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Date: Mar 16, 2017

Location: Emporia, KS, US

Hill’s Pet Nutrition is a $2.3 Billion, global division of Colgate-Palmolive Company and the maker of Prescription Diet, Science Diet, Ideal Balance and Healthy Advantage brand pet food. Our mission is to help enrich and lengthen the special relationship between people and their pets by providing the best, leading-edge pet nutrition technology, products and expertise to pet owners, veterinary professionals and other key pet professionals worldwide. Our company is a globally recognized Best Place to Work.


Location: Emporia, Kansas, United States

No Relocation Assistance Offered



This position will have primary responsibility for assisting Operation Technicians with the preparation and execution of startup, changeovers, and line shut down, executing the master sanitation functions, coordination of production materials, safety compliance, data collection, maintaining 5S Visual Workplace and overall production support. The Operations Assistant will also be responsible to work within a structure that requires considerable interaction with others in the same production unit as well as other production units and support functions.


Principal Duties and Responsibilities:


  • Understands and is responsible for full compliance and following of all Quality, GMP’s, AIB and Micro [C&S Guidelines], EOHS, and safety standards and guidelines.
  • Assist with startup, changeovers, and line shut down of automated and manual equipment throughout the production facility.
  • Responsible for managing Dump back/Regrind/Reblend product movement.
  • Supports packaging lines with staging of resources needed based on the production schedule including hand stacking of all bag sizes.
  • Responsible to support line operations during lunches, breaks and coverage for open positions.
  • Responsible for finished goods preparation and inspection; including top cap placement, inspection check list, legible date codes, and quality of bag seals.
  • Performs Housekeeping activities as per master sanitation schedule, and conducts/participates in area housekeeping assessments as required to meet all GMP’s, FDA and AIB requirements.
  • Production line waste removal and disposal according to Standard Operating Procedures.
  • Responsible for cleaning and sanitization of equipment throughout the production areas during operation.  Trained in LOTO, chemical handling, PPE, etc.
  • Attends the Shift Transition Meeting to understand current shift production schedule.
  • Contribution of additional work hours when needed to meet business demands.


Basic qualifications include:


  • High school diploma or equivalent.
  • Must be able to work any shift schedule, including nights and weekends.
  • Ability to bend, climb, crawl, and work in confined spaces, and work in hazardous condition spaces for up to twelve hours per day.
  • Ability to push totes containing product up to 750 lbs.
  • Ability to work in extreme weather conditions with temperature ranges from cold to hot and humid.
  • Ability to lift up to 50 lbs, repeatedly.
  • Use a stand-up or sit-down forklift, intermittently for up to twelve hours per day.
  • Walk unlimited distances each day.
  • Frequently walk up and down multiple levels of steps, multiple times a day, up to 8.5 levels-carrying tool bag, materials, or other supplies that weigh 25 lbs on average.
  • Climb ladders or ledge, with tie-off equipment when required.
  • Frequently bend at waist 90 degrees and flex at knees 120 degrees.
  • Wear required personal protective equipment, including hearing, eye, foot and dust protection.
  • Perceive visual and audible alarms and radio while wearing hearing protection.
  • Receive and transmit information in person and by radio communications.


Preferred qualifications include:


  • One year of manufacturing, military or relevant experience .
  • Technical college/vocational school certificate or Associates degree in Manufacturing – related area preferred.
  • Ability to use hazardous materials.
  • Food safety experience including cleaning and sanitation of equipment.





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.


Nearest Major Market: Emporia
Nearest Secondary Market: Wichita

Job Segment: Operations Manager, Food Safety, Industrial, Inspector, Operations, Quality, Manufacturing

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