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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:  Category Development Manager

Travel Required?:  Travel - up to 10% of time
Date:  May 31, 2024

No Relocation Assistance Offered
# 159910 - Amsterdam, Noord-Holland, Netherlands

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!


 Category Development Manager


Do you want to be part of a young and diverse team? What about having the opportunity to connect with others across the world, full of stimulating discussions, and making impactful contributions? If this is how you see your career, Colgate-Palmolive is the place to be! 


Our iconic brands (e.g. Colgate, Palmolive, Ajax, Sanex), 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 are looking for a (Senior) Retail Category Development Manager for our subsidiary located in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.  This role functions as an expert in the field of shopper, customer and category projects. This translates into taking the lead on large (cross) category projects, both internal and external and training colleagues to place category management / retail- and shopper thinking as strong as possible within the organization.

Colgate-Palmolive Neederland is recognised by its customers for being the most trusted and objective category advisor in the Oral- and Personal Care Categories. We are looking for an ambitious master-mind to become even better in the future!  The new Sr. Category Development Manager reports directly to the Customer Development Director. 


What you'll do

Every day is different, but below is a sample of what you will experience and expect to accomplish:

  • Responsible for championing the Category Vision within the organization, and demonstrates enhanced capabilities working collaboratively with customers. Plays an integral role in elevating Category and shopper knowledge.

  • The role requires a strong understanding of the shopper and the retail dynamics in different retail environments (RE’s) across categories. The Category Development Manager needs to be able to identify the category business challenges at an RE level and for priority customers

  • Work with different quantitative and qualitative (research) agencies and the Insights & Analytics team to gather valuable insights and build credible category and trade stories

  • Is a part of the commercial team and will work with the Customer Development Managers and Marketing teams to ensure alignment and execution against the category and brand strategies by coordinating the RCD process with customers and providing the tools required to define and deploy the 5P’s for the category.


WHOA, this is totally me!

  • An optimist in action; fluent in Dutch is a must and English speaking

  • Min 3-5 year(s) experience in Trade Marketing / Category Management / Consulting

  • Analytical - we’re a very data driven company. Knowing how to translate sophisticated data into simple solutions with an analytical approach is essential. Experience and familiarity with market research and analysis tools (e.g. Nielsen) is highly desirable.

  • "Change agent" to place category management at the highest level in the organization.

  • You don’t get easily stressed by pressure, a fast paced environment and handling different projects at the same time is what keeps you energized


What We Offer You

  • An important position in a young, ambitious and winning team

  • Both national and international career opportunities in one of the world’s leading consumer goods company

  • Excellent salary & benefit package including a 13th month & a bonus plan

  • A car including a national fuel card

  • On an annual basis you are granted 29 holidays 

  • From the end of May till the end of September we have “Summer Hours”  where we provide the flexibility to enjoy the weekend earlier on Friday afternoon as of 14.00

  • Flexibility; we have a hybrid working model providing the possibility to work from home 2-3 days per week to support a healthy work-life balance. 


If you’ve read this far, we bet it’s because you’re serious about joining a group of passionate people so just hit the “apply” button and submit your application.


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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