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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:  Research Trainee - Microbiology

Travel Required?:  No Travel
Date:  Mar 10, 2023

No Relocation Assistance Offered
# 151869 - Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

About Colgate-Palmolive


Do you want to come to work with a smile and leave with one as well? In between those smiles, your day consists of connecting with others across the world, full of stimulating discussions, and making impactful contributions.


If this is how you see your career, Colgate is the place to be!. Our dependable household brands, dedicated employees, and sustainability commitments make us a company passionate about building a future to smile about for our employees, consumers, and surrounding communities. We win as a global organization by continually learning and collaborating. The pride in our brand fuels a workplace that encourages creative thinking, champions experimentation, and promotes authenticity which has contributed to our enduring success. If you want to work for a company that lives by their values, then give your career a reason to smile...every single day.


What are we looking for:


We are looking for smart, dynamic trainees who will work in our India Global technology center (GTC) based in Mumbai. It will be a learning & growth opportunity to plan & implement initiatives in partnership with an ambitious Microbiology team. This team works on strong partnerships with respective categories for India GTC while being compliant to defined safety, quality & regulatory norms. The tenure for a trainee is proposed to 2 years from the date of joining. 


What you’ll need

  • M.Sc in Microbiology with strong fundamental knowledge in Microbiology
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office or Google Suite proficiency (i.e, Sheets, Slides, Docs)


What you will do:


  • Perform Microbiology analysis for finished products, raw materials and WIP samples as CP standards and guidelines
  • Conducting environment monitoring, water testing and cleaning & sanitization checks for Pilot plant equipment to ensure GMP conditions are maintained as per Colgate requirements.. 
  • Execute tests to support claims for regional products
  • Ensure maintenance of lab equipments
  • Contribute in sample management and lab inventory
  • Participate in lab investigations and provide valuable inputs in root cause analysis and action points. 


What you will learn:


  • Core expertise on Microbiology methodologies and best industry practices.
  • Functional Linkages - you will get an overview of how different departments are integrated into overall R&D eg: Product development team and Microbiology team
  • Operational Excellence - Build on technical expertise, expanding it in complementary directions. Use technical expertise and creativity to proactively identify potential problems and address them using appropriate resources in discussion with team leaders. You will also learn to integrate yourself into a high-performing team focused on balancing both execution and innovation. 
  • You will be coached for success on technical as well as soft skills. We will evaluate your progress periodically and ensure scheduled training sessions for your continued success during your traineeship at Colgate. 
  • Quality and Safety principles: At Colgate we strive for excellence in everything we do. These principles are not only important for our trusted brands but also to our workplaces. You will be exposed to specific training on Q & S, to assure your trust while working in a safe environment where quality is paramount.


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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