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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:  Retail Category Development (RCD) Manager (m/f/d)

Travel Required?:  No Travel
Date:  Jun 2, 2022
Partial remote working option

No Relocation Assistance Offered
# 132768 - Hamburg, Hamburg, Germany

Job Purpose:
The Retail Category Development Manager (RCD) Germany develops insight-based shopper category growth stories for our different Retail Environments and Strategic Key Customers in Germany. The RCD Manager takes the lead in (strategic) category growth with a focus on the Oral Care category both for the internal organization as external (customers). As an expert, the RCD manager supports and coaches colleagues to place customer growth thinking / category management thinking as strongly as possible in the organization. The RCD Manager works in multidisciplinary category teams (including Marketing, Customer Development) and has frequent contacts with RCD colleagues in the other regional and European offices. The RCD manager is regularly visiting customers.


Job Responsibilities:

  • Achieving our CP objectives by development and implementation of Category growth solutions and projects that will drive category growth for our strategic customers in our strategic categories (Oral Care focus). Monitoring of implemented projects against objectives
  • Develop and deliver shelf and assortment solutions (eg. shelf recommendations) for our customers promoting cross-functional collaboration to address retailer’s category opportunities
  • Analysis of data (including financial, shopper and customer data) and carrying out market observations (instore and online)  to support development of category growth opportunities
  • Analysis of the current business situation, identification of growth potential and development of effective retail/category strategies. Monitoring of implemented measures and development of optimization plans
  • Actively sharing category knowledge and driving Retail category focus within the full commercial organization. Supporting and advising internal departments on category management issues and opportunities
  • Managing RCD budget for the customers/projects managed and advice Insights team on market research needs and gaps


Key Skills, Competencies & Qualifications:

  • College or University degree: a proven track record of performance with at least 3 years of work experience in Category Management / Development, Trade Marketing,  RE Management, Customer Development, and / or Consulting, preferably in Consumer Goods & Healthcare Goods and / or Retail
  • Commercial knowledge: strong understanding of the German retail landscape. Fluent Business German and English skills are required
  • Data analytics: strong analytical skills to evaluate and digest complex business processes, identify insights and opportunities and then capitalize and execute on learnings. Experience in using the Google Suite solutions and MS Office
  • Storytelling and simplification: able to convince internal and external stakeholders with convincing growth stories; able to make complex situations and topics  simply understandable
  • Interpersonal & collaboration skills: enjoys teamwork; works within the Consumer Experience team, broader commercial teams plus counterparts in other Hubs and in Divisional teams to build strong trusted relationships internally/externally to drive action and progress
  • Effective execution: achieving results with speed & excellence, eliminating unnecessary work, driving simplicity and holding self-accountable results. Creates clear priorities
  • Innovative thinker: champions new initiatives and experimentation. Gains buy-in & implements new ideas quickly & effectively. Adopts a flexible approach to problem solving and taking risks and quickly learn 


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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