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Technical Systems Manager

Date: Apr 27, 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 Technical Systems Manager is responsible for the oversight of the Engineering, Maintenance, Plant Floor Systems & IT departments (e.g. Industrial Automation) as well as for initiating and driving continuous improvement (CI) activities at the plant. He/She stays abreast of plant performance trends versus major KPI goals.

He/She develops and manages the overall plant capital budget and the plant maintenance/CI budget. He/She must ensure successful execution of the plant capital program which can include multiple projects with varying scope, timelines and capital expenditures. In parallel he/she has to ensure effective execution of the Planned Maintenance- and CI- program, in order to enable the local Manufacturing organization to deliver against annual conversion cost-, efficiency- and capacity- goals

The Technical Systems Manager will also ensure that all engineering aspects of projects as well as associated documentation are in compliance with local, Colgate/Hill’s, legal and EOHS regulations. 


You will a member of the Management Team and report to the Plant Manager.




Capital Investments

  • Responsible for overall Capital Program -development & -implementation for the facility;
  • Drives & Manages Capital Program execution by monitoring project progress, modify plans and initiate corrective actions based on feedback and changes.
  • Provide support and guidance to assigned project engineers in managing individual projects. 
  • Communicate and manage issues/risks with corporate/divisional leadership



  • Implement preventive and predictive maintenance programs and provide adequate tools and training necessary to drive continuous improvement against the “Planned Maintenance” (PM) Standard;
  • Utilize computerized (a.o. SAP based) maintenance management systems (CMMS) for equipment lifecycle optimization, cost control, spare parts inventory management, crewing optimization and continuous improvement.
  • Ensure spare parts stock and inventory levels are managed to meet specific divisional financial goals.
  • Develop and negotiate site maintenance contracts.


Continuous Improvement:

  • Review and analyze plant capacity and performance data to identify bottlenecks; 
  • Develop a five year site master plan in partnership with the Plant Management Team;
  • Champion plant performance improvement, using a structured approach to identify and prioritize CI-projects ,
    in line with the expectations of the Productivity and continuous Improvement (P&CI) Standard.
  • Leverage resources from own as well as other departments to drive CI-projects implementation.
  • Change Management  / Ensure all projects are in compliance with appropriate the company’s standards and local regulations;

People Management

  • Ensure the right priorities are assigned to the various projects and resources are leveraged adequately and effectively
  • Provide coaching and mentoring to the technical team while developing relationships with others in key functional areas.

Profile description:

  • BSc or MSc in Engineering or related field;
  • 5-10 years of experience production/maintenance management experience;
  • Experience in project management/engineering;
  • Experience in a global FMCG company is a plus;
  • Fluent in English.
  • Encourages creative thinking, sharing ideas and continuous improvement;
  • Establishes and maintain trust, supportive relationships and creditability with internal and external colleagues/vendors;
  • Possesses extended technical expertise

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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