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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:  Quality Validation Engineer

Travel Required?:  Travel - up to 10% of time
Date:  Jul 19, 2024

Relocation Assistance Offered Within Country
# 160793 - 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!



Quality Validation Engineer

The Validation Engineer is responsible for implementing the site Validation Program to ensure compliance with Colgate Global Quality Standard 022 - Process Qualification, Validation and Control and any applicable regulatory requirements. Leads the site Validation Strategy to ensure coverage of all critical plant activities such as new formulas, formula changes, new or upgraded process or packaging equipment, laboratory instruments & equipment, Cleaning & Sanitization (C&S) processes, water & critical utility systems, computer control systems, etc. Ensures site Validation Program appropriately connects to other plant quality systems such as Management of Change (MoC), Technology Transfer, Calibration, Facilities & Equipment and Preventive Maintenance.



  • Conduct risk analysis to determine the scope and priority of validation activities across the site (Equipment, C&S, Water and Critical Utilities, Process Validation as per Technology Transfer requirements, etc.)

  • Develop, implement and supervise the Validation Master Plan (VMP) and communicate compliance throughout the site

  • Implement procedures to ensure development, implementation and monitoring of an effective validation program

  • Lead site validation meetings, ensuring involvement, support and engagement from Engineering, Operations, site Water and C&S Teams, Technology Transfer/Quality Engineer, and Analytical and Microbiology Lab Supervisors and other collaborators as needed.

  • Work with Engineering to ensure Design Qualification (DQ) is required for equipment that is specifically designed or purchased off the shelf for Colgate manufacturing applications. Prepare and ensure execution of protocols and reports of Installation Qualification (IQ), Operational Qualification (OQ) and Performance Qualification (PQ) for equipment and control systems as identified in the risk analysis. Ensure change control is properly managed and well documented if a change or revalidation is required.

  • Support and ensure the proper execution and documentation of Process Validation (PV) during the Technology Transfer Process as required

  • Establish an ongoing periodic process to review routine production to ensure the validated manufacturing processes and systems remain in a state of control (e.g. Continued Process Verification), including incoming materials, in-process materials and finished products.

  • Support the periodic reporting of critical quality attributes that are controlled throughout the process to ensure they consistently meet Key Release Specifications (KRS) according to the target of Process Capability Index (Cpk) or Performance Capability Index (Ppk). 

  • Support the Root Cause Analysis (RCA) investigation and identifying Corrective and Preventive Actions (CAPA) if process capability does not meet the (Cpk) or (Ppk) targets 

  • Report and communicate on a monthly basis the status of Validation Master Plan and Validation Status 

  • Ensure validation documentation is properly maintained, acting as site administrator and ensuring compliance (i.e. KNEAT software)

  • Ensure Process Capability Key Performance Indicators are supervised, communicated and used as tools to drive continuous improvement. 

  • Support, review and follow up on action plans from internal and external audits to ensure compliance of Quality Standards and applicable external regulatory requirements

  • Adapt new technologies and systems to the site Quality System


Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree in Chemistry, Engineering, or related science (or equivalent combination of education and experience) required.

  • Minimum 5 years experience in a manufacturing plant environment. 

  • Minimum 2 years experience in validation activities, e.g. drafting/executing/completing equipment or instrument qualification, formula validations, computer system validation, etc.

  • Possess excellent ability to understand, read, speak and write in English


Preferred Qualifications:

  • 1 - 2 years proven experience in managing or coordinating projects

  • Strong ability and knowledge of statistics and Statistical Process Control (SPC) tools

  • User knowledge of SAP and Minitab. Excellent knowledge of Google or Microsoft Office tools

  • Excellent interpersonal communication, great teammate with strong relationship-building skills

  • Excellent time management skills; organized and self-motivated

Compensation and Benefits
Salary Range $72 400,00 - $114 000,00 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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