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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 recognized 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 programs 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:  Industrial Engineer

Travel Required?:  Travel - up to 10% of time
Date:  Jan 13, 2022
Partial remote working option

No Relocation Assistance Offered
# 122140 - Boksburg, Gauteng, South Africa


We are Colgate - a caring, innovative growth company reimagining a healthier future for all people, their pets, and our planet. We are a leading global consumer products company with portfolios in Oral Care, Personal Care, Home Care and Pet Nutrition.

At Colgate, we have a purpose! Every day around the world, we transform the lives of hundreds of millions of people and pet families through groundbreaking innovation, outstanding products and nutrition, and committed people.

Our strong culture of collaboration, diversity, sustainability and inclusion is grounded in our core values of Caring, Global Teamwork and Continuous Improvement. Employees are rewarded by rich career development and career experiences. We pride ourselves on our focus on delivering high ethics, the richness that our diverse team brings to outstanding standards and our dedication to developing our employees. With many local benefits such as Summer Hours, Wellbeing programs, access to discounted Product, medical & life insurance, improved superannuation to name a few!

Job Summary:

The Industrial Engineer is responsible for ensuring that plant operational productivity meets the set performance targets.

Scope of Responsibilities:


  • Conduct, drive & implement plant cost reduction programs
  • Conduct line balancing and time studies for establishing accurate labour standards in designated areas.
  • Conduct studies/investigations as assigned by the manager and raise CI projects for them.
  • Conduct PPR variance analysis and investigations.
  • Ensure working with the Ware house leader and team for the physical count for top 10 materials on monthly basis and total physical count on quarterly basis.
  • Investigates, analyses and actions solutions to relevant problems identified.
  • Assist in drawing up a plant ongoing productivity plan.
  • Monitoring of performance against set standards and recommend corrective action when vital.
  • Manage all studies of capacities and utilization for all production lines and lead the preparation for COS preparation for Factory capacities
  • Lead and manage the consolidation of KPI reports on monthly basis to division and for GSC among both Canelands and Boksburg.
  • Assist on root cause and action plans to improve the overall performance of the plants and increase AU for both Canelands and Boksburg.
  • Drives improvements in AU, reduction of UPDT and ensures 100% production adherence.


Required Qualification:


  • A Bachelor's degree 
  • Minimum 5 years’ experience in a high volume production work or FMCG environment maintaining sophisticated machines with automated controls.
  • People management experience
  • Must have an experience of working on “Continuous Improvement” Projects
  • Numeric ability to perform calculations as required
  • Deductive and logic to interpret sets of results and take corrective action
  • Judgment and analytical reasoning to make decisions on appropriate courses of action
  • Troubleshooting and problem solving (proof of training crucial)
  • Digital literacy relating to proficiency with Microsoft Office (Excel) and SAP (Plant maintenance and SAP HR modules)
  • Logic to interpret sets of results and the nesting pattern.
  • Good communication skills.
  • A good team player.


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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