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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:  Sr. HR Business Partner - Morristown, TN

Travel Required?:  Travel - up to 10% of time
Date:  May 22, 2024

Relocation Assistance Offered Within Country
# 160530 - 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!


The HR role is responsible for driving the people and culture strategy within our Morristown, TN site. This role reports into the HRD, North America E2E and will partner with our manufacturing site leadership team. As an HR leader this role will support select people initiatives across the site as well as deliver function responsibilities within talent and performance management, learning and development, employee relations, recruitment, organizational design, and change management. This role is a critical driver for ensuring an inclusive and high performing workplace.



Responsible for:

  • Provide leadership and guidance to functional leaders, coordinating team and shop floor employees related to HR processes and strategies for the site

  • Collaborate with Business Leaders on key business decisions

  • 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 Division HR Supply Chain Director to evaluate the people impact of organizational plans and/or programs for future organizational effectiveness

  • Partner with the various CoHRE and CBS teams on HR processes (Talent Acquisition, Total Rewards, Learning, etc.)

Talent  Management:

  • Advise and coach business leaders on interpretation of HR policies or topics impacting leadership effectiveness and business results

  • Coach team members in the areas of communication skills, career paths, promoting a positive work environment through formal and informal feedback sessions

  • Co-own all talent management (Career Development, Talent Planning, Performance Management) programs together with functional leaders

  • Guide and support managers in the performance enhancement process

  • Support leadership development by working together with Business Leaders to identify current and projected leadership and functional capability gaps and to develop solutions to improve

  • Manage "People Capabilities" Standard in compliance with the Colgate Palmolive Factory Performance & Reliability (FP&R) program

  • 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:

  • Serve as an employee advocate by establishing workforce relationships 

  • Coach and support leaders’ capabilities to create and maintain a positive employee relations work environment

  • Establish proactive and responsive channels of communication to understand the pulse of the organization

  • Advise and coach managers and supervisor on the resolution of employee inquiries and issues, consulting with Legal as needed

  • Ensure effective, consistent administration of Human Resources policies and guidelines

  • Coordinate employee transfers, conduct exit interviews, and provide recommendations for corrective action policy revision and/or improving employee and labor relations.

  • Champion the company’s Ethical Leadership standards, behaviors and compliance

  • Partner with the Diversity and Inclusion CoHRE to implement relevant local initiatives

  • Monitor HR compliance on-site, including 3rd party contractors

  • Collaborate with Leadership Team, managers and supervisors on employee engagement initiatives

  • Represent the company in outside community activities



  • Lead annual salary planning and merit forecasting process for the site; run reports to analyze execution; follow up with managers as needed.

  • Partner with CHORE 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

  • Partner with CBS on bonus submission and compensation offer process


  • Ensure HR data is accurate and updated in SAP-HR and payroll systems

  • Analyze and/or prepare a variety of reports concerning the Human Resource function and key performance indicators necessary to communicate, educate or inform.

  • Lead recruitment activities and assessment & selection processes to timely fill vacant positions.

  • Utilize Global Recruitment Management System / Success Factors system to manage position requisitions, job postings, candidate sourcing, and applicant data.


Required Qualifications

  • BS or BA degree required (HR, Business, Management or related field).

  • +10 years of progressive Human Resource experience 

  • 2 years of experience in a manufacturing or related environment

  • Experience in one or more HR Specialty Area (Compensation, Benefits, People Relations, People

  • Development, Talent Acquisition, Diversity & Inclusion, Analytics, Organization Development/Design)

  • Strong project management, presentation, and facilitation skills required

  • Proficiency with Google applications (Docs, Sheets, Slidest)


Preferred Qualifications

  • Master’s Degree preferred (HR, Business, Management or related field)

  • Professional Certifications: PHR/SPHR/GPHR, SHRM-CP/SHRM-SCP

  • Proficiency with SAP-HR and Success Factors systems

  • Experience in manufacturing operations management outside of Human Resources


Compensation and Benefits
Salary Range $150 000,00 - $180 000,00 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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