Ainsworth Pet Nutrition
Ainsworth Pet Nutrition Pet Store Quality. Supermarket Easy
almost 2 years Job



Ainsworth Pet Nutrition


Title:                           Microbiologist                        


Reports To:                 Food Safety & Sanitation Manager

Indirect Report:                                

Substitution:              Microbiologist or Food Safety & Sanitation Manager


Overall Focus:   To conduct general microbiological analyses, including rapid screening tests, in a timely and scientifically sound manner with primary focus on basic microbiological analyses such as aseptic sample preparation, plating, etc. on incoming raw materials, finished products, environmental swabs, and/or other types of samples.  As a part of the Food Safety team the Microbiologist will apply technical skills and knowledge to provide support and leadership to Sanitation, Quality Assurance, Production, and Maintenance departments. Manage the microbiology lab, including aseptic sample preparation, data management and analysis, updating specs and procedures.  You will be a resource to a team that helps bring together technical knowledge, food safety and quality aspects of food manufacturing. 

FLSA Designation:      Salary / Non-Exempt     


Salary Grade:             14



·       Full compliance with all federal, statutory, and customer requirements as they apply to food production at APN Frontenac including Good Manufacturing Practices

·       Assist with effective implementation and execution of the SQF Program requirements within the facility

·       Providing expertise and functional support for microbiology lab to include swab and product test preparation, plating samples, operating automated detection equipment, and data entry of results   

·       Providing leadership in solving problems and recommending company direction as it relates to microbiological issues

·       Developing and documenting technical methods and operating procedures for the microbiology lab

·       Manage lab supplies, training, and scheduling

·       to comply with published policies, systems and procedures defined in the APN Food Safety Quality Management System

·       To comply with published policies, systems and procedures defined in the customer expectations of various customers


Responsible for:

·       Carrying out their duties in a manner such that quality work shall be produced

·       Identifying the occurrence of departures from the quality system or from procedures for performing tests

·       Initiating actions to prevent or minimize such departures


All employees are expected to:

·       Follow Good Manufacturing Practices

·       Meet SQF Program Requirements

·       Take advantage of training opportunities

·       Make recommendations for improvements

·       Initiate action to stop and fix incorrect microbiological processes or data

·       Inform management of specific problems

·       To conduct the assigned study/analysis in accordance with SOP’s/prescribed methodology

·       To maintain the necessary quality control records to substantiate the proper conductance of the test procedures

·       To maintain proper records of all test procedures and generated data

·       To monitor equipment in the section and report any malfunctions to a supervisor

·       To maintain neat and accurate records following laboratory Good Documentation Practices procedures

·       Successfully participate in applicable proficiency testing programs

·       To keep microbiology laboratories neat and organized

·       Perform other duties as assigned



(Knowledge and skills necessary to meet organizational objectives)



Any combination of education, training and experience that has led to the acquisition of the knowledge, skills and abilities as indicated above. Typical ways of acquiring these knowledge, skills and abilities are:

·        Completion of four years of college, resulting in graduation or its equivalent with major work in Microbiology, Biology or closely related field.

·        Completion of 2 years of college, resulting in graduation or its equivalent with major work in Laboratory Science and one year of laboratory experience.


Experience:     See above




 (Abilities required of all positions)


·       Insightfulness

o   Ability to identify key issues and relationships based on information being communicated by a variety of resources

o   Making decisions based on logical assumptions combined with factual information while keeping the organizational values and goals in mind

·       Passion

o   An understanding of the love for pets and the importance of the pet/pet parent relationship

o   Enduring energy and engagement in the Ainsworth Pet Nutrition culture

o   Be a brand and company evangelist

·       Collaboration

o   Working and communicating appropriately and effectively across roles and departments

o   Understanding and working towards the long-term goals of Ainsworth Pet Nutrition as a unified force

·       Customer Intimate

o   Understanding and exceeding the customer's needs and expectations, both externally and internally

·       Candor

o   Ability to use, understand, and learn from unreserved, honest conversations with other individuals, while still respecting all those involved in the dialogue

o   Open, forthright communication that stimulates debate and new ideas amongst a group, as well as with yourself

·       Integrity

o   Does what they say they are going to do

o   Instills trust through actions and behaviors

·       Change Agent

o   Can adjust to a new environment quickly

o   Accepts change as a way of life and works proactively to adapt



(Abilities required of this position)

·       Able to speak English, be literate, able to calculate totals, percentages, and operate some computerized equipment

·       Must possess good interpersonal and communication skills to deal effectively with internal and external people

  • Strong customer focus
  • Strong information systems skills, including Microsoft Office products
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • Ability to independently solve problems
  • Professional, positive attitude and professional appearance

·       Ability to work under time constraints

·       Strict adherence to confidentiality requirements

·       Ability to supervise employees effectively to streamline operations



(Necessary to perform essential functions of job with or without an accommodation)


·       Be able to lift up to 50 pounds on a routine basis

·       Push / Pull up to 100 pounds on a routine basis

  • Regularly required to climb ladders, sit, stand, bend and lift up to 100 pounds
  • Ability to work outside in all types of weather, climb ladders and work from heights
  • Able to walk/stand on hard surfaces for long periods of time
  • Able to work in confined/tight spaces
  • Potential to work long irregular hours (weekends and holidays included)
  • Ability to work in a potentially physically strenuous environment
  • Combination of Plant and Outside environment
  • Exposure to elements such as odor, noise, heat, cold, dust & chemicals
  • Exposure to all types of weather
  • Work in environment with high levels of grain dust

Nothing in this job description restricts management’s right to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time.



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Ainsworth Pet Nutrition
Pet Store Quality. Supermarket Easy

Ainsworth Pet Nutrition is a fifth generation, primarily family-owned and operated company named after one of the company founders, George Ainsworth Lang. The company is focused entirely on pets, and has a stated goal of changing the way consumers shop for Super Premium pet food. The company makes [...]

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