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A part of Colgate-Palmolive since 2006, Tom’s of Maine was founded in 1970 with a goal to simplify lives with natural, unprocessed, and unadulterated products.

Today our Oral Care, Bath & Body, and Deodorant & Antiperspirant products continue to meet the same high quality standards on which the company was founded and never use artificial colors, flavors, fragrances, preservatives or animal testing.

Tom’s of Maine is the kind of place where everyone knows everyone else, and people are not afraid to be themselves. Our supportive, team-based environment encourages creative ways of doing business.

A career at Tom’s of Maine or 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:  Operations Technician - Finishing

Travel Required ?:  No Travel

No Relocation Assistance Offered
# 85400 - Sanford, Maine, United States

Operations Technician - Finishing

Tom's of Maine is seeking a Finishing Technician to fill and package natural personal care products while meeting safety, quality, and productivity goals. The role supports the Finishing Area through Factory Performance & Reliability program elements such as visual workplace, equipment operating maintenance, and continuous improvement. The role also supports the facility with cleaning, repair, groundskeeping, and other support as needed. This position requires occasional overtime and weekend work.

Core Responsibilities:

  • Safety - Ensure all EOHS requirements (Environmental Occupational Health and Safety) are met while you handle materials and operate equipment.

  • Quality -Ensure all quality guidelines (Current Good Manufacturing Practices and Standard Operating Procedures) are followed during all manufacturing and cleaning processes. This includes documenting all batch, material, label, and in-process data with accuracy and neatness to meet FDA guidelines. Keep the finishing area and equipment clean and organized at all times.

  • Productivity – Operate work station to achieve production targets with minimal waste and downtime. Cross-train to achieve mastery of all work station operations, material handling/documentation, and equipment set-up/routine maintenance.

  • Leadership –Work within the team environment in a professional and respectful manner. Attend all meetings promptly and engage in their content. Lead or contribute to Factory Performance & Reliability projects that promote continuous improvement.


  • High School Diploma or Equivalent required


  • At least 1 year of manufacturing experience preferred

Key Competencies:

  • Ability to read, write, and understand English

  • Skill at adding/subtracting/multiplying/dividing with consistent accuracy

  • Attention to detail and neat documentation

  • Ability to lift repeatedly up to 55 lbs 

  • Ability to operate machinery safely

  • Strong attendance record

  • To make safety the top priority in every interaction with co-workers, equipment, and materials

  • To understand the quality specifications of each product and ensure they are met at your station

  • To follow all quality guidelines (Current Good Manufacturing Practices and Standard Operating Procedures)

  • To willingly work within a team

  • To produce units at a rate determined by the line speed, maintaining smooth and continuous production flow, so as to achieve the daily production goals

  • To minimize waste of product and packaging by filling and packing each unit according to the Standard Operating Procedure

  • To be flexible to swing to an alternate shift, work overtime, or work weekends when required

  • To communicate with your team leader and fellow team members in a respectful way

  • To listen in a non-defensive way when receiving feedback

  • To be engaged in training and meetings

  • Forklift experience preferred

  • Basic computer experience preferred


Physical Requirements

  • Ability to stand, walk, bend, climb, crawl, and work in confined spaces, and work in hazardous condition spaces for up to twelve hours per day.

  • Ability to work in extreme weather conditions with temperature ranges from cold to hot and humid

  • Ability to use hazardous materials 

  • Ability to lift up to 55 lbs. on continual basis

  • Complete tasks that require working with hands overhead

  • Use a stand-up or sit-down forklift, intermittently for up to twelve hours per day 

  • Walk unlimited distances each day. 

  • Frequently walk up and down multiple levels of steps, multiple times a day, up to 8.5 levels - carrying tool bag, materials, or other supplies that weigh 25 lbs on average

  • Occasionally climb ladders or ledges, with tie-off equipment when required

  •  Frequently bend at waist 90 degrees and flex at knees 120 degrees 

  •  Wear required personal protective equipment, including hearing, eye, foot and dust protection.

  •  Frequently perform tasks in an environment that contains significant levels of dust

  •  Perceive visual and audible alarms and telephones while wearing hearing protection 

  •  Receive and transmit information in person and by telephone communications

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.

Nearest Major Market: Portland Maine

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