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Leprino Foods Associate Microbiologist in Denver, Colorado

Within our corporate laboratory services team located in Denver – Leprino is seeking an Associate Microbiologist responsible for performing pathogen and other microbiological testing on manufactured products, purchased products and environmental samples in a timely and accurate manner. In addition, this position supports the Microbiology and Global Research Development & Quality (GRDQ) teams by providing overall lab support, acting as a diligent and accurate technical resource, and sharing knowledge and innovative ideas to continuously improve the company.

  • Conduct accurate and safe uses of quality/pathogen control checks of microbiological testing.

  • Maintain detailed and accurate records of all testing results, comments, deviations and control information.

  • Follow all safety precautions associated with laboratory procedures as documented in Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) and maintains a safe working environment.

  • Perform proficiency testing.

  • Communicate test results to internal customers.

  • Perform SOPs to safely and accurately open and close the lab.

  • Safely and correctly handle biohazardous materials.

  • Provide On-the-Job Training (OJT) and mentorship to lower-level positions.

  • Demonstrate gained experience and knowledge by providing guidance and technical knowledge to internal and external customers.

  • Troubleshoot non-compliance testing in conjunction with the Microbiology Manager and assists with corrections.

  • Check own work to ensure errors are identified and corrected.

  • Demonstrate cross-functional collaboration with [senior] team members on project concepts.

We’d Love To Hear From You If You:

  • Have a Bachelor’s Degree in Microbiology, Biology, Genetics, Bacteriology, or similar fields of study.

  • Testing experience within a laboratory as a microbiologist.

  • Are humble, inquisitive, patient, collaborative, innovative, results-oriented, and resilient - the DNA of a Leprino employee.

We Hope You Also Have:

  • A Master’s Degree in Microbiology.

  • Experience as a microbiologist within a food manufacturer.

Leprino Foods embraces diversity and equal opportunity. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability. The more inclusive we are, the better our work will be.

Offering You In Return:

A chance to be part of a global team of individuals passionate about producing and delivering high-quality products that help feed and nourish families around the world. Leprino Foods could not be where it is today without our incredible employees. That is why we share in our success together by rewarding you for your hard work. Hiring great people who are in it for the long run is our goal. Through competitive salaries, tuition assistance, vacation, holiday, dedicated sick time, matching 401(k), annual merit increases and bonuses, as well as our annual Profit-Sharing plan. Your impact will be noticed and rewarded, as you seek to further our company, our customers, and one another.

Our Story:

Leprino Foods’ history dates back over 65 years, when Jim Leprino first started making small batches of mozzarella for local markets and eateries in the Little Italy neighborhood of Denver. We’ve grown a bit since then. Today, Leprino is the world’s largest manufacturer of mozzarella and lactose, and a leading producer of whey protein. Still owned by Jim and the Leprino family, our sights are set to be the “World’s Best Dairy Food and Ingredient Company.” To help us achieve that bold vision, we’re looking for our secret ingredient: You. A motivated team member who is the best at what you do. Three people in a small corner grocery store in the early 1950s have now grown to over 4,300 employees throughout 16 global locations. Will you join us on our journey?

Requisition ID: 2020-6296

External Company Name: Leprino Foods Company

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Street: 1830 W. 38th Avenue