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Date: Jan 30, 2018

Location: Cambridge, OH, US

Colgate-Palmolive is a leading global consumer products company, tightly focused on Oral Care, Personal Care, Home Care and Pet Nutrition. Colgate sells its products in over 200 countries and territories around the world under such internationally recognized brand names as Colgate, Palmolive, Speed Stick, Lady Speed Stick, Softsoap, Irish Spring, Protex, Sorriso, Kolynos, elmex, Tom’s of Maine, Sanex, Ajax, Axion, Fabuloso, Soupline and Suavitel, as well as Hill’s Science Diet, Hill’s Prescription Diet and Hill’s Ideal Balance.

For more information about Colgate’s global business, visit the Company’s web site at To learn more about Colgate Bright Smiles, Bright Futures® oral health education program, please visit To learn more about Hill's and the Hill’s Food, Shelter & Love program please visit To learn more about Tom’s of Maine  please visit

Location: Cambridge, Ohio, United States
Relocation Assistance Offered Within Country
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The HR Specialist will serve as a business partner to managers, supervisors, and employees across the organization by performing a variety of complex, professional level work in multiple functional areas of HR, including: benefits, compensation, employee relations, training, performance management, workforce effectiveness/organizational development, recruitment, change management and other workplace initiatives. The incumbent will provide leadership and counsel to business partners in issue resolution, policy and process development, adherence and renewal to ensure legal compliance, as well as maintaining a strategic and operational view that links the role of HR to business needs.


Principal Duties and Responsibilities

  • Training and Development:  Work with site leadership to develop and implement training processes and plans that drive operational excellence and functional/technical competence.  Drive training compliance and documentation/tracking.  Serve as the Learning Management System (LMS) administrator for the plant.  Coordinate all aspects of local training courses for the plant.


  • Recruiting: Plan and coordinate the multi-step recruitment and selection process for Technicians and other positions including testing, interviews, background checks, physical/drug screens and new hire onboarding processes.  Utilize the Global Recruitment Management System (GRMS) and ensure effective advertisement and applicant tracking for all positions.  Work to match hiring needs with diversity goals by establishing and maintaining relationships with external educational institutions and community outreach organizations.


  • Employee Relations:  Maintain an ongoing and open communication with front line supervisors to monitor potential issues; support informal and formal discipline discussions and documentation.  Work with managers to implement proactive employee relations and employee engagement initiatives.  Counsel employees and managers as needed.


  • Affirmative Action: Develop and assemble all information and analysis as it relates to the Affirmative Action Plan for the plant.  Ensure on-going compliance to EEO initiatives and AAP goals.  Lead actions to meet AAP annual goals based on analysis of workforce and local labor availability.


  • Benefits:  Assist in resolving issues for employees as it relates to benefits by interacting with the, Global Benefits at the request of employees who have concerns and need assistance in resolution. Understand and interpret benefit policies and procedures. Provide assistance and interpretation of guidelines/policies as it relates to time off work for FMLA, approved leaves of absence, parental leave and vacation/holidays.


  • Employee Programs:  Coordinate and manage employee programs and celebrations including service awards, retirements, team building events, Adopt-a-School and Colgate Live Better activities, and other local site celebrations.


  • HR Data Integrity:  Maintain HRIS (SAP-HR) data and audit-ready HR records, including candidate and master job files, leave files, medical files, training files, and I-9 files. 


  • Compensation:  Support compensation processes including the quarterly bonus plan and award calculations, annual wage surveys, and technician wage increases.


  • Leave Management: Manage employee absences and leaves tracking (absences, emergency vacation, STD, FMLA, parental, bereavement, etc.), timekeeping database management and conduct regular audits.               

This is not an exhaustive list of duties or functions.


Basic qualifications include:

  • Bachelor’s Degree (Human Resources, Labor Relations or related field) or MS/MBA
  • Minimum of two years of Human Resources experience (as HR Generalist, or HR Specialist: Staffing, Compensation, Training/Learning, Employee Relations, HRIS)


    Preferred qualifications include:

  • Human Resources professional certification (PHR, SPHR, GPHR, SHRM-SCP, SHRM-CP)
  • 5+ years of progressive leadership experience in Human Resources
  • 2+ years of HR experience in a manufacturing environment
  • Strong proficiency with SAP-HRIS systems and reporting/analysis


    Expected Areas of Skills

  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills (written and verbal)
  • Proficient using Microsoft Office Applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint), and Google
  • Proficient using SAP GHP
  • Ability to develop and use HR tracking and metric reporting systems
  • Proficient in HR regulatory policies related to EEOC, FMLA, IRISA, HIPAA, AAP, & ADA
  • Ability to interpret and explain human resources policies, procedures, laws, standards, or regulations
  • Work effectively on cross-functional teams
  • Ability to address employee relations issues, such as interpersonal conflicts, policy violations, work complaints, or other employee concerns
  • Ability to adhere to all safety requirements and wear the proper PPE
  • Ability to develop project plans and work against multiple deadlines simultaneously
  • Ability to maintain a high level of confidentiality

Are you interested in working for Colgate-Palmolive? You can apply to work with us using this online application.  Attach all relevant documents such as a cover letter and resume or CV. Applications received by e-mail are not considered in the selection process.

Become part of our team. We look forward to your application.

Equal Opportunity Employer
Colgate is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, ethnicity, age, disability, veteran status, marital status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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