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Established in 1806 as a small soap and candle business in New York City, Colgate-Palmolive is now a truly global company with products sold in over 200 countries and territories under such internationally recognized brand names as Colgate, Palmolive, Softsoap, Irish Spring, Protex, Sorriso, Kolynos, elmex, Tom's of Maine, Sanex, Ajax, Axion, Soupline, Haci Sakir, Suavitel, PCA SKIN, EltaMD, Filorga and Hello as well as Hill's Science Diet and Hill's Prescription Diet.

Colgate-Palmolive is a leading consumer products company that serves hundreds of millions of consumers worldwide with brands and products across four core businesses – Oral Care, Personal Care, Home Care and Pet Nutrition. We are committed to offering products that make lives healthier and more enjoyable, and programs that enrich communities around the world.

Every day millions of people trust our products to care for themselves and the ones they love. Our goal is to use our technology to create products that will continue to improve the quality of life for our consumers wherever they live.

A career at Colgate-Palmolive is an excellent opportunity if you seek a global experience, constant challenge, and development opportunities in an environment that respects work/life effectiveness.

Job Title:  Plant Systems & Digitisation Engineer

Travel Required?:  No Travel
Date:  Sep 6, 2022
Partial remote working option

No Relocation Assistance Offered
# 140585 - Villawood, New South Wales, Australia


About Colgate - Palmolive

Do you want to come to work with a smile and leave with one as well? In between those smiles, your day consists of connecting with others across the world, full of stimulating discussions, and making impactful contributions!

If this is how you see your career, Colgate is the place to be! Our dependable household brands, dedicated employees, and sustainability commitments make us a company passionate about building a future to smile about for our employees, consumers, and surrounding communities. We win as a global organisation by continually learning and collaborating. The pride in our brand fuels a workplace that encourages creative thinking, champions experimentation, and promotes authenticity which has contributed to our enduring success. If you want to work for a company that lives by their values, then give your career a reason to smile...every single day.


Scope of Responsibility: 

Primary responsibility is the plant systems on site:

  • Wonderware control software for the operator interface
  • Wonderware InBatch, MES and recipe manager systems 
  • PLC logic to ensure all plant equipment operation
  • Computer hardware/software/networking for above equipment
  • Troubleshooting and setting up of existing/new equipment/processes
  • Instrumentation associated with above processes
  • Capital project execution primarily associated with Plant Systems and Digitalization.  This includes project viability assessment, capital budget, design and installation management to meet the needs of the plant in an efficient and safe manner, and overall management of the project. 


Core Responsibilities: 

  • Wonderware Systems - Troubleshoot and modify the software as required for process and/or recipe changes. Utilize resources from Colgate global and Wonderware technical support as required.
  • PLC Programming- Add/modify/write PLC code for changes to the plant system process or for new equipment. Manage all hardware associated with the PLC network for the Making System, including the associated bus networks (DeviceNet, Profibus, Ethernet)
  • digital transformation, Internet of Things (IoT)
  • Computer Infrastructure – Manage the virtualization hosts and servers, thin clients, networking and MF domain configuration with close liaison with local and global IT/PFS resources.
  • Develop and support maintenance protocol for the systems and promote the automation and digitization strategy in the plant along with the Reimagine strategy.
  • Technical/Continuous Improvement– Stays abreast of latest technical developments and identifies potential applications for manufacturing continuous improvement. Utilizes risk analysis, evaluates vertical integration opportunities, and conducts benchmarking to identify and specify technical and process improvements.
  • Project Management- Takes on engineering projects around the plant as and when necessary. Manages process from start to finish.
  • Vendor Management and Factory Acceptance Testing Uses specific criteria and guidelines for vendor evaluation and selection. (includes vendor checklists, interviews etc). Monitors vendor progress as appropriate and conducts equipment qualification and performance testing at vendor site prior to release and shipment to CP site utilizing appropriate protocols and reporting formats.
  • Quality/EOHS Compliance – Ensures compliance with appropriate Colgate standards, Australian Standards and local regulations including EOHS, Quality and Microbiology standards.  Applies appropriate standards and applicable codes in project design and installations.  Conducts equipment and process validation (DQ/IQ/OQ/PQ) as per the Global Quality Standards.  Ensures project teams (CP and non-CP members) understand and abide by all Safety rules/regulations.
  • Installation – Oversees site preparation, installation of equipment, control systems, and associated utilities (water, electrical, HVAC, steam, air, etc) with contractors or internal CP maintenance personnel.
  • Production – Assists EMO’s (Experimental Manufacturing Orders) to verify that process/equipment meets design specifications.  Oversees the start up and training of key personnel for new projects.  Performs follow up and takes corrective action.  Troubleshoots problematic batches and production line deviations. Conducts appropriate process capability studies to ensure CpK greater than or equal to 1.33. Ensures expected Asset Utilization, Operational Efficiency are achieved.


Experience & Qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Engineering degree in a relevant engineering field (Mechanical / Mechatronics / Electrical)
  • Minimum 3 years of experience in Plant Systems/automation (Allen Bradley PLC’s, Networks (including Devicenet) and HMI’s.)
  • Advantageous - Experience in AGV’s, robotics and WW SCADA


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.

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