Microbiology Technician

Nestle Dublin , OH 43016

Posted 6 months ago

If you are driven by a passion to do something meaningful that changes lives, Nestl is the place for you. Nestl employees have the opportunity to make a long-term impact on society while personally contributing to company success every day.

Quality assurance and product safety are core business principles at Nestl and the Nestl Quality Assurance Center (NQAC) is responsible for ensuring that all Nestl products are safe and that the highest product safety is delivered to Nestl's customers. NQAC's world class microbiological and food chemistry laboratories provide comprehensive testing services to all Nestl factories, suppliers, and co-manufacturers in North America in order to ensure this quality assurance and product safety mission is continuously reached.

Nestl employees and their commitment to this mission are the company's most valuable assets. Nestl provides targeted development opportunities that allow all employees to grow within their current role as well as within the larger Nestl market. In addition, Nestl offers exceptional rewards, health, and retirement benefits to the lives of our employees and their families are enhanced and that the company continues to be the worldwide leader in nutrition, health, and wellness.

POSITION SUMMARY:

This position is to perform and document routine tasks related to sample processing and assays using written operating procedures, standard laboratory methods and/or basic laboratory techniques, functions and equipment. To conduct specific procedures and tests within the laboratory requiring the use of applied knowledge and practical skills learned from on-the-job experience; modify or adapt techniques to fit special needs or problems; to calculate data from routine tests to final results and to evaluate such results for accuracy where expected findings are not precisely defined, but sufficient guidelines exist for reference; to assist with and occasionally perform specialized and non-routine tests and assays, and to maintain records of such work; to coordinate and plan assigned work with other technicians and scientists.

Job Duties:

Provide support to laboratory department by performing and/or coordinating a variety of Laboratory processes.

  • Registers and prepares samples for general analytical testing through data entry, weighing and physical homogenization.

  • Preps and performs routine to more complex analyses per NQAC methods.

  • Reads and records results of analyses, making sure to keep identification numbers matched with correct samples.

  • Operates basic laboratory equipment such as balances, pH meter, colorimeter, spectrophotometer, autoclave, evaporator, etc.

  • Prepares (and assures accuracy of) standards, reagents, etc. needed for analyses.

  • Acid washes glassware and specially cleans other equipment and areas as required.

  • Functions as primary data generator, records and calculates data, signs assay sheets.

  • Performs routine lab and department maintenance to keep area clean and orderly.

  • Interpret customer requests and perform log-in functions.

  • Conducts preliminary interpretations of data or observations, and drafts short reports to supervisor.

  • Carries out assignments in a timely, diligent, and safe manner and performs work in accordance with NQAC SOPs.

  • Assures adherence to safety regulations.

  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Provide assurance of quality and support of quality processes for the Laboratory/Center:

  • Assure quality of results by assisting with establishment and maintenance of QA documents, plans and ICPs.

  • Document QA data and report to lead or management.

  • Assure equipment is maintained in reliable working order and make repairs or modifications within the capability of the Technician or request repairs.

Processes/Methods:

  • Identify and resolve process or analytical methodology problems.

  • Assist in write-up, review, and provide proper documentation for processes or methods as experience allows.

Training:

  • Attend internal and external training programs as assigned by management.

  • On-the-job instruction under direct supervision of other technicians or scientists.

  • Training other associates as experience and job needs dictate.

REQUIREMENTS AND MINIMUM EDUCATION LEVEL:

  • High school Diploma Required

  • Undergraduate degree in Microbiology or closely related science (i.e. Chemistry, Biology, et al.)

EXPERIENCE:

  • Relevant academic coursework or 1 year practical relevant experience in an analytical laboratory preferred.

REQUIRED SKILLS:

  • Basic computer skills (Microsoft Office Applications: Outlook, Word, Excel, etc.)

  • Good verbal and written business communication skills

  • Teamwork

  • Professionalism

  • English Language Skills (Basic reading, writing, speaking, etc.)

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Microbiology Technician

Nestle