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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:  Material Handler 1

Travel Required?:  No Travel
Date:  Mar 16, 2023

No Relocation Assistance Offered
# 152020 - Sanford, Maine, United States

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. This position is available on the 1st shift.




Base Pay: $20,00/hour


Sign-On bonus / Internal Referral Program

  • After 90 days,  $500 Dollars;

  • After 180 days, $500 Dollars;


Relocation Allowance


  •  If you need to relocate to Southern Maine You will receive a sign-on bonus of $5,000 within your first month of employment. This sign-on bonus is subject to applicable taxes. 


* Should you voluntarily terminate employment with Colgate-Palmolive prior to the one-year anniversary of your employment, you will be required to reimburse the $5,000 sign-on bonus no more than 30 days after termination.




  • 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, 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 seeking a Material Handler who will be responsible for activities that support the movement and control of materials in the facility.  This role works together with a team to achieve business objectives of safety, quality, productivity, customer service, cost, and environmental protection. The material handler works within a structure that requires strong partnership with support functions and with other team members to manage workflow.




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

  • Quality -  Ensure all quality systems such as Current Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMPs) and Standard Operating Procedures(SOPs) are followed during all material movements and housekeeping  processes.

  • Productivity – Work with the material handlers team to ensure all material movements and SAP transactions are complete to meet production and shipping needs.

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




  • As a team, the material handlers are responsible for material movement activities such as receiving, sampling, staging for production, put away, shipping, inventory control, housekeeping, warehousing maintenance, recycling/waste transport, problem solving, and continuous improvement.  

  • EOHS responsibilities include understanding and adherence to all facility requirements such as Minimum Safe Behaviors (MSBs),  proper use of personal protective equipment (PPE), and compliance with all storage and disposal requirements.

  • Equipment responsibilities include safe operation, maintenance, and site training for all powered lifts.  Also responsible for racking, docks, stretch wrapping, sampling, and labeling systems.

  • Quality responsibilities include receiving inspections, sampling, daily housekeeping, and cGMP/Micro compliance for all material storage.

  • Inventory control responsibilities include accurate physical and SAP/Warehouse Management System (WMS) tracking of every material quantity and movement.  

  • SAP/WMS responsibilities include receiving, shipping, staging, scanner use, bin control, confirmations, inventory reporting/adjustments, and troubleshooting.

  • Warehouse responsibilities include all housekeeping protocols/audits, management of storage areas, visual workplace (VWP) continuous improvement, and driver hosting.

  • Support production lines as needed.




  • 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 scale interface, handheld scanner, SAP computer transactions, computer email) with skill as trained.

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

  • Problem solving skills to apply data-driven continuous improvement tools such as Root Cause Analysis to resolve issues and improve results.

  • Leadership to take initiative for continuous improvement and act according to Managing With Respect principles.

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





  • High School Diploma or equivalent required

  • Vocational or Technical degree preferred 





  • Minimum of 2 years’ experience in warehouse or manufacturing environment, including experience with safety and quality systems required

  • Demonstrated computer skills to use SAP/WMS System for transactions and troubleshooting

  • Skill at adding/subtracting/multiplying/dividing with consistent accuracy

  • Ability to read, write, speak, and understand English

  • Ability to lift up to 55 pounds repeatedly with or without accommodation

  • Ability to work on feet for extended periods in a fast-paced environment with or without accommodation

  • Ability to meet shift requirements with excellent attendance

  • Ability to work mandatory overtime including weekend work when needed

  • Teamwork and strong interpersonal skills.



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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