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A part of Colgate-Palmolive since 1976, Hill's Pet Nutrition offers the highest-quality pet nutrition available through product lines Prescription Diet® and Science Diet®. Veterinarians worldwide recommend and feed their own pets Hill's products more than any other brand of pet food.

Available in approximately 80 countries around the world, our extensive line of products includes more than 60 Prescription Diet brand pet foods and more than 50 Science Diet brand pet foods.

We believe all animals should be loved and cared for during their lifetimes. That is why we are proud our pet foods can make a difference in your pet's life.

A career at Hill’s Pet Nutrition or 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:  Process Operator

Travel Required?:  No Travel
Date:  May 12, 2024


 No Relocation Assistance Offered
# 159121 - Clinton, Oklahoma, United States

Who We Are
Colgate-Palmolive Company is a caring, innovative growth company that is reimagining a healthier future for all people, their pets and our planet. Focused on Oral Care, Personal Care, Home Care and Pet Nutrition, we sell our products in more than 200 countries and territories under brands such as Colgate, Palmolive, elmex, hello, meridol, Sorriso, Tom’s of Maine, EltaMD, Filorga, Irish Spring, PCA SKIN, Protex, Sanex, Softsoap, Speed Stick, Ajax, Axion, Fabuloso, Soupline and Suavitel, as well as Hill’s Pet Nutrition.

We are recognized for our leadership and innovation in promoting sustainability and community wellbeing, including our achievements in decreasing plastic waste and promoting recyclability, saving water, conserving natural resources and improving children’s oral health.

If you want to work for a company that lives by their values, then give your career a reason to smile and join our global team!

This role is a multi-purpose process position in the manufacturing processes that is either process specific or may rotate to all areas as properly trained within a particular shift reporting to the shift managers. The primary responsibility for this position is to perform all functions associated with the manufacturing roles including but not limited to Inbound, Milling, Meat slurry and or Mixing. Extrusion Operator responsibilities are not included in this role.

Principal Accountabilities

Inbound duties:

  • Loading trucks (live loads and staged loads), ability to operate push pull Fork lift (expert level), operation of site yard dog, direct ship responsibility including proper disposition of hold product, food safety hold product and released product, JD Edwards functionality, BOL responsibility /accountability, Trace Gains Functionality, support Customer Service Rep with all activities associated with shipping department, understands production schedules, production computer systems, work instructions and production inventories

  • Communicate with forklift packaging and warehouse operators to ensure materials are replenished in a timely manner, manage FIFO program in regard to materials management, load super sacks and micros in dries rooms, cross training will be required with other Logistic Material Handler positions

Mill and Mixing Rooms:

  • Schedule and batch commodities and/or meat slurry into accurate batches of mixed meal delivered through the hammer mill mixing and screening systems

  • Participate in setting strategy for the processing system to ensure meeting or exceeding production schedule in the most efficient manner possible 

  • Perform preventative and downtime maintenance of area equipment and help make incremental improvements

  • Assist maintenance/engineering to improve or upgrade current systems/equipment

  • Provide input on new projects 

  • Develop and maintain proficiency in inventory management systems and other business systems as needed to ensure accurate reporting 

  • Prepare and maintain SOP's and training modules

  • Demonstrate the ability to accurately perform quality checks and complete documentation without error 

  • Maintain a safe and clean work area

  • Promote high quality team environment through teamwork and self-management

  • Performs all assigned activities and job tasks within a line or area

  • Takes corrective actions in solving problems to root cause level 

  • Assess equipment operating reliability and perform routine repairs, adjustments and malfunction troubleshooting Performs and/or works with Maintenance to complete equipment preventive maintenance 

  • Maintains accurate records of QC checks, production numbers or waste performance

  • Performs all shift support documentation in a quality matter

  • Performs QC tasks such as metal checks, inspection of date codes, item numbers, dump logs, etc. 

  • Demonstrates high degree of ownership for product quality  

  • Performs all standard quality checks & other quality related duties

  • Understands production schedules, production computer systems, work instructions and production inventories

Meat Room:

  • Responsible for operating equipment to add slurry to extrusion process

  • Participate in setting strategy for the processing system to ensure meeting or exceeding production schedule in the most efficient manner possible

  • Perform preventative tasks and/or work with maintenance to complete equipment preventative maintenance, routine repairs, adjustments and malfunction troubleshooting

  • Assist maintenance and engineering to improve and upgrade current systems and equipment and provide input on new projects 

  • Develop and maintain proficiency in inventory management systems and other business systems as needed to ensure accurate reporting

  • Prepare and maintain SOP's and training modules

  • Must accurately perform quality checks and complete all documentation without error

Other Duties as assigned by the line manager

Key Functional Skills/Knowledge

  • Food manufacturing experience and knowledge of food safety, Knowledge of Good Manufacturing Practices and statistical Process Control

  • Team player, Action oriented, Problem solving abilities, Strong communication skills, Continuous self-development

  • Must be capable of working at elevated heights and or confined space

  • Wearing proper personal protective equipment (hair net, bump cap, ear plugs, safety shoes, and uniform) 

  • Bending, stooping, twist, turn, standing for extended time periods, reaching, climbing stairs, and lifting up to 55 lbs. 

  • Must be able to adapt to temperature and environmental extremes such as hot to cold, dust dirt and chemicals 

  • Knowledge of local, federal, and industry regulations with regards to:

  • Food Safety (GMP, HACCP)

  • Food Quality (Product and Process)

  • Q&FS testing practices and procedures, QMP polices and SPC 

  • Forklift assignments require OSHA certification and getting on and off frequently

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Be 18 years of age or older 

  • Have a High school diploma, GED or equivalent education 

  • Must be willing and able to work and accept varying shifts and schedules 

  • Ability to understand and effectively communicate in the English language

  • Working knowledge of Safety, Quality and Material Management Systems and procedures 

  • Ability to read and understand the daily production run schedule, and execute to that plan 

  • Ability to communicate to managers and team members any production, quality/food safety or other business critical information vital to operations and customer service 

  • Ability to operate a forklift/OSHA certification and able to work with minimal supervision 

Preferred Qualifications:

  • 3+ years of manufacturing experience operating a variety of machines 

  • 2 years of work experience within manufacturing, or a technical and/or trade discipline 

  • Working Knowledge of food safety, GMP, HACCP, SPC 

  • Demonstrated competency in computer and pc software including MS Office, Google and email

  • Knowledge of inventory control principles 

  • Experience with JD Edwards


 Compensation and Benefits
Salary Range $16.15  - $19.00 USD

Pay is based on multiple non-discriminatory, individualized factors including but not limited to experience, job-related knowledge and education, skills and office/market location. In addition to base salary, salaried employees are eligible for annual discretionary bonuses, profit-sharing and, for Executive-level (salary grade 16 and above) roles only, long-term incentives in the form of Restricted Stock Units and/or Stock Options.

Subject to the terms and conditions of the applicable benefits plans then in effect, all salaried employees are also eligible for a competitive benefits package which includes:

  • Insurance: Employees (and their eligible dependents) are eligible to participate in Company-sponsored Medical, Dental, Vision, Basic Life Insurance, Accidental Death & Dismemberment and Disability insurance plans.
  • Retirement Plans: Employees are eligible to enroll in Colgate's 401(k) plan, which provides for company matching contributions subject to eligibility requirements
  • Vacation/PTO: Employees receive a minimum of 15 days of vacation/PTO leave annually
  • Paid Holidays: Employees receive a minimum of 13 paid/floating holidays annually
  • Paid Sick Leave: Based on location and consistent with applicable state and local law, employees receive a minimum of 40 hours of paid sick leave on January 1st of each year
  • Paid Parental Leave: Eligible employees may take up to eight weeks of paid parental leave and 12 weeks of unpaid leave (varies for employees with fewer than 12 months of service and is subject to hours worked requirements)

Our Commitment to Sustainability
With the Colgate brand in more homes than any other, we are presented with great opportunities and new challenges as we work to integrate sustainability into all aspects of our business and create positive social impact. We are determined to position ourselves for further growth as we act on our 2025 Sustainability & Social Impact Strategy.

Our Commitment to Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
Achieving our purpose starts with our people — ensuring our workforce represents the people and communities we serve —and creating an environment where our people feel they belong; where we can be our authentic selves, feel treated with respect and have the support of leadership to impact the business in a meaningful way.

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.

Reasonable accommodation during the application process is available for persons with disabilities. Please contact with the subject "Accommodation Request" should you require accommodation.

For additional Colgate terms and conditions, please click here.


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