Professor Maharaj embarked on a career in the manufacturing sector and has fourteen (14) years of post-Ph.D. industrial experience, with twelve (12) years in a leading global organization Johnson & Johnson at the senior management level, where she has worked not only in Trinidad and Tobago but in Jamaica, Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico as a former Process Excellence and Compliance Director for the Johnson & Johnson Caribbean Companies. She joined the staff of The University of Trinidad and Tobago (UTT) in 2009 as Associate Professor and Programme Leader in the Food Science and Technology Unit having built the programmes from inception, and was promoted to Professor Food Science and Technology in 2018. She has also served in the capacity of Vice-Provost Undergraduate Studies during the period 2017 to 2019 where she made significant contributions to leadership and administration at the UTT. A listing of her publications can be found on google scholar.
Professor Maharaj is well trained in building quality at the international level and has also served in the capacities of Team Chair and Evaluator for external accreditations on behalf of the Accreditation Council of Trinidad and Tobago (ACTT). In 2013, Professor Maharaj received the National Institute of Higher Education, Research, Science and Technology (NIHERST) award for “Excellence in Science and Technology".