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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:  Plant Microbiologist

Travel Required?:  Travel - up to 10% of time
Date:  Sep 10, 2021
No remote working option

No Relocation Assistance Offered
# 110401 - Sanford, Maine, United States

Are you a quick learner who loves science? Colgate-Palmolive/Tom's of Maine invites applications for a Microbiologist position based at our Sanford, ME location.

Our Plant Microbiologist will be responsible for the implementation of the corporate microbiological control programs at the plant level in collaboration with other key functions to ensure production meets the requirements of the microbiological standards and operating procedures. The position does require flexibility (sick, vacation coverage, etc.) so as to best meet the facility’s needs and support projects.

Is this opportunity exciting to you? Come and have a look!

Principal Responsibilities:

  • Perform microbiological testing of raw materials, work-in-process, and finished product for product approval and release.
  • Support development and implement a plant-wide Microbiological Control Program.
  • Support, maintain and utilize SPC systems to drive continuous improvement, identify trends and draw conclusions.
  • Assist with product, equipment, and C&S validations.
  • Maintain lab equipment and calibrations.
  • Complete Failure Investigations and accurately detail Out of Specification results.
  • Support implementation and role out of Global Quality Standards.
  • Provide product release notification to Colgate distribution system and SAP transactions.
  • Provide support to facilities to resolve nonconformance issues and identify corrective and preventative actions.
  • Approve raw materials shipments and ensure Raw Material Purchasing Specification is met on the CofA’s.

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree in Microbiology, Biology, Biochemistry, Physics, Chemistry or related Science field
  • A minimum of 3 years of Practical Knowledge of laboratory working environment is required through job experience or college classwork (must understand basic lab safety and chemical waste disposal)

Expected Skills:

  • Solid Understanding and practical Experience with good laboratory practices (GLP’s) - General Microbiological laboratory practices, Instrumentation (Celsis, autoclaves, gram staining, water purification system, etc), failure investigation of nonconforming product, and general computer skills (i.e. MS Word, MS Excel, SPC, SAP, e-mail).
  • Displays a high energy level, and puts top priority in getting results.
  • Ability to Make decisions and communicate effectively while under pressure.
  • Develops relationships with people throughout the facility.
  • Communication - Speaks and writes optimally, and keeps people up to date with information. Maintains lab notebooks and testing documentation.
  • Generates innovative ideas and solutions to problems and stimulates others to continuous improvement.
  • Proven knowledge of Microbiology, validations, cGMP, and instrumentation.



We are a results oriented company with a caring culture and work life balance. Do not miss the chance to join our outstanding team!


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 Colgate-Palmolive? 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.

Colgate-Palmolive is a leading global consumer products company, tightly focused on Oral Care, Personal Care, Home Care and Pet Nutrition. Colgate sells its products in over 200 countries and territories around the world under such internationally recognized brand names as Colgate, Palmolive, elmex, Tom’s of Maine, Sorriso, Speed Stick, Lady Speed Stick, Softsoap, Irish Spring, Protex, Sanex, Elta MD, PCA Skin, Ajax, Axion, Fabuloso, Soupline and Suavitel, as well as Hill’s Science Diet and Hill’s Prescription Diet. 

For more information about Colgate’s global business, visit the Company’s web site at To learn more about Colgate Bright Smiles, Bright Futures® oral health education program, please visit To learn more about Hill's and the Hill’s Food, Shelter & Love program please visit To learn more about Tom’s of Maine  please visit

Reasonable accommodation during the application process is available for persons with disabilities. Please contact with the subject "Accommodation Request" should you require accommodation.

Nearest Major Market: Portland Maine

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