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Date: Feb 5, 2019

Location: Atlanta, GA, US

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, Speed Stick, Lady Speed Stick, Softsoap, Irish Spring, Protex, Sorriso, Kolynos, elmex, Tom’s of Maine, Sanex, Ajax, Axion, Fabuloso, Soupline and Suavitel, as well as Hill’s Science Diet, Hill’s Prescription Diet and Hill’s Ideal Balance.

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

Location: Atlanta, Georgia, United States
Relocation Assistance Offered Within Country
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Position Purpose:


This position is primarily responsible for leading the development of multiple Customer Service & Logistics (CS&L) Funding the Growth Serve and/or Cost to Serve Initiatives, utilizing Project Management tools, processes and methodologies and Lean Six Sigma Principles. 


This entails having demonstrated experience and an in-depth understanding of managing projects and Six Sigma principles and the ability to effectively lead cross functional teams on complex initiatives. This position will work closely with CS&L leaders to clearly understand strategies and goals across functional teams and ensure the appropriate number and type of resources (e.g., funding, people, technology) are assigned to all projects supporting these strategies.  It will also periodically engage leadership sponsors as appropriate to secure key decisions identify risks and issues and provide status updates.  


This position will be responsible for developing collaborative partnerships with CP colleagues, suppliers, other manufacturers and customers to assist in achieving their goals, KPIs, and projects/initiatives.


Let's talk about Responsibilities:


Project initiation and planning:


  • Partners with key stakeholders to ensure clarity of scope elements, deliverables and management expectations
  • Develops project charter & scope documents (updates scope as needed)
  • Ensures project is appropriately funded and calls out potential risks (i.e., project costs across all functions)
  • Ensures team is adequately resourced (i.e., skills set, appropriate functional expertise, availability)
  • Identifies, communicates and plans for critical project risks
  • Understands and considers impact of adjacent projects while maintaining clarity on current project scope
  • Identifies and secures key decisions, engaging leadership sponsors as appropriate, throughout the process


Managing and communicating project timelines issues and risks:


  • Manages overall project timeline and integrates all key project activities
  • Defines and maintains project critical path
  • Alerts leadership of long-lead critical path items
  • Issues critical notifications as needed


Coordinating and facilitating team communication/ flow of information and decision making:


  • Schedules and chairs regular team meetings
  • Leverages latest collaboration tools and technologies to facilitate information sharing
  • Ensures learnings are captured throughout the project  and leverages lessons learned  from prior initiatives to  optimize results
  • Facilitates decision making on key issues
  • Ensures knowledge assets generated for the project are appropriately codified and archived consistent with any legal or regulatory requirements
  • Apply Lean Six Sigma principles to project management.


Providing key project interface to senior management:


  • Partners with functional leadership to ensure that risks and issues are appropriately communicated and decisions made in a timely manner.
  • Conducts periodic project reviews with leadership
  • Anticipates potential global requirements and works with global leadership to bring the project deliverables into alignment with existing global initiatives.


 Building Project Management capability:


  • Collaborate with functional partners to align on standard processes and approaches, updating as needed
  • Participate in the development of formal tools and training, delivering as needed
  • Informally coach team members in application of Project Management tools
  • Seek external best practices related to Project Management to apply within Colgate


Completing the project and presenting the results/ learnings / KPIs:


  • Identifies lessons learned via Continuous Improvement Reviews
  • Works with project team to ensure on-going change management and proper hand-off to the business
  • Presents key learnings and communicate outstanding uses and risks to key stakeholders


What you need for this position:


  • BA/BS in Business / Logistics / related field
  • 10  years of Customer Service / Logistics / Supply Chain experience  
  • Functional / Technical knowledge of Supply Chain
  • Strong organizational, project management and coordination skills
  • Advanced analytical skills with ability to mine and interpret data
  • Demonstrated ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously
  • Experience working directly with retail customers, with a good understanding of manufacturing to shelf processes
  • Excellent verbal, written and listening skills


It’s an advantage to have:


  • Well-developed interpersonal and presentation skills
  • Solid systems experience, including SAP and Microsoft Office
  • Experience working on project using Lean Six Sigma principles
  • Good understanding of cross functional processes including finance, CDO, and manufacturing




Are you interested in working for Colgate-Palmolive? 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.

Nearest Major Market: Atlanta

Job Segment: Lean Six Sigma, Manager, Project Manager, Logistics, Six Sigma, Management, Technology, Operations

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