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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:  Automation Engineer

Travel Required?:  Travel - 25% of time
Date:  Apr 5, 2021
Remote working option during the current situation

No Relocation Assistance Offered
# 101297 - Piscataway, New Jersey, United States

In an ever-changing and dynamic world, our Supply Chain and Manufacturing professionals, who are recognized as the best in the business, are essential to quickly delivering our products to consumers worldwide. They are responsible for ensuring we make quality products that consumers love. Using advanced technology and an analytical mindset, they are especially adept at continuously improving manufacturing processes. This team comprises a variety of global roles and focus areas, including operations, engineering, process development and innovation, procurement, network operations, project management, factory performance & reliability, packaging, continuous improvement, and supply chain management.


Join our team in Piscataway, NJ as an Automation Engineer!

The Automation Engineer is responsible for developing, crafting, building, planning, executing and closing automation and technology projects through multi-functional team collaboration and following Colgate Standards including Safety, Sustainability, Performance, Reliability, Finance, Security and Risk Management.



Coordinates Technical Solutions

  1. Execute technical studies with end user and multi-functional teams to understand and accommodate requirements and needs.
  2. Develop, review and influence approval on automation and technology solutions that align with business objectives.
  3. Ensures the integrity of equipment specifications, layouts/designs, building and infrastructure construction, electrical and controls requirements and project documentation.
  4. Stays abreast of the latest technical developments and identifies potential applications for supply chain continuous improvement. Utilizes critical thinking, creativity, risk analysis, evaluates vertical integration and conducts benchmarking.
  5. Determines standards and specifications by studying product design, customer requirements, and performance.
  6. Acquire quote and finalize supplier negotiation with support from Indirect Procurement team.
  7. Supervise equipment delivery from supplier to ensure quality, on time delivery and mitigate any potential issues or delay.
  8. Coordinate installation, EMO, Commission, Start up with supplier, end user, plant operation team, maintenance team, plant engineering team and others as required.
  9. Where required coordinate Factory Acceptance Test (FAT) and Site Acceptance Test (SAT) with supplier, end user, plant operation team, maintenance team, plant engineering team and others as required.
  10. Coordinate Design Qualification, Installation Qualification, Operation Qualification and Performance Qualification with supplier, end user, plant operation team, maintenance team, plant engineering team and others as required.
  11. Prepare, share and archive final user documentation including, drawings, schematics, instructions, commented programs and the like. Use innovative ways to deliver content to hand.
  12. Ensures appropriate testing is conducted to verify that process/equipment meets design specification and that personnel are trained appropriately. Ensures expected metrics and KPIs are achieved on all projects.
  13. Participation and involvement in Continuous Improvement Reviews, Authority groups and other technical forums.
  14. Use Colgate information systems and new technologies such as SAP, Google tools, Capital Management, AVEVA, Tableau, digital workflow and training technology.
  15. Build visibility, data capture and analytical functionality into projects.


Coordinate project planning and execution and closing

  1. Participate in Project Management Plans and Processes.
  2. Project Cost Management.
  3. Project Schedule Management.
  4. Project Communication Management.
  5. Resource Management.
  6. Project Scope management.
  7. Project Risk Management.
  8. Manage project on site: safety, quality and visual communication.


Support Organizational Capability Development

  1. Document and update the project information per code and Colgate standard.
  2. Support the development project management process and keep it up to date.
  3. Ensures findings and standard methodology on projects are appropriately collected, communicated and applied.


Required Qualifications:

Bachelor's degree in Engineering.

At least 5 years of confirmed experience, knowledge & proficiency in the following areas:

  • Automation innovation, design & continuous improvement 
  • Project management
  • IT/OT Infrastructure.
  • AVEVA Wonderware, including MES.
  • PLC HMI SCADA design, programming & innovation.


Preferred Qualifications:

  1. SAP interfacing
  2. Web/Internet/Cloud/Google Data Studio development.
  3. App development and deployment.
  4. IIoT development and deployment.
  5. Data acquisition & Analytics.

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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