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Operations Assistant

Colgate-Palmolive Richmond, IN
  • Posted: April 16, 2018
  • Full-Time

Salary Grade Range: Hourly- Hourly

Employee Referral: $500.00US Dollar

No Relocation Assistance Offered

At Hill’s we have a purpose. Every day around the world, we transform the lives of millions of pet families through pioneering innovation, amazing nutrition, and the best and brightest people. If you’re interested in work that matters, fueled by passion for pets, we invite you to apply to our Operations Assistant position.

As an Operations Assistant you will assist Technicians with the preparation and execution of startup, changeovers and line shut down. This position will have primary responsibility for executing the master sanitation functions, coordination of production materials, safety compliance, data collection, basic quality checks, maintaining 5S Visual Workplace, inventory (storeroom and packaging) and overall production support. The Operations Assistant works within a structure that requires considerable interaction with others in the same production unit as well as other production units and support functions.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities

  • Assists with startup, changeovers, and line shut down of automated and manual equipment throughout the production facility.
  • Performs Housekeeping activities as per master sanitation schedule, and conducts/participates in area housekeeping assessments as required to meet all GMP’s, FDA, regulatory and Corporate requirements.
  • Assists with finished goods preparation and inspection; including top cap placement, inspection check list, legible date codes, quality of bag seals, and packaging inventory/put away.
  • Removes and disposes of Production line waste according to Standard Operating Procedures.
  • Cleans and sanitizes equipment throughout the production areas during operation.
  • Supports packaging lines with staging of resources needed based on the production schedule including hand stacking of all bag sizes.
  • Performs basic quality checks
  • Manages Dump back/Regrind/Reblend product movement
  • Attends the Shift Transition Meeting to understand current shift production schedule.
  • Monitors and supports line operation during lunches, breaks or as needed.
  • Understands and complies with Hill’s policies, safety standards, Good Manufacturing Practices (GMPs) and Food Safety. Identifies and reports Food Safety issues to management.

Basic qualifications include:

  • High School Diploma or equivalent
  • One year of manufacturing, military or relevant experience
  • Problem assessment, problem solving and basic math skills
  • Basic computer skills in MS Word and Excel
  • Basic understanding of mathematical calculations, weights and measurements

Preferred qualifications include:

  • Technical College/Vocational school certificate or an Associate’s Degree in related areas of manufacturing
  • Food safety experience and/or Fork Lift experience

Expected Areas of Skills/Knowledge/Abilities

  • Complete understanding and adherence to all Quality, GMP’s, AIB and Micro [C&S Guidelines], EOHS, and safety standards and guidelines.
  • The ability to contribute additional work hours when needed to meet business demands. Must be able to work any shift schedule, including nights and on occasion weekends.
  • Ability to effectively communicate with other technicians, maintenance technicians, quality technicians, and member of management
  • Responsible for role modeling the CP Values and the Principles of Managing with Respect.
  • Ability to clearly and effectively express ideas.
  • Teamwork and strong interpersonal skills.
  • Self-directed with strong results-oriented attitude.
  • Planning and organizational skills.
  • Able to work in a standard manufacturing environment:
    • Ability to bend, climb, crawl, and work in confined spaces, and work in hazardous condition spaces for up to twelve hours per day.
    • Ability to push totes containing product up to 750 Ib.s
    • Ability to work in extreme weather conditions with temperature ranges from cold to hot and humid
    • Ability to use hazardous materials
    • Ability to lift up to 50 lbs. repeatedly
    • Use a stand-up or sit-down forklift, intermittently for up to twelve hours per day
    • Walk unlimited distances each day.
    • Frequently walk up and down multiple levels of steps, multiple times a day, up to 8.5 levels - carrying tool bag, materials, or other supplies that weigh 25 lbs on average
    • Occasionally climb ladders or ledges, with tie-off equipment when required
    • Frequently bend at waist 90 degrees and flex at knees 120 degrees
    • Wear required personal protective equipment, including hearing, eye, foot and dust protection.
    • Perceive visual and audible alarms and radio while wearing hearing protection
    • Receive and transmit information in person and by radio communications

Hill’s offers:

· Highly competitive pay

· Great employee, domestic partner, and family benefits that start the first day of employment

· Retirement Savings & Investment Plan with company contributions and matching

· Annual education/tuition reimbursement up to $10,000

· 14 paid holidays and annual vacation

· World-class training and development opportunities

· Highly professional, ethical, and caring environment

Employees at our Richmond facility also enjoy:

  • Branded Company uniforms
  • Weekly laundry service
  • Quarterly bonus plan
  • Personal Protective Equipment, including safety shoes & safety glasses


Are you interested in working for Hill's Pet Nutrition? You can apply to work with us using this online application. 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.


Equal Opportunity Employer
Colgate is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, ethnicity, age, disability, marital status, or any other characteristic protected by law.




Richmond, IN

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