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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:  Sr. Director, Asia Pacific Packaging

Travel Required?:  Travel - 25% of time
Date:  Feb 9, 2024

Relocation Assistance Offered Globally
# 157346 - Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China

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!


Location: Hong Kong, Division Headquarters


Scope of Responsibility:

Lead the APAC Packaging organization which includes teams in China, Thailand, India, Vietnam, Malaysia, & Australia.  This leader must demonstrate a high level of business leadership, technical packaging knowledge, and cross functional collaboration in the dynamic business environments of the Asia Pacific Division. It is necessary to have demonstrated experience to lead a diverse team of engineering, design, and artwork professionals in development and implementation of all components of Packaging.  


This leader has the responsibility to lead the Packaging team to identify, build, develop and set priorities for all Packaging projects in the Division, manufactured in our facilities or contract manufacturers.  It includes all bundles for local sales or exported from the region and will work in close collaboration with the local Accelerator team. The responsibilities range from collaboration with business and R&D teams on concept generation, innovation, and new product development to artwork development and execution. In addition, this leader will be responsible for supporting and updating Global Packaging leadership to ensure there is full alignment with the business needs of Division Marketing, Global Marketing, and the Division Supply Chain.


Core Responsibilities:

1) Full organizational responsibility for the Division Packaging teams, ranging from 50-60 professionals.

  • Organization development, talent/performance management, succession planning, rewards and recognition, retention.  Recruitment of talent from internal and external sources.
  • Creation and adherence to Budgets
  • Team training and compliance 


2) Lead the Packaging team with responsibilities such as:

  • Identify, build, technical development, qualification and launch of new products, internally and contract manufactured.
  • Graphic design adaptation and execution of global and regional product bundles; Artwork Management
  • Regional Packaging & Plastics Sustainability Strategy
  • Development of competitive eCommerce, Shelf Ready and Specialty Packaging.
  • Packaging cost savings initiatives to meet Function, Division, and Category goals
  • Delivery of packaging that meets all Quality and Regulatory requirements.


3) Key deliverables and performance measures include:

  • New product launches that meet business goals and strategies
  • A pipeline of Packaging innovations and opportunities for commercial testing and development
  • A roadmap of emerging technologies and Packaging opportunity spaces.
  • New forms and product adjacencies leveraging agility, test and learns, and speed to market.
  • Continuous improvement of all packaging forms to ensure long term viability and profitability.
  • Ongoing industry landscaping, benchmarking and competitive analysis


4) Align Packaging efforts with Global Design & Packaging, Supply Chain, Product Development and Accelerator teams:

  • New Product Launch Grids
  • Funding the Growth Savings Initiatives
  • Package testing, validations, specifications and approvals; Regulatory compliance
  • Artwork development, commercialization, and approvals
  • Packaging standardization initiatives


5) Advise & share best practices on key packaging:

  • Innovation
  • Quality improvement
  • Sustainability
  • Funding the Growth Savings initiatives


6) Develop Organization Capabilities:

  • Continuous expansion of the Packaging team capabilities and preparing the team for future growth opportunities.
  • Building a Growth Mindset
  • Develop and lead succession planning initiatives.
  • Ensure external partnerships to create a pipeline of future talent


Key Packaging Linkage in Matrix Organization:

  1. Report to VP of Global Packaging
  2. Close alignment with CP, Packaging Innovation and Global Design, Design Directors
  3. Critical Partners include
    1. Division President, VP Division Marketing, Marketing Directors
    2. VP E2E Supply Chain, VP Supply
    3. Director(s) of GTC
    4. Division peers in Marketing, Network Operations, Procurement, Quality, Regulatory


Desired Education:

  • BS or MS in packaging engineering, material science, mechanical or chemical engineering, or related field; MBA a plus.


Desired Experience:

  • 15 years + technical development/commercialization experience in Packaging, Supply Chain, R&D, or other key Corporate functions. Experience in managing development/commercialization teams.



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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