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Established in 1806 as a small soap and candle business in New York City, Colgate-Palmolive is now a truly global company with products sold in over 200 countries under such internationally recognized brand names as Colgate, Palmolive, Softsoap, Irish Spring, Protex, Sorriso, Kolynos, elmex, Tom's of Maine, Sanex, Ajax, Axion, Soupline, Haci Sakir, Suavitel, PCA SKIN, EltaMD, Filorga and Hello as well as Hill's Science Diet, Hill's Prescription Diet and Hill's Ideal Balance.

Colgate-Palmolive is a leading consumer products company that serves hundreds of millions of consumers worldwide with brands and products across four core businesses – Oral Care, Personal Care, Home Care and Pet Nutrition. We are committed to offering products that make lives healthier and more enjoyable, and programs that enrich communities around the world.

Every day millions of people trust our products to care for themselves and the ones they love. Our goal is to use our technology to create products that will continue to improve the quality of life for our consumers wherever they live.

A career at Colgate-Palmolive is an excellent opportunity if you seek a global experience, constant challenge, and development opportunities in an environment that respects work/life effectiveness.

Job Title:  Chemist

Travel Required?:  Travel - up to 10% of time
Date:  Nov 9, 2020
No remote working option

No Relocation Assistance Offered
# 92546 - Burlington, New Jersey, United States


Colgate-Palmolive invites applications for a Chemist position based at our Burlington, NJ location.


Our Chemist is responsible for performing physical and chemical testing in support of the site QA/QC program and assist with strategic plans. This includes: initiating continuous improvement projects, supporting Global Quality Standards and compliance with cGMP regulations, and developing collaborative partnerships with Colgate colleagues. He or she must deliver the agreed to business results while maintaining positive employee relations. 


Principal Responsibilities:

  • Perform chemical testing of raw material, in-process and finished product in accordance with standard procedures. Approve materials and product based on test results.
  • Performs sensory evaluations on raw materials, intermediates and finished products.
  • Executes vital adjustments to in-process batches when an out of specification result is identified by calculating accurate additions to the batch using the test results as a baseline
  • Communicates the required addition to the operations department who performs the adjustments and the resulting sample tested again to determine compliance to specification
  • Collects and analyzes test data to identify root cause, draw conclusions and recommend actions.
  • Provide support to facility to resolve nonconformance issues and identify corrective and preventative actions.
  • Technology Transfer- support analytical method transfers from R&D to lab and train other chemists on the new methodology and the technology.
  • Provide training to employees and operators on new and existing applicable procedures.
  • Support and handle the ordering of lab and office supplies to ensure adequate inventory for business continuity.
  • Participates in failure investigations to identify and recommend corrective and preventive actions
  • Acquires basic knowledge of plant floor operations and equipment
  • Applies appropriate methodologies and data interpretation techniques to assist in overcoming technical difficulties and promote continuous improvement.
  • Maintains the laboratory quality assurance systems to assure validity of data
  • Performs or assists vendor in the installation qualification (IQ), operational qualification (OQ) and performance qualification (PQ) of laboratory instruments and equipment.
  • Conducts lab verification of instruments
  • Maintains accurate, up to date and concise laboratory notebooks and records.
  • Uses laboratory safety equipment and understands precautions in handling reagents and disposal of chemical waste according with local environmental regulations.
  • Troubleshoots basic instrument problems.
  • Has in depth knowledge of how to operate instruments and other standard laboratory equipment relevant to job responsibilities.
  • Understands and accurately follows written lab procedures, global methods, local methods and published standard or compendia sources.
  • Has knowledge and practice of how to calibrate and maintain analytical instruments and use of analytical reference standards 
  • Maintain awareness of regulatory and GMP requirements


  • Bachelor's Degree in Chemistry or related Science.
  • At least 3 years experience in an industrial laboratory environment.
  • Proven knowledge of validations, cGMP/GLP, maintenance & instrumentation calibration, and able to work in a fast pace environment. 

Other Skills:

  • Knowledge of LIMS and GC. 
  • Confidentiality, judgment, excellent communication skills.
  • Analytical and decision making skills. 
  • Normal physical and visual proficiency commonly associated with office environment; normal visual and hearing acuity, walking, sitting, carrying, reaching, handling and normal dexterity or accommodation to normal.
  • Proficient knowledge of computer and computer software: Excel, Word, Power Point, etc.

We are a results oriented company with a caring culture and work life balance. Do not miss the chance to join our outstanding team!


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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