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Date: Sep 26, 2018

Location: Sanford, ME, US



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.

Location: Sanford, Maine, United States
Relocation Assistance Offered Within Country
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Position Purpose:


The Plant Automation Engineer will use his/her technical expertise to lead manufacturing automation projects from an approach of people, process and systems.

Scope of responsibilities include, but are not limited to: providing technical expertise on automation projects, training of plant personnel on automation systems, system troubleshooting and maintenance, identification and communication of best practices, and developing solutions to system utilization issues. 


Relationships required include strong partnerships with manufacturing operations, IT, engineering and quality for system requirements. 


Let's talk about Responsibilities:


  • Lead plant automation projects.  This includes management of all aspects of the implementation including people, process, and systems.
  • Provide input to major capital projects involving automation to ensure global automation standards and policies are followed.
  • Provide technical leadership in the area of manufacturing automation utilizing:
    • Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC’s)
    • SCADA
    • SQL Database
  • Provide the technical leadership to implementation teams as needed.
  • Provide the technical expertise to the site to update the configurations of the systems.
  • Provide training and advanced troubleshooting to the site.
  • Provide guidance and training to plant operations to foster utilization. 
  • Enforce standards at the site that ensure global consistency of manufacturing automation and integration systems.
  • Establish and maintain close relationships with:
    • Regional Plant Systems Integrator
    • Plant operations teams
    • Plant quality teams
    • Plant maintenance team
    • Plant FP&R team


What you need for this position:


  • Bachelor’s degree in engineering
  • Experience with engineering, supply chain operations and/or IT Supply Chain
  • Basic knowledge of manufacturing operations core processes and plant floor equipment
  • Ability to configure and test plant systems
  • Knowledge of Industrial Network Communication protocols (Ethernet, DeviceNet, ControlNet, Profibus)


It’s an advantage to have:


  • Experience in systems configuration and maintenance
  • Basic knowledge of SAP
  • Experience in Industrial Automation using Rockwell / Siemens PLC’s or equivalent
  • Experience with Wonderware Industrial Automation software (SCADA, Historian, Archestra) or an equivalent software



Are you interested in working for Tom's of Maine? You can apply to work with us using this online application. 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.

Equal Opportunity Employer
Colgate is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, ethnicity, age, disability, veteran status, marital status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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