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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:  Commercial Finance Assistant - 12 Month FTC

Travel Required?:  No Travel
Date:  Jan 9, 2023

No Relocation Assistance Offered
# 146584 - Surrey, England, United Kingdom

Why Work For Colgate Palmolive:

  • The learning & development opportunities: You will refine your commercial mind-set and continue to learn new skills working closely with a cross-functional team giving you exposure to all local market departments.

  • The challenge & variety: You will operate in a fast paced operational environment, directly impacting the day-to-day performance of the business, with personal accountability for your business.

  • The global experience: You will have the opportunity to work with global brands, participate in global strategies with potential to develop your career internationally.

  • The Colgate Values: Caring, global teamwork and continuous improvement are integral to how we operate every day


We are looking for a curious, proactive and ambitious teamplayer for the UK Finance Team within our Northern Europe Hub. We are based at the Northen Europe Hub headoffice in Guildford. You will report to the Customer Development Team Finance Manager. 


The Job Purpose

Within this position you will be required to: 

  • Work closely with the Accounts Receivable (AR) team to deliver on AR KPIs, while ensuring control compliance at all times.

  • Provide commercial support and analysis to the Customer Development Team, and 

  • Support the Commercial Finance team with any ad hoc analysis/tasks


Your Main Responsibilities

  • Interface between Colgate Business Service (CBS) center and the local Customer Development teams with regards to deductions management: 

  • help manage deductions for specific customers

  • facilitate issue resolution with commercial teams

  • review and analyze regular AR and deduction reporting from CBS

  • attend & participate in AR clinic discussions

  • Provide analytical support to the Commercial Development Finance team:

  • pricing review and analysis

  • assist with key internal controls (eg: promotions without accrual, rebate closures, manual rebates, etc...)

  • Ad-hoc tasks


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  • Works with high levels of accuracy and attention to detail

  • Structured and organized, able to prioritize and manage several tasks simultaneously

  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills, with the ability to collaborate with multiple stakeholders in a high pressured environment

  • Ambitious and proactive

  • Professional Finance Qualification is desirable but not required (e.g. Bachelor of Commerce or Statistics)

  • Technically proficient in Microsoft Excel. SAP experience is preferable.

  • Financial analysis with financial statement understanding

  • Previous experience in a similar field is required


The Key Challenges

  • To facilitate cross-functional issue resolution in the areas of Accounts Receivable and trade discount spend.

  • Cross functional stakeholder management 

  • Efficient work planning & prioritization


If you’ve read this far, we bet it’s because you’re serious about joining a group of passionate people so just hit the “apply” button and submit your application. 

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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