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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:  Packaging Engineer- Toothbrush and Devices

Travel Required?:  Travel - 25% of time
Date:  May 23, 2023

Relocation Assistance Offered Within Country
# 152710 - Piscataway, New Jersey, United States

This position is part of Colgate’s Global Design and Packaging Department responsible for the Oral Care Category.  Oral Care is the company’s largest and most profitable division, delivering nearly 40% of annual sales and profit of which Toothbrush is $ 1.3 Billion in sales.  This position supports the primary company strategies of Driving Growth, by developing and implementing innovative consumer preferred packaging, and Funding Growth, by driving savings and standardization efforts globally.  The role is cross-functional in nature, working closely with Marketing, Product Development, Design, and the Supply Chain.  Partnerships with packaging partners, institutes and contract manufacturers are a critical element of job responsibilities.


As part of the Global corporate structure, this role supports packaging priorities across all business Divisions through a tightly linked network of Packaging Teams in each of the Colgate subsidiaries.


Specific Responsibilities

  • Manage the conceptualization, development and implementation of packaging and processes including: design generation, prototype development, technical specifications, mold and machinery qualification, functionality and quality testing, and technology transfer.

  • Manage the design of packaging components and packaging systems, ensuring defined needs for ergonomics, equity aesthetics, consumer acceptance, manufacturing capability, sustainability guidelines and quality are met from the program brief through design, engineering and commercialization. 

  • Establish global specifications for manual toothbrushes and devices packaging, processes, and/or equipment, which are consistent with KPI goals. Provide efficient and timely documentation and transfer of manufacturing and engineering technologies throughout the Colgate world.  

  • Partner with Global Marketing, Divisional/Subsidiary Management and packaging partners, Toothbrush and Device Product Development, and Supply Chain functions to ensure projects meet agreed upon goals. Continuously assess and communicate project results vs. goals and take corrective action when required.

  • Lead multi-functional teams on Packaging led initiatives.

  • Generate and lead value engineering initiatives for the category.

  • Provide rationale for funds needed to successfully test and deliver packaging.

  • Translate design briefs and design intent to prototypes, technical drawings and specifications. 

  • Write and present technical and business summaries for circulation.

  • Build competitive advantage by identifying, evaluating, and championing technical advancements, design trends and innovations in packaging.  Stay aware of supplier and competitor new developments, and highlight the same to leadership as needed.

  • Develop, justify and execute capital projects related to packaging (i.e. molds/machinery)·  

  • Coordinates and executes lab evaluations, quality control procedures and test method development.  Support Divisional needs in identifying quality defects and driving resolution.

  • Collaborates with GTD (Global Toothbrush Division) Network Operations as needed to help develop and negotiate local, regional, or global contracts with suppliers or contractors.  Evaluates and coordinates supplier’s and contractor’s activities related to on-going projects.


Basic Qualifications

  • BS or MS in Packaging, Engineering or Material Science

  • At least 7 years of packaging experience in a consumer products, packaged goods

  • Expertise in paperboard, paper, blister pack, thermoforming, and distribution packaging.

  • Ability to travel up to 20% time (domestic and international) based on project needs


Preferred Qualifications

  • 7 - 9 years of experience in Packaging in FMCG.

  • Experience working with multiple regions 

  • Experience coordinating packaging development projects with Product Development, (R&D), Marketing, Supply Chain & External Partners.

  • Experience in package testing, ISTA, Recyclability testing, packaging specifications & artwork management.

  • Strong communication and project management skills 

  • Awareness of packaging sustainability and applications

  • Graphic design & decoration treatments knowledge are useful

  • Quality processes and systems, tech transfer, audit skills

  • CAD/CAE programs experience to create packaging designs and prototypes

Salary Range $88,800 - $131,250 USD


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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