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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:  Microbiology Lab Supervisor, Global Technology

Travel Required?:  Travel - up to 10% of time
Date:  Jun 7, 2023

No Relocation Assistance Offered
# 152938 - Piscataway, New Jersey, United States

Job Summary

The GTeD Microbiology Lab Supervisor is responsible for Microbiology laboratory operations, ensuring that the laboratory activities are performed in conformance to Colgate Palmolive standards and guidelines.  The Lab Supervisor plays a critical role in implementing and maintaining microbiology programs and overseeing microbial challenge tests and suitability to ensure that all production meets the requirements of internal microbiological quality standards, in support of new product development at the Global Technology and Design Center. 


Core Responsibilities:


  • Manage laboratory microbiological programs. Ensure all testing is performed according to corporate methods and policy and adhere to cGMP and good microbiological practices. This includes overseeing and maintaining the laboratory quality assurance system that covers methodologies and material qualification as well as equipment IQ/OQ/PQ, calibration & maintenance.

  • Ensure and perform analysis of data and test results.

  • Implement the microbiological sampling and testing programs and ensure adherence for water, raw materials, environmental samples & finished products at the facility. This plan must be based on QS 023.

  • Ensure Data Integrity of the laboratory testing, electronic and written systems and processes, and equipment management, etc. Ensure reporting and interpretation of the data is correct and that the results are effectively communicated to appropriate individuals, including management.

  • Train, develop, and coach the laboratory staff using the principles of Coaching & Feedback as well as the Competency Development Map for Microbiology.

  • Build a strong partnership with Research & Development to support the microbiological approval process of new and modified formulas, providing recommendations on formulation challenges, analysis of results, ensuring proper technology transfer of microbiological methods from research and development to manufacturing, and interacting with regional microbiology leaders.

  • Understand and use basic laboratory safety equipment and instructions, precautions in handling and disposing of biological materials, in accordance with local environmental regulations.

  • Support the implementation and experimental analysis of new and rapid laboratory technology in a GMP environment

  • Contributes to the continuous improvement of the Global Microbiology and Global Quality programs

  • Ensure proper investigation of failures, documentation out of specification results, and trending review

  • Participate in appropriate internal audits and external audits (contract manufacturers & labs, suppliers, etc.) Function as part of the Plant GMP & Quality Team.

  • Interface with Global & Divisional Quality/Microbiology teams to provide input on programs, procedures and methods, and receive guidance & support on implementation of programs.

  • As needed, assists in performing microbiological testing in support of product development and new technologies

  • Supports and conducts laboratory training for microbiologists globally, as needed

  • Additional responsibilities, as required


Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s and Master´s degree in Microbiology or related biological science required

  • PhD preferred 

  • Must include significant course work in Microbiology (at least four courses).

  • At least 6-8 years of industrial experience (R&D, Personal Care, Pharmaceutical, Food, Environmental) in Microbiology

  • Team/people management supervisory experience

  • Strong understanding and practical knowledge of cGMP, ALCOA, and data integrity related to both manual and digital applications within a laboratory setting (Preferred)

Salary Range $88,800 - $131,250 USD


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

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