COMPANY: Unilever, Colworth UK
JOB TITLE: Microbiology Science & Technology Manager
Unilever is a global Fast-Moving Consumer Goods company in the UK and Ireland. We are already on target to achieve our huge ambition to double the size of our business globally whilst reducing our environmental impact. We are growing our business and also doing what is right for our consumers, community and environment. We are developing brands for people’s lives today and for the changing environment tomorrow - making sustainable living commonplace.
Working at Unilever means that you get to take part in this exciting journey and work with amazing people who are really passionate about our large portfolio of famous brands. We want to improve billions of lives and you too can join us in making a sustainable difference.
MAIN JOB PURPOSE:
The Foods & Refreshment (F&R) Science and Technology (S&T) group is accountable for driving the longer-term R&D Strategy, creating and delivering business relevant and unique solutions underpinning brand innovation programmes, based on scientific and technological capabilities. The F&R microbiology capability delivers microbiological solutions across R&D and Supply Chain (SC). The strength of the team lies in the integration of microbiological and processing knowledge to develop safe/stable formulation & process designs to deliver winning products.
The successful candidate will be an R&D Product and Supply Chain Microbiologist, with proven experience in the field of microbiological safety and stability of food products and process technologies. S/he will be part of a team of experienced microbiologists and is expected to have a good understanding of business needs and trends and proactively anticipates on potential opportunities and alignment of microbiology within the business. Hand’s on laboratory experience and an aptitude for working at manufacturing sites would be an advantage.
Act as microbiology first point of contact in the provision of microbiological and preservation expertise for product developers in Food and Refreshment (F&R) Global & Regional Design, and for F&R Supply Chain (SC) & Quality support.
Lead microbiological risk assessments to establish the basis for microbiological safety & stability of new products, as well as for SC support (e.g. for incidents, production lines).
Develop novel insights and solutions in the area of food preservation systems (e.g. hurdle-technology, natural antimicrobials, etc.)
Provide technical expertise in the design of microbiological experiments for innovation support and ensure robustness of the data.
Provision of expert advice and input on operational guidance and food safety management systems that are required in category / technology specific areas.
Conduct hygienic and risk assessments of manufacturing lines in response to microbiological safety and spoilage related incidents.
Lead technical input for relevant good manufacturing documents and training material to ensure maintenance of product & process design knowledge.
Drive delivery and execution of agreed programme for the F&R Division and its brands.
Play a leading role (together with team) in maintaining and developing the capabilities within the science area.
Participate actively in the microbiology network in Unilever to align ways of working.
Provide mentoring and guidance to microbiology technicians and assistant managers in setting up laboratory-based studies for S&T Platform and SC projects.
Develop a network and collaborations with internal and external Unilever contacts, manufacturing sites, 3rd party co-packers, QA personnel, other Unilever microbiology expertise groups, Supply Chain / Quality to deliver and implement microbiologically safe products and processes..
MSc or higher in relevant subject (e.g. Food Microbiology, Food Safety, Food Science & Technology – with focus on microbiology)
Proven experience in applied/industry microbiology roles (ideally in the food sector)
Proven track record of delivery and demonstrated success
Good influencing and communication skills (written and verbal); ability to convince and defend own agenda in front of internal stakeholders (within R&D and SC)
Good team player
Relevant microbiological research experience in a factory environment
Good appreciation and working knowledge of using ‘omics technologies and techniques
Ability to use technical judgment to guide team activities and programme direction
Ability to work in cross-disciplinary teams and in multi-cultural environments, with internal and external networks, e.g. Design, SC, Quality, 3rd parties, co-packers
Ability to keep abreast of new developments and opportunities within own programme area – and able to harness in business-relevant ways
Fluent in English
Please note: As part of the job application, you will be asked to complete a brief online application form. Completion of the form is required in order to be considered. Please allow yourself enough time to complete the application form as when filled out partially or not at all it may adversely affect the progress of your application. Please be aware that you will have to complete the form at once as you will be unable to return to it later.
The closing date for this vacancy is 2nd August 2019