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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:  Category & Portfolio Manager (m/w/d)

Travel Required?:  Travel - up to 10% of time
Date:  May 22, 2024

No Relocation Assistance Offered
# 160410 - Hamburg, Hamburg, Germany

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!



We are seeking a Category, Portfolio & Process Manager for our categories Oral Care, Home Care and Personal Care for our 3 markets DE, AT and CH.




  • Co-lead and co-manage the Commercial Calendar, all the commercial processes and monthly discipline cycle x-functionally which is the fundamental process to steering our business across DE, AT and CH
  • Ensure timely and in-full delivery of the required inputs for the various decision meetings from crossfunctional teams
  • Overseeing and further developing and continuously improving the procedures and tools associated with the commercial processes, discerning any gaps or challenges, and subsequently addressing and resolving them
  • Steer the overall x-brand assortment and promotional strategy and execution (incl. couponing) 
  • Support the development of country & channel-specific portfolio capabilities that address future business needs to maximize consumer value, business & customer profitability
  • Support the teams by developing ongoing, data-driven insights and tools to support the design-for-channel operational framework, short and long-term
  • Support the teams by providing training and developing documented Standard Operating Procedures (SOP´s) about the processes and the tools
  • Lead & steer process optimization with the x-functional team, i.e. Data Management Process


Expected benefits:

  • Having a high-qualitative, timely commercial process in place which is the basis of the steering of our business across the 3 countries
  • Having high awareness and prioritization within the cross-functional teams on the deliverables and outcome of the commercial process, creating excitement within the organization
  • Ensuring tools and processes are fit for purpose, supporting efficiently the commercial steering process



  • Experience of min 8 years in Marketing, Customer Development and/or Trade Marketing 
  • Experienced in executing category growth strategies and driving the operational plans behind
  • Experienced in leveraging various forms of data to  provide actionable recommendations 
  • Strong Commercial and analytical acumen; robust understanding of brand & retailer P&Ls
  • A networker who is able to manage the cross-functional matrix organization

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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