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Plant Engineering Manager

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Date: May 28, 2018

Location: Emporia, KS, 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: Emporia, Kansas, United States
Relocation Assistance Offered Within Country
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The Plant Engineering Manager is responsible for oversight of the Engineering and Maintenance departments for the facility. The primary accountabilities of the role include oversight capital projects, technology transfer, performance and reliability of plant technical systems, and corporate EOHS and Quality standards compliance. Additionally, the Plant Engineering Manager is responsible for managing the MRO (Materials, Repairs and Operating Supplies) program and for identifying other potential opportunities for margin improvement.


Core Responsibilities: 

  • Functions as a member of the Strategic Leadership Team which: 
  • Leads enrollment of the plant in the Emporia Plant Vision. 
  • Provides resources to achieve plant strategy.
  • Ensures decision making processes are consistent with guiding principles.
  • Establishes clear direction and continuous improvement expectations for the plant.
  • Leads and supports change.
  • Provides effective career development and planning for direct reports.
  • Develops and manages the overall facility capital budget and the facility maintenance budget.
  • Ensures that all engineering aspects of projects as well as associated documentation are in compliance with local, Hill's / Colgate, legal and EOHS regulations.
  • Leads the technical engineering team to promote collaboration and alignment across functions in order to meet or exceed plant Key Performance Indicators (KPI). Engineering team to include Maintenance Reliability Engineer, Packaging Engineer, Processing Engineer, Controls Engineer, and Facilities.
  • Accountable for the preparation and management of the capital, IMS, and facilities expense budgets.
  • Responsible for technical staffing and support needs of the plant.
  • Ensures training for newly implemented methods and systems to continuously improve technical skill level.
  • Supports the FP&R (Continuous Improvement) engineering standard.
  • Owns the Engineering processes.


Advanced Functions

  • Responsible for the timely capitalization of assets, management of surplus equipment and use of global idle equipment databases for capital avoidance.
  • Review and analyze plant process capacity data and identify bottlenecks. Develop five year site plan in partnership with Director of Manufacturing.
  • Collaborate with the Strategic Leadership Team to identify, design, and implement continuous improvement projects.
  • Leverage analytical tools, business data, and financial information to improve the total performance of the Supply Chain and to forecast plant capabilities for growth opportunities. 
  • Utilize the company PM&D System to ensure the development of direct reports. 
  • Represents the company in outside community activities.
  • Leads and participates on cross functional project teams.


Basic Qualifications:

  • B.S. degree in a technical field.  
  • Minimum of 8 years manufacturing experience, preferably in a food processing plant
  • Minimum of 8 years experience in engineering, project management, capital projects
  • Minimum of 3 years experience in management or supervisory role
  • Minimum of 5 years managing capital & departmental budgets
  • Ability to travel up to 10% is required
  • Must be proficient with computer to including Word, Excel, Access, Powerpoint, email and SAP (preferred)


Preferred Qualifications

  • MS or MBA preferred.
  • Strong financial background in capital budgets and contractor negotiation
  • Demonstrated ability for attention to detail, strong work standards, and analytical/decision making
  • Experience in EOHS (Environmental, Ocuppational, Health and Safety) , Quality, or Maintenance preferred.
  • Previous maintenance systems experience including AM (Autonomus Maintenance)/ PM (Productive Maintenance)/ TPM(Total Productive Maintenance)/ Predictive Maintenance.






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

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