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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:  Operations Technician

Travel Required?:  No Travel
Date:  Jul 12, 2024

 No Relocation Assistance Offered
# 160394 - Morristown, Tennessee, United States

Who We Are
Colgate-Palmolive Company is a caring, innovative growth company that is reimagining a healthier future for all people, their pets and our planet. Focused on Oral Care, Personal Care, Home Care and Pet Nutrition, we sell our products in more than 200 countries and territories under brands such as Colgate, Palmolive, elmex, hello, meridol, Sorriso, Tom’s of Maine, EltaMD, Filorga, Irish Spring, PCA SKIN, Protex, Sanex, Softsoap, Speed Stick, Ajax, Axion, Fabuloso, Soupline and Suavitel, as well as Hill’s Pet Nutrition.

We are recognized for our leadership and innovation in promoting sustainability and community wellbeing, including our achievements in decreasing plastic waste and promoting recyclability, saving water, conserving natural resources and improving children’s oral health.

If you want to work for a company that lives by their values, then give your career a reason to smile and join our global team!



This is a night shift position. Shift hours are 6:00 p.m. to 6:30 a.m. 12 hour shifts (2.2.3. work schedule)


The Operations Technician is responsible for the effective operation, minor repair and changeovers of  production equipment; and working with others to achieve factory business objectives of safety, productivity, customer service, quality, cost and environmental protection. The primary accountabilities of the role include daily production, quality and sanitization procedures, safety compliance, equipment maintenance procedures, data collection, housekeeping, problem solving and continuous improvement as part of a work team. The Operations Technician works within a structure that requires considerable interaction with others in the same production unit as well as other production units and support functions.



Principal Duties and Responsibilities


  • Operates, monitors, and performs changeovers and minor maintenance of automated equipment (making, finishing, injection molding) through computer terminals, control panels and/or by manual means in the manufacturing of Colgate-Palmolive products.
  • Confirm in-house availability of raw and packing materials for current and next runs. Seek and understand schedule and demand plans. Coordinate with upstream and downstream processes by working with others in planning, warehouse, receiving and vendor representatives to ensure availability of materials. ● Unloads materials and supplies from delivery vehicles and delivers those materials and supplies to storage, processing and finishing areas as needed.
  • Performs quality sampling and statistical process control activities both manually and through computer keyboard throughout the manufacturing process.
  • Troubleshoots, performs minor repairs and other maintenance on production equipment, supported by maintenance personnel as needed.
  • Prepares and loads finished product for shipping using SAP and working with Colgate local warehouse employees and Colgate distribution network employees.
  • Performs Housekeeping activities as per established protocol and conducts/participates in area housekeeping assessments per requirement. Responsible for house-keeping of team work area
  • Undertakes daily reporting and updates of information systems (SAP, Shop Floor Reporting, Cycle Counts)
  • Accurately and fully completes all regulatory and compliance related documentation and procedures; highlights variances
  • Stays abreast of team's production performance via visual, written and verbal communications
  • Participates in regular review of team production performance and uses information to drive continuous improvement
  • Seek and apply Continuous Improvement tools and techniques to achieve team goals e.g. Quality Systems, Total Productive Maintenance, Problem Solving tools
  • Understands and adheres to Environmental, Occupational, Health and Safety requirements
  • Understand and adheres to all Quality, Good Manufacturing Practices and Micro Cleaning & Sanitization Guidelines standards and guidelines
  • Understand the needs of both internal and external customers. Internal customers include Quality, Planning, Maintenance, and Finance. External customers are other Colgate plants, customer service and, for example, Target, WalMart, etc.
  • Shares knowledge and develops skills of others in the work team. Actively participate in continuous learning opportunities.
  • Every team member has responsibility to fully utilize our resources to optimize our productivity to contribute and meet the needs of our customers, businesses and each other.




Required Qualifications:


  • High school diploma or equivalent
  • 1+ year of manufacturing, military or relevant production operations experience
  • Ability to work nights and weekends
  • Ability to adhere to all safety and EOHS standards, and wear and utilize all personal protective equipment.
  • Ability to perform regular housekeeping and maintain general cleanliness in work area
  • Ability to move bags of raw materials weighing up to 50 lbs




Preferred Qualifications:


  • Vocational or Technical Degree
  • At least one year of experience with any or all of the following:
  • FDA regulated environment experience, minimum safe behaviors, utilizing safety checklists, OSHA standards performing equipment changeovers (make-ready) o performing quality checks or audits in manufacturing processesusing Continuous Improvement Tools o training others o being responsible for knowing and achieving production goals
  • Experience using the production, planning or other module in SAP
  • Microsoft Office or Google Suite



 Compensation and Benefits
Salary Range $21,64  - $22,49 USD

Pay is based on multiple non-discriminatory, individualized factors including but not limited to experience, job-related knowledge and education, skills and office/market location. In addition to base salary, salaried employees are eligible for annual discretionary bonuses, profit-sharing and, for Executive-level (salary grade 16 and above) roles only, long-term incentives in the form of Restricted Stock Units and/or Stock Options.

Subject to the terms and conditions of the applicable benefits plans then in effect, all salaried employees are also eligible for a competitive benefits package which includes:

  • Insurance: Employees (and their eligible dependents) are eligible to participate in Company-sponsored Medical, Dental, Vision, Basic Life Insurance, Accidental Death & Dismemberment and Disability insurance plans.
  • Retirement Plans: Employees are eligible to enroll in Colgate's 401(k) plan, which provides for company matching contributions subject to eligibility requirements
  • Vacation/PTO: Employees receive a minimum of 15 days of vacation/PTO leave annually
  • Paid Holidays: Employees receive a minimum of 13 paid/floating holidays annually
  • Paid Sick Leave: Based on location and consistent with applicable state and local law, employees receive a minimum of 40 hours of paid sick leave on January 1st of each year
  • Paid Parental Leave: Eligible employees may take up to eight weeks of paid parental leave and 12 weeks of unpaid leave (varies for employees with fewer than 12 months of service and is subject to hours worked requirements)

Our Commitment to Sustainability
With the Colgate brand in more homes than any other, we are presented with great opportunities and new challenges as we work to integrate sustainability into all aspects of our business and create positive social impact. We are determined to position ourselves for further growth as we act on our 2025 Sustainability & Social Impact Strategy.

Our Commitment to Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
Achieving our purpose starts with our people — ensuring our workforce represents the people and communities we serve —and creating an environment where our people feel they belong; where we can be our authentic selves, feel treated with respect and have the support of leadership to impact the business in a meaningful way.

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.

Reasonable accommodation during the application process is available for persons with disabilities. Please contact with the subject "Accommodation Request" should you require accommodation.

For additional Colgate terms and conditions, please click here.


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