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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:  Operation Team Leader FLX

Travel Required?:  Travel - 25% of time
Date:  Jan 24, 2023

No Relocation Assistance Offered
# 151202 - Morristown, Tennessee, United States

Operation Team Leader FLX


The Operations Team Leader is responsible for effectively managing production activities for a specific area of focus of the Focus Factory and developing collaborative partnerships with Colgate colleagues. He or she must be able to deliver agreed business results while maintaining positive employee relations. The primary accountabilities of the role include department start up, daily production schedule adherence, customer service, area financial performance, quality, microbiology, Environmental Health & Safety, labor relations, people and team development.


The Operations Team Leader is an effective and valuable member of the team ensuring delivery of subsidiary business results in his or her area. The Operations Team Leader works within a structure that requires considerable interface with Planning, Production and Warehousing. The Team Leader guides and empowers teams in the implementation of Category Supply Chain strategy.


Principal Duties and Responsibilities


  • Manages the people, materials and equipment by active presence on the shop floor to achieve the daily production schedule and deliver area KPI's
  • Accountable for Operational Excellence initiatives (EOHS, Quality, FP&R) activities of the production area to deliver high levels of service to internal and external customers
  • Support Environmental Occupational Health and Safety (EOHS) initiatives to improve Total Recordable Records (TRR) and Lost Work Case Rate (LWCR) metrics while supporting near misses and accident Investigations.
  • Support Quality initiatives to improve Micro Performance Indicator (MPI) and Non Conformances metrics, and perform NCF failure investigations.
  • Support the implementation of the standards of Factory Performance & Reliability (FP&R) within the teams, with focused emphasis in regards to People Capability, 5S & Visual Workplace, Autonomous Maintenance and Continuous Improvement.
  • Ensures the development of people, teams, and organizational capabilities by way of training, information sharing, coaching, feedback, delegation, and performance management
  • Leads the team in completing Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) and keeps the plant informed about operations performance on a regular basis
  • Effectively addresses labor relations issues in the area when appropriate, according to CP Managing with Respect principles
  • Support Employee Relations (ER) and performance issues investigations and follow ups in collaboration with Human Resources 
  • Drive improvement of team performance and behaviors in line with Colgate’s value based environment.
  • Manages daily people administration activities including timekeeping, vacation, overtime and attendance
  • Ensures compliance with facility policies and procedures, e.g., timekeeping, crewing, vacation scheduling, overtime, attendance etc., to meet business needs
  • Gathers data and identifies a daily strategy which maximizes product quality and productivity
  • Coordinates the activity of operations and maintenance team members
  • Ensure all company procedures are adhered to, taking appropriate action as necessary
  • Other job functions as assigned  






  • A Bachelor's Degree 
  • 2+  years Supply Chain Manufacturing work experience
  • 2+  years supervisory experience
  • Ability to work irregular shifts, including nights, weekends, holidays and extra shifts as needed
  • Previous experience and proficiency with the following: MS Word, Excel and PowerPoint





  • BS Degree in Engineering Discipline
  • 5+ years manufacturing operations process and/or packaging equipment experience
  • Working knowledge of Good Manufacturing Practices, Batch Recordkeeping, and Quality Food & Drug Administration requirements
  • Previous experience and proficiency with SAP
  • Working knowledge of Factory Performance and Reliability applications, with specific capability on Autonomous Maintenance, Preventative Maintenance, Visual Workplace, and Continuous Improvement / Productivity standards
  • Proven knowledge of Environmental Health & Safety requirements, as well as an understanding of EPA and OSHA requirements
  • Strong interpersonal and training skills


Travel Requirements


Expected percentage of travel:  less than 10%


Key Competencies


  • Technical problem solving (RCA, CAPA completion, Zero waste mindset)
  • Team building, and effective verbal and written communications
  • Understanding of Process Management principles
  • Proven ability to manage multiple priorities in a fast-paced environment



Salary Range $70,400 - $116,550 USD


Pay is based on several non discriminatory factors including but not limited to experience, education, skills and office location. In addition to your salary, Colgate-Palmolive offers a performance based bonus and competitive benefits package.


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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