Microbiologist and Food Safety Specialist - Quality

  • Lagos, Nigeria
  • Full-time

Company Description

Our Dream is to bring people together for a better world. Beer, the original social network, has been bringing people together for thousands of years. We are committed to building great brands that stand the test of time and to brewing the best beers using the finest natural ingredients. Our diverse portfolio of well over 400 beer brands includes global brands Budweiser, Corona and Stella Artois; multi-country brands Beck’s, Castle, Castle Lite, Hoegaarden, and Leffe; and local champions such as Aguila, Bud Light, Jupiler, Klinskoye, Modelo Especial, Quilmes, Skol, and Victoria. Our brewing heritage dates back more than 600 years, spanning continents and generations. From our European roots at the Den Hoorn brewery in Leuven, Belgium. To the pioneering spirit of the Anheuser & Co brewery in St. Louis, US. To the creation of the Castle Brewery in South Africa during the Johannesburg gold rush. To Bohemia, the first brewery in Brazil. Geographically diversified with a balanced exposure to developed and developing markets, we leverage the collective strengths of approximately 200,000 employees based in more than 50 countries worldwide.

Job Description

Opportunity exists for a Microbiologist and Food Safety Specialist - Quality in International Breweries Plc Ilesha, reporting to the Quality Assurance Manager. The Microbiologist and Food Safety Specialist will manage brewery Food Safety standards and specifications and to define, develop and implement optimal brewery wide microbiological standards and work practices to ensure compliance to microbiological processes, food safety standards and product specifications

Duties and responsibilities 

Amongst other duties, the job holder will be responsible for the following: 

  • Ensure quality control and food safety governance for the brewery 
  • Standards are in place and well understood  
  • Training is done against the specified methods
  • Verification of the execution of the procedures to ensure that they comply with the standards
  • Ensure that equipment is calibrated and is functioning as per original standard  
  • Highlight of any deviations to the Brewing manager, Packaging manager and Plant manager for action and stopping of the process when necessary 
  • Manage Quality Control Environment 
  • Conform to value chain requirements  
  • Manage QC administration  
  • Optimise the availability of measuring equipment  
  • Maintain and control consumable stock levels  
  • Optimise quality control management system 

Optimize team performance

  • Lead quality strategy as per VPO 
  • Manage interactions with external suppliers (cleaning contractors) and internal stakeholders (Brewing, Packaging, Engineering, etc.) in relation to implementing and optimizing hygiene standards and work practices to prevent microbiological contamination within the brewery
  • Apply problem solving and decision-making techniques and practices and facilitate team problem solving. E.g. Lead the Hygiene Steering Committee comprising of team leaders and department heads to assess and analyze hygiene practices and identify alternatives for resolution
  • Apply a holistic understanding of Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) practices critical to Brewing and Packaging processes to prevent microbiological infections
  • Revise and develop best operating practice standards and procedures to improve microbiological compliance within brewery
  • Audit microbiological laboratory to ensure compliance to hub and global microbiological methodology and frequencies
  • Provide leadership and technical expertise to optimize microbiological work practices through problem solving


  • Bachelor of Science in Microbiology/ Biological Sciences or equivalent 

  • 2-3 Years in Laboratory, Brewing or Packaging Operations

Traits and Competencies Required 

  • Assertive and analytical

  • Proactiveness

  • Proven leadership ability 

  • Good knowledge of Food Safety and Micro Laboratory Systems, processes and analyses  

  • Good understanding of HACCP, GMP standards and CIP requirements. 

  • Computer literate 

  • Good all-round knowledge of AB InBev manufacturing processes and philosophies  

  • Proven knowledge and experience in integrating and facilitating a multidisciplinary group of skills, specialists and functions  

  • Good verbal and written communication skills

  • Good auditing skills Information systems knowledge  

  • Analytical ability

  • Problem Solving ability Ability to work in teams 


Additional Information

The advert has minimum requirements listed. Management reserves the right to use additional/relevant information as criteria for shortlisting

The company policy requires that your immediate manager is informed of your intention to apply for the role and only shortlisted candidate will be contacted and specify the plant where the role you are applying for seats.

Internal applicants please ensure you attach line manager approval as well, ONLY CANDIDATES WITH LINE MANAGER APPROVAL WILL BE SHORTLISTED.

International Breweries PLC is an equal opportunities employer and we promote gender equality in the company.

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