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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:  HR Business Associate

Travel Required?:  Travel - up to 10% of time
Date:  Jul 11, 2024

Relocation Assistance Offered Within Country
# 160853 - Richmond, Indiana, 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!



Job Summary


Based in Richmond, Indiana, the HR Business Associate will serve as a business partner to managers, supervisors, and employees across the organization by performing a variety of complex, professional level work in multiple functional areas of HR, including: benefits, compensation, employee relations, training, performance management, workforce effectiveness/organizational development, recruitment, change management and other workplace initiatives. The incumbent will provide leadership and counsel to business partners in issue resolution, policy and process development, adherence and renewal to ensure legal compliance, as well as maintaining a strategic and operational view that links the role of HR to business needs.


Principal Duties and Responsibilities



Training and Development:  Work with site leadership to develop and implement training processes and plans that drive operational excellence and functional/technical competence.  Drive training compliance and documentation/tracking.  Serve as the Learning Management System (LMS) administrator for the plant.  Coordinate all aspects of local training courses for the plant.


Recruiting: Plan and coordinate the multi-step recruitment and selection process for Technicians and other positions including testing, interviews, background checks, physical/drug screens and new hire onboarding processes.  Utilize the Global Recruitment Management System (GRMS) and ensure effective advertisement and applicant tracking for all positions.  Work to match hiring needs with diversity goals by establishing and maintaining relationships with external educational institutions and community outreach organizations. 


Employee Relations:  Maintain an ongoing and open communication with front line supervisors to monitor potential issues; support informal and formal discipline discussions and documentation.  Work with managers to implement proactive employee relations and employee engagement initiatives.  Counsel employees and managers as needed.


Affirmative Action: Develop and assemble all information and analysis as it relates to the Affirmative Action Plan for the plant.  Ensure on-going compliance to EEO initiatives and AAP goals.  Leads actions to meet AAP annual goals based on analysis of workforce and local labor availability.


Benefits:  Assist in resolving issues for employees as it relates to benefits by interacting with the HR Info Center, corporate benefits, and medical providers at the request of employees who have concerns and need assistance in resolution. Understand and interpret benefit policies and procedures. Provide assistance and interpretation of guidelines/policies as it relates to time off work for FMLA, approved leaves of absence, parental leave and vacation/holidays.


Employee Programs:  Coordinate and manage employee programs and celebrations including service awards, retirements, team buildings, Adopt-a-School and Colgate Live Better activities and other local site celebrations. 


HR Data Integrity:  Maintain HRIS data and audit-ready HR records, including candidate and master job files, leave files, medical files, training files, and I-9 files.  


Compensation:  Support compensation processes including the quarterly bonus plan, annual wage surveys and technician wage increases.


Leave Management: Manage employee absences and leaves tracking (absences, emergency vacation, STD, FMLA, parental, bereavement, etc.), timekeeping database management and conduct regular audits.



Required Qualifications:

  • BA/BS Degree in Human Resources, Labor Relations or a related field 

  • Two years of Human Resources experience (Generalist, Staffing, Compensation, Employment Law, Training, Employee Relations, HRIS)


Preferred qualifications include: 

  •  MS/MBA 

  • Willingness to relocate to other regions

  • Human Resources professional certification (PHR, SPHR, GPHR)

  • Five years of progressive leadership experience in Human Resources

  • Two years of HR experience in a manufacturing environment

  • Strong proficiency with SAP-HRIS systems and reporting/analysis




  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills (written and verbal) 

  • Proficient using Microsoft Office Applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint), and Google applications

  • Proficient using SAP 

  • Ability to develop and use HR tracking and metric reporting systems

  • Proficient in HR regulatory policies related to EEOC, FMLA, IRISA, HIPAA, AAP, & ADA

  • Ability to interpret and explain human resources policies, procedures, laws, standards, or regulations

  • Work effectively on cross-functional teams

  • Ability to address employee relations issues, such as interpersonal conflicts, policy violations, work complaints, or other employee concerns

  • Ability to adhere to all safety requirements and wear the proper PPE

  • Ability to develop project plans and work against multiple deadlines simultaneously

  • Ability to maintain a high level of confidentiality



Leadership Competencies (Should match the Colgate Global Competencies) 

  • Encouraging Open Dialogue

  • Effective Execution

  • Relationship Building

Functional Competencies (Should match the Colgate Global Competencies) 

  • Technology Utilization

  • HR Functional Competence

  • Personal Credibility

  • Coaching & Facilitation

Cross-Functional Competencies 

  • EHS Leadership

  • Business/Financial Understanding

Functional Competencies 

  • Self-Awareness/Personal Impact

  • Communicate Effectively

  • Promotes Teamwork

  • Values Unique Contributions

Working Relationships (Key partnerships and reporting relationships)

  • Works directly with Plant Human Resources Manager

  • Works with Internal Plant Manager, Quality, Operations, Maintenance, Engineering, EOHS, Finance and IT departments

  • Works with Corporate HR partners

  • Works with external supply and service vendors

  • Works with external organizations such as Adopt-a-School, Local Shelter, Chamber of Commerce, etc.


Expected percentage of travel:  Up to 5%

Physical Requirements:

Sit at a desk intermittently for up to 8 hours per day 

Ability to type, using a computer keyboard, intermittently for up to eight hours per day 

Ability to walk at least 50% of the scheduled work shift

Ability to bend at waist 90 degrees and flex at knees 120 degrees 

Ability to wear all required PPE

Ability to receive and transmit information in person and by telephone communications

Compensation and Benefits
Salary Range $82 500,00 - $90 500,00 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.

For additional Colgate terms and conditions, please click here.


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