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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:  Projects and Automation Engineer

Travel Required?:  Travel - up to 10% of time
Date:  Sep 11, 2022
No remote working option

No Relocation Assistance Offered
# 139214 - Villawood, New South Wales, Australia


Do you want to come to work with a smile and leave with one as well? In between those smiles, your day consists of working in a global organization, continually learning and collaborating, having 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. 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: 


The primary focus of this role is the responsibility to lead site-wide Automation which includes PLC’s, HMI’s, plant level networks, AGV’s and Robots. Responsibility includes managing software and design modifications of site automation systems. Another primary responsibility of this role is to implement capital expenditure projects, particularly those with a mechanical or packaging machinery focus. Projects may involve sourcing systems from external suppliers and may also involve detailed mechanical design, drafting and purchasing for in-house projects.


This role also supports all areas of production with troubleshooting, continuous improvement, maintenance and EOHS issues 



Main Responsibilities:


  • Project Identification and Design 


  • Establish project goals through consultation with a large variety of collaborators and prepare capital submissions through Colgate systems.


  • Project Management


  • Successfully implement projects.
  • Carry out feasibility study and select best option. Calculate costing to support application for funding.
  • Lead the change management process.
  • Control costs to complete project within budget.
  • Meet imposed deadlines with good time management.
  • Plan and supervise installation. Carry out acceptance trials and validation. Specify spare parts.
  • Provide documentation and instruction manuals
  • Proper closure management of the project
  • Support MTM’s and maintenance personnel in overcoming breakdowns by problem solving and helping organise external repairs or parts. Work towards becoming familiar with all our systems.


  • Continuous Improvement


  • Support Continuous Improvement Engineers in improving productivity, quality and safety through equipment modifications.


  • Autonomous Maintenance


  • Provide technical advice to AM teams.


  • EOHS and Sustainability


  • Actively support management systems.
  • Do permits and authorizations diligently.
  • Improve safety by design.
  • Adhere to Company Standards and Guidelines and local legislation.
  • Communicate expectations to contractors and supervise.


  • Shop Floor Reporting Systems (SCADA & SAP)


  • Gain knowledge of the OPERA (SCADA and MES). Gather the information from Packaging, Technical, QA, Planning and Engineering.
  • Data entry


  • New Products


  • Check that new packaging is within the equipment size range and can be handled by the equipment.
  • Liaise with Packaging Dept to make packaging suitable.
  • Design/procure new change parts.
  • Provide change part storage.
  • Modify machines if necessary and feasible.
  • Prepare a size change data sheet.
  • Prepare new PLC and SCADA recipes.



Required Qualifications (Education, Knowledge required, Language skills) 


  •  A Bachelor of Engineering degree in a relevant engineering field (Mechanical / Mechatronics / Electrical)
  •  Minimum 5 years’ experience in project management/ mechanical engineering.
  •  Minimum 5 years of experience in Automation in Allen Bradley PLC’s, Networks (including Devicenet) and HMI’s.
  •  Minimum 5 years experience in design, manufacture and installation of packaging machinery and/or plant process equipment
  •  Prior 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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