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A part of Colgate-Palmolive since 2006, Tom’s of Maine was founded in 1970 with a goal to simplify lives with natural, unprocessed, and unadulterated products.

Today our Oral Care, Bath & Body, and Deodorant & Antiperspirant products continue to meet the same high quality standards on which the company was founded and never use artificial colors, flavors, fragrances, preservatives or animal testing.

Tom’s of Maine is the kind of place where everyone knows everyone else, and people are not afraid to be themselves. Our supportive, team-based environment encourages creative ways of doing business.

A career at Tom’s of Maine or 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:  Chemist

Travel Required?:  Travel - up to 10% of time
Date:  Jun 16, 2021
No remote working option

No Relocation Assistance Offered
# 104101 - Sanford, Maine, United States

Colgate-Palmolive invites applications for a Chemist position based at our Sanford, ME location.

Our Plant Chemist is responsible for performing chemical and physical testing on raw materials, packaging materials, work-in-process, and finished product samples to ensure quality and safety to consumers.


Is this opportunity exciting to you? Come and have a look!

Principal Responsibilities:

  • Under minimal direction performs / reviews analytical testing of Raw Materials, Work-In-Process, Finished Products for product approval and releases
  • Performs physical and chemical testing in accordance with standard procedures, utilizing wet-chemistry and basic instrumental techniques
  • Maintains accurate, up-to-date and concise laboratory notebooks and records
  • Works as a member of the Laboratory Team to complete all required tasks in a timely manner; maintains inventory and orders lab supplies
  • Understand and accurately follows Standard Operating Procedures, global methods, local methods and published standard or compendia methods i.e. USP, AOCS, ASTM
  • Provides training to employees on new and existing Standard Operating Procedures (SOP)
  • Provides support to the Operations personnel with analytical equipment and testing procedures
  • Capable of operating and performing basic troubleshooting on analytical instruments (HPLC, GC, Autotitrator, FTIR, Ion Selective Electrodes)
  • Responsible for daily/monthly instrument calibrations to ensure all instruments are working accurately
  • Support laboratory equipment validations by executing or assisting vendors with Installation Qualifications (IQ), Operational Qualifications (OQ) and Performance Qualifications (PQ) protocols
  • Assist the manufacturing site with product, equipment, and Cleaning & Sanitizing (C&S) validations by performing all required tests
  • Participates on Out of Specification (OOS) investigations to collect the vital samples and information to complete Laboratory Investigation Reports (LIR)
  • Supports, maintains and reviews data to identify trends and draw conclusions
  • Understands and applies basic laboratory safety instructions, reagent handling precautions, and disposal of chemical waste according to local environmental regulations
  • Participates in plant related safety initiatives

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry
  • Experience with common Analytical Laboratory instrumentation (i.e. HPLC, GC, Autotitrator, FTIR, Ion Selective Electrodes)
  • Good team player with positive relationship building skills
  • Communicate Optimally - Clearly and simply expresses ideas and concepts
  • Ability to gather relevant information efficiently and apply logic in solving problems and making decisions; using data to support recommendations; weighing risks and predicting benefits and costs.
  • Ability to plan, prioritize and adapt to circumstances as needed
  • Results Oriented
  • Set a positive example for conducting business in an ethical manner, managing stress, and creating a cheerful and balanced work environment.
  • Proficient knowledge of computers and software: Google Suite, Excel, Word, Power Point, Etc.
  • This position is primarily on day shift but requires flexibility to provide manufacturing coverage on off shifts.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Analytical Chemistry
  • 1 to 3 years of experience in an Analytical laboratory
  • Solid understanding and practical experience with cGMP and FDA regulations in a chemistry laboratory environment
  • Familiar with quality systems (i.e Laboratory Investigation Reports (LIR), Corrective and Preventive Actions (CAPA), calibration, validation, change control, etc.)
  • 1+ years of experience in the pharmaceutical, medical device, cosmetic or consumer products industries.


We are a results oriented company with a caring culture and work life balance. Do not miss the chance to join our outstanding team!


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: Portland Maine

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