Pinnacle Foods

  • Microbiologist

    Location US-NJ-Cherry Hill
    Job ID
  • 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 utilizes education and personal expertise to competently perform microbiological testing and assist with technical issues, while producing reliable, accurate, and timely results. This position reports to the Cherry Hill Laboratory Manager or the Laboratory Supervisor.



    • Carry out basic and advanced microbiological testing per Pinnacle Foods’ standardized test methodologies including, but not limited to, PCR, sample preparation, media preparation, plating, autoclaving, challenge studies and routine laboratory tasks (housekeeping)
    • Generate professional, accurate, and timely results
    • Conduct all quality control related activities including, but not limited to equipment maintenance
    • Assist the Laboratory Manager with the development, implementation, and continuous improvement of microbiological policies, procedures, and good laboratory practices
    • Stay current with pertinent scientific literature and emerging technologies, and make recommendations for the establishment of new methodologies to improve testing effectiveness and efficiency
    • Provide technical support to Pinnacle Foods manufacturing facilities, including effective resolution of microbiological issues
    • Make detailed observations, document results, and perform data analysis (as needed)
    • Plan and carry out special projects as requested by the Laboratory Manager, Supervisor and/or Director of Food Safety
    • Assist the Laboratory Manager with inventory controls and supplies ordering
    • Maintain a safe work environment
    • Assist with updating policies, procedures and records as needed



    • Strong background in microbiological principles and applications
    • Good interpersonal and communication skills and ability to work independently and across functions
    • Creative/analytical problem solving skills and innovative approaches to resolve complex problems
    • Good organizational skills
    • One (1) or more years of experience in a microbiological laboratory setting
    • Analytical and microbiological principles and test procedures 
    • Computer literate (knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook)
    • Good organizational skills
    • Knowledge of Good Laboratory Practices (GLP’s)
    • Ability to work with little supervision
    • Ability to communicate effectively (both verbal and written)
    • Ability to demonstrate proper aseptic technique
    • Able to handle multiple tasks in a timely manner; ability to be flexible with shifting priorities and work in a fast-paced environment
    • Team Oriented
    • Possess strong verbal and written communication skills
    • Ability to lift at least 35 pounds and stand for long periods of time
    • Must be flexible with shifts as needed, may require some weekend work


    • BS in Microbiology, Biology, or related sciences required


    There is a 15% travel requirement for this position


    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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