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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:  Maintenance Engineer

Travel Required?:  No Travel
Date:  Sep 16, 2023

No Relocation Assistance Offered
# 154585 - Boksburg, Gauteng, South Africa


Do you want to come to work with a smile and leave with one as well? In between those smiles, your day consists of working in a global organization, continually learning and collaborating, having stimulating discussions, and making impactful contributions! 


If this is how you see your career, Colgate is the place to be! 


Our dependable household brands, dedicated employees, and sustainability commitments make us a company passionate about building a future to smile about for our employees, consumers, and surrounding communities. The pride in our brand fuels a workplace that encourages creative thinking, champions experimentation, and promotes authenticity which has contributed to our enduring success. 


If you want to work for a company that lives by their values, then give your career a reason to smile...every single day.


Job Summary:


The Maintenance Engineer is responsible for providing both Electrical and Mechanical Engineering support to the plant, ensure plant reliability for manufacturing equipment through effective planned maintenance techniques


Main Responsibilities:


•    Lead and manage the maintenance department to ensure plant reliability.
•    Inspect all plant and equipment on a regular basis to ensure safe and optimum condition.
•    Schedule maintenance on a planned and breakdown basis
•    Supervise all legal inspections in the plant, Ensure all statutory and mandatory inspection is carried out.
•    Co – ordinate, supervise and training of engineering staff in plant
•    Provide technical support and after hours support to the plant
•    Ensure that all engineering repairs and installations are done according to an acceptable CP standard
•    Analyse engineering downtime, in order to carry out continuous improvements on all workstations.
•    Analyse all workstations' performance on a daily basis, in order to display and update plant performance indicators
•    Leading and Implementation of Planned Maintenance/Autonomous Maintenance as per the FP&R standard.
•    Ensure all technicians are competent on SAP EAM - SAP EAM, Notification raised, orders raised, spare parts allocated and order closed on SAP.
•    Ensure departmental KPIs are met.
•    Control engineering: R&M spend portion of factory budget, budget (R2 – R6 million)
•    Coordinate engineering cycle inventory. Manage engineering spare part stores.
•    Ensure Engineering documentation is maintained and controlled
•    Strong project management skills are required, Must be able to lead projects.
•    Contractor management - Provide safe work permits to contractors, Perform contractor tool inspections prior to any work commencement. Ensure contractor compiles with CP EOHS, GMP and FP&R policies and standards
•    Responsible for ensuring the company policies are adhered to within the department and carries out disciplinary procedures according to the company code.
•    Conflict Handling and resolution
•    Partner with Human Resources to ensure the requirements of the FP&R People Capability Standard are effectively implemented. This includes, but is not limited to: job descriptions for all operating and coordinating level positions, training and development plans and tracking
•    Monitor daily production efficiencies, lot sizes and waste control, implement projects accordingly.
•    Ensure good quality of RCA for all downtimes
•    Operates with the highest level of sense of urgency and loop closure
•    Stays abreast of the latest technical developments and identifies potential applications for manufacturing continuous improvement
•    Vertical Start up post all PM activities
•    Changeover Management - Optimises changeover practices and identifies opportunities for ongoing continuous improvement


People Management


•    Directs the continuous improvement of the Project Engineering and Maintenance staff by selecting, recruiting, developing, and retaining highly competent people.
•    Develops and implements performance evaluations, career development
•    opportunities, and succession planning programs for the department.
•    To direct, coordinate, plan and evaluate Technician activities and performance.




•    Leads Smart Maintenance Standard for the Facility and have effective Visual Control


Required Qualifications:

•    Bachelor's Degree in Mechanical/Electrical Engineering 
•    Minimum 5 years of experience in Maintenance & High Volume work in Fast Moving Consumer Goods
•    Minimum 3 years’ experience in People Management 
•    Prior experience in deploying CEB projects to improve plant operational excellence
•    Managing within a unionized environment


Preferred Qualifications:


•    Government Certificate of Competency (GCC)
•    Labour Relations Understanding will be an added advantage





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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