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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:  Instrumentation and Automation Engineer

Travel Required?:  Travel - up to 10% of time
Date:  Oct 17, 2021
Remote working option during the current situation

Relocation Assistance Offered Within Country
# 110374 - Canelands Verulam, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa


About Colgate Palmolive : 


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 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 ethical, the richness that our diverse team brings impeccable 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, enhanced superannuation to name a few!


Key Responsibilities:


  • Analyzes current equipment; identifies areas of inefficiency and needs for improvement; designs and develops instrumentation to meet those needs.
  • Collaborates with other engineers to develop accurate, efficient equipment and instrumentation in accordance with safety and usability standards and Colgate-Palmolive Expectations.
  • Designs and tests prototypes of equipment.
  • Creates basic schematics and simulated models to test designs; modifies designs to meet specifications and budget requirements.
  • Is responsible for the implementation of new measuring devices and control systems, ensuring devices are correctly installed and properly tested.
  • Acts as project engineer for design, prototype fabrication, and manufacturing development.
  • Drafts and presents formal technical documents, reports, and testing results to the Engineering Manager for approval.
  • Drafts technical manuals for instrumentation.
  • Provides training related to devices to employees and/or customers.


Managing Production:


  •  Proactively apply skills and knowledge to consistently manufacture products to CP standards.
  •  Collaborates with others in the team to achieve plant objectives.
  •  Understands technical processes in the factory.
  • Manage staff, materials, and equipment to meet performance goals.
  •  Understands the individual components and interfacing of major components and systems of equipment.
  •  Ensures that equipment and processes are capable of meeting production schedules, customer demands, and Quality and Microbiology targets.
  •  Understand impact of Quality, and EHS standards on overall performance.
  •  Models safe behavior.
  •  Uses SAP data to understand status of production plan.
  •  Is able to correctly estimate time to repair and time to complete maintenance activities.
  •  Is able to quickly diagnose equipment problems to identify root cause.


Managing Materials and Services:


  • Is able to determine material planning needs for maintenance activity schedule/condition.
  • Is able to translate historical performance and maintenance information into accurate parts inventory levels.


Continuous Improvement :


  • Uses data and information to develop/modify preventive maintenance schedules and identify potential improvements related to equipment.
  • Understands and applies the Asset Effectiveness Model.
  • Participates in Continuous Improvement activities to improve line performance.


Cross-Organizational Collaboration:


  • Sees oneself as a business team member rather than as an individual in a Supply Chain function.
  • Communicates effectively with leadership to transfer information, request resources and ask for decisions.


EOHS and Quality Leadership:


  • Leads by example and demands safe behaviors and awareness, sound environmental practices and commitment to Quality.
  • Understands own role and responsibility as well as that of others in implementing EOHS and Quality standards and guidelines.
  • Takes corrective actions in a timely manner to mitigate potential EHS or Quality incidents.
  • Abides by facility safety and GMP requirements and sets the example.
  • Proactive in self-assessing against corporate EOHS and Quality standards and governmental regulations.

Business/Financial Understanding:


  • Sees how area activities and decisions impact factory cost.

Self-Awareness/Personal Impact:


  • Recognizes and cares about how own feelings/moods affect performance and others.
  • Takes accountability for own progress and seeks to continually improve.


Communicate Effectively:


  • Keeps people well informed of plans, goals and objectives.
  • Asks for opinions and ideas on important issues.


Values Unique Contributions:


  • Recognizes and appreciates good work.
  • Provides opportunity to have impact on decision making and direction of the work group.
  • Participate in a manufacturing cost-reduction initiative.
  • Participate in a FP&R problem-solving or changeover improvement team.
  • Participate in an equipment installation project.


Required Qualifications :


  • Bachelors Degree
  • Minimum 5 years of experience in a similar role



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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