Microbiologist Section Leader – Food & Dairy (The position has been filled)
Australia, Victoria
Full Time


  • Excellent opportunity for Microbiologists to join Market Leader
  • Utilise your Leadership Skills to progress your career in 2015
  • Company culture embraces innovation, integrity, inclusivity & collaboration



Our client offers testing services to food manufacturers such as the meat, dairy, confectionery, beverage and allied industries.

As one of Australia’s largest independent food testing laboratories, they continue to steadily grow and expand their microbiological, chemical and physical analytical capabilities, which all contribute to the delivery of accurate and timely results in every aspect of the food industry – from raw materials to finished products.

With state-of-the-art automated microbiology systems and specialised staff, they offer analysis for food pathogens, spoilage organisms and bacterial identification to mention a few.



Some of the duties associated with this role include:

  • Assisting with writing and reviewing laboratory documentation such as standard operating procedures and induction for new team members
  • Overseeing / providing training to the team
  • Assessing competency of team members
  • Working on the bench
  • Ensuring adherence to standard operating procedures
  • Evaluating control charts and accepting and rejecting results based on sound scientific judgement
  • Implementing the operational plan by managing staffing levels, labour hours and overtime, annual leave and sick leave
  • Identifying Key Performance Indicators and contributing to risk management and contingency planning
  • Maintaining instruments and equipment
  • Maintaining reference materials
  • Managing stocks and supplies
    Answering queries from internal and external clients
  • Coordinating with client services, Registration, and Technical Team e.g. sample problems
  • Producing reports such as charts of numbers of tests



  • Bachelor of Science or higher, preferably with a major in Microbiology or similar. Lesser qualifications will be considered given many years of testing experience
  • Minimum of 3 years experience in a role that has required leadership and supervision within a Laboratory environment
  • Excellent administration and organizational skills
  • Solid Microsoft office skills – Word, Excel and PowerPoint
  • Excellent communication skills and strong customer focus
  • Demonstrated problem solving and negotiation skills
  • Strong team building and leadership attributes a must



Please click the ‘Apply Now’ button to submit your application. Please ensure you attach a Resume and Cover Letter addressing the full selection criteria in Word format.To have a confidential discussion about this unique opportunity please call Helen, Richard or Emily on 03 9516 0100 during office hours or on 0438 620 434 after hours.



We would like to thank you for taking the time to apply for this role. Unfortunately, due to the large volume of applications we receive daily, we cannot contact all candidates. Please note, however, if you are not successful on this occasion, your resume will remain on our database and you will be contacted for other roles.

Please Note: Unfortunately only short-listed candidates can be contacted due to high volume of applications.