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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:  Procurement Innovation Manager, Home and Personal Care

Travel Required?:  Travel - 25% of time
Date:  Sep 12, 2021
Remote working option during the current situation

No Relocation Assistance Offered
# 109470 - Piscataway, New Jersey, United States

We are looking for a Procurement Innovation Manager to join our team!


In this role you will develop and lead the procurement strategies related to all new raw materials and suppliers within the global Home and Personal Care category and being responsible for the global procurement innovation grids. You will be responsible to develop supply risk mitigation strategy for all new materials, set up accurate contracts and will lead global negotiations with suppliers. You will also lead Supplier Relationship Management (SRM) with key strategic suppliers, with the goal of understanding their capability and connecting them with Colgate business needs.


In this role you will coordinate collaborative partnerships with global and division procurement to accurately transfer material supply management activities to both global category procurement managers and divisions and work within a structure that requires considerable work with the R&D, Global Supply Chain, Marketing, and Legal. You will help to integrate the supplier with Division Manufacturing, and ensure that the Supply Chain has the materials and services it needs to complete its mission and obligation to our customers.

Scope of Responsibility:

  • You will establish Direct Procurement linkage to Technology and Marketing teams, with a clear understanding and active participation on innovation strategies and projects

  • Drives innovation by understanding industry landscape, material trends and supplier capabilities, actively driving SRM (supplier relationship management) with CP strategic suppliers

  • Develops and executes Procurement sourcing strategy for new innovation materials, leveraging use of Procurement Process & Tools

  • Act as central coordinator for all innovation based activities in procurement

  • Identify appropriate level of engagement on key initiatives, bring up to senior managers as vital

  • Manages relationship with Strategic Suppliers and other assigned suppliers

  • Optimize Supplier base by recommending suppliers based on innovation capabilities, costs and alternative sourcing following Strategic Sourcing Process.

  • Negotiate cost models for new materials to meet desired price targets in alignment with partners

  • Work with legal to develop & negotiate confidentiality agreements, contracts and commercial agreements

  • Define and Implement Risk Management Strategies for new materials, assuring accurate due diligence process according to CP policies

  • Coordinate Procurement/R&D/GTC periodic alignment and review meetings, providing updates of project status.

Basic required qualifications:

  • A Bachelor's degree in science, engineering, technical or business field

  • Over 8+years of experience in Procurement, Supply Chain or R&D.

  • Strong aptitude for computers with experience working in SAP, Google Suite and regulatory databases.

  • Strong written and verbal communication skills as well as analytical and organizational skills.

  • Ability to work independently, as well as exhibit team building skills.

  • Highly motivated, creative and hardworking

  • Self-starter

  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills. Diplomacy and tact are required at all times.

Preferred qualifications:

  • Knowledgeable in direct materials used in consumer products.

  • Advanced degree (MBA)


If you would like to explore the role, please apply! We are looking forward to getting to know more about your 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.

Nearest Major Market: New Jersey

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