Since its reopening in 1988, Sleeman Breweries has grown to become the third-largest brewer in Canada. Formed by merging three of Canada's best craft breweries and acquired in 2006 by Sapporo Breweries, we've built an incredible portfolio of beer brands in Canada; great Canadian brands such as Sleeman, Okanagan Spring, Unibroue and Wild Rose, combined with world-class beers such as Sapporo, Old Milwaukee and Pabst Blue Ribbon. After all, we believe Canadians deserve better beer.
National Microbiologist & Food Safety Specialist
Work with Regional Quality Assurance Manager and National Quality Manager to develop and support the microbiology program:
Provide microbiological training to laboratory and production staff
Support and assist microbiological investigations
Review the microbiology data and system; lead in Microbiology review meetings.
Work with the CI teams in the breweries as required
Keep up to date on current microbiology and food safety topics and update personnel on all relevant new topics
Review and update microbiology documentations
Provide assistance to the Pilot Brewery
Maintain and develop a yeast culture collection and assist with yeast propagations
Participate in the Quality and Food Safety Audit program
Participate in the Corporate Taste Panel program
Participate in the consumer complaint process
Align short and long term goals for areas of responsibility to achieve the strategy, plans and overall business objectives of Quality and Brewing
Super user of Micro QIS and issue monthly Microbiological Index Reports
Perform other related duties as assigned
Assist the National Quality Manager with the implementation and maintenance of the National Food Safety strategy and ensure each facility works towards a food safety plan to reduce risks to the end user
Assist with the development and maintenance of documentation for the Food Safety program
Assist in the internal audit programs for Food Safety
Assist with the second and third party audit process
Assist in the corrective actions coming from the audit review process
Maintain Food Safety Onboarding and annual Refreshing training
Assist with the development and maintenance of a reporting and review process for Food Safety
Keep current with changes in the government legislation
Employee Engagement and Development
Promote the company’s Vision, Mission and Values in order to increase employee engagement and maximize employee performance.
Support the company’s 5S program to improve working conditions
Create and annually update a personal development plan to upgrade your skills and improve your ability to deliver value to the organization
Budget and Financial Management
Bachelor’s Degree in Microbiology, Food Science, or related discipline. Master’s degree an asset.
Minimum 10 years production environment experience; including minimum 5 years of food manufacturing with hands on experience
Excellent knowledge of industry laboratory microbiology equipment and procedures
Excellent working knowledge of food safety, HACCP and best quality practices
Working knowledge of Quality Management Program
Working knowledge of continuous improvement methods, including RCA, 5Whys, and Lean Six Sigma.
Proficiency with computer tools, Microsoft Office (Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Visio)
Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal; ability to create reports and deliver presentations
Decisions making ability and judgement required to recognize and respond to issues, sort through complex issues, and make timely, difficult decisions
Interpersonal skills with ability to build internal and external relationships, negotiate effectively, and solicit/deliver performance feedback and constructive criticism
Customer focus with ability to build customer confidence, set expectations, resolve issues, solicit opinions, and respond to requests/inquiries
Strategic thinking/planning skills to create and communicate a long-term vision, balance short and long term goals, keep own and team’s work aligned with overall goals, understands the market and predict change, understand the industry and the competition, create and adjust strategic plans
Excellent proficiency in English, written and spoken
Ability to operate in French is an asset for the position
Work environment is both in the office and in the manufacturing facilities
Travel required within related plants and offices
Required to regularly sample products
Must be able to work extended hours when required
In accordance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 and the Ontario Human Rights Code, accommodation will be provided to candidates with disabilities during the recruitment and selection process. If you are invited to participate in the process and require an accommodation, please let us know in advance.