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Food Safety Specialist

Date: Jul 29, 2019

Location: Etten-Leur, NB, NL

Work that matters, fuelled 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: Etten-Leur, Noord Brabant, Netherlands
Relocation Assistance Offered Within Region
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The Food Safety Specialist ensures that Hill’s Pet Nutrition manufacturing facilities meet established Hill’s Pet Nutrition Food Safety Standards. This individual is responsible for implementation, monitoring and continued evolution of Food Safety programs both within Hill’s owned facilities and 3rd party service providers throughout Europe.


Focus of the role will include, but is not limited to, the following areas:


  • Food Safety Compliance: Understands and influences the implementation of site, company and government standards for Food Safety, Good Manufacturing Practices (GMPs), HACCP & prerequisite programs, etc.
  • GFSI Compliance: Ensures continued adherence to Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) requirements in manufacturing facilities and continues to advance both program robustness and food safety culture within applicable facilities
  • Documentation / Communication: Ensures that the reporting of data and maintenance of records is properly documented by the both internal & contracted sites.  Interprets data, works cross-functionally and effectively communicates results to appropriate individuals, including management
  • Training and standardization:  Delivers Hill’s Food Safety trainings of applicable SOPs and Standards to Hill’s manufacturing site staff and ensures proper understanding and implementation by site personnel
  • Continuous Improvement: Understands and influences Continuous Improvement (CI) initiatives in Hill’s facilities with specific responsibility for conducting investigations of all Food Safety, environmental, and microbiological non-conformance issues through utilization of CAPA (Corrective Action Preventive Action) processes
  • Auditing:  Conducts Supplier and Food Safety system audit of sites and leverages facility action plans to enforce timely closure of observations


Principal Duties and Responsibilities 

  • Ensure site compliance to Hill’s Food Safety Standards and SOPs. Ensure documentation is completed and maintained
  • Drive continued advancement of Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) improvements and implementation. Ensure proper documentation is completed and maintained
  • Drives continuous improvement at manufacturing sites. Utilizes Key Quality Indicators (KPIs) to identify opportunities and communicate performance. Provides troubleshooting support in area of Food Safety
  • Conducts annual Supplier and Food Safety audits within area(s) of regional responsibility. Facilitates closure of all audit findings as necessary
  • Conducts Food Safety trainings for site staff and others within the organization
  • Drives Food Safety awareness and engagement in manufacturing sites
  • Works cross functionally with S&T / Network Operations / Quality Tech Transfer / Packaging Engineering on initiatives and projects


Education/ Experience Requirements

Basic requirements include:

  • Bachelor degree in Food Science, Engineering, Biology or other related field
  • 2+ years quality and / or food manufacturing experience
  • Working knowledge of Food Safety, HACCP, prerequisite programs, GMP.


Preferred qualifications include:

  • Master degree Food Science, Engineering, Biology or other related field
  • Certification in HACCP and GFSI audit schemes
  • 4+ years quality and food manufacturing experience


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 email 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, colour, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, ethnicity, age, disability,  marital status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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