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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 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, Hill's Prescription Diet and Hill's Ideal Balance.

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 Technician

Travel Required?:  Travel - up to 10% of time
Date:  Jan 8, 2021

No Relocation Assistance Offered
# 96027 - Hodges, South Carolina, United States

Colgate-Palmolive invites applications for the Maintenance Technician position located at our Greenwood, SC plant. This is an exciting opportunity to experience a new plant start-up for a world-class manufacturing company.

The Maintenance Technician is responsible for the effective operation, major & minor repair and changeovers of production equipment. Works with others to achieves factory business objectives of safety, productivity, customer service, quality, cost and environmental protection.


The primary accountabilities of the role include attaining high equipment reliability and uptime, safety compliance, equipment maintenance procedures, data collection, housekeeping, problem solving and continuous improvement as part of a work team. The Maintenance Technician works within a structure that requires considerable interaction with others in the same production unit as well as other production units and support functions.


Specific responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Leads major and minor maintenance of automated and non-automated equipment (making, finishing) through computer terminals, control panels and/or by manual means in the manufacturing of Colgate-Palmolive products (including correlation between process and mechanical processes/equipment). 

  • Operates and performs changeovers of automated equipment (making, finishing, injection molding) through computer terminals, control panels and/or by manual means in the manufacturing of Colgate-Palmolive products. 

  • Confirms in-house availability of tools, change and spare parts required to keep production running. Coordinates with upstream and downstream processes by working with others in planning, warehouse, receiving and vendor representatives on timing of effective changeovers. 

  • Accurately stores tools, change parts and spare parts in appropriate locations. 

  • Troubleshoots, performs major and minor repairs and preventive maintenance as required to ensure equipment reliability and on-going production (Works with OEM & consultants to solve related problems) 

  • Is the first point of contact in case of mechanical and process malfunction on production lines. 

  • Works with Maintenance Supervisor and Maintenance Planner to establish, review, improve and execute plant maintenance system standards 

  • Undertakes daily reporting and updates of information systems (SAP, SFR, Cycle Counts) including documentation of maintenance activities performed on equipment 

  • Provides support on capital projects in the production floor and to determine recommended spare part list. 

  • Participates in new equipment installation, validation and start up processes 

  • Supports Failure Investigations in respective areas. 

  • Highlights potential maintenance issues and takes corrective action including parts requisitioning and maintenance planning 

  • Fabricates simple machine parts using the required shop equipment such as: lathe, drill press, milling machine and others 

  • Replaces mechanic, pneumatic and hydraulic equipment when needed. 

  • Recommends, decides and implements actions under daily operation pressure to drive production lines performance. 

  • Accurately and fully completes all regulatory and compliance related documentation and procedures; highlights variances 

  • Stays abreast of teams’ production performance via visual, written and verbal communications 

  • Participates in regular review of team production performance and uses information to drive continuous improvement. Provides status of maintenance activity for line/area; recommends machine modifications 

  • Participates in structured group or team activities related to line/area performance improvement e.g. autonomous maintenance, housekeeping, problem solving etc. 

  • Seeks and understands production scheduling and demands. Prioritizes maintenance activities that support and facilitates these schedules and demands. 

  • Seeks and applies Continuous Improvement tools and techniques to achieve team goals e.g. Quality Systems, Total Productive Maintenance, Problem Solving tools 

  • Understands and adheres to Environmental, Occupational, Health and Safety requirements 

  • Understands and adheres to all Quality, Good Manufacturing Practices and Micro Cleaning & Sanitization Guidelines and standards 

  • Understand the needs of both internal and external customers. Internal customers include Quality, Planning, Maintenance, and Finance. External customers are other Colgate plants, customer service and, for example, Target, WalMart etc. 

  • Maintains work area to required housekeeping standards. Performs housekeeping activities as per established protocol and conducts/participates in area housekeeping assessments per requirement 

  • Shares knowledge and develops maintenance skills in operator technicians. Identifies new opportunities for transferring skills to operator technicians. Actively participate in continuous learning opportunities. 

  • Other job functions that may be assigned.





  • High School Diploma or GED 

  • Practical knowledge of MS Office programs 

  • Mechanic, pneumatic, hydraulic and basic electrical knowledge. 

  • Ability to work nights, weekends, and rotating shifts 

  • Ability to work 12 hour shifts 

  • Capability to analyze process flow to identify issues. 

  • Practical skills in working with technical documentation (mechanical drawings, P&IDs, equipment manuals) 

  • Must be able to achieve a passing score on STM mechanical and electrical assessments

  • Basic understanding of PCs and basic computer skills

  • Teamwork and cross functional cooperation style of work. 

  • Action/Decision making capability 

  • Requires climbing, bending, kneeling and the ability to lift 50 pounds and the availability to remain on-call for nights and weekend coverage. 



  • Minimum 3 years maintenance work experience in a manufacturing, production or operation environment

  • 1-2 years hands on electrical or mechanical work in manufacturing systems

  • Experience working with food safety regulated environments (AIB, FDA, USDA, cGMP) 

  • Working knowledge of SAP 

  • Technical certifications or degree 

  • Experience with Total Productive Maintenance (TPM) is preferred

  • Experience with Autonomous Maintenance (AM) is preferred

  • Experience with Single-Minute Exchange of Die (SMED) is preferred

  • Experience with Continuous Improvement methodology is preferred

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.

Nearest Major Market: Greenville
Nearest Secondary Market: South Carolina

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