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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:  Microbiologist

Travel Required?:  Travel - up to 10% of time
Date:  May 16, 2024

No Relocation Assistance Offered
# 159897 - Hodges, South Carolina, 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!



The Microbiologist is responsible for product and raw materials testing, troubleshooting and implementation of the facility Micro Control Plan.

What you will do:

  • Perform microbiological testing of raw materials, water, work-in-process, and finished product for product approval and release
  • Support development and implement plant-wide Microbiological Control Program
  • Support, maintain 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 calibrations
  • Responsible for the maintenance of the Laboratory Quality Control Systems
  • Complete Failure Investigations and properly document Out of Specification results
  • Knowledgeable of cGMP’s and understand the OTC drug or pharmaceutical industry expectations
  • Provide product release notification to Colgate distribution system and SAP transactions
  • Provide support to facility to resolve nonconformance issues and identify corrective and preventative actions
  • Provide Microbiology and Cleaning & Sanitization related Training to plant employees
  • Troubleshoot laboratory issues and provide resolutions from audits
  • Purchase laboratory supplies


Required Qualifications:

  • B.S. in Microbiology or related Science
  • Experience with basic lab equipment such as pH, balances, viscometers, etc. and microbiology methods
  • Experience with general documentation practices and cGMP compliance with notebooks, data entry forms
  • with specific attention to details
  • Experience with common microbiology lab instrumentation (i.e. autoclaves, air amplers, light microscope, biohazard cabinets, and water purification system)
  • Familiar with quality systems such as failure investigations, Corrective and Preventive Actions, calibration, change control, etc.
  • Good computer skills (i.e. MS Word, MS Excel, e-mail)
  • Must understand basic lab safety, bio-hazard and chemical waste disposal practices
  • Ability & Flexibility to work a rotating schedule to support a 24/7 plant facility operation
  • Team Building/Relationship Building - Develops relationships with people throughout the facility and demonstrate team work
  • Communication - Speaks and writes effectively, and keeps people up to date with information. Maintains lab notebooks and testing documentation


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master of Science in Microbiology or Related Science.
  • 3+ years of experience as a microbiologist in a manufacturing lab work environment
  • 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
  • Practical experience in an industrial environment at a manufacturing site implementing cGMPs.
  • Results Orientation - 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
  • Experience with SAP
  • Demonstrate knowledge of good documentation practices, lab note recordkeeping and concise report publishing

Compensation and Benefits
Salary Range $49 600,00 - $68 000,00 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.

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