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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 Home Care

Travel Required?:  Travel - up to 10% of time
Date:  Jan 11, 2023

No Relocation Assistance Offered
# 148702 - San Jose Iturbide, Guanajuato, Mexico

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 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.


The Cost Specialist is the key financial steward of the focus factory and is a strategic partner to provide financial guidance and direction to the operations team to insure the long-term success of the focus factory.


Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:


Financial Management

  • Cost Specialist is responsible for the management of the focus factory spending and ensuring that key budget targets (Cost per Case, Cost per Ton) are being delivered. Key attention to headcount, labor costs, utility costs, maintenance spending, and fixed conversion costs. 

  • Responsible for the Quarterly Standard Cost calculations for the focus factory and managing the process to ensure a timely submission of costs and intercompany prices for both materials and finished goods. Imperative to collaborate with Global and Regional CBS, ensuring that master data is accurate and reviewing rate routings and providing all the explanations needed for significant changes to the cost.

  • Responsible for the month-end financial closes and collaborating with Colgate Business Services (CBS) to achieve timely closes and maintain the financial integrity and accuracy of the data.   

  • Balance Sheet reconciliation of prepaid and accrual accounts, as well as GR/IR un-vouchered accounts, and monthly review of capital spending (MWIP account) to insure projects are on time and within budget. 

  • Tracking and management of Fixed Assets movements as well as the physical counts and follow up all the capitalization process for the CEB projects related to the plant, including idle asset analysis and depreciation simulation. 


Financial Statement Impact

  • Analyze  plant performance reports and financial statements and monitors key business drivers to communicate timely insights

  • Responsible for effectiveness of internal controls related to inventory management.  Ensure the focus factory is efficiently utilizing working capital: physical counts, DOC tracking, review of SLOB materials, and communicating risks and opportunities. 

  • Recommends possible solutions to address financial issues based on knowledge of the business 


Financial analysis & Business insight

  • Communication of monthly results to the Plant Controller and providing a summary of the key events, with action plans to close performance gaps and risks to the P&L.  The Cost Specialist is the key partner for the operations team to help them prepare for the monthly production performance reviews (PPR’s). 

  • Providing monthly analysis of the manufacturing variances for the focus factory and quarterly estimates of production volume and manufacturing estimates, with focus on the risks and opportunities. 

  • Collaboration with procurement to understand Purchase Price Variances and identify issues with material prices and influences of exchange rate fluctuations with the period. 

  • Absolute Material Loss reporting each month and the identification of opportunities to reduce scrap and material loss in the focus factory.  Also, look for opportunities to employ best practices in the Colgate supply chain that are applicable to the focus factory. 

  • Responsible for performance of the annual conversion cost budget (Cost of Sales) and the Mid-Year Reviews. These tasks are critical and require the leadership and guidance of the Cost Specialist to insure that costs are properly stated for the next year. 

  • Validation and review of FTG projects and insuring the integrity of the FTG database for the focus factory.

  • Reviewing and validating CEB savings for MWO’s: volume, cost, profit, etc. Collaborating with engineering, operations, and commercial teams to insure alignment of key project assumptions. 

  • Special projects and participation on Colgate taskforce.

  • Business Perspective & Partnering

  • Alignment and constant communication with Budget & Planning team: cost of goods sold, volume validation, SLOB risks, and new product launches. 

  • Educates cross-functional partners on key financial concepts



  • Bachelor degree in Accounting, Finance and Business.

  • 3-5 years of experience in finance or accounting. 

  • English (advanced level). 

  • Excellent skills in SAP or equivalent ERP system.

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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