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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:  Flex Operator

Travel Required?:  No Travel
Date:  Feb 4, 2024

 No Relocation Assistance Offered
# 156249 - Washington Court House, Ohio, 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!


The Role:
The Flex Operator role functions as a member of an area team that is directly responsible for the efficient production of quality pet food in the required quantities. Flex Operators must ensure efficiency, operational conformance, product quality and continuous improvement.  Flex Operators must have the skill set to train and/or perform the tasks of other associates in the area as needed. This job requires strong communication, interpersonal and team building skills to support site objectives. The current role we have open is a night shift role.


Key Responsibilities:
●    Properly extrude and mix the formulas issued by the company and fulfill all their duties in the absence of either operator.
●    Properly operate the extruders, dryers, mixer, receiving and bulk unloading, packaging and other related.
●    Adjust equipment as necessary to ensure a quality product is produced
●    Properly lubricate equipment to ensure guaranteed life of all parts
●    Practice the Lock-Out Tag-Out program when doing maintenance and/or repair
●    Maintain accurate records of quality checks, production numbers or waste performance
●    Perform quality tasks such as metal checks, inspection of date codes, item numbers, dump logs, etc.
●    Ensure that finished product meets all quality standards and run documentation completed
●    Ensure finished product is properly formed and coated
●    Ensure equipment is running efficiently and dies are set up and ready for the next run
●    Assure quality ingredients are being extruded
●    Collect samples for quality assurance as required; Continually check product size, shape and color
●    Perform analysis for fat, moisture and protein hourly, as well as product density checks
●    Ensure the formulated amount of fat, acid and dry coating is being properly applied
●    Ensure the finished product bins are cleaned between product runs
●    Maintain a clean, safe work environment that promotes associate safety and product integrity
●    Other duties and responsibilities as assigned


Physical/Environmental Requirements:
●    Standing on a concrete floor
●    Must be capable of working at elevated heights and or confined space
●    Wear proper personal protective equipment (hair net, bump cap, ear plugs, safety shoes, and uniform)
●    Bending, stooping, twisting, turning, 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


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
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
●    Working knowledge of food safety practices
●    Computer Experience
●    Knowledge of inventory control principles


Compensation and Benefits
Salary Range $19.55 - $23.00 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 120 hours of vacation/40 hours PTO leave annually
  • Paid Holidays: Employees receive a minimum of 14 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)
  • 2-2-3 shift schedules with overtime available
  • $1 dollar shift differential for off shifts
  • Saving & Investment Plan with Company Match
  • Tuition Assistance - up to $10,000 per year
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Access to discounted Company products

Sign on Bonus/Internal Referral Program

  • After 90 Days, $500 Dollars
  • After 180 Days, $500 Dollars

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.

Nearest Major Market: Columbus

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