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Date: Jan 11, 2019

Location: Canelands Verulam, NL, ZA

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, Speed Stick, Lady Speed Stick, Softsoap, Irish Spring, Protex, Sorriso, Kolynos, elmex, Tom’s of Maine, Sanex, Ajax, Axion, Fabuloso, Soupline and Suavitel, as well as Hill’s Science Diet, Hill’s Prescription Diet and Hill’s Ideal Balance.

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



POSITION                    :           Automation/Instrumentation Technician  


REPORTING TO           :           Engineering Manager


DEPARTMENT              :           Engineering





Automation Technician is responsible for the maintenance and repair of electrical and electronic equipment in the Canelands Factory and the automation projects to be realized. Reports to engineering Manager.

He determines the process interaction within the quality management system in relation to the unit for which it is responsible, determines the required procedures and working instructions within the scope of Factory Performance and Reliability (FP&R), ensures the preparation of these documents, reviews these documents and communicates them to the Engineering Manager for approval.



Duty Responsibilities:

  • Review the documents prepared in relation to the unit and ensures that they are updated if needed.

• Maintains and supervises these activities in accordance with current procedures and instructions.

• Carries out corrective and preventive actions

• Ensures that records related to the activities to be held are kept regularly and these records are kept in accordance with the determined principles.

• Participates in the engineering activities carried out to ensure that the equipment and systems  maintain their electrical / electronic functions at the highest performance.

• Helps to perform electrical / electronic periodical maintenance activities planned for the whole factory.

• Participates in project work that will provide automation and process improvements to be made on machines to contribute to product quality.

• Ensures the availability and timely supply of electrical / electronic spare parts stocks of critical sections in the factory.

• Responsible for implementing the environmental and occupational health and safety regulations and applying to the engineering department.

• Contributes to the execution of emergency, planned and predictive maintenance programs of all electrical

Provides the optimization of spare parts related to electrical and electronics, and supports and monitors the responsible persons to control and determine the minimum stock levels of the spare parts that the company needs.

• Ensures line efficiency and cost reduction.

• Ensures the operation, maintenance and cleaning of the equipment area in the workshop.

• Strives for continuous improvement of the effectiveness of the Planned Maintenance Standard and Quality Management Systems.

• Follow and implement actions related to Quality and Factory Performance and Reliability Standards

• Provides application of engineering methods and skills in order to rectify equipment problems which cause unplanned production stops


Competencies: Functional Competencies:

Production management

     Continuous Improvement

     Maintenance of all Automation and Instrumentation Equipment

     Adherence to EOHS, Quality and FP&R Pillars


Experience and Essential Skills

  • 5 years as a Technician in the Electrical field, especially in Automation (general maintenance / projects)
  • Read understand and draw Electrical drawings circuits
  • Electrical and PLC fault finding
  • Read and understand Hydraulic / Pneumatic drawings ESSENTIAL
  • Solid knowledge and understanding of mechanical, electrical, instrumentation, automation and utilities generation plants
  • Management: Financial/People
  • Understanding of EOHS principles and application
  • Project management skills
  • Computer skills -  Analytical and decision support systems
  • Understanding of Labor/Law principles.



  • Min Ndip/ N6 (Automation and Instrumentation)
  • 5 years experience in FMCG environment  in Automation and Instrumentation
  • Bsc Automation and Instrumentation or S4 Eng. (Mech/Electrical.) + 5 years experience in FMCG environment ( added advantage)
  • Studying towards GCC (added advantage)

Are you interested in working for Colgate-Palmolive? 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.

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