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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:  Senior Director, Human Resources - WE

Travel Required?:  Travel - 25% of time
Date:  Jul 1, 2024

No Relocation Assistance Offered
# 161281 - Colombes, Top-of-Seine, France

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!


Western Europe HUB HR Senior Director



Do you want to come to work with a smile and leave with one as well? In between those smiles, your day consists of working in a global organization, continually learning and collaborating, having stimulating discussions, and making impactful contributions! If this is how you see your career, Colgate is the place to be!


Our dependable household brands, dedicated employees, and sustainability commitments make us a company passionate about building a future to smile about for our employees, consumers, and surrounding communities. The pride in our brand fuels a workplace that encourages creative thinking, champions experimentation, and promotes authenticity which has contributed to our enduring success. If you want to work for a company that lives by their values, then give your career a reason to smile...every single day.


What role will you play? The HR Senior Director will partner with the business to provide both day-to-day and strategic leadership to drive people and organization initiatives that enhance capability and support business growth. You'll build and execute business and HR priorities including talent management, employee engagement, employee relations and organizational effectiveness (performance, organization design & capabilities and change management). You will ultimately be an organizational design architect that will help shape the business and the culture for Colgate to be at its best.


The position is based in France in our Colombes office (92). The position reports into the General Manager of the Western Europe Hub and supports the commercial organization of Colgate Palmolive and Hill’s Pet Nutrition in France, Belgium and the Netherlands.There will be a key partnership with the HR teams of the factories in France and the Netherlands.


What you will do

  • People Partnering

    • Be an integral part of the business and collaborate with the Leadership Team on key business decisions and develop solutions that maximize performance and anticipate business needs.

    • Understand local market and external factors to contribute to the development of insights and to support HR BP, COEs and business decisions

    • Leverage data and employee survey to identify people/organizational insights and inform decision making

    • Supporting more than 450 people  

      • People strategy

        • Define the people strategy to support the company strategy for the Western Europe hub ( France, Belgium, Netherlands) ; 

        • Design the organization principles,  

        • Define the training strategy , 

        • Define the Cultural evolution plan, and visualize  new ways for engaging future workforce

  • Talent Management

    • Address questions from business stakeholders on interpretation of HR policies, consulting with COEs as needed

    • Understand and apply the company’s philosophy, principles and programs (including total rewards, learning, people development and mobility)

    • Participate to the co-creation, deployment and execution of CoE-developed strategies (including, e.g., rewards & recognition, employer brand, development and learning)

    • Highlight local nuances to Business Partner / COEs as applicable to inform the design and execution of HR programs

    • Support the recruitment, hiring, and social onboarding of staff in collaboration with the Talent Acquisition COE, CBS team and hiring managers

    • Lead the preparation and facilitation of talent reviews and succession planning

    • Collaborate with the Learning COE to identify learning needs, support the execution of Learning Demand Plan and provide feedback

    • Manage international assignment transfers (legal documents, net pay estimates, onboarding)

    • Partner with Business Leaders in the implementation of organization design

    • Spearhead change management or transformation initiatives for the business

    • Support Business Partner and Managers in the execution of employee engagement initiatives

  • Positive Employee Relations Environment

    • Advocate for employees through workforce relationships

    • Contribute to leaders’ initiatives to create and maintain a positive employee relations work environment

    • Support the execution of employee and labor relations training for management and supervisory staff

    • Advise and coach business leaders and managers on the resolution of employee inquiries and issues, consulting with Legal as needed

    • Champion the company’s Ethical Leadership standards, behaviors and compliance Partner with the Diversity and Inclusion COEs to implement relevant local initiatives.

  • Diversity Equity & Inclusion

    • Continuously improve our workplace gender equality

    • Foster cultural diversity and the sense of belonging


  • Leadership ( 6 people in direct reporting line and 10 including direct and indirect reporting line in 3 countries)

    • Connect the Colgate purpose to individual and team activities.

    • Shine a light on the opinions of others and make them count.

    • Coach the HR team in a way that allows for genuine candor.

    • Commit to one meaningful conversation a week with each team member.

    • Recognize and reward performance.


  • Negotiations with unions with the support of the labor relations manager in alignment with the plants in France and in the Netherlands on some key social topics


Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor's Degree in Human Resources, Business or related discipline

  • Fluent in French and English 

  • At least 10 years of progressive HR experience

  • At least 5 years in implementation of HR initiatives

  • At least 2 years in at least one HR Specialty Area (Compensation, Benefits, People Relations, People Development, Diversity & Inclusion, Analytics, Organization Development/Design).

  • At least 1 international experience 


Preferred Qualifications

  • Manufacturing and/or consumer products industry exxperience

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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