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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:  VP, GM Professional Oral Care

Travel Required?:  Travel - 25% of time
Date:  Apr 13, 2024

Relocation Assistance Offered Within Country
# 159034 - 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!


Position Summary:  

The VP, General Manager of Colgate Oral Pharmaceuticals (COP) is the leader of the Colgate Oral Care Pharmaceuticals business in North America (US & Canada). They are responsible for developing the vision, designing the strategy, and then implementing the plan to drive growth of Colgate in the professional oral care channel, including sales results, profitability and professional advocacy of Colgate products and the Colgate brand.  


The General Manager, COP is responsible for building strong partnerships across Colgate-Palmolive and the industry to support the business objectives. They are accountable for attracting, developing and inspiring a team of approximately 140 people, representing all functions of the business, including: Customer Development, Marketing, CS&L, Finance, Human Resources, and Scientific Affairs among others. 


The position reports into the Senior Vice President & General Manager of Oral Care North America. 


Responsibilities include the following but not limited to: 

  • Drive the COP growth agenda, including developing current customers and generating new sources of business.

  • Deliver the annual budget and multi-year strategic plan KPIs and growth goals

  • Manage overall P&L and commercial operations COP business 

  • Partner with the Global Enterprise Oral Care Team to develop strategy and innovation roadmap 

  • Partner with North America Category Brand Teams to build the portfolio, launch new products and develop integrated marketing plans that work across both consumer retail and the Profession

  • Partner with Consumer Experience & Growth team to execute the digital strategy and marketing plans 

  • Build a high performing leadership team, including heads of Customer Development (sales), Marketing, Finance, Supply Chain, Human Resources, and Professional Affairs.


Skills and Competencies:

  • Ability to set vision and enroll key stakeholders behind an ambitious future 

  • Strategic mindset and critical thinking skills

  • Change Agent

  • Strong business acumen 

  • Cross functional relationship building

  • Ability to Influence internal and external stakeholders 

  • Consumer / Customer Focused

  • Strong team development and leadership skills


Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's  degree in Business, Marketing, or related field

  • 15+ years of commercial (sales or marketing) CPG experience with growing leadership roles in global, matrixed organizations

  • 10+ years experience leading and motivating diverse teams

  • Proven experience creating and implementing strategies for business growth 

  • Demonstrated development, measurement and achievement of financial goals

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Masters/MBA

  • P&L experience leading a business of $50M+

  • Professional Dental experience as practitioner or administrator

  • Experience in a business to business serving medical or dental professionals

  • Proficient in Google Suite

Compensation and Benefits
Salary Range $270,000.00 - $300,000.00 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 with the subject "Accommodation Request" should you require accommodation.

For additional Colgate terms and conditions, please click here.


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