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Global Microbiology Tech Programs - GTC

Date: Jul 31, 2019

Location: Piscataway, NJ, 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: Piscataway, New Jersey, United States
No Relocation Assistance Offered
# 74023


Position Purpose:


The GTC Microbiologist Lead is responsible for ensuring that all new products in development meet the requirements of QS 023 – Microbiological Control and QMIC 0037 (Microbiological approval on new and modified formulas) and continuous improvement of the Global Microbiology multi-faceted technical program.


Let's talk about Responsibilities:


Interface with Global Technology Center:

  • Interface with Global & Divisional Quality/Microbiology teams to provide input on programs, procedures and methods
  • Obtain approval for exemptions to the Micro Approval Process (MAP)
  • Support the implementation of global programs on a divisional basis e.g. Celsis, training programs and tools.
  • Present divisional/regional challenges to Global Microbiology and other GTCs.  In partnership with Global Microbiology, other GTCS and other individuals, lead effort to find solutions to regional challenges.
  • Participate in internal audits (including microbiology laboratory) and external audits (contract manufacturers & labs, suppliers, etc.)  Function as part of the Divisional Quality Team.


    Support Regional Technology Center:

  • Support the product development process:
  • Partner with product development groups to improve formula robustness.
  • Provide guidance on raw material micro susceptibility and required information on methods and specifications.
  • Lead the development and continuous improvement of the MAP according to category (and any regulatory) requirements and limitations.
  • Support the technology transfer process including appropriate microbiology training.
  • Review and approve protocols and test methods developed to support claims for regional products. Working with local CP regulatory, ensure that they will satisfy local regulatory requirements.  
  • Review and approve protocols, SPIs (SOPs), reports, (deviations and exemptions where applicable) to thoroughly document all activities.
  • Rapid Micro Methods Program including Celsis and Charm
  • Interfaces with Global & Divisional Quality/Microbiology teams to provide input on programs, procedures and methods


    Key Competencies:


  • Engages Site, Division and Manufacturing and Technology Management as necessary to provide appropriate leadership and resources to ensure full conformance to the Quality and Micro Control Standards.
  • Creates and nurtures practical networks (with Supply Chain, Technology, Legal & Regulatory departments) that foster teamwork and empowerment to strategically manage micro requirements
  • Strong analytical/decision making skills. Gathers information efficiently, analyses and trends data uses data to support recommendations.
  • Provides direction for improving microbiological control in the entire site facility.
  • Communicates information clearly, simply and in a timely manner.  Good written & spoken English is a necessity.
  • Demonstrates the ability to apply continuous improvement tools to affect positive change (MSI, CPM, etc.).
  • Understands the linkages and interdependencies between the Product Development and Supply Chain processes (Tech Transfer).
  • Champions new initiatives
  • Stays abreast of external global business development


What you need for this position:


  • Bachelor's degree in Microbiology or related major. Must include significant coursework in Microbiology (four courses).
  • At least 10 years of industrial experience (Personal Care, Pharmaceutical, Food, and Environmental).  This experience should include working in both laboratory and plant environments with exposure to micro control programs.


It’s an advantage to have:


  • Master’s degree or Ph.D.
  • Functional knowledge of standard QA testing (contamination checks, preservative effectiveness, and identification systems) is a definite plus.




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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