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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:  Maintenance Lead

Travel Required?:  Travel - up to 10% of time
Date:  May 21, 2024

No Relocation Assistance Offered
# 160504 - Orangeburg, South Carolina, 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!


Position ID: Maintenance Lead

Job Title: Maintenance Lead

Reports To: Maintenance Manager


Purpose of Role

A Maintenance Lead's role is to effectively and efficiently communicate, facilitate, co-ordinate, and prioritize all maintenance activities within their area.  This position requires working closely with other supply groups particularly Quality Control and Operations to ensure consistent product quality, productivity and safety.  

Principal Accountabilities

Quality Control Responsibilities Train technicians to interpret data (trend data, identify root cause, implement solution). Train technicians to formulate actions to address non-conformance issues. Analyze and develop permanent solutions to prevent chronic or significant quality issues. In-depth knowledge of quality systems and all work instructions for the area.  Provide input for improvements/changes to work instructions. Oversee of quality or product conformance issues to ensure corrective/preventative actions are implemented and completed.    

Safety Compliance Train technicians on safe operating procedures. Provide input to any investigation for the area of responsibility. Provide input as appropriate regarding safety. Ensure working conditions are Normal and enforce safety requirements. Provide input to project safety reviews (SSEPR) on systems in the area.

Implement Continuous Improvement Drive continuous improvement by developing and implementing systems that optimize all phases of the manufacturing process and support key business objectives (waste, labor, reliability, ATS, line capacity, etc.). Provide input to feasibility and change management requests. Resource to other sites and across areas.

Maintenance Lead Lead the development of standard work instructions that reflect best practices and follow-up to be sure they are used appropriately. Conduct training (operational and technical) to ensure associates can perform standardized work within given time frames. Lead associates in Kaizen events and other Lean activities

Equipment Maintenance and Sanitation Effectively communicates and schedules PMs and improvements to the area. Identify, report and help any potential product contamination issue. Maintains clean work environment including 5S adherence and follow through to ensure completion of action plans to address sources of contamination. Support role in cleaning and sanitation of the area.

Performance Management & Associate Engagement Jointly agree, with the Manager, job and development expectations for associates by area/job

Steady State/Changeover/Transition Responsible for supporting changeover (planning, execution, ramp up to standard rate). Responsible for ensuring complete and current troubleshooting documentation on equipment within the area of responsibility. Lead and safely execute start-up and shutdown activities.

Recognized expert for maintenance Provides non-exempt leadership to maintenance area ensure efficient logistics and use of resources throughout the entire shop floor process (full-time and contractor manpower). Prioritizes all of the maintenance activities such as unplanned work orders, continuous improvement activities, and operational preventative maintenance programs. Monitor CMMS accuracy for their crew. Demonstrated ability to resolve non-routine issues at root cause and incorporate into preventive actions. Detailed knowledge of area including process flow, rates, critical control points, metrics (ATS, TRS, costs). Ability to troubleshoot routine and non-routine issues and direct maintenance team resources towards achieving safe, timely, cost efficient solutions. Develop best practices for the area and ensure best practices are followed. Lead or participate in continuous improvement efforts. Effective shift communications.  Attends and leads on maintenance issues in shift overlaps, quality reviews, and daily meetings as required. Ability to complete root cause failure analysis on issues involving reliability, product/packaging defects, downtime and slow time. Effectively works and communicates with all departments (scheduling, engineering, R&D, IE, logistics, operations, etc.).

Maintenance Lead Assists Maintenance Manager with daily staffing.  This includes vacation planning for areas of responsibility. Collect and report shift information. Give input during planning sessions with the Area Lead and/or Maintenance Managers to work on multiple levels of objectives. All associates are responsible for the safety, quality and food safety in their work area. 

Other duties and responsibilities as assigned. 

Key Functional Skills/Knowledge

  • Able to operate all systems in area being led

  • Responsible for co-ordination and effectiveness of start-ups, transitions, and shutdowns

  • Demonstrates technical/analytical skills by effectively performing troubleshooting and repair/replace on modules of expertise

  • Knowledge of the line or area goals and performance

  • Proficient at analyzing information concerning module of expertise

  • Understands performance metrics (ATS, TRS, waste, etc.)

  • Understands direct impact on internal and external customers

  • Continuous Improvement, Problem Solving Skills, Training Skill and Initiative

  • Work as a team member within the maintenance department to improve the total reliability of the plant

  • Work with minimal or no supervision

  • Understand maintenance principles and develop self and department work practices to promote a proactive environment.

  • Team player, Action oriented, Problem solving abilities and Strong communication skills 

  • Must be capable of working at elevated heights and or confined space

  • Wearing proper personal protective equipment (hair net, bump cap, ear plugs, safety shoes, and uniform) 

  • Bending, stooping, twist, turn, standing for extended time periods, reaching, climbing stairs, and lifting up to 55 lbs. 

  • Must be able to adapt to temperature and environmental extremes such as hot to cold, dust dirt and chemicals 

  • Knowledge of local, federal, and industry regulations with regards to:

  • Food Safety (GMP, HACCP)

  • Food Quality (Product and Process)

  • Q&FS testing practices and procedures, QMP polices and SPC 

  • Forklift assignments require OSHA certification and getting on and off frequently

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Be 18 years of age or older 

  • Several years’ experience in Facility maintenance preferred

  • A good working knowledge of CMMS, planning and scheduling, and basic production systems and the ability to prioritize multiple activities with various risk levels.

  • Good technical communication and teaching skills.

  • Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to work in a team environment with a positive attitude and minimal supervision

  • High school diploma or equivalent

  • Good basic math, reading and writing skills

  • Basic knowledge of personal computers

  • Good problem solving and/or troubleshooting skills

  • Ability to access relevant information about equipment and provide clear information about equipment condition and status.  This would include any unscheduled downtime of equipment that hampers achieving the production schedule goals.

  • 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 Qualifications:

  • 3+ years of manufacturing experience operating a variety of machines 

  • 2 years of work experience within manufacturing, or a technical and/or trade discipline

  • A good working knowledge of CMMS, planning and scheduling, and basic production systems and the ability to prioritize multiple activities with various risk levels.

  • 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

Hill’s Pet Nutrition is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. If you need assistance or an accommodation during the application process because of a disability, it is available upon request. The company is pleased to provide such assistance, and no applicant will be penalized as a result of such a request.

Job Type: Full-time

Compensation and Benefits
Salary Range $31,45 - $37,00 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.

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Nearest Major Market: Columbia
Nearest Secondary Market: South Carolina

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