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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:  Operational Excellence Area Leader

Travel Required?:  Travel - up to 10% of time
Date:  Sep 11, 2023

Relocation Assistance Offered Within Country
# 154763 - Washington Court House, Ohio, United States


At Colgate, we offer more than just a job; we provide an opportunity to be part of a global organization that values work/life effectiveness and lives its values every day. Our dedication to sustainability, our dependable household brands, and our passionate employees make us a company committed to building a future that brings smiles to our employees, consumers, and communities.


If you're driven to make a difference in the lives of people and their pets and thrive in a dynamic, global environment, Hill's is the place to be. We are looking for a dynamic and continuous improvement minded individual to implement Colgate’s Factory Performance & Reliability (FP&R) program, FP&R is a series of standards focus on increasing plant capability and throughput, reducing variability, and ensuring capacity is available to support the production plans and deliver targeted service levels


Role Overview:

The Operational Excellence Area Leader, or FP&R Leader, will facilitate and coordinate the rollout and implementation of Factory Performance & Reliability Standards and will work closely with the Leadership team and key business unit resources and team members;

  • Lead Factory Performance & Reliability self assessments and drive improvement through standard owner accountability and FP&R Forward Action Plans;

  • Analyze current process streams across the functions within within the site (including work methods, inventory, etc.) and identify opportunities for improvement;

  • Ensure that streamline manufacturing principles (such as operational strategy) are effectively implemented and maintained;

  • Report status and results of continuous improvement projects to management and employees


Key Responsibilities:

1. Strategic Planning and Alignment:

  • Collaborate in developing the site's Strategic Plan, aligning FP&R activities with the site's Capacity Growth Plan, Equipment Master Plan, Operational Strategy, Labor and People Strategy, and Communication Strategies.

  • Partner with plant management to integrate FP&R initiatives into the site's overall strategy.


2. Responsibility Matrix, Visual Workplace, Standards & Continuous Improvement:

  • Coordinate the development of a factory responsibility matrix to identify key roles and responsibilities related to FP&R Standards implementation.

  • Lead continuous improvement efforts through data-driven reviews and cross-functional evaluations of CI projects.

  • Establish visual workplace systems using industry-standard color and symbol coding.

  • Ensure 5S implementation and Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) adherence across all equipment and production areas.

  • Conduct regular self-assessments of Visual Workplace standards.


3. Performance Monitoring and Reporting:

  • Implement a system to monitor and communicate Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) in collaboration with site leadership.

  • Support budget development and leadership financial reviews.

  • Oversee data governance for Shop Floor Reporting database.


4. Maintenance and Production Planning:

  • Progress autonomous maintenance through various steps in collaboration with Plant Management.

  • Collaborate with the Maintenance Engineer to assign roles and responsibilities for the Planned Maintenance Program.

  • Review Planned Maintenance Metrics regularly to drive continuous improvement.

  • Ensure all equipment and infrastructure have performance-oriented Maintenance Plans.

  • Conduct monthly meetings to align production with demand plans.


5. Factory Management and People Capability:

  • Partner with Human Resources to ensure operators are trained in relevant areas.

  • Ensure operational positions are filled with competent individuals.

  • Develop training plans and track skill gap analysis.

  • Implement and maintain People Capability standards.

  • Facilitate knowledge transfer and skill development among employees.




  • Bachelor's degree in Engineering, Industrial Engineering, Operations Management, or a related field.
  • 3+ years of manufacturing experience 
  • Project management experience.
  • Excellent problem-solving skills and root cause analysis proficiency.
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills.


  • Lean Six Sigma certification or similar continuous improvement methodologies
  • Continuous Improvement Tools, or FMEA tools.
  • Knowledge in SMED and KAIZEN methodologies.


Join our team as an Operational Excellence Area Leader at Hill's, and be part of a global organization committed to creating a future to smile about!


Salary Range $88,800 - $125,000 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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