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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 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:  Operations Area Leader

Travel Required?:  Travel - 25% of time
Date:  Sep 8, 2022
No remote working option

Relocation Assistance Offered Within Country
# 139660 - 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 Team 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 development.


What you will do

  • Accountable for the quality and efficiency of the production department, and its ability to deliver high levels of service to internal and external customers
  • Lead the people, materials and equipment to deliver maintenance performance objectives, as measured by plant metrics.
  • Manage Production (Managing the process of converting raw materials into finished goods)
  • Manage Materials and Services (Understands the relationship that operations, planning, logistics and manufacturing processes have on material and conversion costs and utilization in the area)
  • Continuous Improvement: (Conducts Continuous Improvement Reviews to identify best practices and opportunities for improvement.)
  • Operational Excellence Leadership-(Demonstrating the leadership values inherent in our EOHS, Quality and FP&R principles and systems)
  • Supply Chain Systems & Analysis: (Leveraging analytical tools and business data to improve total performance of the Supply Chain)
  • Run the Performance Enhancement Process when subordinates do not meet the expectations
  • Handle absenteeism as Case Manager in cooperation with HR Tracks and analyses variances associated with materials or finished products
  • Ensure compliance with policies/procedures for staffing, shift schedule, vacation scheduling, and training to meet business needs including peak production periods
  • Lead the development and implementation of the daily production schedule in a way that ensures high levels of service to internal and external customers  Identify, recommend and implement manufacturing cost reduction programs Executes new technology within the production area
  • Delivering input on both capital and operating budgets Communicates and implement the local Supply Chain vision, mission, strategy and objectives.
  • Ensure effective communication within the teams
  • Empower subordinates by way of training, information sharing, coaching, feedback, appraisals and delegation, to ensure the development of people, teams and organizational capabilities
  • Implement FP&R and other continuous improvement programs.
  • Implement strategies within the production department to consistently manufacture and ensure the quality of finished goods
  • Develop and implement appropriate margin improvement initiatives
  • Accountable for adhering to CP/Hill’s, local and governmental guidelines related to EHS, Quality and Regulatory
  • Participate in driving the employee engagement strategy to maintain positive employee relations 


Required Qualifications

• Technical degree

• At least 3 years in Production/ Manufacturing

• Quality Systems

• Good communication skills

• Proficient in English

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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