: Kerry

Requisition ID 41104
Position Type (US)Full Time
Career Function Quality 
Posting Type DNI


Leading to better encompasses all we do at Kerry, it's how we've become the worlds leading taste and nutrition company. Whether it's building and manufacturing sustainable solutions for food, beverage or pharmaceutical consumers, our commitment to lead the world to better nutrition drives us forward. With 24,000+ colleagues across the globe and 15,000+ Kerry products, your opportunities are limitless.

About Kerry

Kerry is the world's leading taste and nutrition company for the food, beverage and pharmaceutical industries. Every day we partner with customers to create healthier, tastier and more sustainable products that are consumed by billions of people across the world. Our vision is to be our customers' most valued partner, creating a world of sustainable nutrition. A career with Kerry offers you an opportunity to shape the future of food while providing you opportunities to explore and grow in a truly global environment.

About the role

Global Microbiologists role is advise and coordinate best practices associated with risk assessments of microbiological hazards with regard to incoming raw materials, recipe formulation, manufacturing  practices and processes.  The scope covers leadership and consultation on environmental monitoring  programs across our manufacturing footprint.

Assist in calibrating our external Microbiological Laboratories partners and  Kerry  internal  laboratories to ensure adherence to internationally recognized methods and ISO/ IEC 17025 principles on testing carried out by our Global Microbiological Laboratory partners. Responsible for delivery of the food safety programs and to standardize all structures, work, training, procedures & records.

Key responsibilities

  • Responsible communicates to regional food safety directors and sanitation leads  on microbiological initiatives as directed by the Global Food Safety VP.  
  • Provide support to regional teams and  Kerry sites in managing food safety related incidents (food safety compliant and microbial issue) and troubleshooting.
  • Responsible in managing quality performance and proficiency of the Kerry used third party laboratories by provide technical assessment to third party laboratories.
  • Provide support to RD&A and regional food Safety directors on new product scale up associate to microbiological practical in specification set up, process capability, sampling plan, test methodology and in relates.
  • Assist the global Food Safety VP in continually evaluate and trending the environmental controls, cleaning & sanitation performance, micro related food safety programs and recommend appropriate improvements.
  • Key Member of the Global Crisis Team.
  • Responsible in ensure documentation across the regions Microbiological Laboratories are accurate and updated to current practices.
  • Provide support to Regional VPs and teams  in troubleshooting, root cause analysis, corrective actions and verification.
  • Responsible to support the regional  sanitation leads to continually improve to Kerry Global EMP programs and performance.
  • Responsible in continue improvement on the accuracy and precision of testing methods used by our external vendors.
  • Conduct periodic audits of our Laboratory vendors globally to a frequency to be confirmed.
  • Support sites to identify and resolve food safety issue and quality issue in microbial related as directed globally by Food Safety VP.


  • To lead and implement training programs on Microbiological hazards  to highlight areas for improvement.
  • To act as a facilitator for the education of all team members, to provide them the opportunity to continually improve the standards set.

Continuous Improvement:

  • To participate in continuous improvement activities as necessary.
  • Responsible for product, process and system on food safety improvement.
  • Liaise with others departmental personnel on specifications, validation and verification, complaints, food safety problems etc in addressing corrective/preventive action for continuous improvement.
  • To assist in monitoring customer requirement and standards.
  • Develop & implement processes elated to document control & management
  • Maintain proper organization & storage of documents & information

Qualifications and skills


  • Degree in Science based subject eg Biology, Chemistry , Microbiology or equivalent
  • Minimum 15 years’ experience in a Senior Microbiologist role.
  • Exemplary leadership qualities and able to make difficult decisions.
  • A team player with high commitment and able to perform under pressure.

Business & Leadership

  • Serves internal and external customers with accurate and timely information.
  • Understand Quality processes in manufacturing facilities
  • Help with development of Standard Operating Procedures.
  • Commitment to additional training
  • Good customer relations skills


  • Working knowledge International food laws
  • Understanding of product certification programs such as Kosher, Halal, and Organic
  • Understanding of policies related to international products
  • Knowledge of FSSC 22K, HACCP and AIB product safety system
  • Allergen awareness
  • Extensive Knowledge of FSMA and FDA and experience interacting with regulatory agencies
  • Extensive Knowledge Haccp, Vaccp and Taccp
  • Previous history in leading the execution of  compliance systems.

Process Quality

  • Understands best practice in Microbiological Laboratories
  • Working knowledge of statistics
  • Full knowledge of assigned plant operating systems
  • Knowledgeable about supply chain management
  • Understanding of food microbiology
  • Understanding of chemistry
  • Understanding of Food Science
  • Knowledge of all Kerry policies
  • Trained auditor

Total Quality

  • Understanding best practice
  • Develops standard operating procedures
  • Understands aspects of TQM i.e. that quality goes beyond the product itself.
  • Heavy focus on consumer/customer satisfaction.
  • Implements shared learning’s at local level
  • Understands “cost of quality”
  • Understanding of policies related to international products

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. EEO is the Law poster can be found here. Additional information can also be here .