The Clorox Company Senior Quality Microbiologist in Kennesaw, Georgia

This position will focus on providing microbiological technical expertise to the Product Supply function mainly supporting Cosmetics and other businesses (foods, drugs, medical device, etc.) as needed. This role will be part of the Quality Assurance Team in Kennesaw GA. Responsibilities include establishing/maintaining policies and procedures for new product initiatives (Innovation, Brand Maintenance, Cost Savings, and Supply Assurance) and existing products within Clorox's portfolio. This role will conduct microbiological risk assessments, investigations, laboratory testing, and provide support to our manufacturing operations to ensure conditions are maintained to prevent microbial contamination in our products.

Make your mark

At Clorox, we build big brands that make everyday life better, every day. We value our differences, and challenge each other to think and act boldly. We try new things, succeed, fail and keep learning. We work hard, and have busy personal lives. And we're all able to make a positive impact -- at Clorox, in our communities, and in the lives of millions of people who invite us into their homes. Make your mark and help us drive Good Growth -- growth that is profitable, sustainable and responsible.

Key Responsibilities:

Operations Support

  • Performs microbial testing and risk assessment of new raw materials for new formulations and project support

  • Performs onsite testing to verify/validate test methods are practical and can serve the business needs of the plants and our partners

  • Provides operational support and problem solving at all Clorox locations, drawing on internal and external experts as appropriate, managing improvement plans and activities.

  • Ensures written practices are in place and robust in our plants, suppliers and contract packers, to assure that stable conditions exist that prevent unacceptable microbiological contamination.

  • Trains plant & corporate personnel on microbiology basics

Project and Lab Support

  • Conducts challenge studies including (but not limited to) inoculation, time kill, PET, etc... to ensure formulations are stable and robust

  • Provides approval for validation of new laboratory equipment in our plants, and for products & processes related to micro stability

  • Maintains relationship with 3rd party labs and, coordinates microbial testing if necessary

Drive Continuous Improvement

  • Supports the continuous improvement of the Quality function by identifying and resolving gaps/waste in quality systems, tools, and processes

  • Identified as the SME for key Quality System Elements & processes to ensure they are effectively managed, maintained and continuously improved

  • Drives commonality of programs and processes at all manufacturing locations, including co-packers, where applicable

Minimum Requirements

Years and Type of Experience

  • 8 years of experience in Microbiology and Food Safety in CPG industry

  • Direct experience in cosmetic microbiology

Skills and Abilities

  • Knowledge of Cosmetics microbiology

  • Knowledge and proven abilities in microbiology testing like Soleris rapid screening, inoculated challenge testing, traditional plating, pathogen identification, USP 61/62, and finished product testing

  • Previous experience with supporting (or designing) plant quality systems, audits, GLP's, SSOP's, risk analysis and spoilage investigations

  • Maintains laboratory equipment, orders supplies, prepares media, controls inventory and culture library

  • Ability to function at a high level with minimum supervision and great interpersonal skill to foster and maintain necessary relationships

  • Travel up to 50%

Education Level/Degree

  • Bachelor of Science degree from an accredited institution or equivalent work experience.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Degree in Biology, Microbiology or Food Science

  • Manufacturing operations experience

  • FDA, EPA, SQF, ISO9000 regulations

  • Microbiology for food, OTC, medical device

  • Ability to communicate clearly and effectively remotely and face to face

  • Ability to lead meetings and groups when called on

More About Department

Our Manufacturing & Operations team strives to produce high-quality products at the best possible cost. In this group, you'll get hands-on experience managing and developing teams to deliver superior performance. Leaders in this group have the opportunity to drive projects that directly enhance performance throughout the entire supply chain.

More about Clorox

The Clorox Company (NYSE: CLX) is a leading multinational manufacturer and marketer of consumer and professional products with 8,700 employees worldwide and fiscal year 2018 sales of $6.1 billion. In addition to our namesake bleach and cleaning products, we market some of the most trusted and recognized consumer brand names, including:

  • Brita® water-filtration products

  • Burt's Bees® natural personal care products

  • Fresh Step® cat litter

  • Glad® bags, wraps and containers

  • Hidden Valley® dressings and sauces

  • Kingsford® charcoal

  • Liquid Plumr® clog removers

  • Pine-Sol® cleaners

  • RenewLife® digestive health products

  • Rainbow Light®, Natural Vitality®, Neocell® and Stop Aging Now® dietary supplements

  • Professional services: Clorox Healthcare® and Clorox Commercial Solutions®

More than 80% of our sales are generated from brands that hold the No. 1 or No. 2 market share positions in their categories.

Making a positive impact

Clorox is a signatory of the United Nations Global Compact, a community of global leaders committed to sustainability. We've been broadly recognized for our corporate responsibility efforts, most notably being named to the Drucker Institute's 2017 Management Top 250 list, The Just 100: America's Top Corporate Citizens list, CR Magazine's 2018 Best Corporate Citizens list and the first sector-neutral Bloomberg Gender Equality Index in 2018.

We also support our communities, and, in FY2018, contributed approx. $20 million in combined cash grants, product donations and cause marketing.

The Clorox Company and its subsidiaries is an EEO/AA/Protected Veteran/Disabled/LGBT employer.

Equal Opportunity Employer Minorities/Women/Protected Veterans/Disabled