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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:  Manufacturing Operations Team Leader

Travel Required?:  Travel - up to 10% of time
Date:  May 24, 2023

No Relocation Assistance Offered
# 152212 - Sanford, Maine, United States


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.  
The Operations Team Leader [OTL] position is one that impacts and influences the overall culture, employee relations, performance of a manufacturing facility and its ability to align with the company’s core values and initiatives. The incumbent is responsible for demonstrating personal leadership, effectively managing production activities and resources, for a specified manufacturing area, to deliver business results and drive continuous improvement while maintaining positive employee relations. The primary accountabilities of the role include daily production schedule adherence, customer service, area financial performance, implementation of Operational Excellence initiatives (EOHS, Quality, FP&R), Employee Relations and to drive team development and performance. The OTL achieves success through collaborative partnerships with Supply Chain and leveraging the Company’s renewed focus on agility, FEED, and Leadership principles. The role is also 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.




  • Manages the people, materials, and equipment by the active presence on the shop floor to achieve the daily production schedule and deliver area KPI's.
  • Accountable for Operational Excellence (EOHS, Quality, FP&R) activities of the production area to deliver high levels of service to internal and external customers.
  • Effectively and proactively addresses labor relations issues in the area, as appropriate, according to CP Managing with Respect principles.
  • Identify actions to minimize financial variances associated with materials, finished products and other components of the plant’s conversion cost including labor cost and operating supplies.
  • Accountable for adhering to Colgate-Palmolive standards and governmental regulations related to the area of responsibility.
  • Ensures compliance with facility policies and procedures, e.g., crewing, shift rotation, vacation scheduling, meet business needs.
  • Identifies, recommends, and implements manufacturing cost reduction programs.
  • Support execution of new technology within the production area.
  • Communicates and implements the local Supply Chain vision, mission, strategy, and objectives.
  • Ensures the development of people, teams, and organizational capabilities by way of training, information sharing, coaching, feedback, recognition, delegation, and performance management.
  • Participates in the implementation of EOHS principles and corrective actions through walkabouts and effective follow-up.
  • Ensures SOPs (procedures) are followed by technicians and operators.
  • Leverages the FP&R program, standards and guidelines to drive performance.
  • Understands the manufacturing process from raw materials to finished good with particular focus on EOHS, Quality, FP&R, documentation and problem resolution.



Required Qualifications


  • Bachelor's degree in Engineering, Industrial Technology or Business related field.
  • At least 2 years of experience in a manufacturing environment.
  • Demonstrated strong written and verbal communications skills.
  • Coaching and feedback skills required in a high performance work systems environment.
  • Demonstrated ability to prioritize multiple initiatives and manage in ambiguous situations.
  • Proficiency with Google Suite collaboration tools (G-doc, sheets, slides, etc) and/or Microsoft Office.



Preferred Qualifications


  • At least 2 years of experience in managing and leading teams.
  • Working knowledge of production and process equipment, preferably in a processing industry such as food, chemicals or pharmaceuticals.
  • Ability to establish a specific course of action to accomplish goals through appropriate allocation of time and resources.
  • Ability to clearly express ideas both orally and in writing.
  • Project Management Skills.



Salary Range $64,000 - $92,400 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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