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Scientist, Microbiology

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Coca Cola
Posted
Tuesday, December 03, 2013
Closes
Monday, April 21, 2014
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27355
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The role of this position is to protect the trademarks of The Coca-Cola Company by assuring the quality of confidential ingredients used in company products worldwide.  Responsible for understanding, communicating, and providing guidance to manage microbiological risks across Fruit and Vegetable Juice Supply. Provides expertise, insights and solutions to microbiological problems fruit & vegetable ingredients, sterility issues at plants and finished product issues.  Research activities include microorganism detection through new method development and validation, predictive modeling, temperature studies and more. Plays active and leading role in microbiology initiatives within The Coca-Cola Company. This position serves as the Subject Matter Expert and lead microbiologist for the Global Juice Quality laboratories.  Align system stakeholders to protect product quality and integrity through creation and implementation of requirements, processes and procedures. This position also provides training to Company associates and suppliers on micro techniques and problem solving.


The position will be based in our Ingredient Quality Department – Florida, located in Apopka, FL. Applicants should have demonstrated, expert technical knowledge paired with strong leadership and managerial skills, attention to detail, strong team work, excellent communication, strategic thinking and ability to innovate. All candidates must be US citizens or permanent residents.



Function Specific Activities Function Specific Activities  


•Perform microbiological tests in order to determine viable organisms or total


counts. Methods may include microscopy.


•Write detailed & accurate reports for analyses, experiments or projects (e.g.,


equipment validation, evaluation of new processes).


•Create materials (e.g., memos, reports/updates, newsletters, web-based text) to


provide information on department activities, progress of implementation projects,issues, concerns or best practices.


•Review and evaluate reported crisis (i.e., highly-urgent product related problem


with immediate negative implications for the Company) and formulate a plan of


action for handling the incident/issues based on area of expertise/responsibility.


•Databases/Data Acquisition: Knowledge of and ability to use technical


databases (e.g., scientific, medical). Ability to understand and apply


hardware and software used in the collection of technical data in a laboratory or field environment.


•Provide support to customers to identify, manage or resolve incidents (e.g., critical emergencies, product withdrawals/recalls, disasters, potential business threats) in order to maintain the integrity of our products and trademarks and to minimize interruptions to Company or customer operations.


•Coordinate sample collection, assign task schedule or review analytical results for quality incidents in order to identify cause and implement corrective action plans.


•Basic Microbiology and Food Science Skills: Basic knowledge of food and water microbiology used to make judgments about the safety of ingredients, beverages, manufacturing techniques, packaging and storage conditions. 


•Advanced Microbiology: Ability to understand and interpret advanced microbiological studies as they apply to food and water safety. Ability to understand diseases caused by food and water contamination and design strategies to address issues related to these diseases. Includes awareness of new pathogens that may affect company products and the ability to propose and introduce new assays.


•Laboratory Practices: Knowledge and application of Good Laboratory Practices (e.g., handling of chemicals and glassware, preparation of standards and reagents, proper measuring techniques, data management, housekeeping).


•Modify existing ideas/concepts through an iterative process to improve product/package.


•Design, fabricate and evaluate/assess (e.g., through laboratory testing) a working


package, equipment or product prototype/sample against technical requirements, fit to concept or performance specifications (e.g., functionality and operational feasibility).


•Conduct risk assessment by identifying and assessing potential magnitude of risk (e.g., environmental, safety, regulatory, production feasibility and quality) and creating contingency plans.


•Prepare samples and sampling plan for ingredients, intermediate or finished


products, or other materials in order to perform analyses (e.g., chemical, physical, sensory, microbiological).


•Interpret data from routine and non-routine analyses in order to validate that ingredients/materials meet specifications and approve for shipment to Company plants.


•Find solutions for distressed and problem batches in order to minimize losses.


•Troubleshoot equipment (e.g., manufacturing, dispensing equipment) by creating


and/or using methods and tools such as Failure Reporting Analysis and Corrective Action Systems (FRACS) and Mean Time Before Failure Analysis to resolve problems, evaluate improvements or determine/justify ways to improve efficiency and lifecost.


•Act as scientific, regulatory, technical or quality expert and consultant by responding to targeted questions from the field or other departments/business units and providing support to branches, bottlers and customers. This includes acting as a resource for general information and acting as a consultant for other technical personnel in the Company.


•Create, communicate, execute or sell a technical, regulatory or environmental management strategy/long-term plan to address issues and future trends expected to affect the business. This may include working with Corporate and field leaders to define and deploy the strategy/plan.


•Consult with Company Media Relations/Public Affairs groups in order to prepare for and respond to potential media issues as a result of an incident.


Job Requirements


Education: Doctoral Degree or equivalent work experience


Related Work Experience: At least 5 years


Core Competencies


•Drives Innovative Business Improvements: Develops new insights


into solutions that result in organizational improvements; promotes a


work environment that fosters creative thinking, innovation and rational risk-taking.


•Balances Immediate and Long-Term Priorities: Seeks to meet


critical objectives while considering the impact of those decisions and activities on the ability to achieve long-term goals.


•Delivers Results: Focuses on the critical few objectives that add the


most value and channels own and others' energy to consistently deliver results that meet or exceed expectations.


•Imports and Exports Good Ideas: Relentlessly seeks, shares and


adopts ideas and best practices in and outside the Company and embraces change introduced by others.


•Develops and Inspires Others: Builds and maintains relationships that motivate, guide, and/or reinforce the performance of others toward goal accomplishments. Develops self and others to improve performance in current role and to prepare for future roles; seeks and provides feedback and coaching to enhance performance.

Sets a winning example: encourages open, trusting and candid relationships with others.


Technical Skills


•Advanced Microbiology: Ability to understand and interpret  advanced microbiological studies as they apply to food and water safety. Ability to understand diseases caused by food and water contamination and design strategies to address issues related to these diseases. Includes awareness of new pathogens that may affect company products and the ability to propose and introduce new assays.


•Basic Microbiology: Basic knowledge of food and water microbiology


used to make judgments about the safety of ingredients, beverages, manufacturing techniques, packaging and storage conditions.


•Proprietary Composition Information: Ability to recognize and protect proprietary information as it relates to formulas and ingredients. 


•Advanced Computer Programming: Ability to develop or modify software applications to create templates, databases, macros, queries or programs.


• Advanced Regulatory Affairs: Ability to interact with government officials to represent the Company or soft drink industry while


explaining complex scientific data, reports or issues. This includes the ability to anticipate issues or concerns of interest to public health officials in order to respond to those concerns and the ability to advocate a position in a non-adversarial manner (e.g., during dispute resolution).


•Asset Improvement: The ability to use engineering principles to troubleshoot existing line and plant layouts and design, plant and dispensing equipment, dispensing systems, control systems and installation/maintenance issues in an efficient and effective manner.


•Audit Data Analysis: Ability to use sampling strategies to gather data and perform analysis to identify activities and trends.


•Audit Interviewing: Ability to question individuals in order to gather and understand facts about processes being reviewed.


•Audit Objectivity: Ability to remain independent and objective when performing audits. This includes adhering to the facts and standards and not being unduly influenced by operating management.


•Auditing Standards: Knowledge of relevant professional auditing standards such as ASQ, ISO and HACCP.


•Auxiliary Materials: Knowledge of auxiliary materials and their compatibility with ingredients, products, packages and equipment.


This includes all materials that come into contact with products and chemicals or lubricants used in cleaning, sanitation, maintenance and pest control.


•Basic Project Management: Knowledge of project management principles and the ability to apply the principles, tools and techniques to develop/plan, manage or execute projects or workplans to ensure successful completion (e.g., on time, within budget).


•Basic Toxicology: Knowledge of basic beverage ingredient safety and ability to recognize a potential human health or regulatory problem affecting one of our products. This includes making decisions about the safety of current or anticipated ingredients, but not necessarily contaminants.


•Beverage Manufacturing: Knowledge of and ability to apply carbonated and non-carbonated beverage processing techniques (e.g., proportioning, carbonating, syrup manufacturing, filling).


•Building Technical Relationships: Ability to apply technical knowledge and establish credibility with highly technical audiences in order to build technical relationships that will benefit customers or the Company.


•Calibration: Ability to measure instrument variations and apply corrections for ensuring the accuracy and precision of an instrument or measurement tool.


•Cost of Quality: The knowledge and application of quality cost models to identify opportunities for improvement and decrease cost to the system.


•Databases/Data Acquisition: Knowledge of and ability to use technical databases (e.g., scientific, medical). Ability to understand and apply hardware and software used in the collection of technical data in a laboratory or field environment.


•Endurance: Willingness and ability to occasionally function effectively over extended periods of time.


•Engineering Analysis: Knowledge of analytical engineering tools  including critical path problem solving, fault tree analysis and root cause failure analysis for the purpose of determining design feasibility and identifying sources of variation from designed performance specifications.



Honesty and integrity have always been cornerstone values of The Coca-Cola Company. Our passion for people of integrity mirrors our spirited drive for total quality in our brands. These and other elements allow the company to sustain strategic practices and drive business performance. The Personnel Integrity Assurance Program is another step toward making The Coca-Cola Company the premier workplace. This process includes a pre-employment background investigation that applies to all applicants employees and contractors of the company. The scope of this inquiry may cover such elements as education employment history a criminal history check reference checks and a pre-employment drug screen. Designated countries or sensitive positions within the company may have more stringent standards.

At The Coca-Cola Company you can cultivate your career in a challenging and dynamic environment. We are the largest manufacturer and distributor of nonalcoholic drinks in the world-selling more than 1 billion drinks a day. Unlock your full potential with a future-focused company that is known and respected throughout the world.



We are an Equal Opportunity Employer and do not discriminate against applicants due to race, ethnicity, gender, veteran status, or on the basis of disability or any other federal, state or local protected class.

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