Share this Job

Site upgrade in progress. You will not be able to apply at this time. Please be patient and check back with us later.

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 and territories 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 and Hill's Prescription Diet.

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:  Area Leader

Travel Required?:  Travel - up to 10% of time
Date:  Nov 24, 2021
No remote working option

Relocation Assistance Offered Within Country
# 118522 - Cambridge, Ohio, United States


Do you want to come to work with a smile and leave with one as well? In between those smiles, your day consists of working in a global organization, continually learning and collaborating, having stimulating discussions, and making impactful contributions!
If this is how you see your career, Colgate is the place to be!

Our dependable household brands, dedicated employees, and sustainability commitments make us a company passionate about building a future to smile about for our employees, consumers, and surrounding communities. The pride in our brand fuels a
workplace that encourages creative thinking, champions experimentation, and promotes authenticity which has contributed to our enduring success. If you want to work for a company that lives by their values, then give your career a reason to smile...every single day.


We are looking for a highly motivated Operations Area Leader to join our team! This role efficiently leads Operators Processing and Operators Packaging, production activities and developing collaborative partnerships with colleagues. Delivering the agreed
to business and plant results while maintaining positive employee relations. The primary accountabilities of the role include daily production schedule adherence, quality, EHS, logistics, production financial performance, labor relations, people and team

What you will do


• Lead continuous improvement efforts in regards to processes that drive business performance in key performance indicators for the Cambridge facility (e.g. asset utilization, unplanned downtime) while meeting quality, GMP and EHS
performance expectations
• Drive improvement of team performance and behaviors, including effective team communications, personal and team accountability, and other competencies within Colgate's "Managing with Respect" principles expectations; Effectively deal with employee relations and performance management issues, in collaboration with Human Resources.
• Foster and/or develop productive partnerships with vendors, suppliers, Colgate Marketing, Sales, Engineering and R&D teams to enhance equipment performance and/or product quality
• Demonstrate active support for new formulations, bundles and packaging launches.
• Support EHS initiatives which will drive the TRR and LWD rates;
• Support the Quality initiatives that will drive improvement in non-conformances and micro, drive effective implementation of new products; on-time completions of bi-annual SOP review with the teams; and Quality audit preparation initiatives.
• Implement the standards of FP&R within the teams, with focused emphasis in regards to People Capability, Visual Workplace, Autonomous Maintenance, Planned Maintenance and Continuous Improvement.
• Area Leaders in all areas of the facility have responsibilities as follows: administering an annual review of the PSM procedures with the teams, as well as documenting Emergency Shutdown testing.Training and onboarding new operator technicians and ensuring they are in compliance with site policy for working on or around covered processes and complete a PSM 100 workshop within one calendar year from hire date.
• Assist the plant to achieve Fund-the Growth Savings by optimizing labor and maintenance costs as well as actively participate in the plant FTG ideation session. 
• Uses SAP data to set the production plan and schedule requirements.
•  Develops and executes strategies to consistently manufacture and ensure the quality of finished goods.
• Develops a team-based organization to drive business performance.
• Motivates the workforce to achieve business objectives.
• Understands technical processes in the factory.
• Ensures that equipment and processes are capable of meeting production schedules, customer demands, and Quality and Microbiology targets.
• Communicates the need for and impact of Quality, Microbiology and EOHS standards while ensuring implementation.
• Applies budgeting processes to develop site capital and expense budgets, and to execute cost-control programs.
• Performs other duties as assigned
• Complies with all policies and standards

Required Qualifications

• Bachelor’s Degree in a related field
• At least 3 years functional manufacturing experience or Master’s Degree with 2 years functional manufacturing experience required (Engineering/Business degree preferred).
• Good working knowledge of mechanical, electrical and chemical fields as well as plant equipment required.
• Good communication skills
• Ability to be self-motivated and work independently at times
• Leadership experience in managing hourly employees
• Computer experience in Google, Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint
• Experience within or demonstrated understanding of the Quality function within a manufacturing environment
• Ability to prioritize multiple initiatives and operate creatively in ambiguous situations to meet business objectives.
• A working knowledge of SAP, WMS, and plant floor systems required.



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 recognised 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 programme, 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.

Nearest Major Market: Columbus

Job Segment: Engineer, Electrical, Chemical Research, ERP, Logistics, Engineering, Technology, Operations