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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.

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Job Title:  Controls & Automation Specialist

Travel Required?:  No Travel
Date:  May 29, 2024

 No Relocation Assistance Offered
# 160076 - Sanford, Maine, United States

Who We Are
Colgate-Palmolive Company is a caring, innovative growth company that is reimagining a healthier future for all people, their pets and our planet. Focused on Oral Care, Personal Care, Home Care and Pet Nutrition, we sell our products in more than 200 countries and territories under brands such as Colgate, Palmolive, elmex, hello, meridol, Sorriso, Tom’s of Maine, EltaMD, Filorga, Irish Spring, PCA SKIN, Protex, Sanex, Softsoap, Speed Stick, Ajax, Axion, Fabuloso, Soupline and Suavitel, as well as Hill’s Pet Nutrition.

We are recognized for our leadership and innovation in promoting sustainability and community wellbeing, including our achievements in decreasing plastic waste and promoting recyclability, saving water, conserving natural resources and improving children’s oral health.

If you want to work for a company that lives by their values, then give your career a reason to smile and join our global team!

The Controls & Automation Specialist for the Sanford Manufacturing facility is responsible for site support and maintenance of the electrical, controls and plant floor systems. Works cross-functionally include strong partnerships with manufacturing Operations, IT, Engineering, Maintenance, FP&R, Regional Plant Systems Integrator and Quality for system requirements.


Principal Duties and Responsibilities


  • Maintain and troubleshoot Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs) including Allen Bradley, ELAU & Siemens,  SQL Databases, Wonderware based Human Machine Interfaces (HMI) or Panelview.

  • Maintain and troubleshoot plant floor electrical, control and pneumatics components including: vision systems, industrial and collaborative robots, valves, motors, loop controllers, solenoids, control system I/O (Flex IO and Point IO), measurement and instrumentation systems (flow meters, load cells, photoelectrics, level probes, metal detectors, container fill detectors, touch screen monitors, computer equipment and peripherals and container vacuum detection).

  • Maintaining the current InBatch , Opera and other process automation systems

  • Configuration and installation of a all plant systems

  • Lead plant automation projects.  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.

  • Function as a technical resource and shift troubleshooting resource for operations, maintenance and engineering (requires climbing, bending and crawling)

  • Facilitate training (written material, using digital flows tools and audiovisual content) for maintenance and operations personnel.

  • Provide extensive reporting and communication of problems and steps taken.

  • Perform basic network diagnostics (mostly Ethernet, Ethernet/IP & DeviceNet).

  • Follow backup procedures (controllers, panels, programmable switches, etc.).

  • Document changes made to software and hardware (electrical and Process & Instrumentation prints).

  • Be accountable for meeting or exceeding safety standards according to the published company and regulatory policies/guidelines.

  • Simple SQL querying for troubleshooting

  • Support, troubleshoot and perform improvement configurations to the AGV and AMR fleet.

  • Power up electrical systems and configure hardware per application specifications

  • Complete controls related projects as assigned

  • Communicate with regional and global systems teams


  Education/ Experience

  • Technical degree (Bachelor’s degree preferred)

  • Minimum 5 years of relevant plant technical experience

  • Experience in systems configuration, maintenance and knowledge of manufacturing operations core processes

  • Ability to read and use electrical schematics

  • Know, understand, and interpret NEC regulatory requirements

  • Experience with Wonderware Industrial Automation software (SCADA, Historian, Archestra) or an equivalent software required 

  • Ability to troubleshoot electrical circuits (3 phase 480 VAC, 120 VAC, 24VAC and VDC control circuits). 

  • Ability to troubleshoot and program PLC's utilizing ladder logic programming. Familiar with Sequencer programming and AOI blocks. (Allen Bradley, Panelview OIT experience a plus)

  • Be available to work on different shifts and weekends as needed


Preferred Qualifications 

  • Experience troubleshooting Wonderware/AVEVA System Platform. 

  • Experience working with Microsoft SQL databases. 

  • Knowledge of Industrial Network Communication protocols (Ethernet, DeviceNet, ControlNet, Profibus) 

  • Ability to troubleshoot and commission Variable Frequency AC Drives, 3 phase motor starters, solenoids, control values, flowmeters, servo motors and drives, analog sensors (pressure, level, temperature), load cells. 

  • Familiarity with Cisco architecture and infrastructure (Basic LAN concepts) 

  • Ability to create or modify CAD drawings

 Compensation and Benefits
Salary Range $  - $ USD

Pay is based on multiple non-discriminatory, individualized factors including but not limited to experience, job-related knowledge and education, skills and office/market location. In addition to base salary, salaried employees are eligible for annual discretionary bonuses, profit-sharing and, for Executive-level (salary grade 16 and above) roles only, long-term incentives in the form of Restricted Stock Units and/or Stock Options.

Subject to the terms and conditions of the applicable benefits plans then in effect, all salaried employees are also eligible for a competitive benefits package which includes:

  • Insurance: Employees (and their eligible dependents) are eligible to participate in Company-sponsored Medical, Dental, Vision, Basic Life Insurance, Accidental Death & Dismemberment and Disability insurance plans.
  • Retirement Plans: Employees are eligible to enroll in Colgate's 401(k) plan, which provides for company matching contributions subject to eligibility requirements
  • Vacation/PTO: Employees receive a minimum of 15 days of vacation/PTO leave annually
  • Paid Holidays: Employees receive a minimum of 13 paid/floating holidays annually
  • Paid Sick Leave: Based on location and consistent with applicable state and local law, employees receive a minimum of 40 hours of paid sick leave on January 1st of each year
  • Paid Parental Leave: Eligible employees may take up to eight weeks of paid parental leave and 12 weeks of unpaid leave (varies for employees with fewer than 12 months of service and is subject to hours worked requirements)

Our Commitment to Sustainability
With the Colgate brand in more homes than any other, we are presented with great opportunities and new challenges as we work to integrate sustainability into all aspects of our business and create positive social impact. We are determined to position ourselves for further growth as we act on our 2025 Sustainability & Social Impact Strategy.

Our Commitment to Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
Achieving our purpose starts with our people — ensuring our workforce represents the people and communities we serve —and creating an environment where our people feel they belong; where we can be our authentic selves, feel treated with respect and have the support of leadership to impact the business in a meaningful way.

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.

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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