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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:  Senior Automation Engineer

Travel Required?:  Travel - up to 10% of time
Date:  Jun 15, 2024

No Relocation Assistance Offered
# 156640 - Villawood, New South Wales, Australia

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 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 organization 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.


Job Summary (Purpose) :

The primary focus of this role is the responsibility to manage 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 purpose of this role is to support and 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.


Main responsibilities : 

Site Automation Lead 

  • Lead the Villawood site’s automation by means of managing regular upgrades, regular auditing of site hardware and software,  project management, and mentoring team members including trades.
  • Manage, program and troubleshoot site automation systems.
  • Lead in electrical safety on site, including safeguarding machinery and managing safety systems. 
  • Partner with CP Global teams on standard automation technology and implementation of standard concepts on site.
  • Work closely with the plant systems team to implement required automation changes for plant systems project work.
  • Support the sIte’s electrical distribution and infrastructure.
  • Coach and mentor Engineering and Trade team members.

Project Identification and Design

  • Establish project goals with a large variety of stakeholders and prepare capital submissions through Colgate systems.
  • Successfully implement projects and carry out feasibility studies to select the best option. Calculate costing to support application for funding.
  • Ensure end to end success of applicable projects including: leading the change management process, controlling costs to complete projects within budget, meeting imposed deadlines with good time management, planning and carrying out installation (including acceptance trials and validation), providing documentation and instruction manuals and ensuring proper closure management of the project.

Mechanical Design 

  • Design equipment that is: effective, safe to use, easy to maintain, cost effective – up front and on-going, durable, flexible, able to produce quality products, consistent with our normal operating procedures and supportive of commonality of spare parts.

Troubleshooting/Continuous Improvement

  • Troubleshooting by supporting manufacturing and maintenance team members in overcoming breakdowns by problem solving and helping organise external repairs or parts.  Work towards becoming familiar with all our systems.
  • Support Continuous Improvement Engineers in improving productivity, quality and safety through equipment modifications.
  • Provide technical advice to autonomous maintenance  teams.

SCADA and Making Systems 

  • Develop robust knowledge of the Wonderware (SCADA and MES) and Making Control Systems as well as managing Recipe Manager
  • Support compliance auditing for Safety, EOHS, electrical  and Quality
  • Gather and consolidate information from Packaging, Technical, QA, Planning and Engineering.

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 and provide change part storage.
  • Modify machines if necessary and feasible.
  • Prepare a size change data sheet. 
  • Prepare new PLC and SCADA recipes.


Required (Education, Knowledge required, Language skills, etc) :

  • Bachelor of Engineering degree in a relevant engineering field (Mechanical / Mechatronics / Electrical).
  • 5-10 years’ experience in project management and/or mechanical or electrical engineering.
  • Competency with various PLC programming languages (e.g. ladder logic, structured text, and function block).
  • Experience with process and manufacturing equipment used in FMCG manufacturing (e.g. rotary fillers, labellers, tanks, pumps, packaging equipment, etc).
  • 5-10 years experience in design, manufacture and installation of packaging machinery and/or plant process equipment.


Preferred Requirements:

  • 5 years of experience in industrial control systems, specializing in Allen Bradley PLC’s, Networks (including Devicenet, Ethernet-IP, Modbus, etc) , HMI’s, VSD’s, Servos, industrial instrumentation (temp. Control, flowmeters, level controls, etc).
  • Experience in AGVs, robotics and WW SCADA is advantageous.
  • Experience in managing and inspecting hazardous areas



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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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