Microbiologist – Food Testing
Australia, Victoria
Full Time
  • 6-Month, full-time contract for a Microbiologist in food manufacturing
  • Provide key microbiological technical support to dairy manufacturing
  • Excellent hourly rate on offer & great team environment



Our client is firmly established in the Australian FMCG Food Manufacturing Industry with their products being well-known household staples. They foster cohesive teams and cultivate a work environment that values innovation and creativity. Offering their employee’s learning and development opportunities, they have a culture of promotion from within.  They effectively balance a fast-paced and energetic work environment with employee guidance and support.



This position is initially a 6-month contract with the potential pathway to permanency.

Working days are Sunday-Thursday in an afternoon shift, 1 pm – 9.30 pm. The afternoon shift carries a loading and Sundays are paid double time.

The successful candidate will be responsible for conducting a range of daily laboratory microbiology and chemistry testing in accordance with production plans and company standards.

The successful candidate needs to demonstrate independence and proficiency in performing routine procedures.

Some key duties:

  • Perform daily microbiological testing on manufactured dairy products using a variety of test methods
  • Conduct chemical testing of manufactured products including total solids count, texture, pH, sensory, and etc.
  • Perform environmental testing including swabs & exposed plates and report results
  • Record test results using QLIMS, report results to supervisors, and action as necessary
  • Manage sample collection, retention of samples, shelf life, and product clearance
  • Organise additional product quality testing with external laboratories
  • Contribute to the overall maintenance and effectiveness of the Microbiology Laboratory including looking after inventories and supplies, including proper storage, maintenance, and transferring of microorganisms and the safe disposal of lab waste
  • Responsible for working closely with manufacturing personnel, safely executing laboratory work requests, maintaining and running relevant laboratory apparatus, testing equipment and documenting data in a timely and accurate manner
  • Understand the value of high-quality data and utilise Good Laboratory Practices to generate such data. Accurately and reliably record readings and observations using relevant equipment, instruments and where appropriate, software
  • Understand and communicate scientific observations to the Quality Team and use observation skills to identify trends and anomalies in the data



  • Tertiary education in Microbiology or Food Technology
  • 3-5 years of working experience in a microbiological testing laboratory, ideally dairy industry, or short shelf life refrigerated products
  • Proven experience with performing microbiological testing of yeast/mould, TPC, coliform, antibiotic, and etc
  • Demonstrated knowledge of chemical testing of food products such as pH, solids, sensory
  • Ability to carry out microbiological testing with minimal supervision and confidently
  • Strong understanding and commitment to your own safety and that of others
  • Strong interpersonal skills, with a demonstrated commitment to teamwork and collaboration
  • Demonstrated attention to detail and accuracy along with time management and organisational capacity



To apply for this exciting role, please click the ‘Apply Now’ button to submit your application. Please ensure you attach a Resume and Cover Letter in Word Format addressing the full selection criteria. For more information please call Daniele on 0434 746 361 (Mon-Thursday) or Jo on 0411 197 171 (Mon-Frid).



We thank you in advance for taking the time to apply for this role.

Given we receive numerous applications every day, CS Executive Group can only respond to candidates who are being considered for shortlisting. However, should you not receive any follow-up communication from one of our team, please note your contact details and the submitted resume are retained on our ‘Talent Pool’ database allowing our consideration of you in the future when suitable roles arise.