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Quality Supervisor/ Microbiologist

Greentown, Pennsylvania, 18426, United States
December 02, 2017

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Shannon A. Nicholas

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Greentown PA, **426


Education: Bachelor of Science in Microbiology/Biotechnology, Minor in Chemistry; May 2008 Delaware Valley College of Science and Agriculture; Doylestown, Pennsylvania


Quality Lab Supervisor/QA Raw Materials (April 17-July 1)

Bakkavor USA, Jessup PA

While at Bakkavor USA, I took the place of the lab manager while she took maternity leave. I also created a COA program and qualifications for incoming raw materials. Below is a brief list of my duties and qualifications.

Review all paperwork for the quality lab (micro results, hold tags, etc)

Create CoC to send with any sampke to lab

Send samples to lab and communicate with lab about samples

Logging and evaluating all COA's for Raw Materials

Monitor QC/QA techs (11) to be sure all necessary work is being done

Train entire plant on all quality topics in English and Spanish

Balance budget in Syspro and AP Smart, as working with finance department for any matters in the quality department, as well as ITR's and all paperwork

Take, investigate, find root cause of customer complaint as well as communicate with customer

Monthly report, Out of Spec reports communicate with all upper management, hold meetings with USDA, and any outside personnel.

Logging of results of finished product, swabs, air and water; when products would be released, products on hold; log COA

Create qualifications for incoming perishable goods

Check incoming perishable goods for quality. Reject all that does not pass my qualification

Supplier complaints

Experience with SQF, HAACP

Personal Assistant (Sept 2016-Jan 2017)

Marshall & Sons, Mt.Pocono PA I am to conduct internet research for any paperwork necessary for the company, take phone calls, speak to customers that may only speak Spanish, and help the owner of the company with anything he needs to run his companies. While working for Marshall & Son, I became very proficient with Microsoft Office, Excel, and Powerpoint

QA Microbiologist (Oct 2009-Feb 2010)

DMV International, Delhi NY

While working at this company, I worked with other microbiologists to test various products, while engaging in environmental monitoring, which were tested in a clean room under aseptic or sterile conditions. All results were recorded using LIMS

Temp monitoring

Streak Plates

Media making

Check products for:

S. typhimurium, S. aureus, E.coli, bacterial spores, and Enteros

Filtering of product

Oxidase and Catalase test for prep in Vitek

Stock positive controls and freeze positive organisms

Reporting in SAP if products were within limits


Water Testing


QC Microbiologist; contract position (May 09- Aug 09)

Sanofi Pasteur, Swiftwater PA.

While being a QC microbiologist, my responsibility was to be sure the product is sterile, and complete environmental monitoring as well as growth promotion of various products. I also was able to streak plates, and keep good records of the differs

Identify Bacterial and Fungal EM (Environmental Monitoring) Samples

Operate Vitek Analyzer, LIMS

Trained with SOP

Sub-culturing, Gram Staining and Microscopy

Catalase, Oxidase, Microdase, and Indole Tests

Receive and Process Biological Indicators

Read Media Simulated Fills

cGLP/GMP and Aseptic trained

Water testing


Sym fills

Sterility testing in vaccume sealed cube

Forensic Chemist (May 2008-July 2008)

NMS Labs, Willow Grove PA

Clean room prep of biological samples

Prep of chemicals

Test for heavy metals in biological samples

Use of

ICP-MS, ICP-AES, Graphite Furnas, and AA

Report as needed in LIMS

Food Microbiologist; summer position (Summer 2006)

QC Laboratories; South Hampton PA

Test food samples for pathogens such as:

E.coli, Listeria genus, Listeria mono,Salmonella, Shigella, and Staphylococcus genus infections.

Used Vidas 1 and other instrumentation to test samples.

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