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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

Travel Required?:  No Travel
Date:  Jul 19, 2024

No Relocation Assistance Offered
# 157056 - 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!


About Us:
Tom’s of Maine is the pioneer of the Naturals World, paving the way for 50 years! We are passionate, driven and actively doing good every day. This matters so much because at Tom’s we do things differently. Better products, better practices, better ways of being a business. We’re transforming into a sustainable innovation company and want to share our knowledge with the world. Come be part of our movement.


We are seeking driven candidates to join Tom's of Maine as a Material Handler responsible for activities that support the movement and control of materials in the facility. Coordinates daily activities in materials movement or handling, receiving, loading, unloading, transporting, stacking, order filling, shipping, and maintaining stock in a storeroom or warehouse. Reviews shipping or receiving orders and requests for movement of materials and products.  Opportunities on 1st and 2nd Shift.


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, delegate and instruct tasks to team members, and model Company’s Values and 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 4 years  experience in warehouse or manufacturing environment, including experience with safety and quality systems required

  • Demonstrated experience safely operating a forktruck

  • Demonstrated experience implementing 5S /Lean practices

  • 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.




Base Pay: $20.90/hour



  • 2nd Shift : $1,50/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..

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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