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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 Services Procurement Mgr

Travel Required?:  Travel - 25% of time
Date:  May 24, 2024

No Relocation Assistance Offered
# 160086 - Surrey, England, United Kingdom

Who We Are
Colgate-Palmolive Company is a caring, innovative growth company that is reimagining a healthier future for all people, their pets and our planet. Focused on Oral Care, Personal Care, Home Care and Pet Nutrition, we sell our products in more than 200 countries and territories under brands such as Colgate, Palmolive, elmex, hello, meridol, Sorriso, Tom’s of Maine, EltaMD, Filorga, Irish Spring, PCA SKIN, Protex, Sanex, Softsoap, Speed Stick, Ajax, Axion, Fabuloso, Soupline and Suavitel, as well as Hill’s Pet Nutrition.

We are recognized for our leadership and innovation in promoting sustainability and community wellbeing, including our achievements in decreasing plastic waste and promoting recyclability, saving water, conserving natural resources and improving children’s oral health.

If you want to work for a company that lives by their values, then give your career a reason to smile and join our global team!


Location: Woking Surrey

Reporting to: Director Services Procurement


Why Work For Colgate:


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: We are Caring, We are Inclusive, and We are Courageous are integral to how we operate every day


Job Purpose:

The Services Procurement Specialist Indirect Procurement Buyer plays an integral role by developing and implementing proven sourcing strategies while partnering with collaborators, anticipates risk, identify key areas of opportunity to drive growth and efficiencies by selecting core suppliers and validating they provide efficient cost, quality and other measurable results.


What you will do:

Responsible for sourcing and negotiating a portfolio of goods and services, to meet the requirements of the Hub business collaborators, Marketing Services and Business Services Spend Categories while optimizing cost and processes.  The individual will also undertake proactive spend analysis and research to identify potential future tactical buying and strategic sourcing opportunities.  This includes the following:

  • Performing buying activities (RFP, Analysis, etc.)
  • Actively communicating with the business partners to ensure that their purchase requirements are met 
  • Using Ariba eSourcing application to complete bidding events (RFP, RFI, RFQ, or reverse auction)
  • Maintaining an awareness of changing market conditions 
  • Performing periodic spend analysis to find opportunities for local and Division  projects
  • Leading spend assigned spend categories and supporting global projects
  • Conducting periodic key collaborator meetings with business partners to review local spend category strategy and activities 
  • Leverage supply base opportunities across managed portfolio
  • Managing, resolving and communicating on local quality and service issues.


Who you are:

  • Bachelor of Arts or Science in Sourcing, Business, Finance, or comparable discipline is required.  
  • Proficient English is a must have
  • Understanding of procurement, spend category management and project management methodologies, e-procurement processes and negotiation
  • High degree of problem solving skills and the ability to drive change with excellent interpersonal and communication skills.  
  • SAP experience is desired.
  • Influential communicator and have global business perspective
  • Highly organized planner 

Our Commitment to Sustainability
With the Colgate brand in more homes than any other, we are presented with great opportunities and new challenges as we work to integrate sustainability into all aspects of our business and create positive social impact. We are determined to position ourselves for further growth as we act on our 2025 Sustainability & Social Impact Strategy.

Our Commitment to Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
Achieving our purpose starts with our people — ensuring our workforce represents the people and communities we serve —and creating an environment where our people feel they belong; where we can be our authentic selves, feel treated with respect and have the support of leadership to impact the business in a meaningful way.

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.

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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