Industrial Microbiologist Manager

Job Locations US-OH-Lewis Center
Posted Date 5 months ago(3/11/2021 2:53 PM)
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T. Marzetti Company, a wholly owned subsidiary of Lancaster Colony Corporation (NASDAQ: LANC), is a manufacturer and marketer of specialty food products for the retail and foodservice markets. Our retail brands include Marzetti®, New York Bakery™, Sister Schubert’s®, Reames®, Flatout®, Angelic Bakehouse®, and Bantam Bagels®, in addition to exclusive license agreements for Olive Garden® dressings, Chick-fil-A® sauces and Buffalo Wild Wings® sauces. Our foodservice business supplies many of the top restaurant chains in the United States.


At T. Marzetti, our mission is to be The Better Food Company: Better people, that make better products, in a better corporate culture, that work in unison to make the world a better place. Led by our purpose, To Nourish Growth with All that We Do, our more than 3,000 team members are dedicated to innovative and quality products as well as superior service and value for our customers.


The Food Safety Manager works with the Food Safety Department, Technical Services, Operations and Research & Development to ensure regulatory and internal food safety standards are met in Marzetti facilities as well as co-manufacturers and vendors. This position assures that T. Marzetti products meet our customer’s microbiological requirements.


  • Provide oversight and development of internal microbiology laboratories and Food Safety Microbiologists
  • Execute review of new ingredients for food safety and quality requirements
  • Provide ongoing maintenance and review of ingredient hazard analysis to ensure compliance with FDA Appendix 1
  • Provide guidance, oversight and direction of facility Food Safety and HACCP plans including; the execution of Food Safety Plan Verification Audits of manufacturing facilities, development of food safety plan templates and justifications.
  • This position will assist the Director of Food Safety with various FSMA related activities, included but not limited to baking validations, ongoing maintenance of the corporate ingredient hazard analysis, food safety plan development, and verification activities
  • Partner with Corporate and Manufacturing R&D and Quality Teams to provide microbiological food safety and preservation support:
    • -Formula review
    • Manufacturing site troubleshooting (Environmental, ingredient and finished product investigations)
    • Food safety risk assessments
    • Develop RTE requirements and designations for the Marzetti portfolioReview routine testing results from 3rd party labs to identify issues and trends
  • Provide customer requested food safety documentation
  • Consult cross-functionally on sanitary design and hygienic zoning requirements
  • Microbiologically related customer and consumer complaint trending, investigation and follow-up
  • Review of new processing methods. Changes to manufacturing processes. New product types
  • This position is expected to complete 3-4 facility Food Safety Plan verification audits annually. Most audits will require overnight travel.


  • Minimum of bachelor’s degree in Microbiology, Food Science, or related field; advanced degree preferred
  • Proven experience in laboratory management and microbiological testing
  • Comprehensive knowledge of food microbiology, food safety hazards and controls, and preservation techniques
  • Ability to assess ingredient risk and provide recommendations for microbial stability and safety of products
  • Minimum of 5 years work experience in the food industry.
  • Experienced in GMP, HACCP, and Quality Systems auditing
  • Certified Preventive Controls for Human Food (PCQI) or HACCP
  • Comprehensive knowledge of food safety requirements (GMP, HACCP, FSMA, GFSI).
  • Experience in food manufacturing environments
  • Strong written and verbal skills.


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At T. Marzetti, we are committed to providing an environment of mutual respect for everyone. We strongly encourage veterans, women, people of color, people with disabilities, and LGBTQ individuals to apply. As an equal opportunity employer, we will consider all qualified applicants without discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, pregnancy, marital status, age, disability, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.


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