Senior Microbiologist

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Senior Microbiologist

  • Post Date:10th June 2022
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Job Description

The Company
We are a speciality chemical company and one of the world’s foremost suppliers of water-based polymers with leadership positions in many markets. Our polymers help customers create innovative new products and enhance the performance of existing products in key industries such as coatings, construction, adhesives, paper and nitrile medical gloves. The acquisition of the highly complementary OMNOVA Solutions Inc in April 2020 has extended the group’s geographic reach, expanded the global platform and will accelerate the further differentiation of the business.
We have operational headquarters in London, UK, and provide customer-focused services from regional centres in Harlow, UK; Marl, Germany; Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; and Beachwood, Ohio, USA.
The team
The Microbiology Department is a global function whose primary role is to support all Synthomer plants to achieve and maintain microbial free status. Centralised support is provided by way of microbial testing service, hygiene best practice training, implementation of process-based hygiene improvements, data monitoring and trend analysis as well as a proactive research and development programme to introduce and test novel and alternative compliant in can preservation solutions. The team of microbiologists operate and liaise cross-functionally with the Regulatory Affairs, Research & Development, Operations Support and Quality Control teams to drive and deliver key pipeline projects.
Purpose Of The Job

  • Identify and prevent microbiological contamination issues which may impact the quality of Synthomer manufactured products.
  • Independently plan and execute technical work programs
  • Lead technical projects under supervision.
  • Apply Microbiology expertise effectively to solve customer problems
  • Work closely with various colleagues internally
  • Provide regular contact to customers.

Main Accountabilities

  • Ensure compliance with our Health and safety programs by pro-actively identifying, reporting on and improving safety related issues in the local laboratory area.
  • Perform microbiological analysis of raw materials, in process products and finished goods.
  • Conduct Biocide Efficacy testing studies in support of the business.
  • Culture collection development and maintenance.
  • Support the business with microbial safety and quality issues.
  • Support with timely investigation of customer complaints and other sources of non-conforming work.
  • Carry out Plant hygiene audits in order to identify processes, practices, equipment and raw materials that contribute to microbial contamination.
  • Plan and execute project work to develop application and knowledge.
  • Liaise with internal and external contacts as necessary to track and communicate service activity status.
  • Develop and maintain awareness in relevant technical fields.
  • Provide technical support to operations, R&D, sales, quality and regulatory as required.
  • Sample log in and reporting using LIMS system.

To Join Our Successful Team, You Will Need

  • Masters or PhD in Microbiology or related field (Biology, Biochemistry). (essential)
  • Demonstrable relevant experience in a Class II Microbiology Laboratory in the food, pharmaceutical or chemical Industry. (essential)
  • Familiarity with Good Laboratory Practice and Good Manufacturing Practice (essential)
  • Ability to work independently and within a team (essential)
  • Knowledge of preservative efficacy testing and testing for biocides. (desirable)
  • Experience of working in an accredited laboratory (ISO 17025) and Quality Control teams to drive and deliver key pipeline projects. (desirable)
  • Working knowledge of HPLC techniques. (desirable)

In Addition, We Offer The Following Benefits

  • Subsidised Private Health Insurance
  • Company Bonus Scheme
  • Contributory Pension
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Life Insurance
  • Support Counselling
  • Company social events throughout the year
  • Subsidised canteen
  • Free parking at Harlow

Why Synthomer?
We are ambitious!
We have grown significantly – both organically and inorganically. We are a FTSE 250 listed company, 22% of our revenue comes from newly commercialized products, and we’re recognized in the top-quartile for chemicals manufacturing safety.
We believe in high challenge, high support!
We are keen to let you contribute in real roles from day 1. We expect a lot, but offer a lot, too. This includes onboarding, induction and learning events, networking opportunities, mentoring and personal development planning. So, be up for an inspiring long-term career adventure.
We personalize our approach to development!
At Synthomer, you won’t find generic career tracks or development programs but rather a one-size-fits-one approach to employee development. We’ll partner with you to ensure you have the right experiences that build your capabilities and accelerate your career growth.
Warum Synthomer?
Wir sind ambitioniert!
Wir sind signifikant gewachsen – sowohl organisch als auch durch Zukäufe. Wir sind ein börsennotiertes FTSE 250-Unternehmen, 22 % unseres Umsatzes stammen aus neu vermarkteten Produkten und unsere Arbeitssicherheitsergebnisse liegen im oberen Viertel der Chemieunternehmen.
Wir stehen für große Herausforderungen und starke Unterstützung!
Wir benötigen vom ersten Tag an Ihren bestmöglichen Beitrag in Ihrer neuen Rolle. Wir erwarten viel, bieten aber auch viel an, z.B. Onboarding, Einführungs- und Lernveranstaltungen, Networking-Möglichkeiten, Mentoring und persönliche Entwicklungsplanung. Freuen Sie sich auf ein inspirierendes, langfristiges Karriereerlebnis.
Unser Entwicklungskonzept wird auf Sie zugeschnitten!
Bei Synthomer finden Sie keine typischen Karrierepfade oder -programme, sondern einen individuellen Ansatz für Ihre Entwicklung. Gemeinsam mit Ihnen stellen wir sicher, dass Sie die richtigen Erfahrungen zur Förderung Ihrer Fähigkeiten und beruflichen Entwicklung machen.
Perché Synthomer?
Noi siamo ambiziosi!
Siamo cresciuti significativamente sia in modo organico che non organico. Siamo una società inclusa nell’indice FTSE 250, il 22% delle nostre entrate proviene da prodotti di nuova commercializzazione e rientriamo nel primo quartile per la sicurezza nella produzione di prodotti chimici.
Noi crediamo nel principio “grandi sfide, grande supporto”!
Siamo desiderosi di farti contribuire in ruoli concreti fin dal primo giorno. Ci aspettiamo molto, ma offriamo anche molto: onboarding, induzione ed eventi di apprendimento, opportunità di networking, mentoring e pianificazione dello sviluppo personale, tra le altre cose. Quindi, tieniti pronto per una carriera che sarà una lunga e stimolante avventura.
Noi personalizziamo il nostro approccio allo sviluppo!
In Synthomer non troverai percorsi di carriera o programmi di sviluppo generici, ma un approccio assolutamente personalizzato per lo sviluppo dei dipendenti. Ti accompagneremo nel tuo percorso per assicurarci che tu faccia le giuste esperienze, in modo da costruire le tue capacità e accelerare la tua crescita professionale.
Pourquoi Synthomer?
Nous sommes ambitieux!
Nous avons connu une croissance importante – à la fois organique et inorganique. Nous sommes une société cotée au FTSE 250, 22 % de notre chiffre d’affaires provient de produits nouvellement commercialisés et nous sommes reconnus dans le premier quartile pour la sécurité de la fabrication de produits chimiques.
Nous croyons aux challenges élevés, et à un haut niveau de service!
Nous tenons à ce que vous puissiez contribuer à des rôles réels dès le premier jour. Nous attendons beaucoup, mais nous offrons aussi beaucoup. Cela inclut l’intégration, l’accueil et les événements d’apprentissage, les opportunités de réseautage, le mentorat et la planification du développement personnel. Soyez donc prêt à vivre une aventure professionnelle inspirante à long terme.
Nous personnalisons notre approche du développement!
Chez Synthomer, vous ne trouverez pas de parcours de carrière ou de programmes de développement génériques, mais plutôt une approche personnalisée du développement des employés. Nous ferons équipe avec vous pour nous assurer que vous vivez les bonnes expériences qui renforcent vos capacités et accélèrent la progression de votre carrière.
Waarom Synthomer?
Wij zijn ambitieus!
Wij zijn aanzienlijk gegroeid – zowel organisch als anorganisch. Wij zijn een FTSE 250 beursgenoteerde onderneming, 22% van onze inkomsten komt van nieuw gecommercialiseerde producten en wij zijn erkend in het topsegment voor veiligheid bij de productie van chemicaliën.
Wij geloven in grote uitdaging, grote ondersteuning!
We willen je graag vanaf dag 1 laten meewerken in echte rollen. We verwachten veel, maar bieden ook veel. Dit omvat onboarding, introductie- en leermomenten, netwerkmogelijkheden, mentoring en persoonlijke ontwikkelingsplanning. Dus bereid je voor op een inspirerend carrièreavontuur op lange termijn.
Wij hebben een persoonlijke aanpak naar ontwikkeling!
Bij Synthomer vind je geen generieke loopbaantrajecten of ontwikkelingsprogramma’s, maar wel een aanpak die is afgestemd op de ontwikkeling van onze medewerkers. Wij werken met jou samen om ervoor te zorgen dat je de juiste ervaringen opdoet om jouw capaciteiten te ontwikkelen en jouw loopbaangroei te versnellen.