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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:  HR Business Associate

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

Relocation Assistance Offered Within Country
# 121638 - Morristown, Tennessee, United States

Job Summary


The HR Business Associate will work with the Business HR Partner on strategic and local business and human resource priorities including talent management, employee engagement and organizational effectiveness (performance, organization design & capabilities and change management).


The HR Business Associate will serve as a business partner to managers, supervisors, and employees across the organization by performing a variety of complex, professional level work in the multiple functional areas of Human Resources.   The incumbent will provide leadership and counsel to business partners in issue resolution, policy and process development, adherence and renewal to ensure legal compliance, as well as maintaining a strategic and operational view that links the role of HR to business needs.


Principal Duties and Responsibilities


  • Recruiting: Plan and coordinate the multi-step recruitment and selection process for shop floor and other positions including testing, interviews, background checks, physical/drug screens and new hire onboarding processes.  Utilize the Global Recruitment Management System (GRMS) and ensure effective advertisement and applicant tracking for all positions.  Execute local campus recruiting programs. Work to match hiring needs with diversity goals by establishing and maintaining relationships with external educational institutions and community outreach organizations. 
  • Training and Development:  Work with site leadership to develop and implement training processes and plans that drive operational excellence and functional/technical competence.  Drive training compliance and documentation/tracking. Partner with the Learning Center of Excellence to identify learning needs that are informed by business needs, current performance gaps, and future capabilities required; support the execution of the Learning Demand Plan. Coordinate all aspects of local training courses for the plant.
  • Employee Relations:  Advocate for employees through workforce relationships.  Advise and coach managers on the resolution of employee inquiries and issues, consulting with Legal as needed. Support informal and formal discipline discussions and documentation.  Work with managers to implement proactive employee relations and employee engagement initiatives.  Counsel employees and managers as needed. Champion the company’s Ethical Leadership standards, behaviors and compliance.
  • Affirmative Action: Develop and assemble all information and analysis as it relates to the Affirmative Action Plan for the plant.  Ensure on-going compliance to EEO initiatives and AAP goals.  Leads actions to meet AAP annual goals based on analysis of workforce and local labor availability.
  • Benefits:  Assist in resolving issues for employees as it relates to benefits by interacting with the HR Info Center, corporate benefits, and medical providers at the request of employees who have concerns and need assistance in resolution. Understand and interpret benefit policies and procedures. Provide assistance and interpretation of guidelines/policies as it relates to time off work for FMLA, approved leaves of absence, parental leave and vacation/holidays.
  • Employee Programs:  Coordinate and manage employee programs and celebrations including service awards, retirements, team buildings, Adopt-a-School and Colgate Live Better activities and other local site celebrations. 
  • HR Data Integrity:  Maintain HRIS data and audit-ready HR records, including candidate and master job files, leave files, medical files, training files, and I-9 files.  
  • Compensation:  Support compensation processes including payroll, the quarterly bonus plan, annual wage surveys and technician wage increases.
  • Leave Management: Manage employee absences and leaves tracking (absences, emergency vacation, STD, FMLA, parental, bereavement, etc.), timekeeping database management and conduct regular audits.
  • Workplace Initiatives: Support and lead a variety of projects and workplace initiatives.  

Basic requiered qualifications include:


  • BA/BS Degree (Human Resources, Labor Relations or related field) or MS/MBA
  • Minimum of three years of Human Resources experience (Generalist, Staffing, Compensation, Employment Law, Training, Employee Relations,(HRIS)


Preferred qualifications include: 


  • Human Resources professional certification (PHR, SPHR, GPHR)
  • 5+ of progressive leadership experience in Human Resources
  • 2+ years of HR experience in a manufacturing environment
  • Strong proficiency with SAP-HRIS systems and reporting/analysis

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.

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