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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:  Commercial Financial Analyst

Travel Required?:  Travel - 25% of time
Date:  Mar 28, 2024

No Relocation Assistance Offered
# 159242 - Auckland, North Island, New Zealand

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!



Overall summary of the position:

The Commercial Analyst role is the lead financial Business Partner to the Customer Development Team (CDT) based in the Auckland office and working with teams across New Zealand & South Pacific Region. The role champions the commercial team, providing project leadership,analytics and insights, training, review and support to the CD Team as well as accrual management, budget and forecast reviews along with month end closures. Your commercial skill and financial accounting background sets you apart in the market. Deep dives and reviews along with skilled business reporting and sound recommendations ensure integrity of information data across various Colgate systems (Atlas, Google, SAP) and quicker decision making providing key insights and ultimately Revenue Growth execution as part of the wider NZ team.


Key Responsibilities

Monthly commercial discipline:

● Attendance and participation in Account planning reviews. Identify exception bundles by customer for review and discussion
● Prepare and present a total company financial overview at sales review meetings (CGIM). Identify and assist with resolution of gaps and issues by the customer.
● Prepare and present a total company financial overview at monthly leadership meetings (LAM)
● Monthly analysis on Gross to Nett Sales, activity and product performance, preparing commentary on mix, margin and volume.


Financial Accounting Responsibilities

Period End Close
❖ Prepare Product level analysis against forecast, gross to nett & margin commentary
❖ Support Corporate reporting and commentary
❖ Rebate management and commercial support, translated to final close review in compliance to policy and accounting standards
❖ Prepare/Support Accrual Reconciliations leading the age profile and upholding policy and accounting standards
❖ Process owner for month end closures (trade spend interpretation/analysis, query handling on sales and Gross to Nett & margin
❖ Month end Reporting

Annual Rhythms
❖ Prepare Product level analysis against forecast, gross to nett & margin commentary
❖ Consumption, mix and Gross to Nett reviews for budget & Forecast
❖ Support annual Audit Review
❖ YOY financial analysis and commentary

● Prepare Weekly accrual report & investigate any issues/queries


Analytics & Customer Development Team (Sales) Support:

● Ownership of reports/analytical tools and training of the CDT team in getting the most out of these (e.g. Atlas reporting and Analytics, BI Analytics dashboard, bundle tracker, trend reports)

● Training: particularly for new CDT members in relevant financial concepts so they can optimally to supervise and manage their business.
● Analysis/Collaboration: Working with CDT on analysis and trouble-shooting as required – site subject matter expert for interpreting any financial information discussed in external and internal meetings, including SAP, Atlas ,Google, BI systems.
● Support FYOG and return on investment initiatives by producing timely reports focussing on over spend areas in the business. Work with CDT to highlight the opportunity areas and find solutions. Track and report on savings areas.
● Participate in RGM workshops championing the method with the CDT
❖ Prepare Product P & L’s
❖ Prepare budget exhibits
❖ Arrange system access for CDT team

● Customer interface: establishing key contacts with the Customer's Finance team. Work with the customer & CDT team to quickly resolve any disputed claims & ensure prompt resolution.
● Trading Terms & Conditions: Ensure all customers are staying in sync with agreed trading terms.
● Prepare and distribute Aged Accruals Analysis reports to CDT
● Responsible for reporting and timely review of Rebate management
● Monitor Gross to Nett (GTN) by customer banner, liaise with Country Finance Manager and General Manager NZ on final month result


● Gain CDT input into the customer dimension of LE (Customer GtN and Net Sales growth). Work with CFM to create Budget/LE net sales and GtN in line with customer and subcategory goals and enter into the budgeting system. Each cycle has 3 reviews with tweaks/actualisation at each stage.
● Flowing through changes to budget/LE after reviews.
● Prepare roll forwards and Exhibits
● Together with CDTL, cascade the Budget Net Sales into Customer Targets by month
● Working closely with the CDT team to supervise NPD performance vs gateway goals to identify relevant actions for CDT.



● Act as CPNZ lead on various big projects eg Atlas deployment , Coop invoicing improvement, work with customers on win/win system improvements, MDM projects etc
● Analysis and modeling - advise CDT, CFM and GM on Strategic issues like DC entry terms
● Work on new and novel systems improvements eg Accrual management processes
● SGA Validation: month end checks for validity, tagging of new sub brands / work with B & P.
● Assist CFM with any other matters as the need arises.

Education/Background Required :

Qualification: Bachelor Degree, Commercial or Accounting Major

Experience: Management Accounting/Brand Analytical roles & Financial Accounting

Industry: Fast Moving Consumer Goods & Other will be considered

Other: BI tools, Google, SAP &  Excel Data Management skills



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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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