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Ralston Purina Company.

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Microbiologist','18001245','!*!As the nation’s leading bottled water company, Nestlé Waters North America is dedicated to providing customers with healthy hydration options. Alongside that, we’re also committed to developing our people – enabling them to make the most of the many elements that help them to succeed.


Nestlé Waters consists of four business units: Corporate, Retail, Supply Chain and ReadyRefresh by Nestlé. Whichever one of these areas you choose to join, you’ll find yourself collaborating with a highly talented team on work that’s challenging, engaging and incredibly rewarding. You’ll be an essential element of our success: trusted, empowered and supported to make a lasting impact on the very future of our business. It’s a chance to use your knowledge, skills and experience to shine brightly and achieve your ambitions – all while delivering healthy hydration to millions of customers.




Qualified candidate will possess a minimum BS/BA degree in Microbiology or related field with coursework in microbiology or a minimum of 2 years previous laboratory experience, preferably in a food or beverage processing operation.  Experience with media preparation, plating and aseptic technique is essential.  Experience with GC and IC analysis is a plus.    Accurate record keeping, attention to detail and organizational skills are necessary, as is the desire to work in a fast -paced manufacturing environment

The position requires work in the quality assurance microbiology laboratory


Execute microbiology and chemistry tests on raw materials, water sources, in-process samples, environmental samples, and finished products in accordance with Nestle requirements

Record microbiology and chemistry results, interpret data, and formulate action plans to establish corrective and preventive measures

Operate, maintain and calibrate laboratory instruments as required by the ICP / calibration program

Provide Food Safety training to employees including new hires and maintain training records.

Perform quality testing as outlined in QMS and ensure regulatory requirements are met

Collect, prepare, test, read, record and analyze all micro samples as required by NWNA

Communicate and interpret microbiology and chemistry results effectively to all levels of the organization

Generate SOPs and work instructions for function-specific quality control tasks

Train employees in function-specific quality control tasks, standards, and responsibilities

Conduct and facilitate quality audits, including but not limited to FDA,ISO, Nestec, FSMS

Develop and monitor the efficacy of the factory cleaning and sanitation program

Lead the factory HACCP program, including employee training, facilitating equipment and process audits, documenting audits and team meetings, and implementing action plans

Develop the sensory program, including employee training, sensory panels, and interpretation of results

Manage the Internal Control Plan (ICP) and the equipment calibration program

Monitor factory GMPs and correct any substandard conditions

Maintain the factory hygiene and zoning programs, including DDC&D and Line Health

Manage the factory pest control program

Order and maintain inventory of laboratory supplies

Evaluate and trend consumer complaints to identify root causes and implement corrective and preventive measures

Support the QA department and plant operations as necessary to maintain high standards of quality

Use problem solving and continuous improvement tools and methodologies.

The Microbiologist  reports to the Quality Manager','!*!REQUIREMENTS

Degree in Microbiology, Chemistry, or Biology required

Minimum 2 years experience in a Food/QC Microbiology Laboratory environment.

Experienced in standard analytical methods for microbiology, troubleshooting microbiological issues and experience with water related pathogens desired.

Prior experience performing internal quality audits and maintaining micro programs in an audit ready state

Understanding of microbiological testing and operation of related lab equipment

Ability to track and trend micro data and testing results

Knowledge of EPA and FDA regulations desired

Computer proficiency in SAP and standard Microsoft Office Software

Strong organizational skills and attention to detail

Strong Root Cause Analysis  skills

Ability to stand, bend, stoop, and lift at least 50 lbs

Ability to multi-task in a fast paced environment

Excellent communication skills with the ability to coach other team members

Able and willing to work 12 hour shifts including the potential for nights, weekends and holidays


Nestlé Waters North America is the nation’s leading bottled water company.  Our water brands include Poland Spring, Arrowhead, Ozarka, Deer Park, Zephyrhills and Ice Mountain, Nestlé Pure Life, S. Pellegrino, Perrier and Acqua Panna.  Our tea brand is Nestea.  We’re passionate about creating shared value for society in all kinds of ways: from providing careers and benefits to communities where we operate to environmental stewardship – most notably responsible water management, lightweight packaging and advancing recycling in America.  As a valuable part of our team, you’ll receive a competitive total rewards package – something that will provide you with the support you need to thrive both inside and outside of work. It’s not just the work that you’ll find fulfilling here though. As you build a career with us, you’ll receive exactly the kind of benefits you’d expect from a leading name in healthy hydration. The only question is, what elements will help you succeed at Nestlé Waters?

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The reason we're so invested in the quality of our food is because we love pets as much as you do. You’ll find pets in our homes, and even sitting by our feet as we work in our offices. Our passion for pets goes beyond pushing pet nutrition forward, and into forging partnerships in the pet welfare world and raising awareness of what pets truly need. After all, we've seen firsthand how powerful the bond with a pet can be, and the many unique ways that pets can strengthen our families and bring our communities closer. Because we want dedicated and passionate employees on our team, we make sure that Purina is a great place to work. You can tell from the moment you walk in the door that our world revolves around pets, whether you're seeing the art on the walls or the many cats and dogs that employees bring to work every day. Recently, ranked Purina No. 3 on their 2015 Best Places to Work – an Employees’ Choice Award list. For eight consecutive years, we've been recognized by the St. Louis Business Journal as the "Best Place to Work" and for the past three years, Purina has been recognized as the best place to work in St. Louis by the St. Louis Post Dispatch. We're proud of the fact that we help make our employees happy. Our quest to drive pet nutrition forward and conduct industry-leading research on the wellbeing of pets pushes our company to do more year after year. We work hard for your pets every day, and we love doing it.

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