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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 recognised 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 programmes 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:  Associate Director, Regulatory & EA

Travel Required?:  Travel - 25% of time
Date:  25-Aug-2021
No remote working option

No Relocation Assistance Offered
# 110109 - Shanghai, Shanghai, China

Job Summary

The Associate Director is responsible for providing leadership and managing Greater China Hub regulatory activities, development of regulatory and registration strategies, including product registration and life cycle maintenance, and leading Colgate-Palmolive (CP) liaison and negotiation activities with regulatory agencies and other government organizations impacting CP oral care and other categories sold in Greater China Hub including cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, medical devices, and home care.

The Associate Director is also responsible for developing functional strategies and specific objectives for the Regulatory team in Greater China Hub and ensure alignment of the strategy and objectives to the APAC and Global Regulatory organization critical must dos and objectives

The individual will also be representing CP in involvement and participating in trade associations in China key to CP.  

General Job Description

  • Serve as an authoritative advisor on regulations and related standards and requirements to CP internal stakeholders. 

  • Provide leadership to the team and develop the functional and leadership capabilities of the direct reports.

  • Develop and foster collaborative working relationships between self and team with Technology and Legal partners, and with cross-functional stakeholders including Marketing, Technical, Quality, Supply Chain, Global Regulatory and Product Safety to ensure alignment and synchronization between regulatory processes and priorities and strategic business goals.

  • As appropriate, take an active role in negotiation and advocacy with regulatory agencies in the Greater China hub and ensure productive negotiations on regulatory issues resulting in acceptable and timely outcomes. 

  • Play a leadership role and represent Company in key industry trade associations in China and actively participate to influence governmental regulatory rule making processes and standards favorable to CP for all categories.

  • Stay abreast of all applicable current and new related cosmetic, device and drug regulations, requirements and guidance for all C-P product categories.

  • Work in collaboration with the APAC Regulatory lead, internal Legal partners and stakeholders on regulatory procedures, requirements and standards.  Address issues and barriers with options and potential solutions, and work accordingly to incorporate them into the technology and business plans and programs.

  • Develop and retain a high performing team with broad regulatory expertise and ability to coordinate across multiple geographic complexities within the Hub.  Ensure the necessary technical and soft skill sets, and provide coaching and mentoring to staff members.

 Specific Roles and Responsibilities

  • Serve as the Regulatory Affairs functional leader for Greater China Hub.

  • Serve as the leader for Greater China Hub Regulatory External Affairs and provide guidance in activities associated with the rulemaking process in Greater China Hub countries, and ensure that productive working relationships and networks with the appropriate governmental agencies for the best interest of CP are fostered.

  • Represent CP in key trade associations in China as deemed necessary through leadership position or active participation in CAFFCI, COCIA, EUCCC & AMCHAM.

  • Provide Regulatory guidance and advice to the Greater China Leadership, Asia Pacific Leadership and Global leaders in pre-IPM and IPM meetings, Supply Chain, CIC and other Business and Global Technology review meetings.       

  • Provide category support on day-to-day regulatory issues, new initiatives and developments. Communicate with business, legal and technical partners to shape product development approaches to minimize regulatory impact.

  • Provide leadership and ensure that regulatory filings are of quality and filed in accordance with agreed upon business timelines.  Manage coordination of documentation; utilize appropriate information management and innovative approaches and improvements for the Hub.

  • Monitor and communicate any changes in the global and China regulatory environment that may have an impact on the Greater China Hub Business, and work with Marketing / CIC and other relevant multifunctional teams to ensure sustainable country / regional strategies.

Required Leadership Skills 

  • Teamwork and Collaboration - Willingness and ability to ensure timely and effective communication; team player with ability to network and collaborate to ensure stakeholders are informed and involved appropriately; independent, collaborative and proactive approach to spotting issues, communicating and ensuring alignment of appropriate stakeholders.

  • Strategy/Vision - Developing and communicating a long term vision for the team/organization; developing strategies to enhance growth and business performance; linking the overall business goals with the team's goals.

  • Communication - Ability to communicate effectively to Senior Management, in particular for urgent matters and for risk assessment with clear recommendations.

  • Effective Execution - Achieving results with speed and excellence; eliminating unnecessary work; adding value to the organization by motivating others to action; holding self and others accountable for results.

  • Business/Global Perspective - Showing understanding of issues relevant to the broad organization; keeping up to date with current practices and trends; having and using cross-functional knowledge; seeking to understand issues and perspectives of various countries and cultures.

 Required Functional Specific Skills

  • Highly experienced and knowledgeable in toothpaste & oral care and cosmetics regulations in China and an expert on China CSAR with exposure and / or expertise in pharmaceutical & medical device regulations & regulatory management.

  • Having well established and productive working relationship with regulatory and government agencies in China, particularly CFDA/NMPA(compulsory)

  • Having the experiences and  working relationship with the authorities of countries within the APAC region will be an advantage.

  • Experienced in influencing rule making and involvement in trade associations (TA) advocacy activities; and preferred TAs are COCIA, CAFFCI, EUCCC or AMCHAM. 

    • An exposure of working closely with other key regional trade associations such as ACA, ACCORD,  CTFAM, CTFAP, CTFAS,FMM-MCTIG, IBHA, TCMA will be an added advantage.   

    • Involvement in regional or global trade associations will be an added advantage

 Other Requirements

  • Tertiary education in relevant scientific fields such as Pharmacy, Chemistry, Biochemistry, etc.

  • A candidate with Masters (in Science, Business or relevant discipline) will have an added advantage

  • 10+ years of experience in regulatory affairs management and candidate is  currently at managerial level or higher and leading a team of Regulatory Affairs Professionals.

  • Candidates with exposure and / or experiences in managing regional and regulatory external  affairs particularly in Asia Pacific will have an added advantage.

  • Demonstrated organizational skills, strong verbal and written communication skills

  • Knowledge of key Global / APAC Cosmetics Regulations such as EU Cosmetics Regulations, ASEAN Cosmetic Directive, Australia AICIS, and USA Cosmetics Regulations will be an added advantage

Equal Opportunity Employer
Colgate is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, colour, 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 recognised 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 programme, please visit To learn more about Hill's and the Hill’s Food, Shelter & Love programme 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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