Operations Management (Live, Plant, Feed mill) Broadway, Virginia


Position at Pilgrim's


Under limited supervision, this position will analyze and study the general properties of bacteria and other microorganisms in both food and food processing environments through research and routine testing at a Pilgrim’s Microbiology Laboratory.  A wide range of tests may be performed to assess that quality/food safety specifications have been met.  Analyses will be performed in a timely, accurate, and cost-effective manner according to the written laboratory methods, quality control standards and practices, and safety practices and procedures.  As a manager, this position will be responsible for maintaining weekly schedules, changes schedules as needed to cover samples in a timely manner, and scheduling efficiently within a 7 day, 40 hour work-week. An understanding of the Pilgrim’s standard operating principles incorporating simplicity, accountability, collaboration and forward thinking is necessary in order to incorporate into all tasks and responsibilities of the position.




  • BS Degree with major studies and coursework in Biology, Microbiology, Food Science or Chemistry required. A non-degree may be considered in lieu of a BS with appropriate experience.
  • Minimum 5 years related laboratory experience.
  • Good practical knowledge of food safety, food processes, and aseptic technique. Familiarity with “Good Laboratory Practices.”
  • Ability to critically examine and follow technical procedures. Preference for excellent problems solving skills.
  • Ability to collect and analyze data using basic statistics, draw conclusions based on facts, and write concise reports.
  • Ability to work in an environment of changing priorities and levels of intensity.
  • Ability to work independently and with limited supervision, as well as with others as a member of a team.
  • Preference to experience presenting and communicating scientific data to audiences.
  • Must have good computer skills (Excel, Word, Outlook, etc). SAP and WinLIMS experience a plus.  
  • Must be able to communicate with consumers and internal partners in a professional/courteous manner at all times.
  • Prefer a minimum of 2 years experience managing non-exempt (hourly) personnel.









  • Maintains accurate and detailed laboratory database and records.
  • Maintains and calibrates laboratory equipment.
  • Maintain a clean laboratory environment.
  • Complies with all laboratory procedures.
  • Receives and logs samples into LIMS and enters and approves data into LIMS.
  • Participates in an annual microbiological proficiency program, up to 2 times annually.
  • Participates in the USDA FSIS ALP program and maintains certification.
  • Guides and trains laboratory technicians and associates.
  • Analyze ingredients, products and related samples for spoilage and pathogenic microorganisms and assist in troubleshooting microbiological issues related to food manufacturing.
  • Perform tests on ingredients, products and related samples for populations of non-pathogenic microorganisms.
  • Plan and conduct applied research projects such as shelf life studies and other special projects on request.
  • Identify and evaluate new methods for detecting, enumerating and identifying microorganisms of concern.
  • Prepare and edit technical reports.
  • Stay current with pertinent literature and perform literature searches.
  • Perform assorted duties related to quality assurance, research, and laboratory operations as assigned.
  • Orders or assists in ordering lab supplies.
  • Serve as the leader and go-to-person in their work area.
  • Generate reports describing laboratory activities, trends, and expenditures as required.
  • Interact with and guide plant personnel when questions relating to microbiology arise.
  • Manage several laboratory technicians to ensure accurate and efficient results.
  • Weekly scheduling and time management of laboratory technicians.
  • Annual training of laboratory technicians.
  • Annual review of laboratory technicians using Pilgrims cultural methods and procedures.
  • Weekend, Holiday and Overtime work may be required. The manager is expected to be able to accommodate schedules by working other than a Monday-Friday schedule and hours other than 8-5.
  • Travel to company locations as necessary