Plant Chemist (Auburn)


: $78,810.00 - $129,060.00 /year *

Employment Type

: Full-Time


: Scientific Research

No Relocation Assistance Offered
#75409 - Sanford, Maine, United States

The Plant Chemist is responsible for performing chemical and physical testing on raw materials, packaging materials, work-in-process, and finished product samples to ensure quality and safety to consumers.


  • Under minimal supervision performs / reviews analytical testing of Raw Materials, Work-In-Process, Finished Products for product approval and releases
  • Performs physical and chemical testing in accordance with standard procedures, utilizing wet-chemistry and basic instrumental techniques
  • Maintains accurate, up-to-date and concise laboratory notebooks and records
  • Works as a member of the Laboratory Team to complete all required tasks in a timely manner; maintains inventory and orders lab supplies
  • Understand and precisely follows Standard Operating Procedures, global methods, local methods and published standard or compendia methods i.e. USP, AOCS, ASTM
  • Provides training to employees on new and existing Standard Operating Procedures (SOP)
  • Provides support to the Operations personnel with analytical equipment and testing procedures
  • Capable of operating and performing basic troubleshooting on analytical instruments (HPLC, GC, Autotitrator, FTIR, Ion Selective Electrodes)
  • Responsible for daily/monthly instrument calibrations to ensure all instruments are working properly
  • Support laboratory equipment validations by executing or assisting vendors with Installation Qualifications (IQ), Operational Qualifications (OQ) and Performance Qualifications (PQ) protocols
  • Assist the manufacturing site with product, equipment, and Cleaning & Sanitizing (C&S) validations by performing all required tests in a timely manner
  • Participates on Out of Specification (OOS) investigations to collect the necessary samples and information to complete Laboratory Investigation Reports (LIR)
  • Supports, maintains and reviews data to identify trends and draw conclusions
  • Understands and applies basic laboratory safety instructions, reagent handling precautions, and disposal of chemical waste according to local environmental regulations
  • Participates in plant related safety initiatives


  • Bachelors degree in Chemistry
  • Experience with common Analytical Laboratory instrumentation (i.e. HPLC, GC, Autotitrator, FTIR, Ion Selective Electrodes)
  • Good team player with strong relationship building skills
  • Communicate Effectively - Clearly and simply expresses ideas and concepts
  • Ability to gather relevant information efficiently and apply logic in solving problems and making decisions; using data to support recommendations; weighing risks and predicting benefits and costs.
  • Ability to plan, prioritize and adapt to circumstances as needed
  • Results Oriented
  • Set a positive example for conducting business in an ethical manner, managing stress, and creating a pleasant and balanced work environment.
  • Proficient knowledge of computers and software: Google Suite, Excel, Word, Power Point, Etc.
  • This position is primarily on day shift but requires flexibility to provide manufacturing coverage on off shifts.
  • Preferred:

  • Bachelors degree in Analytical Chemistry
  • 1 to 3 years of experience in an Analytical laboratory
  • Working knowledge and practical experience with cGMP and FDA regulations in a chemistry laboratory environment
  • Familiar with quality systems (i.e Laboratory Investigation Reports (LIR), Corrective and Preventive Actions (CAPA), calibration, validation, change control, etc.)
  • 1+ years of experience in the pharmaceutical, medical device, cosmetic or consumer products industries.
  • 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

    Associated topics: biochemistry, chemistry, coating, formulation, glass, latex, material, material science, polyurethane, rubber * The salary listed in the header is an estimate based on salary data for similar jobs in the same area. Salary or compensation data found in the job description is accurate.

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