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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:  Senior Marketing Manager

Travel Required?:  Travel - up to 10% of time
Date:  Jul 11, 2024

No Relocation Assistance Offered
# 160848 - Midrand, Gauteng, South Africa

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!


Job responsibilities:

The main purpose of this role will be to develop Strategy, Innovation and IBE for our key brands. You will handle and implement outstanding innovation & IBE including:

  • Partnering with insights to leverage people centricity and trends

  • Define the Brand Promise, Strategy, and Long Term Growth Plan (incl. 4Ps, innovation & communication)

  • Develop focussed innovation roadmaps based on the brand/hubs strategic needs and commercial requirements

  • Develop the specific innovations for all elements of the bundle - partnering with R&D Technology, Supply Chain, Packaging & Design

  • Develop the IBE by partnering with our advertising agency & collaborating with other Divisions Besides this, you will need to partner with other cross functional teams including Customer Development, Retail Marketing and Finance.


Skills And Proficiencies:

  • Proven to be proficient in the ability to be strategic & analytical (connecting the dots), challenge “group think”, being creative, dealing with ambiguity, leading cross functional teams.
  • Having the candour of a growth mindset, people centricity, being up to the challenge and always curious / passionate along with the functional skills/familiarity in digital & design.


Required Qualification:  

  • 14+ Years of successful experience in FMCG marketing (brand strategy, portfolio management, communication development, commercial growth plans)

  • 8+ Years of demonstrated capability in end-to-end innovation development  

  • Full understanding of the innovation process from insight scouting to concept writing & testing, to full bundle development & go to market with the commercial teams

  • Full bundle development - formula, clinical support, claims, design & packaging

  • Management of cross functional teams to deliver

  • Experience in Design thinking & agile innovation development




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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