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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:  Academic Affairs Manager

Travel Required?:  Travel - up to 10% of time
Date:  May 22, 2024

No Relocation Assistance Offered
# 160493 - Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

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!


Job Summary (Purpose) : 


Reporting to the Scientific Affairs & Public Health  Manager, the role of the Academic Affairs Manager, is to actively build capacity for engaging and building Colgate’s influence amongst dental and oral health students and the dental  profession and actively contribute to Colgate’s strategic direction.


Main Responsibilities : 


Manage and Lead the Colgate Professional  Educator Network

●        Lead and coordinate  Colgate’s  Professional Education Network across Australia and New Zealand. This includes handling 5 direct reports. 

●        Work alongside Colgate Professional  Educators and liaise with academic staff at the Dental, Bachelor of Oral Health & Dental Hygiene schools across  Australia & New Zealand to arrange the delivery of  Colgate lectures as well as meeting with key academics as required and building relationships and opportunities.

●        Create evidence based learning materials and resources, including  the development of new lectures and  updating existing lectures to reflect current the literature and guidelines as well as the evolving Colgate oral care range

●        Deliver scientific lectures to dental  and oral health  students as well as academic staff as as required.

●        Provide regular communication, meetings and training for the Colgate Educators to ensure that they are up to date on Colgate’s scientific developments,  product range  and develop Educators skills and knowledge.


Education of the Profession

●           Develop  evidenced based resources and materials for the profession, as required, such as presentations and articles of interest

●          Deliver professional presentations to the profession, including the deliver and facilitation of  webinars. 


Build and strengthen relationships

●        Strengthen and foster collaborative partnerships with universities, dental professionals, partners and students

●        Assist the Scientific Affairs Manager, where appropriate, with development and implementation of annual plans with Universities &  funding agreements  including agreements for student prizes and graduation support.

●        Assist Scientific Affairs Manager to build partnerships and opportunities with key team members/partners, and opinion leaders  at the dental schools and in the industry

●        Attend student awards/prize giving /graduation /research & student presentation events at key universities as required


Project lead conferences and events

●        Assist the Scientific Affairs Manager with requests from dental associations for conference funding & support

●        Coordinate and collaborate with Professional Oral Care  with respect to Colgate sponsorship of conferences, scientific meetings & events

●        Liaise with the Colgate legal department regarding contracts  for these events & other sponsorship opportunities

●        Liaise  directly with conference organisers to supervise  and project handle logistics and key actions ahead of events, including Colgate’s entitlements,  the delivery of Colgate products for conferences and registration of team members

●        Represent Colgate at conferences, CPD events & dinner meetings where required

●        Deliver scientific presentations & or “welcome’ speeches  at conferences where needed


Provide  clinical advice and training

●        Provide  clinical advice and mentorship for the Professional Oral Care team, Colgate Educators and the wider business where needed

●        Assist the  Scientific Affairs Manager to review  materials,  articles and promotional materials as requested

●        Assist with the training of the Oral Care Consultants for the Professional Oral Care team

●        Assist in the onboarding of new team members and provide oral health presentation


Special Projects

●            Development and coordination of Scientific Affair Projects

●           Assist in the facilitation and provide secretarial support from Colgate advisory groups

●           Work along the Scientific Affairs Manager to drive oral health promotion projects, including  Bright Smiles, Bright Future and  product donations. 



Required (Education, Knowledge required, Language skills, etc)

  • Dental  Sales background Preferred 
  • Dental Hygienists/ OHT 
  • You are a collaborator by nature and believe that bringing together the best people will drive a brilliant culture and business .
  • You are an innovator with a growth mindset and the ability to connect the dots with a high degree of curiosity.  
  • You possess a passion for data and analytics and love telling stories based on these insights. 
  • Working in a fast paced environment drives you and handling ambiguity is normal. 
  • Proficient in English and local language


Preferred Requirements: 

  • Experience working in consumer product goods preferred
  • Google Suite proficiency (i.e, Sheets, Slides, Docs) preferred



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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.

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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.

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