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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:  Operations Technician I

Travel Required?:  No Travel
Date:  Apr 9, 2024

 No Relocation Assistance Offered
# 156118 - 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!


Operations Technician I, Greenwood, SC        


The Operations Technician I is responsible for the effective operation, changeover, and minor autonomous/preventive maintenance of production equipment and processes. The primary responsibilities of the role include safety and environmental compliance, quality procedures, daily production, cleaning and sanitation procedures, equipment maintenance procedures, data collection, housekeeping, problem solving and continuous improvement as part of a work team.  The Operations Technician I works within a structure that requires considerable interaction with others in the same production unit as well as other production units and support functions.


Responsibilities include:


  • Understands and is accountable for full compliance with safety and other Environmental Health & Safety (EHS) requirements 

  • Understands and is accountable for following: all Quality, Good Manufacturing Practices (GMPs), and cleaning standards and guidelines 

  • Operates, monitors, and performs changeovers of automated equipment through computer terminals, control panels and/or by manual means in the manufacturing of Colgate-Palmolive products 

  • Troubleshoots, performs minor maintenance and repairs on production equipment, supported by maintenance personnel as needed 

  • Must be familiar with procedures for all equipment within their work area including, but not limited to, normal operations, quality inspections, safety procedures and safeguards, and lock out tag out (LOTO ) 

  • Utilize SAP and other processes to confirm in-house availability of raw and packing materials for current and next runs. Know and understand the planned schedule to coordinate the upstream and downstream processes by working with others in planning, warehouse, receiving and vendor representatives to ensure availability of materials 

  • Performs quality inspections and sampling for statistical process control activities throughout the manufacturing process 

  • Utilizes computer systems (SAP, Wonderware, OPERA, InBatch, etc.) and documentation to properly record production and quality related information 

  • Undertakes daily reporting and updates of information systems (SAP, Cycle Counts, OPERA, etc.) and updates the shop floor communication boards upon request 

  • Performs raw materials receiving operations including SAP transactions, sampling and quality tests as per procedures in place 

  • Transfers raw materials and work-in-progress materials from the staging areas to the respective point of use according to the daily production schedule 

  • Executes quality tests on work-in-process materials and compares the result to the Key Release Specifications in order to define usage decision 

  • Performs raw materials pre-weigh activities during the work-in-process production cycle 

  • Performs cleaning activities of change parts, portable totes, pucks, etc. to ensure quality and operational requirements are met 

  • Performs materials cycle counts to verify process accuracy and yield 

  • Performs housekeeping activities as per established protocol and conducts/participates in area housekeeping assessments per requirement. Responsible for house-keeping of teamwork area and common area 

  • Accurately and fully completes all regulatory and compliance related documentation and procedures; highlights variances 

  • Stays abreast of team’s production performance via visual, written and verbal communications 

  • Participates in regular review of team production performance and Kaizen events and uses information to drive continuous improvement 

  • Seek and apply Continuous Improvement tools and techniques to achieve team goals 

  • Shares knowledge and develops skills of others in the work team. Actively participate in continuous learning opportunities 

  • Every team member has responsibility to fully utilize our resources to optimize our productivity to contribute and meet the needs of our customers, businesses and each other 

  • Additional duties as assigned 





  • High school diploma or GED 

  • Minimum of 1 year of experience in a manufacturing environment.

  • Must be able to work any shift, weekends and mandatory overtime as needed. 

  • Proficient with computers, software, and data processing 

  • Demonstrated competency in attention to detail, work standards, initiative and managing work 

  • Ability to lift 50 pounds 

  • Ability to climb stairs and ladders, bend to 90 degrees repeatedly 




  • Technical college/vocational school certificate or Associates degree in related field 

  • GMP and/or consumer goods manufacturing experience a plus

  • 1 or more years previous manufacturing experience preferred

  • Demonstrated competency in problem solving/decision making, effective communication, results oriented, and job fit

 Compensation and Benefits
Salary Range $22.11  - $23.11 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 10 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
  • 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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