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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:  Continuous Improvement Engineer

Travel Required?:  Travel - up to 10% of time
Date:  Sep 6, 2022
No remote working option

No Relocation Assistance Offered
# 141366 - Morristown, Tennessee, United States

Job Summary


The Continuous Improvement Engineer is responsible for effectively coordinating with key members of the Operations, Engineering, Maintenance and Factory Performance & Reliability (FP&R) teams to identify continuous improvement opportunities designed to improve Asset Utilization (AU), and reduce Unplanned Downtime (UPDT). CI Engineer will also work closely with EOHS, Quality, Finance and Planning to assess and understand potential project initiatives to improve shop floor quality/reduce non-conformances (NC’s), EOHS improvement opportunities, material loss initiatives, and schedule enhancements to optimize or production efficiencies.


Principal Duties and Responsibilities


  • Coordinate rollout and implementation of CI & Productivity standard expectations for all Operational Areas: Making, Tube Making, and Finishing. 

  • Leads Small Group Meetings to establish RCA and execute plans to improve throughput and efficiency.

  • Coordinate Forward Action Plan (FAP) from Small Group Meetings with Team Leaders to track action to closure.

  • Lead Kaizen events, and manage on closure items.

  • Lead SMED program, and manage on closure items to improve changeover (CO) process.

  • Establish specific projects geared towards improving productivity, reducing material losses, reducing CO times, etc. 

  • Participate in FP&R Self-Assessment and execute/manage audits FAP.

  • Participate in FP&R program in all standards.

  • Coordinate and communicate the site’s project hopper to the FP&R Standard Owners and Plant LT. 

  • Partner with factory management to prioritize and select CI opportunities based on feasibility and potential business value.

  • Ensure standardization of approach for conducting CI projects not limited to but including downtime, throughput, line speed, batch cycle time and CO time.

  • Ensure Operational/Maintenance teams have training, tools and time to develop and implement priority CI projects.

  • Coordinate CI training in use of basic root cause analysis tools (5 Why, Fishbone and Pareto), SMED.

  • Active participation in Standard Daily Meeting.

  • Provides coverage for Operations Team Leader, as needed, in all 3 shifts.

  • Ensure that systems are in place to display visual elements (equipment settings, cleaning/lubrication points, etc) using consistent color and symbol standards in accordance with industry standards and regulatory requirements.

  • Partner with focus factory management and team leaders to coordinate 5S implementation across all individual equipment, lines, tools and production/general areas.

  • Ensure that CI projects that generate savings are entered into the Funding the Growth e-Savings database.

  • Coordinate CI meetings with FP&R Leader and focus factory managers.




Required Qualifications: 

  • B.A. /B.S. Degree in Engineering, Processing/Packaging Technology, or other related technical field

  • Proficiency using Google Tools

  • Ability to work on various shifts and weekends as needed

  • At least 1 year of experience in manufacturing area 


Preferred Qualifications: 

  • Lean Six Sigma experience or certification

  • Six Sigma or equivalent certification

  • Supervisory experience

  • SAP experience



Key Competencies 


  • Promotes teamwork with shopfloor

  • Data Analysis to drive CI projects

  • Understand the process in the factory

  • Promotes OE Culture (FP&R, EOHS and Quality)

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.

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