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Corporate Microbiologist, Food Safety and Quality

Company Name: Kroger Manufacturing
Position Type: Employee
FLSA Status: 10



Position Summary

Provide technical leadership to assure control of potential microbiological hazards in Kroger manufacturing, distribution and retail store operations. Serve as a subject matter expert in foodborne pathogenic and spoilage microorganisms that could pose concerns in our food processing and handling environments. Develop, implement and assess microbiological-based programs, policies and procedures. Demonstrate the companys core values of respect, honesty, integrity, diversity, inclusion and safety.

Essential Job Functions

  • Influence Food Safety Culture within the Kroger network through education, training
  • Assist in the development of the Food Safety strategic and operating plans to ensure they are aligned with business objectives and available resources
  • Establish networking relationships with external technical experts from industry, universities, governmental agencies, and suppliers to stay abreast of all current learnings and technologies in Food Safety and Quality
  • Develop, review/revise, issue, and assess Kroger Food Safety policies/standards and microbiological methods and procedures
  • Develop, maintain and communicate the microbiological ingredient specification database; ensure uniformity across commodities and adherence to specifications
  • Ensure that all Process Preventive Controls, as part of FSMA, are properly validated and represented in all Food Safety Plans
  • Conduct microbiological risk assessments, challenge and validation studies utilizing scientific literature and Microbiological Risk Assessment and Modeling tools
  • Develop and administer training to manufacturing and retail associates focusing on food safety and quality initiatives including HACCP, FSMA, EMP, sanitation, shelf-life, and validation and verification
  • Develop EMP for all manufacturing facilities; ensure training and proper execution, track results, and resolve issues by providing sanitation and GMP guidance
  • Design, manage, execute, interpret and report on scientific studies that drive innovation, solve operational issues, and meet regulatory requirements
  • Provide technical expertise, direction and guidance, based on leading edge scientific solutions, to Quality, PD, manufacturing and retail to solve food safety, sanitation, and quality issues, and assist with product launches
  • Minimum Position Qualifications

  • Master's Degree in Food Microbiology, Food Science or Microbiology
  • 4+ years Microbiology laboratory hands-on experience
  • 8+ years food safety and food microbiology experience
  • Proficient in FSMA, HACCP, GMP, Sanitation, EMP
  • Proven proficiency required to direct/execute microbiological studies including: pathogen testing, rapid methods, lethality testing, challenge studies, shelf-life studies, environmental monitoring, sanitation assessments
  • Proven track record of project management skills and leadership accountability
  • Desired Previous Experience/Education

  • Any regulatory experience working with or for FDA, USDA, or State food governing bodies
  • Doctorate Degree in Food Microbiology, Food Science or Microbiology

    Education Level: Master's Required
    Required Travel: Up to 25%
    Required Certifications/Licenses: None
    Position Type: Full-Time

    Regions: General Office- Cincinnati


    Jobs at Kroger Manufacturing: Through quality products, strong individual commitments and team spirit, Kroger has been established as a leader in the manufacturing industry. Kroger Manufacturing provides career development programs aligned with aspirations in Engineering, Process Management, Information Systems, Quality Assurance, Operations Management, Human Resources, Finance and Procurement. Our work force programs provide technically challenging rotations with cross-functional teams, plants and locations to allow our Associates to learn from some of the brightest minds in the business. Experience and training combined with mentoring and guidance from plant sponsors prepare our Associates with the skills and leadership behaviors needed to achieve a successful career at Kroger.


    Company Overview: Kroger Family of Companies employs nearly half a million associates who serve over 11 million customers daily through a seamless shopping experience under a variety of banner names.  At The Kroger Co., we are Fresh for Everyone™ and dedicated to our Purpose: To Feed the Human Spirit®.  We are committed to creating #ZeroHungerZeroWaste communities by 2025.  Careers with The Kroger Co. and our family of companies offer competitive wages, flexible schedules, benefits and room for advancement.

     Posting Notes:  OH || Cincinnati || 1014 Vine Street || 45202 || Kroger Manufacturing || None || Food Technology || Employee || Exempt || Full-Time || None 

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