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Operations Associate (Material Handler)

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Date: Nov 8, 2017

Location: Hodges, SC, 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, Mennen, Softsoap, Irish Spring, Tom’s of Maine, Ajax, Fabuloso, Haci Sakir, elemex and Suavitel, as well as Hill’s Science Diet and Hill’s Prescription Diet.


Location: Hodges, South Carolina, United States

No Relocation Assistance Offered

Colgate-Palmolive invites applications for the Operations Associate (Packaging Materials Handler) position based at our Greenwood, SC plant. This is an exciting opportunity to experience a new plant start-up for a world-class manufacturing company.


The Operations Associate is responsible for material handling, warehousing, quality checks, and assisting Operations Technicians with the preparation and execution of startup, changeovers, operations, and line shut down.  This position will have primary responsibility for executing the coordination of production materials, safety compliance,  data collection, quality checks, maintaining 5S Visual Workplace, inventory (packaging materials and finished goods), and overall production support. The Operations Associate works within a structure that requires considerable interaction with others in the same production unit as well as other production units and support function.


The Operations Associate works within a structure that requires considerable interaction with others in the same production unit as well as other production units and support functions. Principle responsibilities for this position are:


  • Understands and is accountable for full compliance with safety and other EOHS requirements
  • Understands and is accountable for following: all Quality, GMP, and cleaning standards and guidelines
  • Inspects and samples inbound trailers, packaging materials, and products according to SOPs upon request
  • Loads and unloads materials, parts and finished products manually or by mechanized means and putaway to the respective bins location of the Warehouse upon request
  • Gathers from the supervisors information regarding the shift production schedule and keep updated the production schedule tracking sheet
  • Transfers and stores materials throughout the different storage locations of the operation areas and Warehouse using forklift equipment and following the SAP procedure in place
  • Complete all appropriate SAP and RF transactions for transferring materials among the different storage locations and reports any deviation may occur
  • Utilizes SAP to confirm material movements and reads work order or follows verbal instructions to ascertain materials or containers to be moved
  • Delivers production items to designate work areas for processing
  • Delivers processed units to storage or for the next stage of processing
  • Stacks processed items in warehouse as per materials designated layout
  • Performs cycle counts and inventories
  • Completes daily check sheet for forklift safety and maintenance
  • Charges or changes out forklift batteries daily for recharging using overhead crane if requested
  • Performs safety check of pallet stacking at end of shift and reports and resolves any issues
  • Packs products in containers upon request
  • In case of line manual pallettization provides with empy pallets and transfers to the palletization area the FGs pallets
  • Prints and applies the SAP label reporting the actual quantity for any materials leftover resulting from previous production orders completion
  • Transfers back to the designated bin in the Warehouse any materials leftover resulting from previous production orders completion ensuring the quality conformance of the pallets
  • Assists with startup, changeovers, and operations of automated and manual equipment throughout the production facility
  • Performs daily housekeeping activities and conducts/participates in area housekeeping assessments as required to meet all GMP’s and FDA requirements
  • Assists with finished goods preparation and inspection upon request
  • Removes and disposes of Production line waste to the designated areas according to Standard Operating Procedures.
  • Other job functions that may be assigned


Required Qualifications:

  • High school diploma or GED
  • Ability to safely operate forklift
  • Must be able to work any shift, weekends and mandatory overtime as needed.
  • Proficient with computers, software, and data processing
  • Demonstrated competency in attention to detail, work standards, initiative and managing work
  • Ability to lift 50 pounds repeatedly for extended periods of time
  • Ability to climb stairs and ladders, bend to 90 degrees repeatedly


Preferred Qualifications:

  • One or more years previous working experience in a team based manufacturing environment
  • Prior experience operating a forklift or other powered industrial vehicles
  • GMP and/or consumer goods manufacturing experience
  • Technical college/vocational school certificate or Associates degree in related field
  • Demonstrated competency in problem solving/decision making, effective communication, results oriented, and job fit motivation

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.

Nearest Major Market: Greenville
Nearest Secondary Market: South Carolina

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