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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:  Operations Team Leader (Operations Engineer)

Travel Required?:  No Travel
Date:  Jan 13, 2021
No remote working option

No Relocation Assistance Offered
# 94961 - Hodges, South Carolina, United States

In an ever-changing and dynamic world, our Supply Chain and Manufacturing professionals, who are recognized as the best in the business, are essential to quickly delivering our products to consumers worldwide. They are responsible for ensuring we make quality products that consumers love. Using advanced technology and an analytical mindset, they are especially adept at continuously improving manufacturing processes. This team comprises a variety of global roles and focus areas, including operations, engineering, process development and innovation, procurement, network operations, project management, factory performance & reliability, packaging, continuous improvement, and supply chain management.


Join our team in Greenwood, SC. as an Operations Engineer!

This position impacts and influences the overall culture, employee relations, performance of a manufacturing facility and its ability to align with the company’s core values and initiatives. The incumbent is responsible for demonstrating personal leadership, effectively leading production activities and resources, for a specified manufacturing area, to deliver business results and to demonstrate his / her technical proficiency to drive continuous improvement while maintaining positive employee relations.

The primary accountabilities of the role include daily production schedule alignment, customer service, area financial performance, implementation of Operational Excellence initiatives (EOHS, Quality, FP&R), Employee Relations, to drive team development and performance, and to solve technical issues.

The Operations Engineer achieves success through collaborative partnerships with Supply Chain and using Colgate's renewed focus on agility, FEED, and Supply Chain’s B-SHARP principles.



  • Leads the people, materials, and equipment by the active presence on the shop floor to achieve the daily production schedule and deliver area KPI's
  • Drive unplanned downtime reduction through effective troubleshooting
  • Accountable for Operational Excellence (EOHS, Quality, FP&R) activities of the production area to deliver high levels of service to internal and external customers
  • Optimally and proactively addresses labor relations issues in the area, as appropriate, according to CP Managing with Respect principles
  • Identify actions to minimize financial variances associated with materials, finished products and other components of the plant’s conversion cost including labor cost and operating supplies
  • Accountable for adhering to Colgate-Palmolive standards and governmental regulations related to the area of responsibility
  • Ensures compliance with facility policies and procedures, e.g., crewing, shift rotation, vacation scheduling, meet business needs
  • Identifies, recommends, and implements manufacturing cost reduction programs
  • Support execution of new technology within the production area
  • Communicates and implements the local Supply Chain vision, mission, strategy, and objectives.
  • Ensures the development of people, teams, and organizational capabilities by way of training, information sharing, mentor, feedback, recognition, delegation, and performance management
  • Participates in the implementation of EOHS principles and corrective actions through walkabouts and effective follow-up
  • Ensures SOPs (procedures) are followed by technicians and operators
  • Uses the FP&R program, standards and guidelines to drive performance
  • Understands the manufacturing process from raw materials to finished good with particular focus on EOHS, Quality, FP&R, documentation and problem resolution.


Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelors of Science in Engineering, Processing/Packaging Technology, or a related technical field.
  • At least 2 years of experience in managing and leading teams.
  • Demonstrated strong written and verbal communications skills,
  • Mentor and feedback skills required in a high performance work systems environment.
  • Demonstrated ability to prioritize multiple initiatives and manage in ambiguous situations.
  • Proficiency with Google Suite collaboration tools (G-doc, sheets, slides, etc).

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Solid understanding of production and process equipment, preferably in a processing industry such as food, chemicals or pharmaceuticals.
  • Ability to establish a specific course of action to accomplish goals through appropriate allocation of time and resources.
  • Ability to clearly express ideas both orally and in writing.
  • Project Management Skills.

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.

Nearest Major Market: Greenville
Nearest Secondary Market: South Carolina

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