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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:  Sr. Maintenance Engineer

Travel Required?:  Travel - up to 10% of time
Date:  Sep 19, 2022
No remote working option

Relocation Assistance Offered Within Country
# 144743 - Hodges, South Carolina, United States

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, Mennen, Softsoap, Irish Spring, Tom’s of Maine, Ajax, Fabuloso, Haci Sakir, elmex, and Suavitel, as well as Hill’s Science Diet and Hill’s Prescription Diet.

Location: Greenwood, South Carolina, United States


Relocation Assistance within the country


Maintenance Engineer

The primary function of the Maintenance Engineer position is to support the maintenance activities in the Making and Finishing of all production, utilities and facilities related equipment. The individual will be responsible for supporting the implementation of the maintenance strategy for the facility. Elements of that strategy will address safety, planning/scheduling, staffing, preventative and corrective maintenance, storeroom, continuous improvement and training.


Responsibilities are as follows: 


  •  Work with the Maintenance Manager to assist in developing a plant maintenance strategy consistent with operational excellence initiatives

  •  Support plant maintenance planning activities

  •  Support a structured PM program utilizing SAP PM/EAM that drives the reduction of UPDT and unexpected equipment breakdowns.  

  • Create and manage equipment history and a major maintenance program

  • Manage maintenance team schedules and technician staffing levels

  •  Manage team balance and address performance and accountability

  •  Provide coaching and feedback 

  • Calculate and Communicate maintenance related KPI´s defined by FP&R(factory performance and reliability) Standards.

  •  Identify individual training needs and work to create development plans

  •  Work closely with storeroom coordinator on parts management and in achieving the defined goals for this area. 

  •  Support partnerships between maintenance and operations, creating a customer/provider relationship

  •  Support GMP, Calibration and EOHS plant initiatives

  •  Work with Manager to assist in the development and management of the plant maintenance budget 

  •  Assist Manager with the design and monitoring of an effective and economically justified preventive maintenance program.  

  • Perform inspections (prior to and after) maintenance of machine, adjustment, replacement of parts,overhauls/rebuilds, etc., for critical equipment

  •  Maintain and analyze equipment data and history records to optimize the maintenance program 

  •  Ensure maintainability of new installations through the creation of the proper maintenance strategies for them in the SAP PM/EAM system

  •  Develop, Organize and Ensure execution of a predictive maintenance program i.e: vibration and oil analysis, and develop/implement iOT systems that support this strategy.

  • Identify chronic and costly equipment problems and provide cost effective solutions for them

  • Implement Continuous improvement (CI) projects to reduce UPDT and improve reliability of equipment to improve the overall Asset Utilisation and cost efficiency of the GW Plant

  • Provide technical advice to Production and Maintenance Teams including breakdown and troubleshooting support to improve Plant uptime and reliability

  • Responsibility for key critical equipment maintenance and reliability including process water system

  • Ensure proper operation and care of equipment

  • Establish a comprehensive lubrication program 

  • Ensure employee safety from unsafe equipment conditions and equipment protection from environmental conditions

  • Ensure Maintenance Shop, Store Room and Utilities Areas are kept accordingly to the 5S & VWP Standard



  •  BE/BS in Engineering required



  • Required:  3-5 years production /operation management experience

  • Demonstrated strong written and verbal communications skills

  • Coaching and feedback skills required in a high performance work systems environment.

  • Demonstrated ability to prioritize multiple initiatives and manage in ambiguous situations

  • Proficiency with MS Excel and Word.



  • Maintenance and supervision experience in a Manufacturing environment

  • Demonstrated ability in the use of SAP 

  • BS in Mechanical or Electrical Engineering.

  • Controls system capabilities for electronic and electrical troubleshooting.

  • Knowledge of Google suite.

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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