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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:  Director, Data Governance

Travel Required?:  Travel - up to 10% of time
Date:  Mar 27, 2024

No Relocation Assistance Offered
# 158737 - Piscataway, New Jersey, 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!


In today’s multifaceted technology environment, it is an exciting time to be a part of the information technology team at Colgate. Our highly technical and innovative team is dedicated to driving growth for Colgate Palmolive in this ever-changing landscape. What role will you play in this transformation journey?


We are seeking a Director, Data Governance to join our newly formed Data Excellence organization. In this role, you will lead the enterprise stewardship community in adopting data governance and management best practices.  You will be on the forefront of enabling our data citizens to use and manage our data assets. The ideal candidate is strategic, forward-thinking, and has proven experience in large data transformations, focusing on data governance and data privacy. 


What you will do

  • Lead the customer success and enterprise data stewardship team to drive data governance adoption, working with data stewards across divisions to embed governance practices and enhance data-driven culture
  • Act as a data management SME, consulting with stakeholders to improve data governance literacy, advance data maturity, and develop strategic data initiatives
  • Collaborate with domain data leaders to address data issues and leverage opportunities, ensuring data governance frameworks are in line with enterprise goals and regulatory standard
  • Drive the prioritization and activation of data use cases, conduct workshops for development and implementation, and establish SOPs to maintain high data quality and security
  • Evaluate and refine team and program performance through feedback from business and technology partners, using insights to optimize data governance and management processes
  • Provide strategic leadership to cross-functional teams, encouraging a collaborative atmosphere, and partner with various stakeholders to facilitate change and enhance data governance adoption


What you will need (Required)

  • Bachelor’s degree in information technology, business administration or related field
  • 12 years of  proven experience in large data transformations focusing on data governance and data privacy
  • Extensive knowledge of data management and data governance principles, implementations and latest industry trends
  • Consistent record of handling multiple business stakeholders, including actively engaging and aligning with enterprise senior leadership to drive data governance initiatives and strategies in line with the overall organizational goals
  • Excellent leadership, communication, and interpersonal skills with the ability to empower and guide cross-functional teams effectively
  • Exceptional strategic thinking and problem-solving abilities, coupled with a keen eye for detail and a dedication to delivering high-quality products

What you will need (Preferred)

  • Master’s degree in information management or Library and Information Science 
  • CDMP, CIP, CIPP certifications 
  • Consulting experience or product management
  • Proficiency in metadata and data quality tools like Atlan, Collibra, Informatica, Alation, Atacama, Talend, etc

Compensation and Benefits
Salary Range $146,000.00 - $210,000.00 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.

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