Microbiology Leader Analytical Excellence Team



For one of our clients we are looking for a Microbiology Leader for the Analytical Excellence team.


As part of Special Nutrition Analytical Excellence team, you will coordinate the analytical chemistry projects for SN category, in close cooperation with
various QFS functions and with preferred external partners.

  • Important focus on method development, transfer, and successful implementation in Supply points labs
  • Key pillar of the Analytical Excellence strategy to have harmonized, internationally recognized methods aligned with food safety, quality and regulatory needs
  • Contribute to the analytical performance program for SP/3PM labs, focusing on the QMS and on the cost efficiency of the labs
  • Support the business on all microbiology analytical topics, from emerging topics to regulatory controls, on incident management and on prospective projects, new lab design, new products & processes related needs

Main taskes and responsibilities

  • Lead the SN Microbiology AE team
  • Develop the QFS Reference Lab capabilities according to the AE strategy
  • Drive the microbiology analytical strategy for SN category to support the business and protect brands
  • Assist QFS, QiD & operations in all projects requesting microbiology analytical support as a microbiology expert for SN category
  • Support troubleshooting and root cause analysis for situation requiring microbiology expertise
  • Anticipate evolving & emerging microbiology analytical topics related to SN category
  • Support the implementation of the analytical performance program for QC & 3PM labs: Ensure the right microbiology competencies and capabilities in the lab network. Identify training programs needs accordingly
  • Participate to QC & 3PM labs assessment, in terms of GLPs, QMS and cost efficiency
  • Support the proficiency-test program, bringing the microbiology expertise
  • Continuously assess the current state for microbiology methods in SP labs (testing frequency, equipment, constraints for lab performance, current plans on methods optimization, verification or validation, equipment calibration strategy)
  • Support microbiology method implementation and performance check in QC labs
  • Develop a strong microbiology network internally and externally to maintain and develop the microbiology expertise
  • Represent SN category in official bodies dealing with analytics in microbiology


  • Master/PhD in Microbiology, Food Microbiology of Analytical Microbiology or studied rel ated subjects
  • Around 10 years of experience in food analysis or equivalent
  • Broad experience in project management
  • Qualified in baby food/FSMP testing (labs, methods, equipment)
  • Qualified, ideally experienced in lab performance management and improvement (KPIs, Lean Management/6Sigma, root cause analysis tools)
  • Qualified in ISO 17025 and method validation
  • Strong management abilities (team & projects) to drive efficiently the microbiology activities related to SN category
  • Collaborative mindset will be a key area to drive and develop topics with relevant functions in the company and with external partnerships: QiD, Operations, QFS and preferred partners
  • Strong communication skills and capacity to influence and convince
  • Solid knowledge in analytical microbiology of SN matrixes and ideally in key principles for industrial production
  • Experience in conducting transversal scientific projects
  • Proficiency in MS Office Excel/PowerPoint/Word/Project
  • Advanced English language speaking and writing. Other languages are considered a plus


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