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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:  Operations Associate

Travel Required?:  No Travel
Date:  Jan 14, 2023

No Relocation Assistance Offered
# 150533 - 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. There are positions available in 1st and  2nd shifts.




Base Pay: $18,00/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..





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.  




The Operations Associates will assist Operations Technicians with the preparation and execution of startup, changeovers, operations, and line shutdown.  Also can support with material handling, warehousing and quality checks.


This position will have primary responsibility for executing the coordination of production materials, safety compliance, data collection, quality checks, maintaining 5S Visual Workplace, inventory (packaging materials and finished goods), and overall production support. The Operations Associate works within a structure that requires considerable interaction with others in the same production unit as well as other production units and support functions.



Responsibilities include:


  • Understands and is accountable for full compliance with safety and other EOHS requirements;

  • Understands and is accountable for following: all Quality, GMP, and cleaning standards and guidelines;

  • Inspects and samples inbound trailers, packaging materials, and products according to SOPs;

  • Loads and unloads materials, parts and finished products manually or by mechanized means;

  • Transfers and stores finished and materials throughout the plant and warehouse using forklift equipment;

  • Complete all appropriate SAP and RF transactions for receiving, transferring and shipping of materials and finished products;

  • Utilizes SAP to confirm material movements and reads work order or follows verbal instructions to ascertain materials or containers to be moved;

  • Delivers production items to designate work areas for processing;

  • Delivers processed units to storage or for the next stage of processing;

  • Stacks processed items in the warehouse;

  • Performs cycle counts and inventories;

  • Completes daily check sheet for forklift safety and maintenance;

  • Performs safety check of pallet stacking at end of shift and reports and resolves any issues;

  • Packs products in containers;

  • Assists with startup, changeovers, and operations of automated and manual equipment throughout the production facility;

  • Performs daily housekeeping activities and conducts/participates in area housekeeping assessments as required to meet all GMPs and FDA requirements;

  • Assists with finished goods preparation and inspection;

  • Removes and disposes of Production line waste according to Standard Operating Procedures;

  • Other job functions that may be assigned






  • Ability to lift 55 pounds repeatedly for extended periods of time;

  • Ability to climb stairs and ladders, bend to 90 degrees repeatedly;

  • Must be able to work any shift, weekends and mandatory overtime as needed;

  • Proficient with computers, software, and data processing;

  • Minimum of 0- 2 years of experience in a manufacturing environment;

  • Demonstrated competency of Attention to Detail, Work Standards, Initiative and Managing Work.



  • GMP and/or consumer goods manufacturing experience a plus;

  • Previous manufacturing work team experience preferred;

  • Demonstrated competency in problem-solving/decision making, effective communication, results-oriented, and job fit.



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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