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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:  Commercial Counsel, North America

Travel Required?:  Travel - up to 10% of time
Date:  Feb 15, 2024
Hybrid

No Relocation Assistance Offered
# 156856 - New York, New York, United States

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!

 

Colgate Palmolive is looking for a Commercial Counsel to serve as the lead commercial lawyer for the Company's North America Division. In this role, you will have direct responsibility for a portfolio of commercial legal matters across the U.S. and Canada. You will work closely with key commercial and vendor partners to provide proactive strategic and pragmatic legal support on a variety of commercial matters, including business development, customer and vendor negotiations and issues, retail activations, and distributer and wholesale agreements. You will also lead North America Lewgal commercial outreach and training efforts, including on competition law. 

 

This is a hybrid position based out of our NYC headquarters and reports into the SVP, Division General Counsel, North America. 

 

What you will do:

  • Partner with the North America Customer Development, Retail Marketing, and Customer Experience & Growth teams to support customer strategy, evaluate and help resolve contractual and operational disputes, develop commercial policies, and advise on best practices and toolkits to address emerging trends
  • Leverage partnerships across the business to address and resolve customer and vendor issues
  • Work alongside business leaders to ensure compliance with US. and Canada antitrust, trade, and competition laws
  • Advise on general commercial legal risks associated with customer activations and events (ecommerce, digital and customer retail media, data acquisition strategies, etc.)
  • Provide counsel on contracts and transactions including distribution agreements, business development, and other commercial contracting needs

 

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor's and J.D.
  • 6+ years in a corporate legal environment, law firm, or other business environment specializing in business and commercial law
  • Understanding of commercial and antitrust legal issues, with the ability to think creatively and develop compliant solutions to business opportunities 
  • Experience drafting and negotiating a wide range of commercial contracts 
  • Ethics and integrity  and able to  balance business relationships with independent legal review and advice

 

Preferred Qualifications

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Strong leadership, collaboration, and problem-solving skills
  • Proven ability to prioritize and multi-task
  • Solid analytical and quantitative skills
  • Ability and desire to work in a dynamic, fast-paced environment 


Compensation and Benefits
Salary Range $142,400.00 - $207,900.00 USD

Pay is based on multiple non-discriminatory, individualized factors including but not limited to experience, job-related knowledge and education, skills and office/market location. In addition to base salary, salaried employees are eligible for annual discretionary bonuses, profit-sharing and, for Executive-level (salary grade 16 and above) roles only, long-term incentives in the form of Restricted Stock Units and/or Stock Options.

Subject to the terms and conditions of the applicable benefits plans then in effect, all salaried employees are also eligible for a competitive benefits package which includes:

  • Insurance: Employees (and their eligible dependents) are eligible to participate in Company-sponsored Medical, Dental, Vision, Basic Life Insurance, Accidental Death & Dismemberment and Disability insurance plans.
  • Retirement Plans: Employees are eligible to enroll in Colgate's 401(k) plan, which provides for company matching contributions subject to eligibility requirements
  • Vacation/PTO: Employees receive a minimum of 15 days of vacation/PTO leave annually
  • Paid Holidays: Employees receive a minimum of 13 paid/floating holidays annually
  • Paid Sick Leave: Based on location and consistent with applicable state and local law, employees receive a minimum of 40 hours of paid sick leave on January 1st of each year
  • Paid Parental Leave: Eligible employees may take up to eight weeks of paid parental leave and 12 weeks of unpaid leave (varies for employees with fewer than 12 months of service and is subject to hours worked requirements)


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 Application_Accommodation@colpal.com with the subject "Accommodation Request" should you require accommodation.

For additional Colgate terms and conditions, please click here.

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