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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:  Micro Lab Supervisor

Travel Required?:  Travel - up to 10% of time
Date:  Sep 11, 2021
No remote working option

Relocation Assistance Offered Within Country
# 109360 - Morristown, Tennessee, United States


Job Summary


The Quality Plant Microbiology Supervisor (Plant Microbiologist) is responsible for implementing Micro Control programs that ensure all production meets the requirements/specifications. This position develops and implements the site Micro Control Program in partnership with other functions (Operations & Engineering) in conformance to Colgate-Palmolive Standards and Guidelines. This position is ultimately responsible for Micro laboratory operations and testing. The Plant Microbiologist leads cross-functional continuous improvement efforts to enhance the site’s micro performance. The individual is also responsible for the supervision and performance management of the microbiology laboratory staff, and for creating and delivering reports to Global Microbiology and senior management.


Principal Duties and Responsibilities


  • Responsible for all laboratory equipment in micro lab while ensuring necessary compliance to all Quality Standards in accordance with timelines. 
  • Ensure complete validation Installation, Operational, and Performance Qualifications (IQ, OQ, & PQ) of all laboratory equipment
  • Supervise the daily operations of the plant microbiology laboratory operations and staff 
  • Develop, implement, and maintain the Manufacturing Micro Control plan that includes all areas of the Manufacturing Supply Chain such as raw materials, work in process (WIP), finished products, water systems, environmental monitoring, cleaning and sanitization (C&S), and control point monitoring (CPM) at the Facility. 
  • Ensure all testing is performed according to corporate methods and policy and adheres to good microbiological practices. This includes the set up and administration of a laboratory quality assurance system that covers method and material qualification as well as equipment IQ/OQ/PQ, calibration, and maintenance. 
  • Understand and use basic laboratory safety equipment and instructions, precautions in handling and disposing of biological materials, in accordance with local environmental regulations. 
  • Ensure that the reporting of data and maintenance of records is documented. Also, that the interpretation of the data is correct and that the results are effectively communicated to appropriate individuals, including management. 
  • Provide supervision, mentoring, and performance management of microbiology lab staff
  • Manage budget of microbiology lab including supplies ordering and equipment maintenance
  • In partnership with Operations and Engineering, continuously improve the Micro Control systems based on the Cleaning and Sanitization standard and guidelines, using data from Micro Susceptibility Index and other analysis methods (Continuous Improvement Reviews, Micro Incident Reports, Root Cause Analysis) to identify new areas of concern and develop plans to address these areas
  • Train & develop the laboratory staff using the principles of Coaching & Feedback as well as the Competency Development Map for Microbiology. 
  • Develop & implement microbiology training for plant floor management and operators (i.e. Cleaning & Sanitization ) 
  • Participate in internal audits and external audits (contract manufacturers & labs, suppliers, etc.) 
  • Function as part of the Plant cGMP and Quality Team. 
  • Interface with Global & Divisional Quality/Microbiology teams to provide input on programs, procedures and methods, and receive guidance and support on implementation of programs. 






  • Bachelor’s degree in Microbiology, Biology, Chemistry, or related sciences major is required
  • A minimum of three years laboratory experience in oral care, pharmaceutical, food, medical device, cosmetic or consumer products industries. This experience should include working in a manufacturing environment both in a lab and with exposure to plant floor Micro Control programs 
  • Excellent knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite, Google Tools, or equivalent




  • A strong ability & knowledge of microbiology and related tools is preferred 
  • 3-5 years of demonstrated laboratory supervision skills 
  • Troubleshooting and manufacturing process experience is preferred 
  • Good team player with good relationship building skills and managing a team 
  • Experience in driving cGMP improvements to comply with 21CFR Part 210 & 211 and 820 regulations as applied to microbiology 
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills 
  • Strong multitasking skills 

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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