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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 recognised 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 programmes 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:  Continuous Improvement & FP&R Leader

Travel Required?:  No Travel
Date:  15 May 2024

No Relocation Assistance Offered
# 160359 - Villawood, New South Wales, Australia

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 recognised 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: 

The Continuous Improvement & Factory Performance and Reliability (FP&R) Leader  is responsible for driving and supporting the FP&R program on-site. This role will work with key stakeholders across functions, utilising lean manufacturing methodologies to analyse data and provide recommendations for improvements that will minimise waste and improve efficiencies across the Villawood Manufacturing site. The Continuous Improvement & FP&R Leader supports Daily Management System (DMS) cadence to drive meeting effectiveness and standards across the site . This position plays a crucial role in coaching, training, and mentoring team members, to build  continuous improvement awareness and capabilities on site.




  • Facilitating and driving root cause analysis (RCA) activities across the site; providing reports and delivering one point lessons.
  • Managing and supporting cross functional teams with waste reduction projects across the site. 
  • Champion the FP&R program at the Villawood site, partnering closely with the Senior Manufacturing Manager to embed FP&R standards across the site.
  • Partnering with Site Leadership Team members to prioritise and select projects and improvements based on feasibility and benefit.  
  • Drive and implement lean manufacturing methodologies across the site, including 5S, Visual Management, Gemba walks, SMED, and Value Stream Mapping.
  • Actively lead Kaizen events and lean activities to deliver project objectives.
  • Work closely with the Operations team and support with plant efficiency initiatives and projects.
  • Coordinating and supporting the sustainability program and reduction of energy projects.
  • Facilitating Daily Management System to drive meeting effectiveness across the site.
  • Training and coaching team members on lean manufacturing initiatives and methodologies.



  • Bachelor’s degree in Business, Management or Engineering.
  • Minimum 5 years’ experience required in manufacturing or engineering  environment.
  • Continuous improvement / lean manufacturing qualification.


Preferred Requirement:


  • FMCG manufacturing experience
  • Google suite experience



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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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