Pinnacle Foods

  • Director-Quality Assurance, Microbiology

    Location US-NJ-Cherry Hill
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  • Overview

    At Pinnacle Foods we are at the top of our game and the key to our success is clear. Everything we do is driven by our purpose: unleashing brand potential, dynamically evolving and improving our already beloved products to bring more convenience, taste, nutrition, and joy to today's consumers.


    The results? Our well-recognized products are found in 85% of American households and are leaders in their respective categories, holding the #1 or #2 market share position in 10 of the 14 categories in which we compete — and we're just getting started. We are committed to adding value through strategic growth that synergizes our portfolio of "Leadership" and "Foundation" brands and plays to our strengths in R&D, consumer insights, and senior management experience.



    This position reports to the Senior Director of Food Safety and QA and assists with the development, implementation, and continuous improvement of Pinnacle Foods’ Microbiological programs. The position utilizes personal experience and expertise in food Microbiology to provide strategic leadership and tactical support to innovation, commercialization, and supply chain operations. The position routinely communicates with and advises Senior Management.



    • Assist with development and effective implementation of all microbiological policies, procedures, and specifications
    • Stay current with pertinent scientific literature and emerging technologies and make recommendations for the establishment of new methodologies to detect, enumerate and identify microorganisms of concern
    • Provide microbiological risk assessment information and risk management strategies in support of innovation, commercialization, productivity, and internal and external manufacturing
    • Proactively identify emerging microbiological issues and develop and implement action plans to effectively investigate and respond
    • Oversee the network’s environmental monitoring and finished product testing programs
    • Ensure effective data tracking and trending processes are in place to identify and resolve issues
    • Provide technical support to manufacturing in the areas of Good Microbiological Laboratory Practices, lab staffing, training, and auditing
    • Carry out Food Safety and Microbiology process and product design risk assessments
    • Assist with risk-based dispositions for microbiological related product holds
    • Carry out and document microbiological validations
    • Review and approve cook validation protocols, test results, and food safety package labeling
    • Assist the Central Microbiological Laboratory in special projects such as DOE, predictive modeling, and physical challenge studies
    • Support organizational growth and expansion including key projects and integration related activities
    • Plan and execute special projects as requested by the Senior Director of Food Safety and Quality Assurance



    • Ability to travel approximately 40%
    • Extensive technical knowledge and experience in food safety and food microbiology principles and test methods
    • Strong interpersonal communication skills with a demonstrated ability to effectively work cross-functionally at all managerial levels, and with external contacts
    • Ability to collect and analyze data using statistical methodologies
    • Experienced in preparing reports and presenting technical, scientific data to a variety of audiences
    • Strong analytical problem solving skills with the ability to effectively collaborate and use creative and innovative approaches to resolve complex problems
    • Team building/team leadership skills
    • Strategic change leadership skills




    • Bachelor’s degree in Food Science or Microbiology required
    • Master’s degree or better in Microbiology preferred



    • Minimum of 7 years industry experience in food safety and microbiology
    • FDA and USDA food regulatory experience
    • Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA)



    • Food Safety
    • Food Microbiology principles with food plant application
    • Food processing and packaging
    • Good Manufacturing Practices
    • Good Sanitation Practices
    • Good Laboratory Practices
    • Food Safety Plans
    • Food Safety and Microbiology policy and procedure development


    Pinnacle Foods is an Affirmative Action/EEO Employer – qualified applicants will be considered for employment without regard to protected veteran or disability status, race/color, religion, gender, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender expression, gender identity or any other legally protected basis.






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