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Operations Technician I

Date: Aug 14, 2019

Location: Hodges, SC, US

No Relocation Assistance Offered
# 73527 - Hodges, South Carolina, United States

The Operations Technician I is responsible for the effective operation, changeover, and minor autonomous/preventive maintenance of production equipment and processes. The primary responsibilities of the role include safety and environmental compliance, quality procedures, daily production, cleaning and sanitation procedures, equipment maintenance procedures, data collection, housekeeping, problem-solving and continuous improvement as part of a work team.


The Operations Technician I, 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


•Operates, monitors, and performs changeovers of automated equipment through computer terminals, control panels and by manual means in the manufacturing of Colgate-Palmolive products


•Troubleshoots, performs minor maintenance and repairs on production equipment, supported by maintenance personnel as needed


•Must be familiar with procedures for all equipment within their work area including, but not limited to, normal operations, quality inspections, safety procedures and safeguards, and lock out tag out (LOTO )


•Utilize SAP and other processes to confirm in-house availability of raw and packing materials for current and next runs. Know and understand the planned schedule to coordinate the upstream and downstream processes by working with others in planning, warehouse, and receiving and vendor representatives to ensure availability of materials


•Performs quality inspections and sampling for statistical process control activities throughout the manufacturing process


•Utilizes computer systems (SAP, Wonderware, OPERA, InBatch, etc.) and documentation


to properly record production and quality related information


•Undertakes daily reporting and updates of information systems (SAP, Cycle Counts, OPERA, etc.) and updates the shopfloor communication boards upon request


•Performs raw materials receiving operations including SAP transactions, sampling and quality tests as per procedures in place


•Transfers raw materials and work-in-progress materials from the staging areas to the respective point of use according to the daily production schedule


•Executes quality tests on work-in-process materials and compares the result to the Key Release Specifications to define usage decision


•Performs raw materials pre-weigh activities during the work-in-process production cycle


•Performs cleaning activities of change parts, portable totes, pucks, etc. to ensure quality and operational requirements are met


•Performs materials cycle counts to verify process accuracy and yield


•Performs housekeeping activities as per established protocol and conducts/participates in area housekeeping assessments per requirement. Responsible for house-keeping of teamwork area and common area


•Accurately and thoroughly completes all regulatory and compliance related documentation and procedures.

•Stays abreast of team’s production performance via visual, written and verbal communications


•Participates in regular review of team production performance and Kaizen events and uses the information to drive continuous improvement


•Seek and apply Continuous Improvement tools and techniques to achieve team goals


•Shares knowledge and develops skills of others in the work team. Actively participate in continuous learning opportunities.


•Every team member has the responsibility to fully utilize our resources to optimize our productivity to contribute and meet the needs of our customers, businesses and each other.


•Additional duties as assigned


Required Qualifications:


•High school diploma or GED


•Must be able to work any shift, weekends and mandatory overtime as needed.


•Proficient with computers, software, and data processing


•Demonstrated competency attention to detail, work standards, initiative and managing work


•Ability to lift 50 pounds


Ability to climb stairs and ladders, bend to 90 degrees


Preferred Qualifications:


•One or more years previous working experience in a team based manufacturing environment


•GMP and 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



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

Are you interested in working for Colgate-Palmolive? You can apply online and 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.

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, elmex, Tom’s of Maine, Sorriso, Speed Stick, Lady Speed Stick, Softsoap, Irish Spring, Protex, Sanex, Elta MD, PCA Skin, Ajax, Axion, Fabuloso, Soupline and Suavitel, as well as Hill’s Science Diet and Hill’s Prescription Diet. 

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

Reasonable accommodation during the application process is available for persons with disabilities. Please contact with the subject "Accommodation Request" should you require accommodation.

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Nearest Secondary Market: South Carolina

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