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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 recognised 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 programmes 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:  Customer Development Manager

Travel Required?:  No Travel
Date:  25-Nov-2022
Partial remote working option

No Relocation Assistance Offered
# 147226 - Amsterdam, Noord-Holland, Netherlands

Customer Development Manager


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

Colgate is the true global leader in the oral care market but also holds very strong regional leading positions within the other categories. Our iconic brands (eg elmex, Colgate, Sanex, and Ajax), dedicated employees, and sustainability commitments make us a company passionate about building a future to smile about for our employees, consumers, and surrounding communities. If you want to work for a company that lives by its values, then give your career a reason to smile every single day.  


Currently, we’re looking for a Customer Development Manager within our successful subsidiary located in Weesp (part of Amsterdam), the Netherlands. As Customer Development Manager you will be responsible for the relationship and management of our brands at online and offline retailers.  You should deliver budgeted sales, profit growth, & share, whilst developing the operational and strategic partnerships between Colgate Palmolive and the customer, within a sustainable, mutually profitable business model. In doing so, you will work intensively with the retailers and will visit the client alone or together with your colleagues of Marketing or Category Development.  


What You’ll Do


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



  • Demonstrate a clear understanding of the customer strategy, their shopper, and how Colgate-Palmolive can optimize their brands and strategy within this environment
  • Demonstrate commercial drive to interrogate the business, in order to swiftly identify issues and opportunities for resolution/optimization and target achievement. 
  • Day-to-day contact with our E-commerces and efficient supermarket customers



  • Develop tailored commercial plans & implement them via a Joint Business Plan
  • Work closely and creatively with a cross-functional commercial team (e.g. finance, retail marketing, category management and logistics) to identify, develop and implement the appropriate business solutions required to drive the business forward.
  • Build strong internal networks in order to raise the profile, business focus and support for customer;
  • Analyses in order to enhance business opportunities.


WHOA, this is totally me!

  • An optimist in action
  • Dutch is a must and fluent in English
  • Hands-on “can do” approach, with the willingness to learn and adapt quickly hence the capability to grow further into the organization in the coming years
  • A Bachelor's or Master's degree
  • Good knowledge & understanding of the Fast-Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG) industry and Dutch Retail 
  • Competencies required:
    • Passionate about brands and shopper behavior
    • Team player (easily develops relationships with customers and colleagues in other functions) with a winner mentality focused on delivering results
    • Strong analytical skills, accurate, curious and pragmatic


What We Offer You

  • Both national and international career opportunities in one of the world’s leading consumer goods company
  • Excellent salary & benefits package including a 13th month & a bonus 
  • A Sustainable Bicycle plan
  • 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
  • Flexibility; we have a hybrid working model providing the possibility to work from home 1-2 days per week.


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

Equal Opportunity Employer
Colgate is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, colour, 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 Colgate-Palmolive? 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.

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 recognised brand names as Colgate, Palmolive, elmex, Tom’s of Maine, Sorriso, Speed Stick, Lady Speed Stick, Softsoap, Irish Spring, Protex, Sanex, Elta MD, PCA Skin, Ajax, Axion, Fabuloso, Soupline and Suavitel, as well as Hill’s Science Diet and Hill’s Prescription Diet.  

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 programme, please visit To learn more about Hill's and the Hill’s Food, Shelter & Love programme please visit To learn more about Tom’s of Maine  please visit

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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