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Operations Planner/Scheduler

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Date: Jul 7, 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



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. If you’re interested in work that matters, fueled by passion for pets, we invite you to apply to our Operations Planner/Scheduler position.


The Operations Planner/Scheduler will execute the effective finished goods production scheduling and replenishment of finished goods, raw & packaged materials to meet forecasted demand and distribution.


  • Meet or exceed safety and quality standards. 
  • Execute master production plans developed by IPD Group (Inventory, Planning and Deployment) by setting daily and weekly production schedules; keep Operations informed of schedules, and schedule adjustments as necessary.
  • Use SAP data/system to set production plans, schedule requirements, inventory management, and schedule adherence.
  • Verify accuracy of daily transactions in SAP, production reporting systems, and yield reporting; performs monthly and quarterly inventories — physical and system.
  • Make arrangements to maintain inventory levels while facing logistical issues; recommend contingency plans to OP&M TL to address business interruption; facilitate troubleshooting of production scheduling problems, inventory variances, and yield variances in a timely manner.
  • Support productivity initiatives by monitoring processes to deliver against key performance goals including Production, Inventory, Scrap, Cost, Plant Service Level, Cycle Time Interval and Schedule Attainment.
  • Work closely with Operations Planning and Materials Leader to deliver customer service, productivity, and cost results and balance priorities.
  • Update SOP, SAP material master, and working with controller on costing of product ingredient changes.
  • Ensure raw and packaging material inventory processes and controls to effectively manage receiving, inventory, SLOB, and working capital.
  • Coordinate with Inventory, Planning & Deployment (IPD) team to support Hill’s domestic and international demand.
  • Adhere to operating budgets for variable and fixed overheads for the production planning and materials team.
  • Ensure that all materials shipped and received are in compliance with corporate and government standards for quality, trace-ability, and bio-terrorism.
  • Other job functions that may be assigned.




  • BA / BS Degree in Operations Management, Business, Technical field or equivalent.
  • Minimum 3 years experience in production supervision, planning, purchasing or customer service or logistics.
  • Ability to travel domestically up to 10% is required. (Initial travel required during training period at domestic manufacturing plants, travel will decrease after 3 to 6 months.)
  • Ability to lift up to 50 lbs.





  • Experience in finished goods production planning and replenishment of finished goods, raw & packaged materials to meet forecasted demand and distribution.
  • Food manufacturing experience.
  • Results Orientation, including Planning/Priority Setting.
  • Emphasis on Consumer/Customer Focus
  • Systems and conceptual thinking, with emphasis on SAP experience/skills.
  • Good technical, communications, and interpersonal skills.
  • Broad Supply Chain perspective.


Hill’s offers:

·    Highly competitive pay

·    Great employee, domestic partner, and family benefits that start the first day of employment

·    Retirement Savings & Investment Plan with company contributions and matching

·    Annual education/tuition reimbursement up to $10,000

·    14 paid holidays and annual vacation

·    World-class training and development opportunities

·    Highly professional, ethical, and caring environment


Employees at our Emporia manufacturing facility also enjoy:

·    Branded company uniforms

·    Weekly uniform laundry service

·    Quarterly bonus plan

·    Personal Protective Equipment, including safety shoes


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, ERP, Logistics, Scheduler, Operations, Technology, Administrative

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