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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:  Cost Specialist (Personal Care Products)

Travel Required?:  Travel - up to 10% of time
Date:  Mar 18, 2023

No Relocation Assistance Offered
# 151668 - San Jose Iturbide, Guanajuato, Mexico

The Cost Specialist is located at the Mission Hills plant reporting directly to the Plant Controller.

Cost Specialist is the primary finance business partner to support Supply Chain in the Focus Factory assigned. Supports financial analyses for improvement initiatives/activities (Reimagine) and prepares insights that allow for the tracking of the performance of the plant, delivering analytics to drive sound financial decisions while maintaining internal controls.  Also key in supporting the commercial team for margin analysis in the respective category.


The objectives of Cost Specialist are:

  • Provide Standard Reporting and Analytics for Plant Finance and focus factory manager.
  • Control of Production and Price Variances.
  • Standard cost and I/CO Price List definition
  • Support on SOX activities
  • Provide Decision Support to DOM and focus Factory Specialist
  • Coordinate and participate in the monthly Plant Focus Factory
  • Coordinate Future cost Planning, Budget and LE processes in the respective Focus Factory
  • New products costs analysis
  • Ensure Finance validation for FTG program
  • Maintain overall finance compliance and provide policy adherence for cost accounting related activities
  • Customers of Cost Specialist include:
  • Plant Controller
  • Focus Factory Manager
  • DOM (Director of Manufacturing)
  • Budget & Planning
  • North America Division Key Business Partners
  • Division Net Ops


Summary of the Position:

The Cost Specialist is responsible for all financial (daily, monthly and quarterly) processes in the focus factory, provides periodic updates to Local Finance Leadership, focus factory manager and DOM. The Cost Accounting Specialist will apply adequate internal controls in compliance with US GAAP, SOX rules and Colgate Financial Policies.


Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Provide periodic updates to the Local Plant Management Team on financial analysis, progress against goals and recommendations to close financial gaps.
  • Coordinate with CBS and Direct Procurement the Standard cost process.
  • Coordinate Release Local Price list and I/Co price List
  • Assist in the Validation of CEB saving validation
  • Support to Internal and External Audit
  • Collaboratively work with other process teams as required to support key issue resolution
  • Coordinate and develop budget, forecast, and rolling estimate processes for Supply Chain Expenses
  • Oversee month-end reporting & analysis, period-end submissions
  • Facilitate/Participate in Operational/Business Partnering Meetings and Activities such as PPR.




  • Bachelor degree in Accounting, Finance and Business.

  • 3 years of experience in finance or accounting. 

  • Costo experience is a plus 

  • English (advanced level). 

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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