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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 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, Hill's Prescription Diet and Hill's Ideal Balance.

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:  EU Procurement Associate Manager - Logistics

Travel Required?:  Travel - 25% of time
Date:  28-May-2021
Partial remote working option

No Relocation Assistance Offered
# 103350 - Amsterdam, Noord-Holland, Netherlands

Colgate-Palmolive is a leading global consumer product company, 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, Soft soap, Irish Spring, Protex, Tom’s of Maine, Sanex, Ajax, Fabuloso, Suavitel, and Hill’s Science Diet and Hill’s Prescription Diet.


Colgate-Palmolive is currently recruiting for an  Associate Manager to work in the Demand services Procurement (Logistics) team located in Europe. The Associate Manager is responsible for taking the lead role in ensuring the supply, cost, quality and service across the warehousing, freight and co-packing subcategories. Additionally, this role will partner with the supply chain teams in Europe to create a holistic, strategic sourcing approach to address both the short and long term capacity requirements of the CP brand.  The associate manager will identify and resolve all purchasing related activities, risks, price forecast management, critical service/quality issues, market knowledge for his/her portfolio, FTG coordination and reporting, supply chain tools. He/she will also be responsible for driving market intelligence across Europe and developing best in class relationships and alliances with leveraged suppliers. Through this insight and intelligence, the individual will identify and drive savings and innovation for services within the Demand area in Europe so they meet the ongoing needs and new developments/directions of Europe growth goals and deliver Total Value for CP across cost, service, sustainability and digitalization.



Principal Duties and Responsibilities


The  Associate Manager plays an integral role by:

  • Accountable for the Procurement Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) and working with the Divisional and hub teams to drive compliance and improvement.
  • Participating in the development, negotiation and implementation of contract agreements with freight and warehousing suppliers and co-packers.
  • Identifying, developing, and managing strategic business relationships, internally and externally, to ensure the alignment of sourcing strategies to meet business requirements
  • Working collaboratively with team members, business and functional business partners, and suppliers to develop and monitor procurement project plans to ensure sourcing projects are delivered on time and within budget
  • Gaining comprehensive industry knowledge of best practices, processes, and technology trends to proactively adjust sourcing strategy. Develops cost models.
  • Identifying metrics, tools, and processes to optimize sourcing and supplier innovation and efficiencies.
  • Leads continuous improvement and SRM programs with suppliers
  • Manage supplier “Scorecards” with a selected group of suppliers
  • Develop, implement and report Budget, LE, FTG and LT FTG
  • Develop Risk Management platforms as needed
  • Support Responsible Sourcing initiatives, including tracking compliance for public sustainability goals
  • Understanding of market structure and drivers within freight and warehousing with risk management overview and identifies opportunities and challenges



Required qualifications include: 

  • A minimum of a Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent local university degree) in Supply Chain, Finance or Economics
  • At least 3-5 years of operational Logistics (warehouse and transport) or Logistics procurement practice
  • Full understanding of Logistics market within different regions in EU


Preferred qualifications/skills include:

  • An advanced degree (MBA) or professional certification (CPM, CPIM, or Project Management) is desirable
  • Be a highly capable negotiator able to handle significant amounts of ambiguity and negotiating conditions
  • Advanced communication and influencing skills
  • Advanced contract negotiation skills and strategic cost analysis disciplines as it relates to the industry and the ability to evaluate the competitiveness for the particular commodity.
  • Practical experience with core procurement skills, such as market analysis, contract development and management, supplier selection, negotiation, supplier performance and supplier relationship management, as well as some Marketing specific knowledge.
  • Practical experience in creating RFP’s (Request for Proposals).
  • French language skills will be advantageous



  • A unique opportunity to be part of an ambitious and successful team
  • An attractive salary package
  • Professional advantages of a multicultural environment that supports your development and recognizes your achievements
  • International career possibilities


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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