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Process and Quality Microbiologist

Longley Farm
Holmfirth, West Yorkshire
Pay negotiable dependent on experience, which means that we won’t offer less than you currently earn
Closing date
4 Feb 2024

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Contract Type
Operations, Production, Quality Assurance, Scientist
Business Sector
Food Manufacturing

Vacancy: Process and Quality Microbiologist

Salary: Dependent on experience

Hours of work: Predominately Monday – Friday with some weekends. Flexibility required.

Job type: Permanent/Full time

Location: Holmfirth, On site

Benefits: 33 holidays per year (inc stats), Company Pension Scheme, Staff Product Discount, Free Parking, Some paid breaks, Regular social events

About us?

For seventy-five years Longley Farm has worked hard to produce the very best dairy products. Quality and goodness come naturally and are the hallmarks of our independent dairy built on traditional family values. These values have been vital in helping us create a range of award-winning dairy products which are enjoyed in Yorkshire and around the world.

We are now looking to recruit a microbiologist to lead our established team. There is genuine scope and opportunity for talented individuals with the right attitude and approach to work to progress their career with us. In return for the opportunities and benefits Longley Farm offers, we ask for the highest standards of commitment and professionalism from our team.

About the role?

Offering the right person, a critical and rewarding role that is of the utmost importance to us. This is a challenging and exciting opportunity to take the organisation forwards and play a key role in overall business management. We offer a positive culture where learning and development are actively supported.

The role involves:

  • Leading a small team to manage our on-site chemistry and micro laboratory
  • Routine testing and detailed investigation of quality issues providing hands on leadership and support across production operations. Our onsite laboratory services all aspects of our dairy supply chain from farm to finished product.
  • Setting new microbiology and quality projects to enhance the innovative potential of the business, ensuring objectives are achieved
  • Interpreting and analysing food safety and quality data with the aim to highlight opportunities for improvement and work alongside production departments to resolve quality issues
  • Being part of a management group that is responsible for the smooth operation of the overall business
  • Ensuring attention to detail with regards to processes and compliance with quality management systems including leading audits and visits

We ask that all our team are able to demonstrate a reasonable degree of flexibility. Role will be predominantly Monday to Friday with some weekend work required This role will require the person to be contactable to address any urgent matters that may arise outside of normal working hours.

About you?:

We are looking for someone with a with a keen interest in food, product quality and aptitude for data analysis and processes. We are passionate about maintaining our exceptional tasting and quality products which you will help to continually improve. You will be proactive, have a strong ‘hands on’ work ethic, and a collaborative, empathetic attitude.

You will have:

  • A degree (BSc or equivalent) in Microbiology or a relevant scientific discipline
  • Experience of working in a manufacturing environment with an understanding of dairy processes being desirable however full training will be given
  • Ideally 2+ years of experience in the microbiology field
  • The ability to make timely decisions on all matters relating to quality
  • The character to work in a small team and be willing to ‘muck in’ and help cover holidays and absence is important
  • An analytical, data-driven mind
  • Investigative, analytical and audit skills

All applicants must possess excellent interpersonal skills and must be currently eligible to work in the United Kingdom.

What’s on offer?

Pay negotiable dependent on experience, which means that we won’t offer less than you currently earn. Our location in Holmfirth means you will avoid the commute into Leeds, Manchester or Sheffield. We have ample free parking and beautiful surroundings.   Opportunities for further development and progression working alongside our long-serving and knowledgeable team.

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