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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:  HR Business Partner/Manager - Tom's Sanford Plant

Travel Required?:  Travel - up to 10% of time
Date:  Jan 25, 2023

Relocation Assistance Offered Within Region
# 148748 - Sanford, Maine, United States



The HR Business Partner/HR Manager will provide leadership as a key member of the site leadership team on strategic business and human resource priorities including organization design and capabilities, learning and development, employee engagement, change management and organization effectiveness. As a business partner to managers and employees, you will have responsibilities to perform a variety of complex, professional HR activities across labor relations/issue resolution, policy/process development and renewal to ensure compliance with company policies as well as federal and state employment legislation.  The right candidate will be able to meet the day-to-day requirements of the Human Resources function while maintaining a strategic and operational view to produce positive impact, sustainable growth and foster an inclusive culture at Tom’s. 




Commit to Impact as a Business Partner:

  • Provides direction, leadership and support on all HR related processes/activities to managers and employees.  
  • Operates within a team environment and seeks to increase team member's interpersonal, leadership and collaborative skills and knowledge to a level consistent with best in class companies.

  • Participate with functional leaders and others as necessary to develop and implement strategic organization plans, strategic labor relations plans, and near and long term resource / staffing plans 

  • Coach team members cross-functionally in the areas of communication skills, career paths, promoting a positive work environment where trust is cultivated through formal and informal feedback sessions.

  • Partner with the various CoHRE and CBS teams on HR processes (Talent Acquisition, Total Rewards, Learning) and speak openly to optimize and improve as beneficial.

  • Support implementation Performance Management, MindSpark 2.0, Success Factors and Time & Attendance systems.

  • Support effective management of the People Capabilities Standard in compliance with the Colgate Factory Performance & Reliability (FP&R) Program.

  • Guide and support managers in developing corrective actions and ensure proper documentation and follow up for low performing employees

  • Promote effective project and team management with clearly defined project sponsors, scope and deliverables 

  • Support measurable goal attainment and business value impact.

  • Represent the company in outside community activities, and encourage employee engagement and participation

  • Coach and model lifting Leadership Principles to cultivate trust, commit to impact and create the future.



Ownership of HR Function: 

  • Co-own all talent management (Career Development, Talent Planning, Performance Management) programs together with functional leaders

  • Co-own the annual salary planning and compensation forecasting processes with Salary Planning Managers and Total Rewards teams to reward and differentiate individual performance delivered (quarterly bonus, promotions, merit/wage increases) 

  • Develop best in class local talent sourcing strategy, leveraging best practices, technical schools, universities and diversity institutions

  • Ensure effective on-boarding and a welcoming, inclusive culture for new employees/transfers in alignment with organization’s vision, purpose and culture so they can quickly contribute to the organization’s goals

  • Build organizational capability and drive change management

  • Manage, develop and coach direct report

  • Conduct annual needs assessment and define/measure action plan to address both current and future capabilities and inform progressive learning programs 

  • Ensure HR data integrity is accurate and updated in the SAP/Success Factor HR systems. Conduct periodic audits readiness assessment to ensure compliance and continuous improvement discipline

  • Partner with DEI CoHRE, ERGs to implement relevant local initiatives

  • Advise and coach managers and supervisor on the resolution of employee inquiries and issues, consulting with Legal as needed

  • Ensure effective, consistent administration of Human Resources policies and guidelines

  • Establish an effective communication plan to understand the pulse of the organization and measure progress through regularly updated action plans

  • Serve as an employee advocate by establishing workplace behaviors that model the company’s Ethical Leadership standards, F.E.E.D and leadership principles


We’re Looking for Someone Who (Is/Has):

  • People-obsessed: You are passionate about people - understanding who they are, what problems they have, and creating solutions that will help better their lives

  • Take initiative: You’ve never been one to sit back and just wait for instructions. You have a track record of taking initiative to act on your curiosities that turn into plans or learnings to fuel further action

  • A Passionate Innovator: You’re passionate about falling in love with problems and coming up with ideas that you’ll iterate and evolve to ultimately create winning solutions

  • Has Grit: You don’t let set-backs stop or demotivate you. You consistently demonstrate grit by working through challenges by pivoting and finding alternative ways through

  • Strong Communicator: You can clearly communicate the opportunity and ideas with cross-functional partners and senior management to gain alignment and inspire action

  • Collaborative Team Player: You’re skilled at working with different people with varying areas of expertise and can lead a team to complete complex projects while keeping things on time and on budget

  • Hungry to Learn and Make an Impact: You’re always hungry to learn more and to continually improve. Making measurable impact is important to you


Education/ Experience Requirements

Basic qualifications include:  

  • BS or BA degree required (HR, Labor Relations, Business, Management or related field)

  • 5 years of relevant Human Resource Generalist experience

  • Experience in one or more HR specialty area (Compensation, Benefits, People Relations, People Development, Talent Acquisition, Diversity & Inclusion, Analytics, Organization Development/Design, Learning) 

  • Quantitative reasoning skills to inform data driven decisions

  • Proficient written and verbal communication skills, presentation and faciliation skills required

  • Proficiency with Google applications (Docs, Sheets, Slides)


Preferred qualifications include: 

  • Masters Degree preferred (HR, Labor Relations, Business, Management or related field)

  • Experience in a manufacturing environment 

  • Proficiency with SAP-HR and Success Factors systems

  • Professional Certification: HRCI/PHR/SPHR/GPHR, SHRM-CP/SHRM-SCP

Salary Range $86,400 - $126,840 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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