Senior Analyst Microbiology

Bureau Veritas Lake Zurich , IL 60047

Posted 3 months ago


Bureau Veritas offers dynamic, exciting employment opportunities with an attractive salary/benefit package and an opportunity to play a vital role with a global organization. If you would enjoy working in a dynamic environment and are looking for an opportunity to become part of a stellar team of professionals, we invite you to apply online today.

Bureau Veritas is an Equal Opportunity Employer, and as such we recruit, hire, train, and promote persons in all job classifications without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age, marital status, citizen status, sexual orientation, genetics, status as a protected veteran, or any other non-job-related characteristics.

This position is responsible to ensure equal opportunity in employment in that all persons are treated equally and on the basis of merit, in decisions regarding selection, placement, promotions, training, work assignments, transfers and other personnel actions.

City: Lake Zurich

State: Illinois


  • Results orientated to produce high quality defensible analytical data, safely and on time by following applicable Standard Operating Procedures.

  • Performs advanced sample preparation and sample analyses.

  • Manages the priority organization and flow of samples and/or materials.

  • Gains full knowledge with respect to performing analytical procedures and related quality control techniques by intense training.

  • Proactive in resolving analytical and process problems.

  • Identifies and resolves analytical problems and suggests improvements in processes, staff, and equipment resources.

  • Willing to learn and continuously update skills and expertise through training.

  • Inspires, motivates and participates in building a strong team environment.

  • Takes initiative and is proactive in mentoring junior staff to effect process changes.

  • Leads, manages, develops and participates in building a strong team of analytical professionals.


  • Adheres to Maxxam Code of Ethics Policy.

  • Supports and complies with all Maxxam policies, Quality System and Health & Safety program.

  • Performs both basic and complex sample preparation and analyses.

  • Performs sample preparation and procedures prior to analyses.

  • Provides general and advanced lab support.

  • Recording of results in logbooks and on FCDs. Data entry into LIMS may also be required.

  • Assists with method and/or data validation. Data validation in LIMS may also be required.

  • Follows Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) and Work Instructions (WIs) when conducting any laboratory work or procedure.

  • Ensures a high level of accuracy in sample prep and analysis.

  • Employs proper laboratory techniques to minimize risk of mislabelling, sample mix-up and cross contamination between samples and other materials.

  • Prioritizes daily workload based on sample and client requirement for self and junior staff.

  • Provides Supervisor/Manager with updates on workstation status including advance notification of any delays.

  • Understands analysis procedures and problem solves issues.

  • Identifies any non-routine samples and seeks guidance on procedures for handling.

  • Identifies and communicates non-conformances to Supervisor.

  • Maintains training records and relevant qualifications.

  • Meets quality and TAT specifications required by the client and ensure samples are analyzed within holding time requirements.

  • Participates in developing Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) and Work instructions (WIs).

  • Provides input to corrective action procedures or may be assigned to perform the corrective action.

  • Keeps work area clean, neat and organized.

  • Participates, when requested in Department and Health & Safety meetings.

  • Prepares Departmental meetings as directed.

  • Participates, when requested in internal and external audits.

  • Provides training, technical expertise and mentoring to junior staff.

  • Proactive in ensuring that consumable supplies are available in the lab.

  • Ensures instruments and equipment are being maintained appropriately and assesses new instruments.

  • Acts as a positive change agent in supporting Maxxam's new initiatives (operational and cultural).

  • Recommends solutions (technical/staffing), which will make the lab more effective and competitive.

  • Identifies problems and recommends solutions (technical, procedural, quality, safety & human), to Management.

  • Assumes a leading role in the planning and implementation of any procedural or equipment validation.

  • Coordinates laboratory projects.

  • Assesses feasibility of Kaizen projects as needed.

  • Provides feedback to Supervisor/Manager on staff performance.

  • Provides feedback during budgeting process as required.

  • Attends onsite client meetings and meetings with vendors as required.

  • All other responsibilities as assigned.


  • Accurately follows Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) and Work Instructions (WIs).

  • Assesses problems and recommends solutions.

  • Experience with Bacterial culture testing. PCR Amplification. Biological confirmation testing.

  • Experience in an ISO 17025 accredted lab, having participated in the audit process is a plus.

  • Good leadership and mentoring skills with the ability to supervise two lab analysts.


  • Positive outlook with an ability to work in a fast-paced environment.

  • Good time-management, communication, multi-tasking and priority setting skills.

  • Works both independently and as part of a team.

  • Detail orientated and record keeping skills.

  • Learns quickly.

  • Adapts to a changing environment.

  • Good interpersonal skills.

  • Flexibility to deal with different situations and personalities.

  • Works under pressure to meet changing deadlines and shifting priorities.

  • Good team building, training, and coaching skills.

Computer Skills:

  • Excellent computer skills.

  • Thorough understanding of Maxxam's Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS).

Minimum Qualifications:

  • 1 to 5 years of experience in a routine microbiological testing laboratory.


  • B.Sc. or B.A. with a major in biology, microbiology, food science or closely related field.

Working Conditions:

  • May involve long periods of standing.

  • Some lifting and carrying (up to 10 kgs).

  • Requires flexible working hours, overtime and shift work.

  • Hazardous materials are handled using established safety procedures and appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE).

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