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ADM Microbiology Laboratory Quality Systems Manager – Decatur, IL in Decatur, Illinois


Job Title:

Microbiology Laboratory Quality Systems Manager – Decatur, IL


Research & Development

Job Description:

Microbiology Laboratory Quality Systems Manager – Decatur, IL

This is an exempt level position.

Position Summary:

  • Lead implementation and maintenance of ISO 17025:2017 accreditation in the microbiology laboratory for a central lab that services 20 + internal food manufacturing facilities within North America.

  • Lead implementation and maintenance of ADM’s Global Quality Management System (QMS).

  • Act as document control specialist for the microbiology laboratory.

  • Act as subject matter expert and support internal/external customer relationships with matters as it relates to the laboratory QMS.

  • Ensure compliance to biosafety, EH&S, and regulatory standards.

  • Support hands on routine testing of microbiology laboratory.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Lead implementation of ISO 17025:2017 accreditation in the microbiology laboratory.

  • Act as document control specialist for microbiology laboratory.

  • Ensure compliance to regulations and microbiology Laboratory Quality Management System including creation of microbiological laboratory standard operation procedures (SOPs).

  • Lead implementation and maintenance of ADM global laboratory standards.

  • Assist with integration/interfacing of the Quality Management System in legacy and upcoming ADM computer systems.

  • Participate in auditing to ensure compliance and identify GAPs within the QMS.

  • Lead continual improvement initiatives.

  • Lead development of training materials and deliver training for laboratory personnel on laboratory quality management procedures, and principles.

  • Assist as needed in response to customer complaints and lead actions to resolution

  • Maintain project timelines (implementation of new testing methodologies, new equipment, execution of studies).

  • Assist with establishment of laboratory key performance indicators.

  • Support hands on testing of microbiology lab.

Job Requirements:

  • Experience in implementation of Laboratory Quality Systems (e.g. AOAC, ISO 17025:2017).

  • Collaborative leader that emphasizes teamwork and a positive attitude.

  • Independently motivated with the ability to work in a fast paced environment.

  • Willingness to innovate and adapt best practices.

  • A BS degree in Microbiology, Biology, Biochemistry or related field.

  • 5 + Industry hands on experience in a microbiology laboratory in a related field, with a minimum of 2 years in a leadership role.

  • Experience working with electronic systems.

  • Understanding of internationally recognized microbiological testing methods (e.g. AOAC, ISO, FDA, HEALTH CANADA, USP, USDA, etc.)

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.

  • Experience in validation/verification of alternative microbiological testing methods in support of environmental monitoring and finished product release programs.

  • Domestic travel is minimal but expected.

Working Conditions:

Employees in this position working at this location are [or may be] exposed to various potential chemical and food allergens due to the nature of our business and the requirements of the job. If there is any reason such exposure would interfere with your ability to perform this role or work at the location, please notify the hiring manager.

Relocation assistance is available with this position.

This position offers a complete benefit package, including 401K/ESOP, pension, health, life and dental insurance.

ADM requires the successful completion of applicable pre-employment drug screen, medical questionnaire and a background check.




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ADM is an equal opportunity employer and makes employment decisions without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability and veterans status.

About ADM::

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