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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. Indirect Sourcing Manager

Travel Required?:  Travel - 25% of time
Date:  Nov 22, 2022
Remote working option during the current situation

No Relocation Assistance Offered
# 137021 - Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

Job Description:

The core of this job is to lead the India Indirect Procurement Team and to strategically engage with all local stake-holders/user departments including the leadership team. The India IP Leader is responsible to drive seamless implementation of global procurement policies for all Indirect Services and Materials and to adapt Global/Regional strategy to the hub by connecting with both Division & Global IP Teams.

Scope of responsibilities:

  • Commercial: Integrated Advertising Communication (IMC) and other Marketing projects in the areas of Advertising production, Agency fee management, working media, Media partnerships.  Responsibilities will cover both traditional, digital advertising with a big focus on eCommerce.  
  • Supply: Manufacturing spends both special like capex projects and on-going like (MRO’s, AMC).
  • Demand/CS&L: Spends related to logistics like primary & secondary freight, warehousing, Carrying and forwarding agent and CHA expense.
  • Professional services: Spends related to corporate professional services like rent, insurance, travel, canteen, fleet.

Main job responsibilities that would be managed by this position:

  • Manage and Develop local IP team (including hiring, coaching, training and creating a succession plan)
  • Managing strategic business relationships, internally and externally.
  • Developing and executing a procurement strategy that supports local commercial plans while delivering Procurement key targets (Growth, Financials, Resilience…).  
  • In depth understanding of business priorities and regular interaction and alignment with Mgmt Team.
  • Ensuring that all IP mandates are respected (IP involvement with all spends, supplier creation, PO compliance, etc.) 
  • Ensuring service and quality objectives are maintained and continuously improved, and all issues are resolved quickly.
  • Working collaboratively with division and global spend Category Leaders, stakeholders and suppliers to ensure centrally led sourcing projects meet local business requirements and are executed efficiently.
  • Maintain, with help of category leaders, a knowledge of best practices, processes, and technology trends and sharing this knowledge with Hub stakeholders.
  • Implementing metrics, tools, and new processes to optimize sourcing, supplier innovation and business simplification (ie. Relationship Mgmt Programs, KPI’s, Redesigning processes for simplification, etc.)
  • Developing and implementing comprehensive change management plans to ensure organizational readiness for the implementation of improved sourcing processes and strategies.
  • Development and negotiation of contract agreements with suppliers, in partnership with the Legal Dept.
  • Providing regular updates to the Mgmt Team on status vs. annual objectives, major projects, key issues, etc.

Desired Skills and Experience:

  • 10+ years of Procurement experience
  • Advertising or media agency or as Procurement Media expert would be an added advantage
  • Strong negotiation skills 
  • Experience in vendor evaluations and action planning 
  • Experience in Project Management of complex scopes
  • Proven success as a collaborative team leader
  • Self-starter and team player keen on working in cross-cultural working environment
  • Very Strong Influential and Communication (verbal and writing) skills 
  • Results oriented


  • Graduate with an MBA from premier institute

Organization Structure

  • Reporting into India Procurement Head and Division Indirect director

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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