Manager, Microbiology

Leprino Foods Company
Denver, Colorado, US
Aug 02, 2021
Aug 11, 2021
Employment Type
Full time
Salary Type
Within our corporate laboratory services team located in Denver - Leprino is seeking a Manager of Microbiology who leads all aspects of and guides our Microbiology laboratory staff, resources, equipment, and the lab environment. This position ensures safety is closely adhered to and motivates staff to focus on preventing problems before they happen. The Microbiology Manager strengthens the overall proficiency and depth of talent in the Microbiology laboratory by establishing outstanding performance expectations and ensuring both technical and leadership skills are developed by mentoring staff.
  • Leads staff and departmental resources to ensure the completion of projects and routine results are met in an efficient, effective, and timely manner.
  • Leads all aspects of department's staffing, scheduling, professional development, budgeting, organizational planning, and general management.
  • Identifies and monitors key performance indicators for department such as: quality of customer service, staff proficiency, dependability of results, and plant support.
  • Influences applicable technologies, policies, programs, processes, and systems management for the Microbiology lab.
  • Assures LFC and customer quality standards and expectations are being met by overseeing product evaluations, customer interfaces, performance testing, and methodology review.
  • Develops and implements food micro systems for food safety and product traceability.
  • Drives problem solving with respect to project, customer, or company issues, and finds opportunities before they become a problem.
  • Investigates audit results and ensures proper corrective actions are identified and implemented.
  • Have a Bachelor's degree in Microbiology, Dairy Science, Food Science any scientific subject area.
  • At least 6 years of food manufacturing, product development and quality assurance experience in the dairy segment
  • At least 2 years of leadership/people development experience
  • Experience in an ISO 17025 environment
  • Experience with Microbiological sampling and sample prep equipment, laboratory incubation instrumentation, liquid and solid measurement tools, ELISA, ELFA, PCR, and other genetic based pathogen equipment
  • Are humble, inquisitive, patient, collaborative, innovative, results-oriented, and resilient - the DNA of a Leprino employee.

We Hope You Also Have:
  • A Master's degree in Microbiology, Dairy Science, Food Science any scientific subject area.
  • SAP and LIMS experience
  • 8+ years of food manufacturing, product development and quality assurance experience in the dairy segment

Leprino Foods embraces diversity and equal opportunity. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability. The more inclusive we are, the better our work will be.

A chance to be part of a global team of individuals passionate about producing and delivering high-quality products that help feed and nourish families around the world. Leprino Foods could not be where it is today without our incredible employees. That is why we share in our success together by rewarding you for your hard work. Hiring great people who are in it for the long run is our goal. Through competitive salaries, tuition assistance, vacation, holiday, dedicated sick time, matching 401(k), annual merit increases and bonuses, as well as our annual Profit-Sharing plan. Your impact will be noticed and rewarded, as you seek to further our company, our customers, and one another.
  • At Leprino Foods, starting compensation for this role typically ranges between $95,000 and $115,000.

Our Story:

Leprino Foods' history dates back over 65 years, when Jim Leprino first started making small batches of mozzarella for local markets and eateries in the Little Italy neighborhood of Denver. We've grown a bit since then. Today, Leprino is the world's largest manufacturer of mozzarella and lactose, and a leading producer of whey protein. Still owned by Jim and the Leprino family, our sights are set to be the "World's Best Dairy Food and Ingredient Company." To help us achieve that bold vision, we're looking for our secret ingredient: You. A motivated team member who is the best at what you do. Three people in a small corner grocery store in the early 1950s have now grown to over 4,300 employees throughout 16 global locations. Will you join us on our journey?

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Leprino Foods requires all individuals to wear the appropriate Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) as required by the role and location.

Leprino Foods Company supports a drug-free workplace and is an EEO/Affirmative Action Employer - M/F/Disability/Veteran