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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 Partner

Travel Required?:  Travel - 25% of time
Date:  Sep 15, 2021
No remote working option

Relocation Assistance Offered Within Country
# 110511 - Morristown, Tennessee, United States

Job Summary:

This position will serve as a business partner to managers, supervisors, and employees across the organization, by providing support in employee relations, performance management, organizational development, training, individual development planning (succession planning), recruitment/selection, and other workplace initiatives, to drive operational excellence in the facility. The incumbent will provide leadership and counsel to business partners in issue resolution, policy and process development, policy adherence, and process renewal to ensure compliance with Colgate policies, as well as federal and state employment legislation. The right candidate will be able to meet the day-to-day requirements of the Human Resources department while maintaining a strategic and operational view that links the role of H.R. to business needs.


Principal Duties and Responsibilities:

Business Partner:

  • Provides direction, leadership and support on all HR related processes/activities to managers, supervisors and employees.
  • Operates within a participative team environment and seeks to increase team member's interpersonal and teamwork skills and knowledge to a level consistent with a world class manufacturer.
  • Participate with functional leaders and others as necessary to develop and implement strategic organization plans, strategic labor relations plans, and near and long term resource / staffing plans
  • Work jointly with the Colgate H.R. Supply Chain Director to evaluate the people impact of organizational plans and/or programs for future organizational effectiveness.
  • Manage "People Capabilities" Standard in compliance with the Colgate Palmolive Factory Performance & Reliability (FP&R) process.
  • Coach team members in the areas of communication skills, career paths, promoting a positive work environment (Managing with Respect), through formal and informal feedback sessions.


Performance Management:

  • Assist managers and employees in timely completion of all steps in annual Performance Management and Development (PM&D) process
  • Guide and support managers in developing corrective actions and ensure proper documentation and follow up for low performing employees
  • Manages one other HR professional. Complete all PM&D steps and coach and develop subordinate to achieve individual and career growth objectives. 
  • Reports to the Plant Director, and indirectly to Colgate GSC HR Director



  • Lead the annual salary planning and merit forecasting process for the site; run reports to analyze execution; follow up with managers as needed. Prepare Compensation Offers (COS's) for new external hires, organization transfers and promotions, and off-cycle growth promotions
  • Partner with compensation in preparing an annual wage/salary survey for factory technicians to assess and understand pay position in local market; present any recommended wage change actions, and secure approvals to execute


Training and People Development:

  • Within Succession Planning, maintain and update database in S.A.P., review profiles for consistency, follow up with managers, action recommendations & develop presentations.
  • Assist managers and employees in preparing individual development plans, and in sustaining a continuous improvement culture for the site
  • Design and deliver training interventions to support the organization needs; identify training resource requirements.
  • Ensure on-boarding and assimilation processes for new employees confirms alignment with organization’s vision and culture and achieves their ability to quickly contribute to the organization’s goals


Employee Relations:

  • Counsel and provide assistance to employees and all levels of management in employee or labor issues; seek advice and guidance from corporate Employee Relations team to ensure compliance with company policies and employment laws. As needed, investigate and obtain factual information concerning employee/management inquiries and employee suggestions and/or complaints.
  • Coordinate employee transfers, conduct exit interviews, and provide recommendations for corrective action policy revision and/or improving employee and labor relations.
  • Represents the company in outside community activities
  • Interfaces between federal, state and local government representatives and the company on issues involving people



  • Ensure effective, consistent administration of Human Resources policies and guidelines.
  • Ensure HR data is accurate and updated in SAP-HR system. Utilize SAP reports to audit data and extract for reporting and analysis.
  • Analyze and/or prepare a variety of reports concerning the Human Resource function and key performance indicators necessary to communicate, educate or inform.
  • Initiate and/or manage e-360 feedback tool as appropriate.
  • Lead recruitment activities and assessment & selection processes to fill open positions.
  • Utilize Taleo system to manage position requisitions, job postings, candidate sourcing, and applicant data


Basic Requirements:

  • BS or BA degree required (HR, Business, Management or related field).
  • 8 years of relevant Human Resource Generalist experience (Staffing, Compensation,
  • Development, Employee Relations, HRIS)
  • 5 years of experience in a manufacturing or related environment
  • Strong project management, presentation, and facilitation skills required
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office Applications (Word, Excel, Powerpoint)
  • Experience managing conflict and employee relation matters


Preferred qualifications include:

  • Masters Degree preferred (HR, Business, Management or related field)
  • Professional Qualifications: PHR/SPHR/GPHR certification
  • Proficiency with SAP-HR and Taleo systems
  • Experience in plant operations management outside of Human Resources

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 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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