Advanced Quality Engineer/Microbiologist*

Job Description:

Advanced Quality Engineer/Microbiologist

Collaborate with Innovative 3Mers Around the World

Choosing where to start and grow your career has a major impact on your professional and personal life, so it’s equally important you know that the company that you choose to work at, and its leaders, will support and guide you. With a diversity of people, global locations, technologies and products, 3M is a place where you can collaborate with 93,000 other curious, creative 3Mers.

“A long-lasting career at 3M comes from having vision, imagination and the ability to see what doesn’t exist. 3Mers are groundbreaking innovators and it’s important that we give every person the space for disruptive and creative thinking.” – John Banovetz, senior vice president and chief technology officer at 3M 

This position provides an opportunity to transition from other private, public, government or military environments to a 3M career.

The Impact You’ll Make in this RoleThe person hired for the position of Food Safety Department Quality Engineer/Microbiologist will be responsible for providing quality support for a variety of 3M Food Safety products.  The product lines include Chemical Detection Kits, MLS (microbial luminescence system) and Clean Trace System.

As an Advance Quality Engineer/Microbiologist, you will have the opportunity to tap into your curiosity and collaborate with some of the most innovative and diverse people around the world. Here, you will make an impact by:

  • Responsible for quality assurance for assigned products.
  • Responsible as the primary spokesperson for product quality for assigned products.
  • Working with suppliers on quality investigation and improvement opportunities.
  • Team member for quality improvement projects to increase customer satisfaction and reduce cost.
  • Assessing and validating test methods and performing cross-over studies.
  • Evaluating product and process changes for impact on quality.
  • Participating in efforts to improve product quality and process capability.
  • Conducting and analyzing shelf life and stability studies to set and validate product claims.
  • Organizing studies and direct laboratory activities of assigned technicians.
  • Assuring compliance to internal SOPs and external regulations.
  • Evaluating customer samples and trends to determine necessary actions/improvements.
  • Helping to foster a quality environment & mindset throughout the business.
  • The applicant will work and interact with other functions (product development, manufacturing, regulatory, technical service, and business).
  • Strong written and verbal communications skills, excellent attention to detail, and be process and system oriented.
  • This position can provide a great opportunity to learn, grow and develop as an employee.

Your Skills and Expertise 

To set you up for success in this role from day one, 3M is looking for (at a minimum) the following qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree or higher (completed and verified prior to start) from an accredited institution
  • One (1) combined year of laboratory, quality and/or manufacturing experience in a private, public, government or military environment
  • Experience working with microbiological techniques and application

Additional qualifications that could help you succeed even further in this role include:

  • Bachelor’s degree or higher in Microbiology, Molecular Biology or related discipline from an accredited institution
  • Three (3) years of microbiological experience
  • ASQ Certification (e.g. CQE, CQI, CQA, etc.)
  • Statistical knowledge and practice (Design Experiments, Sampling Plans, SPC, ANOVA and Regressions, Product and Process Understanding (PPU) and Six Sigma)
  • Experience working in a microbiology laboratory and using aseptic technique
  • Detail oriented and ability to multi-task
  • Strong collaboration skills

Travel:  May include up to 10% domestic

Relocation Assistance:  Is not authorized

Must be legally authorized to work in country of employment without sponsorship for employment visa status (e.g., H1B status).

Responsibilities of this position may include direct and/or indirect physical or logical access to information, systems, technologies subjected to the regulations/compliance with U.S. Export Control Laws.

U.S. Export Control laws and U.S. Government Department of Defense contracts and sub-contracts impose certain restrictions on companies and their ability to share export-controlled and other technology and services with certain "non-U.S. persons" (persons who are not U.S. citizens or nationals, lawful permanent residents of the U.S., refugees, "Temporary Residents" (granted Amnesty or Special Agricultural Worker provisions), or persons granted asylum (but excluding persons in nonimmigrant status such as H-1B, L-1, F-1, etc.) or non-U.S. citizens.

To comply with these laws, and in conjunction with the review of candidates for those positions within 3M that may present access to export controlled technical data, 3M must assess employees' U.S. person status, as well as citizenship(s).

The questions asked in this application are intended to assess this and will be used for evaluation purposes only.  Failure to provide the necessary information in this regard will result in our inability to consider you further for this particular position.  The decision whether or not to file or pursue an export license application is at 3M Company's sole election.

Supporting Your Well-being 

3M offers many programs to help you live your best life – both physically and financially. To ensure competitive pay and benefits, 3M regularly benchmarks with other companies that are comparable in size and scope. 

Resources for You 

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Learn more about 3M’s creative solutions to the world’s problems at or on Twitter @3M.Responsibilities of this position include that corporate policies, procedures and security standards are complied with while performing assigned duties.3M is an equal opportunity employer.  3M  will not discriminate against any applicant for employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, or veteran status.

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