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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?:  Travel - up to 10% of time
Date:  Nov 17, 2023

Relocation Assistance Offered Within Country
# 154964 - Canelands Verulam, KwaZulu-Natal, 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. 


We are looking for a highly motivated Maintenance Engineer to join our team!


This role drives the daily maintenance of all plant facilities/production equipment/electrical systems/cooling systems and ensures their smooth running.


-  Inspect all plant equipment on a regular basis to ensure safe and optimum condition.

-  Schedule maintenance on a planned and breakdown basis (Maintenance Program)

-  Supervise all legal inspections in the plant related to Equipments and Systems.

-  Coordinate and supervise Maintenance/Engineering staff in plant maintenance

-  Control Engineering R&M spend portion of factory budget

-  Ensure that all engineering repairs and installations are done according to an acceptable standard and alignment with the operational team

-  Design and Manage Capital Projects as per Maintenance-Business Needs

-  Active participation into the Commissioning of New Installations and Projects

-  Implementation of Planned/Preventive Maintenance, Autonomous Maintenance as per the FP&R standard (Factory Performance and Reliability)

-  Active Role in implementation of FP&R Standards

-  Continuous Improvement: Analyze Downtime, Root Causes, Forward Action Plans in order to carry out continuous improvements on all workstations and better performance.

-  Analyze all workstations' performance daily, display and update plant performance and maintenance important metrics (Indicators)

-  Control, Monitor and Manage Spare Parts / Equipments Cycle Inventory (Including Tags)

-  Maintenance Program: Master Plan, AM, PM, Predictive M, Criticality of Equipment, Maintenance the right database in SAP EMA. important metrics, Training, SOPs, etc)

-  Active participation in the development of Root Cause Analysis, FAP, CAPA, SOPs, Training, etc


End results / outputs of the work -

-  Ensure all equipment is maintained in good working condition

-  Ensure the compliance to Trade Metrology and SABS regulations related to weighing and measuring equipment

-  Ensure GMP compliance with respect to temperature, humidity, pressure, and weight measurement equipment maintenance

-  Ensure compliance to all EOHS regulations and CP safety standards

-  Budgets: Control of Variable and NVO Capital

-  On time and within Budget Completion of Capital Projects

-  Ensure full time Maintenance Resources to the Production Team

-  Ensure Process Water are controlled within the required specifications

-  Ensure finished products' quality are within specifications based on set up of equipments

-  Reduction of Equipment Downtime as per Company Targets - Continuous Improvement

-  Support as a Key Pillar and Player the Plant Performance according to Company Standards

-  Ensure the implementation In Place of the Colgate Standards related to Maintenance and its interaction with… AM, PM, CI, Master Plan, Program In Place and its tracking and compliance

-  Multi-functional Collaboration and Teamwork with key collaborators (Planning, Packaging, Engineering, Indirect Procurement, Quality and Operations)


-  A Bachelor's degree, preferably in Mechanical engineering 

-  Minimum 5 Years experience in a Maintenance Engineering role preferably in FMCG Environment 

-  Proven knowledge and understanding of mechanical, electrical and utilities generation plants

-  Management: Financial Topics, Budget and People

-  Understanding of EOHS principles and its application

-  Project Management Skills to interact with Engineering Team

-  Computer Skills - Analytical and Decision Support Systems

-  Understanding of Labor / Law principles




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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