Food Safety & Microbiology Sr Manager in Plano, TX at Keurig Dr Pepper

Date Posted: 1/17/2020

Job Snapshot

Job Description


The Sr. Manager Food Safety and Microbiology will lead the overall KDP Food Safety and Microbiological Program for hot and cold beverages and ready to eat foods at the corporate level and support R&D, Compliance and all manufacturing sites.  The ideal candidate will demonstrate a passion for Product Quality and Food Safety and work across the organization to implement a world class Food Safety and Microbiology program.


This position reports to the Sr. Director QEHS. This position has 3 direct reports.


  • Experience in leading corporate Foods Safety programs
  • Experience leading risk assessment and mitigation processes
  • Monitor emerging risks
  • Drive Food Safety risk reduction by providing technical support and guidance to manufacturing sites to develop world class Policies, Procedures, and Training to assure Food Safety and Microbiological Standards are achieved.
  • Design and lead validations of new products, equipment, processes, and/or procedures to confirm microbiological and food safety standards are achieved.
  • Lead the development of sanitary design and operating practices
  • Create relationships with manufacturing sites, R&D and Compliance to integrate best practices. Use these relationships to provide learning and transfer industry best practices and innovation for wet and dry sanitation, microbiological and allergen control within all zones of the plant environment.
  • Lead the development and implementation of food safety, microbiological monitoring, and sanitation training
  • Lead special situation investigations, root cause analysis, and corrective action plans as they pertain to food safety and/or microbiological issues
  • Responsible for FSMA compliance



  • Bachelor’s Degree in Microbiology, Biology, or Food Science; Masters preferred
  • 15+ years of leadership experience in food safety/compliance and laboratory management with a CPG company
  • Experience in aseptic systems & low acid canned or bottled foods or beverages required
  • Experience with managing FSMA programs including FSVP, HARPC preferred
  • Experience in working with High acid, low acid, preserved and unpreserved beverages, syrups & concentrates
  • Knowledge of microbiological methods and method qualification
  • Knowledge of food and water microbiology to support microbiological risk assessments and beverage safety
  • Understanding of physical and chemical microbial control procedures and effect on beverages
  • Advanced knowledge of food safety, sanitation and chemistry of cleaning (CIP, COP, dry cleaning methods), sanitary design of equipment and facilities, food microbiology and pest control
  • Be self-disciplined and highly motivated, with a passion for excellence
  • Ability to identify, define and analyze problems to find root causes and identify possible solutions.
  • Ability to collect relevant information, identify trends and patterns, and communicate
  • Work effectively as an individual contributor and manage a team of scientist in multiple locations
  • Working knowledge of Good Laboratory Practices Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • PCQI certification


  • Interacting, and communicating with other departments
  • Ability to follow Keurig Dr Pepper policies and procedures as well as live our company values
  • 30% travel primarily within the U.S. but can include Canada and Mexico and others

Company Overview & EEO Statement

Keurig Dr Pepper (KDP) is a leading coffee and beverage company in North America with dual headquarters in Burlington, MA and Plano, TX, with annual revenue in excess of $11 billion. KDP holds leadership positions in soft drinks, specialty coffee and tea, water, juice and juice drinks and mixers, and markets the #1 single serve coffee brewing system in the U.S. The Company maintains an unrivaled distribution system that enables its portfolio of more than 125 owned, licensed and partner brands to be available nearly everywhere people shop and consume beverages. With a wide range of hot and cold beverages that meet virtually any consumer need, KDP key brands include Keurig®, Dr Pepper®, Green Mountain Coffee Roasters®, Canada Dry®, Snapple®, Bai®, Mott’s® and The Original Donut Shop®. The Company employs more than 25,000 employees and operates more than 120 offices, manufacturing plants, warehouses and distribution centers across North America.

Benefits built for you: Our people are the heart of our business, which is why we offer robust benefits to support your health and wellness as well as your personal and financial well-being. We also provide employee programs designed to enhance your professional growth and development while ensuring you feel valued, inspired and appreciated at work.

Keurig Dr Pepper Inc. is an equal opportunity employer and affirmatively seeks diversity in its workforce. Keurig Dr Pepper Inc. recruits qualified applicants and advances in employment its employees without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, disability, genetic information, ethnic or national origin, marital status, veteran status, or any other status protected by law. EOE Minorities/Females/Protected Veterans/Disabled

Candidates must be able to pass a background check and drug test, as applicable for the role.