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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:  Chemist

Travel Required?:  No Travel
Date:  Sep 12, 2023

No Relocation Assistance Offered
# 154591 - Hodges, South Carolina, United States

Colgate-Palmolive invites applications for a Chemist position based at our Hodges, SC plant. 

Our Chemist is responsible for performing physical and chemical testing in support of the site Quality Assurance/Quality Control (QA/QC) program. The lab operates 24 hours per day, 7 days per week. This position will be on the 3th shift (7:00 PM to 7:30AM)

Is this opportunity exciting to you? Come and have a look! 

Principal Responsibilities: 

  • Perform physical and chemical testing of raw material, packaging material, in-process and finished product in accordance with standard procedures. Approves materials and products based on test results.

  • Collect and analyze test data to identify root cause, draw conclusions and recommend actions

  • Participate in failure investigations to identify root cause and recommend corrective and preventive actions

  • Acquire basic knowledge of plant floor operations and equipment

  • Apply appropriate methodologies and data interpretation techniques to assist in overcoming difficulties and promote continuous improvement.

  • Maintain the laboratory quality assurance systems to assure validity of data

  • Perform or assist vendors in the installation qualification (IQ), operational qualification (OQ) and performance qualification (PQ) of laboratory instruments and equipment. Conducts lab verification of instruments

  • Maintain accurate, up to date and concise laboratory notebooks and records

  • Use laboratory safety equipment and understand precautions in handling reagents and disposal of chemical waste according with local environmental regulations

  • Troubleshoot basic instrument problems

  • Develop in depth knowledge of how to operate analytical instruments and other standard laboratory equipment relevant to job responsibilities

  • Understand and accurately follow written lab procedures, global methods, local methods and published standard sources

  • Develop in depth knowledge of how to calibrate and maintain analytical instruments and the use of analytical reference standards relevant to job description

  • Maintain awareness of regulatory and Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) requirements relevant to job responsibilities

  • Prepare positive release documentation including analytical lab reports and certificates of analysis

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree in Chemistry, Analytical Chemistry, Biochemistry, or related field

  • A minimum of 0-6 months experience in an Analytical lab, or pharmaceutical, medical device, cosmetic or consumer products industries

  • Proven proficiency in laboratory skills training in chemistry

  • Good knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite

  • The manufacturing site operates 24/7 on a 2-2-3 schedule

Preferred Qualifications: 

  • Excellent interpersonal, communication skills, and ability to work in a team environment

  • Strong multitasking skills in a fast paced, changing environment

  • Attention to detail


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

Salary Range $48,000 - $66,000 USD 


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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