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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:  NA Manufacturing Operational Excellence Manager

Travel Required?:  Travel - 25% of time
Date:  Mar 8, 2023

Relocation Assistance Offered Within Country
# 150933 - Piscataway, New Jersey, United States

The North America Manufacturing Operational Excellence Manager is responsible for leading the implementation of Colgate's manufacturing operational excellence program in the North America plants in order to streamline processes, optimize value and reduce costs.

The candidate can be located in New Jersey, Tennessee or South Carolina.

He/she will work very closely with Manufacturing Operational Excellence Leads on the sites, building regional networks, sharing best practices within the country and the different regions. He or she will also build the assessment/audits schedules and make sure findings are addressed in a timely manner. The North America Manufacturing Operational Excellence Manager will develop and support the program leads on the sites ensuring they have the capabilities and the tools needed to execute the standards.
He or she will be a critical member of the North America leadership team communicating the progress and results on key regional initiatives. 
The role requires excellent communication and teamwork skills across categories, regions and sites. 
Specific Responsibilities:
The North America Manufacturing Operational Excellence Manager will:

  • Lead the Manufacturing excellence program at a regional level which includes 5 manufacturing sites in North America
  • Serve as regional subject matter expert and provide guidance in the manufacturing standards, tools & systems (Management Systems, 5S, Visual Workplace, Planned Maintenance, Autonomous Maintenance, Productivity & Continuous Improvement, Production Planning, People Capability, Engineering documentation)
  • Partner with the sites leads to drive Lean, Six Sigma, and problem-solving initiatives and facilitates a wide range of lean tools, including 5S, time study, and Kaizen event into the sites
  • Facilitate knowledge transfer, train and coach in the use of Continuous Improvement tools to drive improvements
  • Provides business analysis, change management and project management in support of corporate initiatives
  • Develop regional OPEX program training calendar 
  • Lead and facilitate regular network meetings to understand and provide support to close gaps
  • Conduct hands-on site support visits to assist the excellence program implementation
  • Participate in global assessments and site self-assessment 
  • Provide updates to NA Leadership team on the progress and results of the program

Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering, Business Administration, Supply Chain or any related field
  • Minimum of 8 years of experience in supply chain
  • Proven experience implementing manufacturing operational excellence programs

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Lean Six Sigma Certified
  • MBA
  • Experience as Operations Manager
  • Project Management experience

Salary Range $107,760 - $158,445 USD

Pay is based on several non discriminatory factors including but not limited to experience, education, skills and office location. In addition to your salary, Colgate-Palmolive offers a performance based bonus and competitive benefits package.


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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