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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:  Production Lead

Travel Required?:  No Travel
Date:  Apr 2, 2024

No Relocation Assistance Offered
# 159447 - 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!

 

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!

Purpose of Role

The Production Lead will be responsible for either a specific area of the plant or the entire plant as assigned by the plant management team. The primary focus is to support the Shift manager on delivering the manufacturing processes deliverables and communication of key issues and improvements to the Shift Manager. They are also responsible to coordinate, monitor, and supervise the operational activities of the Team ensuring individual member goals are achieved in support of assigned Team goals. Their work includes ensuring the safety, quality and efficiency of their assigned shift to include mentoring assigned associates. The Production Lead is to assist the Shift Manager in evaluating and developing associates working during their shift. Not included are the areas of Sanitation or Logistics which have separate Leads.

Principal Accountabilities

  • The Production Lead is responsible for a specific area or the entire production areas that include Process (Meat/Mill/Mix/Inbound), Extrusion and Packaging. This role is to provide leadership and coordination for full shift or multiple process areas, often without a production supervisor assigned.  Responsible for understanding safe and efficient operation of all processing and packaging equipment. Areas included are below:

Process:

  • Ensure GMP’s, Site Policies, and Global Policies are adhered to at all time for either the Meat room, the Mill room the Mixing room and/or Inbound Receiving operations as assigned by the line manager.

  • Learn QMP’s and lead the daily shift handoffs and roadmaps and KPI board

  • Provide a Quality first production environment, and ensure the highest quality of product through the process.

  • Ensure all process reports are completed correctly, legibly and in a timely manner. 

  • Monitor all activities on all production lines, immediately reporting downtimes to Supervisor, Maintenance or Quality Assurance when downtime cannot be corrected by the operator.

  • Facilitate good communication and planning with other leads and operators to ensure that changeovers are done timely and effectively.

  • Facilitate supplies and resources so that each line may run without delay to complete the shift schedule.

Extrusion:

  • Provide leadership and coordination for full shift or multiple process areas, often without a production supervisor assigned.  Responsible for understanding safe, quality and efficient operation of all processing equipment and ensuring manpower resources are adequate.

  • Ensure all process reports are completed correctly, legibly and in a timely manner.

  • Collaborate with QA to ensure that issues during the shift are being addressed and that the product is meeting all target specifications.  Make adjustments as necessary and involve others (Shift Manager, Operations Support Manager, etc.) as necessary.

  • Monitor all activities on all production lines, immediately reporting downtimes to Manager, Maintenance or Quality Assurance when downtime cannot be corrected by the operator.

  • Facilitate good communication and planning with other leads and operators to ensure that changeovers are done timely, safely and effectively.

  • Facilitate supplies and resources so that each line may run without delay to complete the shift schedule.

  • Maintain SAP to ensure accurate data and correct inventory during shift. Insure all raw materials and packaging materials are moved in SAP, in the correct SAP location as well as insure WIP and store locations are accurate

  • Assure the process equipment and all supporting processes are in compliance with Q&FS, QMP, and performance objectives at the following process flow points.  This is subject to change based on operational requirements.

    • Conditioning, Extrusion, Drying, and Coating

    • Q&FS Testing EquipmentOther duties and responsibilities as assigned. 

Packaging:

  • Assure the packaging equipment and all supporting processes are in compliance with Q&FS, QMP, and performance objectives at the following process flow points. This is subject to change based on operational requirements:

    • Scales, Baggers, Bag Sealing, Coding, ,Metal Detection, Bundling, Palletizing, Stretch Wrap, Pallet Labeling, Pallets and Finished Product Transfer to the Warehouse 

  • Q&FS Testing Equipment

  • Demonstrated knowledge of timely order processing, maximize man hours and problem solving.

Other:

  • Cover for breaks and sudden absences by a member the team. Meet or exceed the plant productivity goal for the shift.

  • Giving and receiving constructive feedback, dealing with ambiguity, Creativity, Self-development, Conflict Management and Priority Setting are critical for this role.

  • Demonstrate a quality culture in actions, words and spirit.

  • Perform other duties and responsibilities as assigned by management.

Key Functional Skills/Knowledge

  • Working knowledge of the order process within the established metrics. 

  • Demonstrated knowledge of all safety programs.

  • Team player, Leadership, Action oriented, Problem solving abilities, Strong communication skills, Time Management skills and Continuous self-development.

  • Basic math, System analysis and data entry skills.

  • Demonstrated knowledge of timely order processing, maximize man hours and problem solving.

  • Broad understanding of key factors (Safety, Quality and Associate Engagement). 

  • Demonstrated experience coordinating the efforts of a work team, action oriented. 

  • Must be capable of working at elevated heights and 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, and QMP polices and SPC 

Minimum Qualifications:

  • 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 

  • Able to work with minimal supervision 

  • 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 

  • Ability to operate a forklift/OSHA certification 

  • 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 

  • Experience with JD Edwards

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 Application_Accommodation@colpal.com with the subject "Accommodation Request" should you require accommodation.


Compensation and Benefits
Salary Range $22.95 - $28.00 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 Application_Accommodation@colpal.com with the subject "Accommodation Request" should you require accommodation.

For additional Colgate terms and conditions, please click here.

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