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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:  Base Plant Area Leader

Travel Required?:  Travel - up to 10% of time
Date:  Nov 5, 2020
No remote working option

Relocation Assistance Offered Within Country
# 88203 - Cambridge, Ohio, United States

The Base Plant Area Leader is responsible for overall management of the manufacturing production areas. Successful management of an area(s) will be accomplished through active involvement and development of work teams, appropriate coaching and feedback, effective resource utilization and visible team leadership.



  • 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 EOH&S 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.
  • 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, and packaging launches.
  • Effectively deal with employee relations and performance management issues, in collaboration with Human Resources.
  • Support EOHS 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.
  • The Area Leader in the Liquid Making/Base Plant area is an integral part of the PSM Team (Process Safety Management Team) Area Leaders in all areas of the facility have responsibilities as follows.
  • Responsibilities include administering an annual review of the PSM procedures with the teams, as well as documenting Emergency Shutdown testing.
  • The Area Leader is responsible for training and onboarding new operator technicians and ensuring they are in compliance with site policy for working on or around covered processes.
  • The Area Leader in Liquid Making/Base Plant, and all other Area Leaders in the facility, should 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.
  • Improve factory cash flow by effectively managing operating expenses, capital expenditures and inventory.
  • Ensures fast and flawless implementation of new product bundles.
  • Uses SAP data to set the production plan and schedule requirements.
  • Executes strategies that deal effectively with operating issues related to labor relations.
  • Develops contingency plans and strategies for any business interruption.
  • 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.
  • Identifies and communicates equipment capabilities and constraints.
  • Knows the handling and storage requirements of raw materials, finished goods, and waste streams.
  • 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.
  • Promotes safety awareness and models safe behavior.
  • Applies budgeting processes to develop site capital and expense budgets, and to execute cost-control programs.
  • Improves factor cash flow by effectively managing operating expenses, capital expenditures and inventory.


Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree.
  • At least 5 years functional manufacturing experience.
  • Good working knowledge of mechanical, electrical and chemical fields as well as plant equipment.
  • Ability to be self-motivated and work independently at times.
  • Leadership experience in managing hourly employees
  • Ability to motivate others to a high level of performance, along with strong interpersonal communication skills.
  • 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.
  • Computer experience in Google, Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint.

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.

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