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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:  Category Procurement Manager Personal Care

Travel Required?:  Travel - up to 10% of time
Date:  Jun 30, 2022
Partial remote working option

Relocation Assistance Offered Within Country
# 132800 - Piscataway, New Jersey, United States

In an ever-changing and dynamic world, our Supply Chain and Manufacturing professionals, who are recognized as the best in the business, are essential to quickly delivering our products to consumers worldwide. They are responsible for ensuring we make quality products that consumers love. Using advanced technology and an analytical mindset, they are especially adept at continuously improving manufacturing processes. This team comprises a variety of global roles and focus areas, including operations, engineering, process development and innovation, procurement, network operations, project management, factory performance & reliability, packaging, continuous improvement, and supply chain management.

Join our team in Piscataway, NJ!

The Category Procurement Manager is responsible for developing and coordinating Procurement Strategies related to key raw materials and their suppliers within the Personal Care category. They will lead key global negotiations. This position must play a key role in driving collaborative partnerships with division procurement and various CP functions and suppliers. This role leads cross divisional opportunities and knowledge sharing. This role also drives Fund the Growth, Flexibility Everywhere Program, Quality and Customer service.

The role works within a structure that requires considerable cross-functional collaboration with the CMS, R&D, Global Supply Chain, Marketing, and Legal. They play a key role in integrating the supplier with Division Manufacturing, and is responsible for ensuring that the Supply Chain has the materials and services it needs to complete its mission and obligation to our customers.


  • Leads key material strategies inter-divisionally by developing Global Initiatives for Key Spend Segments (i.e. Silicons, Alcohols, Esterquat etc).
  • Develops and negotiates contracts for key materials or ensures the effective negotiation & contract development.
  • Leads cross divisional opportunity and knowledge sharing and facilitates communities of practice for select materials.
  • Develops and implements Global Funding the Growth Programs
  • Partners with R&D and SC in pursuit of FTG and Innovation opportunities.
  • Ensures the development of detailed understanding of Division market structure and drivers for materials and finds opportunities and threats for the future.
  • Supervises supplier capacity for key materials and develops contingency plans.
  • Partners with Divisional Procurement leaders to develop risk management/business interruption plans, as per corporate guidelines.
  • Identifies and develops global sources of supply for key feedstocks materials.
  • Partners with Divisional Procurement leadership to develop and implement strategies and emerging market sourcing.
  • Manages cost models where appropriate.
  • Develops together with CMS and R&D simplification initiatives in raw materials and formulation.
  • Accountable for consolidating and supervising Procurement Key Performance Indicators (KPI) related to Quality, Cost and Service for suppliers managed globally.
  • Develops Strategic Partnerships with key suppliers. Attends Key Account "Top to Top" Meetings when necessary and presents purchasing performance and strategies.
  • Leads the coordination of continuous improvement programs with suppliers (i.e. Supplier Engagement Program, Continuous Improvement Teams etc).
  • Leads Global efforts in using "e-tools" (i.e. Global RFQ, Negotiation Tool Kit, Risk Management plant forms) to help drive Funding the Growth and Simplification and Standardization programs.
  • Acts as a functional resource, providing support on task forces, acquisition studies, and major project support.
  • Participates in external industry forums and internal Purchasing Council meetings. Shares external benchmark information for materials and process.
  • Leads Make vs Buy initiatives or projects leading to strategic or FTG decisions.

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor's Degree in a technical or business field.
  • At least 9 years of Procurement or Supply Chain experience.

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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