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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:  Customer Development Manager

Travel Required?:  Travel - 50% of time
Date:  Nov 3, 2023

No Relocation Assistance Offered
# 154622 - Midrand, Gauteng, South Africa


We are Colgate - a caring, innovative growth company reimagining a healthier future for all people, their pets, and our planet. We are a leading global consumer products company with portfolios in Oral Care, Personal Care, Home Care and Pet Nutrition.
At Colgate, we have a purpose! Every day around the world, we transform the lives of hundreds of millions people and pet families through groundbreaking innovation, outstanding products and nutrition, and committed people.

Our strong culture of collaboration, diversity, sustainability and inclusion is grounded in our core values of Caring, Global Teamwork and Continuous Improvement. Employees are rewarded by rich career development and career experiences. We pride ourselves on our focus on delivering high ethical, the richness that our diverse team brings, outstanding standards and our dedication to developing our employees. With many local benefits such as Summer Hours, Wellbeing programs, access to discounted Product, medical & life insurance, improved superannuation to name a few!


Scope of Responsibility:


  • The Customer Development Manager is responsible for achievement of Sales targets through excellence in execution at the point of sale. 
  • Develop and support the partnership between CP and the customer(s)/Distributors at the store and regional level by nurturing contacts and negotiating with Store Operations/in-store personnel. 
  • Provide feedback on the in-store environment which allows rapid revision of competitive tactics. The Customer Development Manager plays an integral role in ensuring profitable growth. 


Key Responsibilities:


1. Business Development and Monitoring :


  • Building and managing relationships with key players in the customer(s) or channel at the regional and/or store level.
  • Conducting negotiations as vital (listings, planograms, displays, promotion execution etc) at regional office and/or store level. 
  • Needs to conduct regional/national business meetings and take control of pricing and the P&L.
  • Implementing and maintaining in-store tactics developed within Category Management partnerships with the Customer(s)
  • Co-ordinating special events (store-level sell-in and communication, materials management in-store etc.) in co-operation with the Shopper Development Manager.
  • Working with customer service to track orders, troubleshoot and achieve customer service KPI’s.
  • Working with Logistics to plan, analyse and forecast customers needs and to ensure timely and complete delivery.
  • Monitoring sales and distribution performance, particularly for new products and taking timely action to drive continuous improvement.
  • Monitoring competitive activity at store level, recording and consolidating key activities, supervising speed and breadth of distribution and identifying competitive best practices and discussing with the BDM so that they can proactively respond with strategic/tactical refinements.
  • Establishment of account co-op activity and annual promotional grids
  • Regular promotional analysis to determine whether these activities are delivering positive ROI's. 


2. In - Store Personnel Management :


  • Regularly visiting stores in order to identify areas of improvement
  • Monitoring performance vs. objectives, providing continuous coaching and feedback and conducting appraisals based on data.
  • Reviewing Field Sales and Merchandiser itineraries’ (location, frequency, duration vs plan) and roles to ensure efficient deployment of limited resource.
  • Giving direction to in-store staff (merchandisers) and ensuring that they are trained and updated on new products, promotions and merchandising objectives. 
  • Identifying training needs and developing training plans with the Team Leader.
  • Working with the SDM to develop tools, merchandising materials and in-store programmes for effective shelf management to induce shoppers to purchase Colgate products at shelf.
  • Supervising the consistent and accurate collection of data to allow monitoring of 5P performance vs target. In – Store Compliance
  • Clearly communicating in-store objectives and supervising execution of 5P targets, product availability, assortment by store format, shelf pricing (regular and promoted) promotion implementation vs plan, share of shelf and planograms, POP placement vs plan.
  • Resolving operational issues at head/regional offices or in-store 


Required Qualifications: 


  • A Bachelor's degree
  • Minimum 3 years of experience in FMCG Customer Account Management





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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