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A part of Colgate-Palmolive since 2006, we made our mark making natural products like toothpaste and deodorant. But what is most important to us? We work to make positive change by doing good and you’ll see that focus in our products, our partnerships, and our people.

We strive to make products that are good for us and good for the planet. We are experts at combining scientific know-how with naturally derived and sourced ingredients to make products that really work.

We donate 10% of our profits to nonprofits addressing issues facing our health, our environment and our kids. Our employees are encouraged to use 5% of their paid time volunteering in their local community. And as a Certified B corporation we are held to the highest social and environmental standards. So you know if we say something is important, we're doing something about it.

A career at Tom’s is one that encourages teamwork, flexibility, and big ideas that help us do better. As a part of the Colgate-Palmolive family, we offer great opportunities for people looking for global experience through work that is challenging and always rewarding.

Job Title:  Automation Engineer

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

Relocation Assistance Offered Within Country
# 151259 - Sanford, Maine, United States



Plant Automation Engineer


The Plant Automation Engineer will use his/her technical expertise to lead manufacturing automation projects from an approach of people, process and systems. Scope of responsibilities include, but are not limited to: providing technical expertise on automation projects, training of plant personnel on automation systems, system troubleshooting and maintenance, identification and communication of best practices, and developing solutions to system utilization issues.  Relationships required include strong partnerships with manufacturing operations, IT, engineering and quality for system requirements.


Responsibilities include:


  • Lead plant automation projects.  This includes management of all aspects of the implementation including people, process, and systems. Provide input to major capital projects involving automation to ensure global automation standards and policies are followed. 
  • Provide technical leadership in the area of manufacturing automation utilizing:
  1. Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC’s)
  2. SCADA
  3. SQL Database
  • Provide the technical leadership to implementation teams as needed.
  • Provide the technical expertise to the site to update the configurations of the systems.
  • Provide training and advanced troubleshooting to the site.
  • Provide guidance and training to plant operations to foster utilization.  
  • Enforce standards at the site that ensure global consistency of manufacturing automation and integration systems.
  • Maintaining the current InBatch , Opera and other process automation systems
  • Configuration and installation of a all plant systems
  • Establish and maintain close relationships with:
  • Regional Plant Systems Integrator
  • Plant operations teams
  • Plant quality teams
  • Plant Maintenance Team 
  • Plant FP&R team
  • Other job functions that may be assigned.





  • Bachelor’s degree in Engineering
  • Minimum of 3 years’ experience with engineering, supply chain operations and/or IT Supply Chain
  • Minimum of 1 year prior project management experience
  • Experience in Industrial Automation using Rockwell / Siemens PLC’s or equivalent.
  • Knowledge of Industrial Network Communication protocols (Ethernet, DeviceNet, ControlNet, Profibus)
  • Experience with Wonderware Industrial Automation software (SCADA, Historian, Archestra) or an equivalent software required
  • Ability to configure and test plant systems
  • Basic knowledge of manufacturing operations core processes and plant floor equipment
  • Experience in systems configuration and maintenance
  • Basic knowledge of SAP




  • PLC Programming experience (Allen Bradley, RS Logics 5000, 500)

Functional and Leadership Competencies:


  • Relationship Building – critical functional relationships must be established with IT, engineering, quality and plant operations.
  • Team Building – Must have strong interpersonal and training skills, must be able to support and nurture both in local and global networks.
  • Analysis/Decision making - Analyze problems and decide on appropriate course of action to resolve problems.



Salary Range $79,200 - $116,550 USD


Pay is based on several non discriminatory factors including but not limited to experience, education, skills and office location. In addition to your salary, Colgate-Palmolive offers a performance based bonus and competitive benefits package.


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 Tom's of Maine? 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.

Empowering a naturally healthy life – for our family and yours – for over 45 years.  When Tom and Kate Chappell moved to Maine and started making natural personal care products, they were guided by two simple philosophies.  
• First, that it was possible to make effective personal care products that were free from artificial flavors, fragrances, sweeteners, colors and preservatives.
• And second, that businesses should be good corporate citizens working to care for the planet and communities.  These same philosophies guide us to this day.  Tom’s of Maine products – including toothpaste, deodorant, mouthwash, bar soap, body wash, lotions and lip balms – are sold across the United States and Canada.  And because we are so committed to giving back, we donate 10% of our profits to charitable organizations, and our employees can use 5% of their paid time volunteering for causes they are passionate about.  

Tom’s of Maine is a division of Colgate-Palmolive, a leading global consumer products company, tightly focused on Oral Care, Personal Care, Home Care and Pet Nutrition, with sales of products in more than 200 countries.  To learn more about Tom’s of Maine and Colgate, please visit and, or find us on LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube. 

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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