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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 I

Travel Required?:  Travel - up to 10% of time
Date:  Sep 28, 2023

No Relocation Assistance Offered
# 136264 - Hodges, South Carolina, United States

Operations Technician I, Greenwood, SC - Night Shift


The Operations Technician I is responsible for the effective operation, changeover, and minor autonomous/preventive maintenance of production equipment and processes. The primary responsibilities of the role include safety and environmental compliance, quality procedures, daily production, cleaning and sanitation procedures, equipment maintenance procedures, data collection, housekeeping, problem solving and continuous improvement as part of a work team.  The Operations Technician I works within a structure that requires considerable interaction with others in the same production unit as well as other production units and support functions.


Responsibilities include:


  • Understands and is accountable for full compliance with safety and other Environmental Health & Safety (EHS) requirements 

  • Understands and is accountable for following: all Quality, Good Manufacturing Practices (GMPs), and cleaning standards and guidelines 

  • Operates, monitors, and performs changeovers of automated equipment through computer terminals, control panels and/or by manual means in the manufacturing of Colgate-Palmolive products 

  • Troubleshoots, performs minor maintenance and repairs on production equipment, supported by maintenance personnel as needed 

  • Must be familiar with procedures for all equipment within their work area including, but not limited to, normal operations, quality inspections, safety procedures and safeguards, and lock out tag out (LOTO ) 

  • Utilize SAP and other processes to confirm in-house availability of raw and packing materials for current and next runs. Know and understand the planned schedule to coordinate the upstream and downstream processes by working with others in planning, warehouse, receiving and vendor representatives to ensure availability of materials 

  • Performs quality inspections and sampling for statistical process control activities throughout the manufacturing process 

  • Utilizes computer systems (SAP, Wonderware, OPERA, InBatch, etc.) and documentation to properly record production and quality related information 

  • Undertakes daily reporting and updates of information systems (SAP, Cycle Counts, OPERA, etc.) and updates the shop floor communication boards upon request 

  • Performs raw materials receiving operations including SAP transactions, sampling and quality tests as per procedures in place 

  • Transfers raw materials and work-in-progress materials from the staging areas to the respective point of use according to the daily production schedule 

  • Executes quality tests on work-in-process materials and compares the result to the Key Release Specifications in order to define usage decision 

  • Performs raw materials pre-weigh activities during the work-in-process production cycle 

  • Performs cleaning activities of change parts, portable totes, pucks, etc. to ensure quality and operational requirements are met 

  • Performs materials cycle counts to verify process accuracy and yield 

  • Performs housekeeping activities as per established protocol and conducts/participates in area housekeeping assessments per requirement. Responsible for house-keeping of teamwork area and common area 

  • 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 Kaizen events and uses information to drive continuous improvement 

  • Seek and apply Continuous Improvement tools and techniques to achieve team goals 

  • 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 

  • Additional duties as assigned 





  • High school diploma or GED 

  • Minimum of 1 year of experience in a manufacturing environment.

  • Must be able to work any shift, weekends and mandatory overtime as needed. 

  • Proficient with computers, software, and data processing 

  • Demonstrated competency in attention to detail, work standards, initiative and managing work 

  • Ability to lift 50 pounds 

  • Ability to climb stairs and ladders, bend to 90 degrees repeatedly 




  • Technical college/vocational school certificate or Associates degree in related field 

  • GMP and/or consumer goods manufacturing experience a plus

  • 1 or more years previous manufacturing experience preferred

  • Demonstrated competency in problem solving/decision making, effective communication, results oriented, and job fit

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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