I have been a Food Microbiologist for over 20 years. I am an ambitious manager developing and motivating highly skilled professionals. I have built a reputation as a skilled manager that can work independently and efficiently to generate unequivocal results and strong relationships with my clients. I have experience with the latest cutting edge technology in PCR, VIDAS, lateral flow, USDA, FDA and MLG confirmations. I am well-versed in most plating techniques for quantitative analyses. I have been involved with many shelf-life, challenge and validation studies to include writing proposals and final reports. I have a strong working knowledge of ISO 17025 Laboratory Accreditation. I have a strong relationship with the executive committee to include the owners, accounting, operations, auditing/consulting and human resources. I have a background in quality, safety, managing operations, budgeting, beneficial partnerships and relationships with clients, corrective and preventive actions, 5S and lastly, I have a strong work ethic and a desire to constantly improve.
Assessed complaints from the clients and successfully instituted measures to correct and prevent errors from happening again. Strong client interaction building lasting relationships with the client.
Managed 36 employees ranging from courier drivers to highly trained professionals. Coordinated all internal and external audits for the lab for both safety and quality.
Mentored four employees that went on to become FSNS Managers or ALM's at other FSNS facilities. Mentored my own employees to the best of their ability and have promoted over 80% of employees working for me which saves on new hire training and efficiency.
Managed all the daily testing for the lab to include qualitative and quantitative testing. Helped build the lab from scratch, researched methods, implemented new techniques and was part of BioControl's E. coli O157:H7 VIP research.
Analyzed thousands of samples per day for qualitative and quantitative results. Responsible for testing and recording all results using a LIMS format.
As a Sanitation Supervisor, I was responsible for maintaining the cleanliness of all the plant's equipment and making sure the plant started on time.
As the Lab Supervisor, I was responsible for all the testing of the samples brought to the lab, to include proximate chemistry as well as microbiological testing.
As the Lab Manager, I was responsible for budgets, researching and implementing new procedures, excel spreadsheets, least cost formulations, audits, and managing four employees who were responsible for all lab testing.
As the Quality Manager, I had responsibility over HACCP, Laboratory Testing, Least Cost Formulations, USDA Regulations, Exporting products, Auditing and Quality. We successfully went through two recall situations.
Responsible for all operations of the Green Bay facility to include daily operations, quality, safety, auditing, client interactions, preventive and corrective actions, budgeting and mentoring and growth of employees.
Successfully implemented ISO 17025 Laboratory Accreditation within five months of opening the new lab in Green Bay.
Successfully prepared and passed eight ISO 17025 audits during my tenure at FSNS, as well as Kraft audits, Proficiency testing through API, AOAC, FSNS internal and supplementals, ASTA, USDA and FDA and many client audits.
Implementing 5S efficiencies.
Successful quarterly safety audits.
Researched and implemented a waste saving program that saved the company 10K/mo.
Successfully opened five new FSNS labs during my eight years at FSNS. The Plainwell, MI lab reports to me as well.
Consistently meet or exceed my projected budget numbers on a monthly basis.
Minor in Chemistry. Emphasis in Clinical Microbiology as it pertains to a Medical Technologist degree.
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