Global Food Safety Microbiologist

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Date: Feb 14, 2021

Location: Copenhagen area, 85, DK

Company: JM Huber Corporation

Portfolio Business: CP Kelco 

CP Kelco is a leading producer of specialty ingredients which are added to improve texture, consistency, and stability in food, pharmaceutical and industrial products. Our products are derived from renewable raw materials found in nature for use in jam, fruit and milk drinks, confectionery products as well as industrial applications. We work across the whole value chain from natural raw materials to customers’ end products. CP Kelco is part of the JM Huber Corporation, one of the largest privately held, family owned companies in the United States.  With approximately $2.3 billion in sales and 4,000 employees worldwide, we have a combined material presence in more than 20 countries.

Position Summary

This role is a global function supporting CP Kelco’s manufacturing sites globally. The role will assist with guidance to continuously improve the food safety of CP Kelco products e.g. by implementing state of the art technologies to LEAN out processes. The role will assume the role as Subject Matter Expert (SME) on Microbiology and as such guide the organization and customers on microbiology. The role will ensure alignment of QC functions globally, including overseeing proficiency and MEMP programs.


This position is addressed to someone that will be ideally based on our Lille Skensved site (close to Copenhagen), where there are about 360 employees. It is one the largest production site in Zealand within the food and process industry. Onsite, there is also an Innovation Center composed of about 50 employees.


Key Critical Outputs

Facilitate food safety improvements globally by guiding the organization on Microbiology. Ensure clear and transparent communication and contribute to Customer Satisfaction and Growth. Be a team player and be able to network internally and influence right decisions on e.g. sanitary design and test plans. Modernize the local QC microbiology departments.

Principal Duties & Responsibilities

  • Global Subject Matter Expert (SME) on Microbiology providing service internally as well as externally.
  • Identifying opportunities for improving effectiveness e.g. methods, equipment, test plans, on- or at-line monitoring, etc.
  • Supporting on test and cleaning validation, including being able to apply statistical tools.
  • Contributing in communication with customers, when relevant.
  • Aligning QC-microbiology within platform and when applicable between platforms.
  • Assisting on defining specifications that match capabilities.
  • Working with plants to become in control of microbiological hazards.
  • Establishing proficiency programs and oversee and review local MEMP programs.
  • Assisting Customer Request whenever required.
  • Attending exhibitions, tradeshows, etc. to pick up trends and tendencies within microbiology.
  • Documenting and communicating.
  • Assisting on Crisis Management, when applicable.

Partner With

  • The Quality Leadership Team as an associate team member.
  • With Commercial and Marketing on Customer requests and issues handling.
  • Innovation on setting up specifications.
  • With the Strategic Platforms to communicate customer expectations for microbiological hazards.
  • Regulatory Affairs to be able to communicate the changing regulatory environment to the organization.
  • With Plants on alignment and optimize processes in QC as well as manufacturing.

Quality Ownership

Overseeing Microbiology as a Subject Matter Expert and ensuring continuous improvement across CP Kelco. Working closely with internal as well as external (customers, suppliers, authorities, etc.) stakeholders to ensure an open, honest and clear communication. Support Director, Global Quality and Food Safety by communicating timely and effectively.



  • PhD or MSc. in Microbiology, ideally combined with some hands-on experience (internships or similar)
  • Knowledge in Food Microbiology



  • A proven track record of applied Microbiology experience (at least 1-2 years)
  • Up-to-date with the latest Microbiology and Regulatory Affairs trends
  • Working experience in a Global/Matrix environment is a plus


Professional Skills

  • Communication skills, ability to adapt to different audiences
  • Able to see the bigger picture and to understand situations from different standpoints
  • Ability to conduct change, to improve current practices and to influence the organization to go in the right direction
  • Proactive, self-starting, initiative taking, proposing ideas

Personal Skills

  • Result driven
  • Team player with collaborative attitude and very adaptable to change
  • Self-motivated and proactive with a “can do” spirit
  • Listening and questioning skills
  • Open-minded and Creative: to solve internal and external customers’ issues or answer their needs with win-win solutions
  • Committed to adhere to the Huber Principles and Core Values which can be found here: https://www.huber.com/about/the-huber-principles/

About us

CP Kelco is part of the JM Huber Corporation, one of the largest privately held, family owned companies in the U.S. With approximately $2.3 billion in sales, we have a combined material presence in more than 20 countries. CP Kelco is small enough for you to be recognized and make a difference every day, and large enough for your work to have global impact in multiple industries. A reputation for high-quality products is our badge of honor. We’re proud of excellent safety record, commitment to sustainability and service to the community. Of course, we offer great benefits too.


If you have any questions about the Application and Recruitment process or if you have any questions on the position you are welcome to contact Paul Moinel – Talent Acquisition Specialist: +45 2710 5625.

We will be qualifying and meeting candidates on a continuous basis. We look very much forward to hearing from you!


J.M. Huber Corporation is an EEO/AAP employer.