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Lead Microbiology Laboratory Associate  

Location Tustin - (ABC)  
Full-Time/Part-Time Full-Time  
Salary Range  
Shift Days  
Scheduled Days Monday through Friday 

Scheduled Hours 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM 


Certified Group has a challenging new opportunity for a proactive and accountable Lead Microbiology Laboratory Associate to work with a group of technicians and analysts to ensure quality data, timely results, and compliance to ISO 17025 and FDA standards.


  • In a team-oriented environment, supervise the Microbiology staff to ensure the timeliness, accuracy, and reliability of results.
  • Responsible for the effective and continuous leadership and development of laboratory team.
  • Identify methods to use based upon samples received to properly schedule work.
  • Aseptically performs sampling, plating, and testing of product daily assigned by Management such as; E.coli 0157 and 24 hour Salmonella testing.
  • Review, approve and validate results.
  • Proactively maintain and document records in accordance with established procedures.
  • Ensure sample turnaround time goals as well as other key performance indicators are met or exceeded; this includes, but not limited to sample preparation for sample analysis, data review and reduction, and providing data interpretations and opinion.
  • Quantitative and qualitative analysis of food and timely reporting of test results.
  • Identify and communicate results that require further investigation or discussion with Department Manager.
  • Assist in maintaining quality system records to comply with all accrediting agencies, including documentation of temperatures and maintenance of equipment/instruments.
  • Work effectively with internal and external clients.
Position Requirements


  • BS degree required preferably in Biology/Microbiology.
  • Three to five years industrial experience and some of it in a Molecular Laboratory.
  • Two to three years Supervisory experience.
  • Must be able to work the late shift, weekends, and overtime as required.
  • Experience with aseptic technique, food microbiology, or other culture-based microbiology lab experience is desirable.
  • Strong relevant qualitative and quantitative skills.
  • Excellent attention to detail, high-level organizational skills, and the ability to multitask.
  • Must possess strong communication skills (verbal/written) to document test results and exchange test information with supervisors and other departments.
  • Good problem solving and trouble shooting skills.
  • Strong manual dexterity and ability to distinguish colors.
  • Excellent computer skills required; knowledge of LabWare LIMS (Laboratory Information Management System) desirable.


We value our employees as they are the key to our success. Our commitment to your success is enhanced by a competitive salary with an extensive benefits package. We work to maintain a progressive and collaborative work environment where we empower people and provide them with opportunities to develop their long-term career.


Certified Group is a globally recognized laboratory. We are one of the largest independent laboratories in the nation with locations in the U.S. and Canada. Each of our laboratories has its own area of expertise and is acknowledged as a leader in the field of food, cosmetics, and nutraceuticals safety and analysis.


Certified Group values diversity in its workforce. The company is firmly committed to a policy of Equal Opportunity and will administer its policies in a manner that treats each employee and applicant for employment on the basis of merit. Certified Laboratories will take affirmative action to seek out qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, handicap, or veteran status

About the Organization Our company offers exciting opportunities for individuals interested in the food safety industry. We welcome individuals who are looking for a dynamic organization that prides itself in its unequivocal excellence in service to its customers and employees.

Our People: We are committed to creating long-term value for our people, supporting their success and satisfaction as our internal customers and team members.

Diversity: We are an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer including (but not limited to) Women, Minorities, Protected Veterans, and Individuals with Disabilities.

Benefits: Our company offers an attractive wage and benefit package. Our competitive salary, combined with our insurance and benefits, make us the "logical career choice".

• Progressive 401k Retirement Savings Plan

• Employer Paid Short and Long Term Disability, and Life Insurance

• Group Medical

• Tuition Reimbursement

• Flexible Spending Accounts

• Dental

• Paid Holidays and Time Off

• Many positions which qualify for the company bonus program

EOE Statement We are an equal employment opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.  

This position is currently accepting applications.

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