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A part of Colgate-Palmolive since 1976, Hill's Pet Nutrition offers the highest-quality pet nutrition available through product lines Prescription Diet® and Science Diet®. Veterinarians worldwide recommend and feed their own pets Hill's products more than any other brand of pet food.

Available in approximately 80 countries around the world, our extensive line of products includes more than 60 Prescription Diet brand pet foods and more than 50 Science Diet brand pet foods.

We believe all animals should be loved and cared for during their lifetimes. That is why we are proud our pet foods can make a difference in your pet's life.

A career at Hill’s Pet Nutrition or 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:  Flex Operator - Night Shift

Travel Required?:  No Travel
Date:  May 25, 2024

 No Relocation Assistance Offered
# 156867

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!


Are you interested in work that matters, fueled by passion for pets?


If so, you found it! We invite you to apply for our Flex Operator position in our Orangeburg-SC facility.


What we offer:  


  • $18 to $22 USD /hr plus $1.00/hour shift differential for hours worked

  • Advancement Opportunities 

  • Great Culture & work environment

  • Medical, Dental & Vision Coverage for employee & eligible dependents - Start on Day 1

  • Basic Life Insurance for you and eligible dependents at NO Cost

  • 3 weeks Paid Vacation 

  • Paid Parental Leave

  • Paid Holidays

  • Saving & Investment Plan with Company Match

  • Tuition Assistance - up to $10,000 per year

  • Employee Assistance Program

  • Access to discounted Company products

  • Non-smoking facility


The role functions as a member of an area team that is directly responsible for the efficient production of quality products in the required quantities. This role will operate/change over specified machinery in the assigned area. Production Operators must ensure efficiency, operational conformance, product quality and continuous improvement.  Production Operators must have the skill set to train and/or perform the tasks of other associates in the area as needed. This job requires strong communication, interpersonal and team building skills to support site objectives.

Principal Responsibilities

Properly extrude and mix the formulas issued by the Company and fulfill all their duties in the absence of either operator. Properly operate the extruders, dryers, mixer, receiving and coating application system and other related equipment.

  • Adjust equipment as necessary to ensure a quality product is produced.
  • Properly lubricate equipment to ensure guaranteed life of all parts.
  • Practice the Lock-Out Tag-Out program when doing maintenance and/or repair.
  • Maintains accurate records of QC checks, production numbers or waste performance
  • Performs QC tasks such as metal checks, inspection of date codes, item numbers, dump logs, etc.
  • Insure that finished product meets all quality standards and run documentation completed.
  • Insure that finished product is properly formed and coated.
  • Insure equipment is run efficiently and dies set up and are ready for the next run.
  • Ingredients
  • Assure quality ingredients are being extruded.
  • Collect samples for Quality Assurance as required.
  • Check product density hourly.
  • Perform analysis for fat, moisture, and protein hourly.
  • Continually check product size, shape and color.
  • Insure the formulated amount of fat, acid and dry coating is being properly applied.
  • Insure the finished product bins are cleaned between product runs.
  • Safety of all employees and equipment.
  • Keep all equipment in a safe operating condition.
  • Practice safety Lock-Out Tag-Out procedures.
  • Keep area in a clean and neat manner.
  • Be aware of and follow all plant safety rules. (Wear bump hats, ear protection, no rings, etc.).
  • Wear dust mask when weighing and dumping hand add ingredients.

Minimum Requirements:

  • Must be 18 years of age or older 
  • Have a High school diploma, GED or equivalent education 
  • Must be willing and able to work and accept varying shifts and schedules 
  • Ability to understand and effectively communicate in the English language
  • Working knowledge of Safety, Quality and Material Management Systems and procedures 
  • Ability to read and understand the daily production run schedule, and execute to that plan 
  • Ability to communicate to managers and team members any production, quality/food safety or other business critical information vital to operations and customer service 
  • Must be willing and able to work and accept varying shifts and schedules 
  • Ability to understand and effectively communicate in the English language 
  • Successful completion of a substance screening and background check


Preferred Requirements:

  • 3+ years of manufacturing experience operating a variety of machines 
  • 2 years of work experience within manufacturing, or a technical and/or trade discipline 
  • Working Knowledge of food safety, GMP, GHOP, HACCP, SPC 
  • Demonstrated competency in computer and pc software including MS Office and email
  • Knowledge of inventory control principles 
  • Ability to operate a forklift/OSHA certification 
  • Experience with JD Edwards


Compensation and Benefits

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. 

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: Employees receive a minimum of 120 hours of vacation leave annually (pro-rated in first year of employment)
  • Paid Holidays: Employees receive a minimum of 14 paid/floating holidays annually (pro-rated in first year of employment)
  • PTO (Paid Sick Leave): Based on location and consistent with applicable state and local law, employees receive 40 hours of paid sick leave on January 1st of each year (pro-rated in first year of employment)
  • 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.

Nearest Major Market: Columbia
Nearest Secondary Market: South Carolina

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