Microbial Technologist

Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Date Posted: 10-11-2018


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Maple Leaf Foods is Canada’s leading consumer-packaged protein company, headquartered in
Toronto, Ontario. We make high-quality, great tasting, nutritious and innovative food products under leading brands including Maple Leaf®, Maple Leaf Prime®, Maple Leaf Natural Selections®, Schneiders®, Schneiders Country Naturals® and Mina™. Our Company employs approximately 11,000 people in its operations across Canada and exports to more than 20 global markets including the U.S. and Asia.

Our people are passionate about the work they do and the products we make. As we move forward, we are determined to leverage their integrity and passion to continue to build a high-performing, values-based company enabled by high-performing, motivated and talented people.



The Microbial Technologist is responsible for the assurance of accurate sample analysis, reporting and participating in projects. This includes following occupational health and safety standards, and supporting the laboratory programs through good laboratory practices. The Microbial Technologist is organized, able to multi-task, has a high attention to detail, is well versed in a variety of technological methods and is able to work professionally in a fast paced and dynamic environment.


  • Analysis: Perform testing on samples received into the lab as directed by the lab supervisor or delegate and accurately report results into appropriate test forms or databases.  This may include the handling of pathogenic organisms such as E. coli O157:H7, L. monocytogenes, Salmonella spp., Campylobacter spp. or other hazardous chemicals/materials.  Participation in proficiency testing and internal or external audits is required.
  • Projects: Design and implement viable experiments for investigative projects. This includes the development of the experimental design, conducting the investigation, and forming conclusions.  Creating a summary report which includes raw data, project hours and supply usage.
  • ​Perform startup/ shut down procedures for the Laboratory in support of the accreditation requirements. This may include equipment start-up/shut down, laboratory disinfection / cleaning, incubator/ refrigerator checks, balance checks, pH etc.
  • Calibrate and maintain testing equipment and record calibration / maintenance activities and results as per laboratory technical procedures and/or work instructions.
  • ​Enter test results/ data into the laboratory database. Enter data onto laboratory forms. Verify the accuracy of data entered.
  • Assist in the training of newly hired laboratory staff.
  • May involve working a rotating shift schedule, including weekends.

Back up Responsibilities:
  • Sample preparation: Perform preliminary sample preparation using aseptic technique to label, scale and grind samples for analysis. Conduct pre-analytical testing on packaging and samples including pH, water activity and O2/CO2.
  • Sample receipt: Receive all customer submissions and ensure the sample integrity is maintained following aseptic techniques and record sample condition (including, but not limited to temperature checks, submission form accuracy, and test requests). Properly identify lab samples for analysis and assign report numbers as appropriate. Provide aid to customers as requested.
  • Sample log in: Enter samples into LIMS and any associated paperwork. Verify the accuracy of data entered. Label and prepare samples for analysis with LIMS numbers assigned. Ensure all samples are redirected to the appropriate area.
  • SAP receiver: Receive items into SAP, acquire CofA's for inventory. Receive and store inventory as per lab protocols
  • Media/Solution preparation: Prepare solutions, reagents and /or growth mediums as outlined per Laboratory Technical Procedure and /or work instructions. Position may require handling of hazardous chemical/materials.
  •  Housekeeping: Using Six Sigma tools to maintain an organized lab while maintaining good housekeeping practices and notifying 1-up managers of any issues associated with the lab environment or equipment. Handle waste disposal and glassware cleaning.
  • Report Generation: Perform a review, approval, and issue/distribute laboratory reports, including email notifications to the appropriate distribution lists and/or customers.

  • The position shall be responsible for the knowledge of and compliance to those aspects of the management system that apply to those tasks falling under the laboratory’s scope of accreditation.


Minimum: B.Sc. or Technical Diploma in relevant sciences; Microbiology (preferred) or Biology/Food Science with emphasis on food/environmental biology. Minimum 1 year of work experience in a microbiology laboratory or food industry.
  • Strong multi-tasking capability and comfortable with routine work
  • Competent computer skills
  • Must be business, results and values oriented, work as part of a functional team and be an exceptional fit with our Maple Leaf Leadership values.

We thank all applicants for their interest in exploring employment opportunities with Maple Leaf Foods however only those selected for an interview will be contacted. Applicants may be subject to a background check and must meet the security criteria designated for the position.  

Maple Leaf Foods is committed to Employment Equity and maintaining a diverse workforce.  Job applicants with a disability who require reasonable accommodation for any part of the application or hiring process can contact our Talent Attraction Team at accommodations@mapleleaf.com or 905-285-5862.  Reasonable accommodations will be determined on a case-by-case basis and your request will be responded to as soon as possible.
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