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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:  Microbiologist

Travel Required?:  No Travel
Date:  Feb 18, 2021
No remote working option

No Relocation Assistance Offered
# 98318 - Hodges, South Carolina, United States

We are looking for a quick learner who loves science!

Join our team as a Microbiologist, responsible for product and raw materials testing, troubleshooting and implementation of the facility Micro Control Plan.


Key Responsibilities:

Perform microbiological testing of  finished product, raw materials, water, work-in-process, environmental monitoring and equipment Cleaning & Sanitization  swab.
Perform review and approval for raw materials and finished product for release.
Support development and implement a plant-wide Microbiological Control Program.
Maintain, support and utilize KPIs system to drive continuous improvement, identify trends and draw conclusions.
Assist with product, equipment, and Cleaning & Sanitizing validations.
Maintain lab equipment and ensure adherence to SOP for calibrations requirements.
Responsible for the maintenance of the Laboratory Quality Control Systems.
Conduct Failure Investigations and accurately document Out of Specification results.
Knowledgeable of cGMP’s and understand the OTC drug or pharmaceutical industry expectations.
Notify the facility of nonconformance issues and support implementation of corrective and preventative actions.
Contribute with Microbiology and Cleaning & Sanitization related Training to plant employees.
Participate in internal and external audits and provide resolutions for forward actions
Purchase laboratory consumables and perform routine inventory checks
Media preparations and qualifications to support lab analysis
Housekeeping and perform routine laboratory cleaning
Provide training to new Microbiologists and Lab Technicians


Expected Areas of skills:

Develops relationships with people throughout the facility and demonstrates teamwork.
Good Communication , speaks and writes optimally, and keeps people up to date with information.
Displays a high energy level, and is able to prioritize duties to get effective results.
Ability to Make decisions and communicate effectively while under pressure
Demonstrates motivation for seeking Continuous Improvement. 

Qualifications Required:

Bachelor's degree in Microbiology, Biology or related Science field.
Experience with basic laboratory equipment such as pH, balances, etc. and microbiology methods.
Experience with common microbiology lab instrumentation (i.e. autoclaves, air samplers, light microscope, biohazard cabinets, and water purification system.)
Proficient at computer applications i.e. Google Suite (Docs, slides, sheets or MS Word, MS Excel, e-mail).
Must understand basic lab safety, bio-hazard and chemical waste disposal practices
Ability & Flexibility to work a rotational schedule to support a 24/7 plant facility operation
Work required and mandatory on weekends, overtime and holidays


Preferred Qualifications:

Master of Science in Microbiology or Related Science.
Practical experience as a microbiologist in a manufacturing lab work environment implementing cGMPs.
Experience with general documentation practices and cGMP compliance with notebooks, data entry forms with specific attention to details.
Familiar with quality systems such as failure investigations, Corrective and Preventive Actions, calibration, change control, etc.
Experience in an FDA regulated environment
Working knowledge and practical experience with good laboratory practices in a microbiology lab environment and competent with microbiology techniques such as Gram staining, isolation plating, media preparation and microorganism identification methods.
Experience with software applications like  SAP, LIMS

We believe real innovation comes from teamwork! 


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: Greenville
Nearest Secondary Market: South Carolina

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