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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:  Plant Procurement Specialist

Travel Required?:  Travel - 25% of time
Date:  May 25, 2023

No Relocation Assistance Offered
# 153296 - Anzio, Lazio, Italy

The Plant Procurement Specialist (PPS) is responsible for ensuring the supply, cost, quality, and service of a group of materials for the Plant he/she is responsible for.  The PPS will be responsible for flawlessly implementing the strategies developed by the Global & Division Procurement Leaders into the plant. 


The PPS will identify and resolve all purchasing related issues for the materials/suppliers associated with the plant, will be responsible for price and price forecast management, for the service/quality issues, market knowledge affecting materials assigned to him/her for his/her plant, FTG coordination and reporting for the plant projects, implications of NPD, supply chain & supplier management tools (Vendor Scorecard, SMI implementation, etc..).  He/She will also be responsible for identifying and driving savings for all materials of responsibility.


Core Responsibilities                                            

  • Manage material spend, negotiating TCO terms & leading innovation for assigned portfolio creating value from supplier’s relationship
  • Facilitate the relationship between supplier & plant functions (mainly planning and quality) supporting resolution of customer service/quality issues
  • Function as Procurement contact for the manufacturing plant & support/drive process harmonization among plants
  • Implement & Lead, as assigned and defined, cross-plant material portfolio management and initiatives
  • Facilitate procurement & category new project implementation @ plant level
  • Be the liaison between Category Material Manager (CMM) & local plant functions as necessary, ensuring also to guarantee enough capacity @ supplier in order to support the plant short and long term demand requirements
  • Lead the quarterly plant/procurement, the supplier/plant  meetings for continuous improvement & Vendor scorecard completion and follow up with the suppliers
  • Lead Risk Management initiatives for managed portfolio via chemical assessment for raw and molded parts monitoring (utilization, RAMPS, qualification plan…)
  • Ensure compliance with ESM, SRSA, CDP, etc… policies / objectives
  • Accountable for the Purchasing Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) and working with the entire Category Supply Chain (FTG, Spend track, Risk Mgmt, Legal coverage, PPV, etc…)
  • Provides input for “Top to Top” meetings and, when necessary, presents Purchasing performance and strategies
  • Executes efforts in using new “e-tools” to help drive Funding the Growth, simplification and standardization programs/initiatives
  • Leads plant implementation of SMI with appropriate suppliers
  • Develops documented understanding of market structure and drivers for his/her materials, with risk management overview, and identifies opportunities and threats for the future



B.A./B.S. Degree in a technical or business field



2-3+ years Purchasing or Supply Chain experience;

SAP experience is an advantage


Key Competencies:


  • Italian and  English fluent speaker
  • French is a plus

Functional-Technical Competencies

  • Managing Materials and Services
  • Global Supply Chain Strategy and Perspective
  • Project Management
  • Cross-Organizational Collaboration
  • Business-Financial Understanding
  • Good analytical skills

Personal Leadership Competencies

  • Relationship Building
  • Influence and Negotiation
  • Managing Ambiguity
  • Communication
  • Promoting Teamwork/Working in a virtual environment
  • Business/Global Perspective


VISA not sponsored

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.

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 recognized 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 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

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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