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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:  EU Logistics Procurement Associate Manager

Travel Required?:  Travel - 25% of time
Date:  Nov 14, 2022
Partial remote working option

No Relocation Assistance Offered
# 148663 - Surrey, England, United Kingdom

Location: Guildford, UK

Reporting to: EU Division
Hybrid Working 


Why Work For Colgate Palmolive: 

  • The learning & development opportunities: You will refine your commercial mindset 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.


Job Purpose

Colgate-Palmolive is currently recruiting for a IP associate Manager to work in the Demand services (logistics) team taking leadership for Transport encompassing road, rail, ocean and customs sub categories for Europe. 

This role will be responsible for taking the lead role in ensuring the supply, cost, quality & compliance of our contracts and will partner with the supply chain teams in Europe to create a strategic sourcing approach to address both the short and long term capacity requirements. 

He/she will also be responsible for driving market intelligence across Europe and developing best in class relationships and alliances with our suppliers. 

The individual will identify and drive savings and innovation for services within the Logistics area in Europe to meet the needs of Colgate’s cost, service, sustainability and digitalization goals.


Principal Duties and Responsibilities

The IP associate Manager plays an integral role by:

  • Accountable for the Procurement Key Performance Indicators (KPIs).
  • Participating in the development, negotiation and implementation of contract agreements with freight suppliers. 

  • Identifying, developing, and managing strategic business relationships, internally and externally.

  • Working collaboratively with team members, business and functional business partners, and suppliers to develop plans.


    Gaining comprehensive industry knowledge of best practices, processes, and technology trends to proactively adjust sourcing strategy. Develops cost models.

  • Identifying metrics, tools, and processes to optimize sourcing and supplier innovation & efficiencies.

  • Develop, implement and report Budget, LE, FTG and LT FTG.

  • Support Responsible Sourcing initiatives, including tracking compliance for public sustainability goals.



    Understanding of market structure and drivers within freight and warehousing with risk management overview and identifies opportunities and challenges.




Required qualifications include: 

  • A minimum of a Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent local university degree) in Supply Chain, Finance or Economics.
  • At least 3-5 years of operational Logistics (warehouse and transport) or Logistics procurement practice. 
  • Full understanding of Logistics market within different regions in EU, with a focus or expertise in Transport solutions.


Preferred qualifications/skills include:

  • An advanced degree (MBA) or professional certification (CPM, CPIM, or Project Management) is desirable.
  • Be a highly capable negotiator able to handle significant amounts of ambiguity and negotiating conditions.
  • Advanced communication and influencing skills.
  • Advanced contract negotiation skills. 
  • Practical experience in creating RFP’s (Request for Proposals). 
  • French language skills will be advantageous.


Desired Competencies

  • Business/Global Perspective: Understands how the business operates in the context of the local marketplace; understands the functions and the complex interrelationships; has the ability to translate business needs into comprehensive local sourcing strategies and processes that ensure superior business results. 
  • Team Building/Relationship Building: Has the ability to build a network of subsidiary, divisional and global contacts; establishes trust and rapport with internal and external colleagues; Uses the expertise of the team members to find optimal solutions. 
  • Planning/Priority Setting: Has the ability to develop, monitor, and manage cross-functional project plans to meet business and functional needs and deadlines. 
  • Technical Problem Solving: Has a deep understanding of the functional discipline and possesses expertise and in depth knowledge of the spend category. 
  • Complex Thinking: Has strong intuition and conceptional understanding about how things work: sees and understands the impact of innovation, process, and technology on business results.
  • Analytical/Decision Making: Has the ability to use spend analytics and industry data to determine the best strategy to meet business requirements and deliver an optimal return on investment (ROI). Makes effective, timely decisions based on data. 

  • Communication: Is able to communicate with key stakeholders and management to keep them informed of pertinent business and sourcing strategy and process changes or issues.


Career Development Options:

Indirect Procurement

Direct Procurement



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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