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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:  Making Technician - 2nd Shift

Travel Required?:  No Travel
Date:  Feb 13, 2024

 No Relocation Assistance Offered
# 157509 - 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!

Position Profile - Making Technician 2nd shift

Salary Grade Range: Hourly - Hourly Employee Referral: $1,000.00 US Dollar 


Activist For Everyday Good! 

Tom's of Maine, part of Colgate-Palmolive Company, is hiring!! 

This is the best time ever to join a special place. There are positions available on 2nd shifts. 


Base Pay: 22.93 + Shift Differential of $1.50 hr (2nd shift) for $24.43 total 


Sign-on bonus / Internal Referral Program 

• After 90 days, $500 Dollars; 

• After 180 days, $500 Dollars; 


Great Benefit Package:

• Medical, Dental & Vision Coverage for employee & eligible dependents - Start on Day 1; 

• Vacation days (15 days to 25 days) for full worked year; 

• Access to discounted Company products; 

• 13 Paid Holidays/Year; 

• Paid Volunteer Time (Up to 12 days / year) 

• Saving & Investment Plan with Company Match & Retirement profit-sharing opportunities; 

• Tuition Assistance - up to $10,000 per year; 

And much more.. 


Position Details:


Tom’s of Maine products – including toothpaste, deodorant, mouthwash, bar soap and toothbrushes – 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.  


A Making Technician is responsible for the manufacture of natural oral and personal care products while delivering excellence in safety, quality and productivity. As a making technician, you will work on the factory floor and monitor processes, test batch quality, maintain equipment protocols, ensure the area is clean, and support your team and supervisor in preventive & corrective actions. The role also supports new product and process development. The Technician is supportive of the Tom’s of Maine Mission and site requirements as needed such as participation on cross-functional teams, leadership for community events, volunteering, and working on maintenance/housekeeping projects.





  • Safety - Ensure all EOHS requirements (Environmental Occupational Health and Safety) are met while handling materials and operating equipment.

  • Quality - Ensure all quality systems (Current Good Manufacturing Practices and Standard Operating Procedures) are followed during all manufacturing and all cleaning and sanitization (C&S) processes.

  • Productivity – Ensure completion of each batch within its cycle time. Minimize downtime, changeover time, material waste, and scrap.

  • Leadership – Promote teamwork to achieve all goals for the Process Area and the factory. Take initiative to identify issues and offer continuous improvement actions in safety, quality, and productivity.




  • Safety – Understands and is accountable for full compliance with Minimum Safe Behaviors and other safety requirements. Specific examples include ergonomics, personal protective equipment, and powered lift operation.

  • Environment requires following all procedures for waste handling, disposal, spill control, and water minimization.

  • Quality - Understands and is accountable for following all Quality, Good Manufacturing Processes, and Micro [C&S Guidelines] standards and guidelines. Responsible for following Standard Operating Procedures during all activities. This includes documenting every weight, batch number, mixture addition, and equipment C&S with accuracy and neatness to meet FDA guidelines. This also includes partnership with Quality on GMP improvement projects, sampling, and root cause analysis. Performs Housekeeping activities as per established protocols.

  • Productivity – Responsible for efficiency of workflow for weighing, charging, and cleaning activities throughout the Make Area during the shift. Operates and monitors production equipment through computer terminals, control panels and/or manually.Minimizes downtime to reduce batch cycle time. Completes batch changeovers quickly and prepares for the next incoming shift. Performs advanced troubleshooting and resolves issues to keep the line operating. Meets business needs by flexing scheduled work hours or contributing additional work hours when needed.

  • Leadership – Responsible for Factory Performance & Reliability activities such as visual workplace organization, housekeeping productivity & continuous improvement and smart factory performance standards. Works with other employees and management on continuous improvement projects and process design.




  • Attention to detail with the ability to follow all procedures, and neatly document tasks with precision.

  • Accuracy to maintain inventories of each material with batch control using math skills.

  • Mechanical skills to set up, operate, and clean equipment with a focus on safety.

  • Computer skills to operate controls (such as Programmable Logic Controller, scale interface, handheld scanner, SAP computer transactions, computer email) with skill as trained.

  • Leadership to take initiative for continuous improvement and act according to our values (Caring, Inclusive & Courageous) and leadership principles.

  • Teamwork to work closely with others to achieve shared goals.

  • Communication skills with ability to understand and assess team production performance via visual, written, and verbal communications.




  • High School Diploma or equivalent required

  • Vocational or Technical degree preferred




  • 1-2 years work experience in a manufacturing environment preferred

  • Basic computer skills, G-suite tools

  • Problem assessment, problem solving and basic math skills

  • Read, write, speak, and understand English.

  • Able to lift up to 55 pounds repeatedly with or without accommodation.

  • Work on feet for extended periods in a fast-paced environment with or without accommodation.

  • Meet shift requirements with excellent attendance.

  • Work mandatory overtime including weekend work when needed.

  • Teamwork and strong interpersonal skills.

  • Self-directed with a strong results-oriented attitude.


Physical Requirements

  • Ability to stand, walk, bend, climb, crawl, and work in confined spaces, and work in hazardous condition spaces for up to twelve hours per day.

  • Ability to work in extreme weather conditions with temperature ranges from cold to hot and humid

  • Ability to use hazardous materials 

  • Ability to lift up to 55 lbs. on continual basis

  • Complete tasks that require working with hands overhead

  • Use a stand-up or sit-down forklift, intermittently for up to twelve hours per day 

  • Walk unlimited distances each day. 

  • Frequently walk up and down multiple levels of steps, multiple times a day, up to 8.5 levels - carrying tool bag, materials, or other supplies that weigh 25 lbs on average

  • Occasionally climb ladders or ledges, with tie-off equipment when required

  • Frequently bend at waist 90 degrees and flex at knees 120 degrees 

  • Wear required personal protective equipment, including hearing, eye, foot and dust protection.

  • Frequently perform tasks in an environment that contains significant levels of dust

  • Perceive visual and audible alarms and telephones while wearing hearing protection 

  • Receive and transmit information in person and by telephone communications

 Compensation and Benefits
Salary Range $0.00  - $0.00 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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