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Brand Protection Manager


Colgate-Palmolive Company

Date Posted:

October 26, 2016


Brand Protection

Type of Position


Education Requirement


Experience Requirement

6-10 Years

How to Apply/Contact

If you are interested in being considered for the position, please forward your resume with a cover letter to Jennie Martel, Chief of Brand Protection, at Thank you.

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The Brand Protection Manager is responsible for developing regional and local strategies, managing all Brand Protection (BP) related work in the Africa/Eurasia division (but with an immediate focus on Africa), managing a team, overseeing the work of consultants, investigators and outside counsel, working closely with law enforcement, working on government affairs issues, ensuring transparency in all efforts, and working as a liaison among key stakeholders, including the Brand Protection Unit (BPU), the Africa/Eurasia division, and involved subsidiaries.

Working with Corporate (New York, USA) and key business partners

  • Work closely with the BPU to ensure that efforts in the division are consistent with global strategy
  • Serve as Corporate’s main point of contact for the division’s counterfeit issues, anticounterfeiting initiatives, and logistics
  • Work closely with global/division/local legal department personnel and outside counsel to coordinate all BP activities and responses (to conclusion) to counterfeit incidents
  • Work closely with the business to help to set regional strategies to address issues that are specific to particular subsidiaries/countries/regions
  • Identify law enforcement training opportunities, coordinate the company’s participation, and urge local colleagues to meet training goals
  • Identify pending legislation and regulations in the division that could impact the company
  • Work closely with Corporate and Government Affairs to further issues of concern between Africa/Eurasia countries and US government
  • Represent the company in BP-related conferences, committees, and in meetings with law enforcement
  • Regularly report developments to the BPU and utilize the company’s incident reporting system
  • Support all global initiatives as necessary

Managing outside firms

  • Effectively manage third party vendors (consultants, investigation firms, law firms, etc.) to ensure high-quality performance and full compliance with all laws, including FCPA
  • Work closely with the Global Trademarks and local legal directors to manage civil litigation for trademark infringement/unfair competition issues

Working with authorities

  • Build partnerships with authorities (Economic Departments, Customs, police, etc.) to ensure that the company’s challenges are priorities
  • Pursue enforcement of various types to clear all markets/channels and deter those involved in the movement of counterfeit/infringing products
  • Update/develop product identification training materials and conduct product identification training as necessary
  • Develop effective government relations to work to achieve legislative and regulatory change, among other things
  • Participate in industry-, Africa/Eurasia governments- and US government-sponsored initiatives designed to fight against the manufacture, sale, and distribution of counterfeit/infringing products


  • BP investigative, enforcement, and management experience
  • Proven ability to coordinate complex investigations with law enforcement and prosecutorial agencies
  • Strong working knowledge of law enforcement and Customs procedures as well as relevant IP laws/regulations in Africa/Eurasia, with immediate focus on Africa
  • Demonstrated ability to make sound and timely decisions
  • Outstanding communication, presentation, and project management skills
  • Full compliance with anti-corruption and other laws


  • Minimum 6-10 years of practical working experience in BP
  • Law enforcement and/or investigative background with comprehensive legal knowledge of intellectual property and enforcement
  • English and French
  • Travel required
  • North Africa and Middle East BP experience a plus

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