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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:  Legal Manager East Africa

Travel Required?:  Travel - 25% of time
Date:  Jan 18, 2023

Relocation Assistance Offered Within Country
# 148865 - Midrand, Gauteng, South Africa

Do you want to come to work with a smile and leave with one as well? In between those smiles, your day consists of working in a global organization, continually learning and collaborating, having stimulating discussions, and making impactful contributions!


If this is how you see your career, Colgate is the place to be! 


Our dependable household brands, dedicated employees, and sustainability commitments make us a company passionate about building a future to smile about for our employees, consumers, and surrounding communities. The pride in our brand fuels a workplace that encourages creative thinking, champions experimentation, and promotes authenticity which has contributed to our enduring success. 


If you want to work for a company that lives by their values, then give your career a reason to smile...every single day.




1. General Commercial Legal Services

-  Managing relationships with key executive subsidiary business partners and stakeholders by clarifying partner intentions and needs, translate into relevant legal topics, directs resources to address legal issues and needs

-  Providing subsidiary legal counsel by assisting in defining issues, gathers pertinent information/legal background, formulates and provides recommendations, brings additional legal resources to bear as necessary

-  Assists in clearance of advertising and sales promotion materials

-  Customizes global/divisional contracts and templates for local legal requirements

-  Preparing and advising on corporate communications and related requests

-  Monitoring government agency and industry associations for issues/concerns pertinent to CP; attend legal committees of local industry associations

-  Supporting local corporate governance related activities, filings, legal status to ensure compliance

-  Providing support for legal HR administration at the local level

-  Responding to legal litigation challenges, coordinating litigation related activities, e.g. involving Outside Counsel, Division or Corporate Specialists; recording items in databases as required

-  Assists with risk and crisis management

-  Assist and provide support for internal and external audits and remediation actions

-  Maintain all appropriate databases, all companies records up to date using company available repository tools on a timely manner and reporting back

-  Managing external legal counsel whenever required including setting out and controlling spend including timeous spend management on company repository tools

-  Conducts training workshops on legal matters

2. Brand Protection/Anti-Counterfeiting
-  Responsible for helping to develop regional and local strategies (country specific) plans in the field of Brand protection

-  Accountable for managing all brand protection related work (including but not limited to investigations, raids/sweeps, border protection work, law enforcement trainings, civil litigation, criminal prosecutions) in the hub

-  Overseeing the work of consultants, investigators, and outside counsel; working closely with law enforcement, and working as a key liaison among key stakeholders, including but not limited to Global Brand Protection, the Division and all involved subs/hubs

-  Timely reporting back including but not limited to filling internal reporting tools ensuring transparency in all efforts

-  Conducts training workshops for internal and external audiences




-  A Bachelor's law degree 

-  Minimum 5 years of working experience as an in-house counsel and/or practicing lawyer

-  Fluent in English 

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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