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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:  Plant Automation Engineer

Travel Required?:  Travel - up to 10% of time
Date:  Dec 3, 2021
No remote working option

Relocation Assistance Offered Within Country
# 114533 - Cambridge, Ohio, United States



About Colgate-Palmolive

Do you want to come to work with a smile and leave with one as well? In between those smiles, your day is comprised of connecting with others across the world, full of stimulating discussions, and making impactful contributions.


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


Our trustworthy 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.

As the brand with the highest household presence in the world, we go beyond physical boundaries. We win as a global organization by continually learning and collaborating. The pride in our brand fuels a workplace that encourages creative thinking, fosters experimentation, and promotes authenticity which has contributed to our enduring success. If you are passionate about working for a company that lives by their values, then give your career a reason to smile...every single day.


The Experience

The Plant Automation Engineer will use his/her technical expertise to lead manufacturing automation projects from an approach of people, process and systems!

Scope of responsibilities include, but are not limited to: providing technical expertise on automation projects, training of plant personnel on automation systems, system troubleshooting and maintenance, identification and communication of standard methodologies, and developing solutions to system utilization issues. Relationships required include relevant partnerships with manufacturing operations, IT, engineering and quality for system requirements.



  • Lead plant automation projects to deliver against Colgate’s Supply Chain Reimagined Strategy. This includes management of all aspects of the implementation including people, process, and systems.
  • Lead (4) controls technicians
  • Implement manufacturing automation systems for all capital projects using Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC’s)
  • Support plant controls team in developing and maintaining plant controls systems (Wonderware / OPERA)
  • Support plant operations by maintaining process control systems
  • Provide training and sophisticated troubleshooting to the site.
  • Implement standards at the site that ensure global consistency of manufacturing automation and integration systems.
  • Establish and maintain close relationships with:
    • Plant operations team,
    • Plant quality team,
    • Plant FP&R team.
  • Primary contact for local electric utility running: Coordination of utility outages, Management of demand response program, Management of self-assessment tax program and review of monthly electric utility bills.
  • Provide the technical leadership to maintain plant medium voltage and low voltage power distribution systems.
  • Maintain electrical power systems coordination and arc flash study.
  • Work with outside contractors to implement preventative maintenance plans for substations.
  • To provide SCADA support and creation of SCADA screens for new projects.
  • Basic knowledge of SQL databases.
  • Work with plant & outside programmers to support the plant's technical needs for SCADA and Controls Software.
  • Develop and maintain the plant controls network, data storage and user setup.
  • Maintain PLC logic for PSM covered processes in accordance with site policy and procedures.
  • Assist engineering during PHA's.
  • Complete a PSM 100 workshop within one calendar year from hire date.


Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in engineering.
  • 5+ years’ experience with engineering, supply chain operations and/or IT Supply Chain.
  • Experience in Industrial Automation: Ability to configure and test plant systems using GE / Rockwell / Siemens PLC’s or equivalent.
  • Knowledge of Industrial Network Communication protocols (Ethernet, DeviceNet, ControlNet, Profibus)
  • Knowledge of manufacturing operations core processes and plant floor equipment and instrumentation.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience with Wonderware Industrial Automation software (SCADA (InTouch), Historian, Archestra) or an equivalent software.
  • Experience in operations management.
  • Experience in systems configuration and maintenance.
  • Basic knowledge of SAP.
  • Knowledge of SQL Databases


You can apply using this online application. Attach all relevant documents such as a cover letter and resume or CV. Applications received by email 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, 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 recognised 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 programme, 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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