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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 Management Trainee (f/m/d)

Travel Required?:  No Travel
Date:  May 24, 2024

No Relocation Assistance Offered
# 159220 - 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.


Do you love our brands as much as we do? Are you ambitious, proactive and passionate about working in an international environment with great career opportunities? Then don’t wait to apply! We are looking for you to join the Colgate Family as Commercial Management Trainee (f/m/d) as of October 2024.


In our 18 months trainee program you will expand your knowledge in consumer behavior and learn how to drive growth of our brands and business. Our program will prepare you for an international career at Colgate-Palmolive. You will take on responsibility right from the start, drive your own projects and inspire others with your ideas. Regular feedback from experienced colleagues and managers will support you to become the best version of yourself! 


During the program you will run through 3 different stations. The centerpiece of our program is the five month assignment abroad. 


Expand your Marketing Knowledge 
You will work cross-functionally on the development, implementation and optimization of holistic consumer activation and advertising measures across all relevant touchpoints and get to know our brands intensively.


Develop core competencies in Customer Development 
You will gain a deep understanding of the German retail landscape and experience how we bring our products to the shelves of various retailers in different retail environments. You will get insights in how we negotiate with our customers and how we execute our (Marketing)concepts in the market.


Get to know Retail Marketing
To gain precious insights of our Retail Marketing, you will go abroad to another Colgate location. You will support e.g. the planning, implementation and activation of new product launches and relaunches. 


Reasons that make you the perfect fit 

  • You have recently completed your Master's or Bachelor's degree
  • You already gained relevant commercial work experience (e.g. internships, working student positions) ideally in a fast-pace working environment
  • You have international experience (e.g. semester or internship abroad)
  • You are characterized by strong solution- and customer-oriented thinking, as well as good analytical skills and an independent way of working 
  • You impress with your communicative and enthusiastic personality and with a high level of team orientation
  • You are fluent in English and German

Reasons that make us the perfect fit 

  • An attractive remuneration package and amazing benefits such as HVV Proficard, Sodexo, EGYM wellpass cooperation, our extra health insurance and option of workation 
  • Dog-friendly office in the heart of Hamburg, next to the Alster
  • Close support and supervision during the whole program through regularly feedback sessions 
  • As part of the program you will get to live and work abroad for 5 months 
  • A ‘Buddy’ and a Mentor who will help you to build up a network within the company
  • The opportunity to set the starting point for an international career 
  • A dynamic, supportive and interdisciplinary work environment fostering innovation and collaboration
  • You have the opportunity to make a difference in one of our employee committees such as Diversity and Inclusion, Sustainability, Mental Health and more


Are you ready to give your career a smile? Then apply today!


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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