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Date: Apr 12, 2018

Location: Bowling Green, KY, US

Work that matters, fueled by passion for pets!  At Hill’s we have a purpose.  Every day around the world, we transform the lives of millions of pet families through pioneering innovation, amazing nutrition, and the best and brightest people. Founded more than 75 years ago with an unwavering commitment to pet nutrition, Hills' mission is to help enrich and lengthen the special relationships between people and their pets.

HILL'S® Prescription Diet® therapeutic pet foods, HILL'S® Science Diet® and HILL'S® Ideal Balance™ wellness pet foods are sold worldwide. Hill’s is a division of Colgate-Palmolive, a leading global consumer products company, tightly focused on Oral Care, Personal Care, Home Care and Pet Nutrition, with sales of products in more than 200 countries.  To learn more about Hill's and Colgate, please visit and, or find us on LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

Location: Bowling Green, Kentucky, United States
Relocation Assistance Offered Within Country
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Position Purpose:


An Operations Engineer (OE) is an entry level position providing experience in both operations and engineering positions. The OE will initially be assigned the role of either an Operations Team Leader or Project Engineer. At the appropriate time based on business needs, the OE will be assigned the duties of the alternate role of this position. When performing the Operations Team Leader role, the OE serves as the primary leader for the development and coaching of the operations technicians and operations team in an effective, value driven, performance based environment. When assuming the Project Engineer role, the OE is responsible for managing capital projects, supporting daily plant operations, and managing the technology transfer process for all parts of the raw & processing areas.

In addition, this role supports the implementation of Quality Assurance and Food Safety initiatives, and ensures personnel adhere to Hill’s policies, safety standards, and Good Manufacturing Practices, including Quality Assurance and Food Safety.


Let's talk about Operations Team Leader Responsibilities:


  • Leads and coordinates the activities of operation technicians engaged in production to ensure safety, increase innovation, technical expertise, analysis, and analytical skills
  • Observes work and monitors processing conditions to ensure that operators adhere to production or processing standards.
  • Reads and analyzes KPI’s, charts, work orders, production schedules, and other records and reports to determine plant performance and to evaluate improvement opportunities.
  • Plans and establishes work schedules, assignments, and production sequences to meet production goals.
  • Confers with other facility leaders to coordinate operations and activities within or between departments.
  • Manages team member’s pay through evaluation of eTime data. Reviews leave data pertaining to vacation, PTO, floating holiday, Voluntary Time Off, overtime and attendance.
  • Inspects materials, products, or equipment to detect defects or malfunctions.
  • Conducts or coordinates team member training in equipment operations, safety procedures, GMPs, quality, sanitation, maintenance and productivity.
  • Interprets specifications, blueprints, job orders, and company policies and procedures for workers.
  • Empower teams by way of training, information sharing, mentoring, feedback, appraisals and delegation, to ensure the development of people, skills, teams and organizational capabilities.
  • Responsible for temporary employee management including: safety policy’s, GMPs, equipment training, scheduling, and time card approval process


Responsibilities as a Project Engineer:


  • Help in the development and implementation of process improvements (reliability, waste, product quality, safety, cost per pound) to meet business needs.
  • Participate in the design, specification development, installation, start-up, troubleshooting, and technology transfer for new products/equipment and cost saving initiatives. This includes collaboration with global process engineers to ensure design standardization.
  • Responsible for some capital project management: project definition, project planning, capital expenditure management, and technology transfer associated with capital projects and new products/packaging.
  • Serve as plant lead for diet commissioning including capability assessment, development of processing specifications, coordination of commissioning runs, and test reports.
  • Serve as primary resource to operating technicians for trouble shooting issues involving safety, design, production, quality defects, process changes and equipment modification by soliciting feedback and driving continuous improvement.
  • Develop and maintain specifications, technical documentation, and procedures for processing and equipment which are consistent with KPI goals and support Quality and EOHS Standards.
  • Develops, validates, and transfers factory SOP’s associated with new products and process improvements.
  • Accountable for ensuring compliance with Colgate Palmolive/ Hills, local, state, and federal standards and guidelines related to EOHS, Quality, and Regulatory.
  • Responsible for maintaining the plant IDD to accurately reflect dosing capability and use the document to assess new products for capability.


What you need for this position:


  • Bachelors of Science in Engineering, Processing/Packaging Technology, or a related technical field.
  • Be proficient with the following computer programs:
  • MS Word/Excel/PowerPoint
  • Ability to work any shift, weekends, or holidays and be on call.


It’s an advantage to have:


  • Recent internship / coop in a manufacturing environment.
  • Mobility – ability to relocate for future opportunities.
  • Supervisory experience
  • SAP experience.
  • Prior pet food industry experience
  • Lean Six Sigma certified


Expected Areas of Skills:


  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills (written and verbal)
  • Excellent ability to multi-task and prioritize duties
  • Proficient Computer skills including; Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint)
  • Ability to understand and apply finance and accounting principles
  • Excellent at identifying the underlying principles, reasons, or facts of information by breaking down information or data into separate parts for analysis
  • Demonstrated performance of attention to detail, follow-up, and analytical decision making
  • Excellent at using relevant information and individual discernment to determine whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, polices, or standards
  • Must be able to work in a manufacturing environment…including the ability to bend, climb, crawl, kneel, be able to wear all required Fall Protection Equipment and all other PPE, climb multiple stairs throughout work shift, to walk and be on feet at least 75% of the scheduled work shift
  • Must be able to work in a standard office environment
  • Teamwork orientation with excellent interpersonal and team skills
  • Ability to work a schedule supporting a 24/5 operation, which may include nights, weekends or holidays
  • Ability to be on call during off hours.


Are you interested in working for Hill's Pet Nutrition? You can apply to work with us using this online application. 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.

Equal Opportunity Employer
Colgate is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, ethnicity, age, disability, marital status, or any other characteristic protected by law.


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