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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:  Demand Planning Manager (f/m/d)

Travel Required?:  Travel - up to 10% of time
Date:  Sep 14, 2023

  Relocation Assistance Offered Within Country
# 155052 - Hamburg, Hamburg, Germany


As Demand Planning Manager (f/m/d) you prepare and maintain in close collaboration with our commercial partners the HUB demand plan rolling for 18 months, to support and achieve overall business goals in Net Sales, Margin, Customer Satisfaction and Inventory Working Capital. Also leading Customization Team in the development and commercialization of specialty packaging and display products.


You are responsible for managing all activities to develop, align, & communicate the demand plan for the HUB. The final demand plan must balance cross functional input and reflect the latest commercial/customer plans in order to meet business objectives. The Demand Planning Manager (f/m/d) is the main contact between the commercial team & category supply chain to achieve an aligned/synchronized demand plan and drive continuous improvement.


Key responsibilities:

  • Build Collaborative Demand Plan – Regularly interact with commercial teams (CDT's, customer marketing, and consumer marketing) to gather customer plans & other demand inputs. Work with the Demand Planning teams to determine deviations vs. statistical demand plan, guide the team on gaining alignment, & document key assumptions.
  • Review Demand Plan - Prepare & participate in the Monthly CBP discipline process to develop an aligned demand plan. Gaps & opportunities are identified, quantified & addressed.
  • Synchronize Supply & Demand - Ensure alignment of final demand plan to supply plan. Identify and ensure communication of supply risks/opportunities/constraints, potential solutions, and impact on “unconstrained demand plan”.
  • Support New Product Planning & Life Cycle Planning -Work cross functionally to finalize pipeline volume & first 6 months of demand for new products. Track/measure actual shipments vs. documented key assumptions. Collaborate with a cross functional team to manage & communicate sku performance and life cycle changes (Sku Simplification).
  • Measure & Track Performance - Measure, report, and drive improvement of demand planning process & results.
  • Communicate & Manage Demand – Monitor orders and shipments on a regular basis. Identify/Communicate significant changes. Facilitate Fast Track process.
  • Inventory Management - Define yearly goals incorporating the demand & supply parameters and manage accordingly.
  • SLOB management - Identify issues and resolve timely and deliver on goals including responsibility of Broker Sales.
  • SKU management - Drive portfolio optimization, by analyzing and reviewing quarterly the tail end of the active skus with retail and HUB marketing.
  • International Project Work/ Improvements in Demand Planning - Be the contact point for Demand Planning. Cooperate with relevant stakeholders(internal and external) to identify process improvements and FTG opportunities.
  • Attend and represent HUB demand planning in different forums. LAM, Quarterly meetings with division, Monthly Discipline etc.
  • Manage Key Performance Indicators: Case Fill, Demand Planning Accuracy, Inventory Days Coverage, SLOB levels, SKU Count.
  • Champion and drive usage of tools – Control Tower, expand stat forecasting, Demand Sensing etc
  • Ensure copacking efficiencies, on time and full delivery and continuous improvement and FTG.
  • Drive efficiency and simplification everywhere.
  • Leadership of the team of Demand Planners and Customization.
  • Key interfaces are CS&L, CBS, IT Solution, Customer Development (CDT’s), Marketing, Finance, 3PL and Customers.



  • Preferable Masters in Engineering / Business Administration economics with a focus on supply chain / logistics. MBA is a plus
  • At least 10 years of relevant professional experience in an international environment.
  • Analytical understanding as well as systematic and pragmatic approach.
  • Strong knowledge of Demand Planning systems and processes and good Business perspective.
  • Experience in leadership and Strong Team Player.
  • Assertiveness and result orientation.
  • Challenging Status Quo, innovative, embrace and champion new tools and systems.
  • Fluent in English and preferably in German.
  • Computer skills (MS Office, SAP R/3 / APO, preferably IBP, Tableau).


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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