• Lead Microbiologist

    Location US-WA-Vancouver
    Job ID
    Quality Assurance
    Vitamin - Lab
  • Overview

    We currently have an excellent opportunity for a Lead Microbiologist located at our Vancouver, WA plant.


    What we’re about:

    • Innovation-We consistently generate new ideas, thinking outside the box while remaining strategically focused. We always think in terms of possibilities, not limitations.
    • Collaboration-We rely on open and honest communication to develop productive working relationships within and across our business units and functions. The mutual respect we have for our colleagues enables us to challenge each other, leading to an even more cohesive team.
    • Focus-We maintain a laser-like focus on our consumers. We will grow by leveraging consumer insights on all of our brands and will continue to be industry leaders.
    • Entrepreneurialism-We pride ourselves on fostering this spirit where risk-taking and action is encouraged. We are extremely competitive externally, but not internally.

    What we’ll offer:

    • Competitive salary including annual bonus & Stock Incentive Program
    • Comprehensive benefits package along with generous 401K savings & profit sharing
    • Career ownership & development
    • Diversity & sustainability



    This individual will perform specialized and routine laboratory examinations and procedures, under general supervision.

    • Following standard operating procedures (SOP), company policies, safety policies and practices, quality standards, and good manufacturing practices (GMP).
    • Determining priorities for micro lab testing and assigning daily tasks to Microbiologists.
    • Preparing materials for testing and performing specialized or routine laboratory tests according to prescribed standards to determine chemical and physical characteristics or composition of materials for such purposes as quality control, process control, or product development.
    • Performing environmental sampling and testing in specified areas.
    • Testing materials (raw, bulk, and finished goods) for presence and content of contaminants or foreign substances.
    • Making media and performing quality control on media using positive controls (live organisms).
    • Setting up, adjusting, operating and maintaining laboratory equipment and instruments.
    • Selecting, modifying, and/or adapting equipment or procedures to specific project requirements.
    • Reviewing test results and documentation to ascertain validity and reliability of data and proper functionality of equipment.
    • Performing secondary review of microbiological and physical testing results.
    • Sterilizing and cleaning laboratory equipment, glassware and work areas, disposing of potentially pathogenic and hazardous materials in the appropriate manner.
    • Performing method validations.
    • Ensuring Good Laboratory Practices.
    • Reading, recording, filing reports and correspondence; entering data; and maintaining sample logs, test results, and suppliers used.
    • Preparing charts, graphs and reports as needed.
    • Revising Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) as needed.
    • Performing and overseeing the calibration of laboratory instruments.
    • Distributing, maintaining and ordering laboratory supplies for the laboratory.
    • Acting as a mentor and trainer to the Microbiologists and Lab Technicians.
    • Maintaining biohazard waste disposal and associated documentation.
    • Scheduling work flow.
    • Managing the retention and disposal of samples.
    • Performing Out of Specification investigations.
    • Assist Lab Supervisors during audits.
    • Performing other related duties as required.


    The successful candidate should have a Bachelor’s degree or higher level of education in microbiology, biology or related field plus two (2) years’ experience, preferably in the food industry.  Training and education can also provide the required knowledge and capabilities.


    The candidate’s experience should include the following areas:

    • Good knowledge of laboratory terminology, equipment, materials and procedures.
    • Knowledge of and the ability to follow microbiology methods.
    • Ability to perform standardized tests according to prescribed procedures, calculate and record test results.
    • Knowledge of basic spreadsheets and databases.
    • Knowledge of general laboratory housekeeping and sterile technique.
    • Ability to maintain punctuality and predictable attendance.
    • Ability to perform work in a typical onsite laboratory work environment using standard office and lab equipment.
    • Ability to wear appropriate personal protective equipment and clean room attire, perform moderate physical activity including standing and/or walking for more than four (4) hours per day and up to eight (8) hours per shift, and able to lift and carry items weighing 25 pounds.
    • Ability to perform work onsite and be comfortable in a light industrial environment, including some exposure to non-toxic dust.

    Church & Dwight Co. Inc., a $3.5 billion company, was founded in 1846 and is headquartered in Ewing, New Jersey.  We are one of the fastest growing Consumer Packaged Goods companies and as a testament to our performance; the company was added to the S&P 500 in 2016.  Church & Dwight is a leader in the Household Consumer Products and Personal Care industry, with such brands as ARM & HAMMER, Trojan, First Response, Nair, Spinbrush, Oxi Clean, Vitafusion, Orajel, Batiste and more.


    Equal Opportunity Employer/Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities.




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