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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:  Customer Development Manager

Travel Required?:  Travel - up to 10% of time
Date:  Mar 5, 2023

No Relocation Assistance Offered
# 150923 - Oslo, Oslo, Norway


Reporting to: General Manager, Norway


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 multicultural 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.


Now there is a fantastic opportunity for two passionate Customer Development Managers to join our Norwegian Team and work with our strategic customers. Could this be you? 


Job Purpose:

The Customer Development Manager works closely to build relationships with our customers to deliver on our targets such as net sales and margin by building and implementing mutually profitable business plans. They have a clear understanding of the retailer strategy, their shopper and how Colgate-Palmolive can optimize their brands and strategic intents.


Main Responsibilities:

  • To deliver quarterly and annual net sales/margin profit targets

  • To demonstrate commercial sharpness

  • Demonstrate a clear understanding of the retailer strategy, their shopper and how Colgate can optimize their brands and strategic intents within this environment.

  • Work closely with the Marketing team to understand category growth opportunities and how to optimize for both Colgate and our customer

  • Be responsible for collaborative planning with your customer, owning the input and delivery of an accurate Customer forecast volume/sales/investment 

  • Work closely and creatively with marketing and brand managers to identify, develop and implement the appropriate business solutions required to drive the retailer business forward

  • To build strong internal and external networks and collaborate across functions to help deliver on key business priorities


What we are looking for:

A commercially clever individual, with the ability to build strong business relationships whilst developing and implementing creative, sustainable, mutually profitable business solutions.

A forward-thinking, ambitious character, with strategic capabilities, able to influence and negotiate both internally and externally, with a clear commitment to delivering business results in a timely manner.


Yes - this is totally me! My key competencies and background holds: 

  • A Bachelor's Degree 

  • Key Account experience 

  • I’m a team player using both head, heart and hands in everything I do

  • Fluent in Norwegian and English


What are your Key Challenges?

To be able to lead a demanding, constantly evolving customer with the appropriate level of creativity, whilst ensuring that the business decisions are mutually profitable and sustainable for both parties. It is critical to be able to prioritise and respond to a large number shifting requests in a timely manner, whilst keeping the broader CP business informed of the evolution of the retailer.  


If you’ve read this far, we bet it’s because you’re serious about joining a group of passionate people so just hit the “apply” button and submit your application. 


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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