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Project Engineer - Entry Level

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Date: Sep 8, 2017

Location: Richmond, IN, 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: Richmond, Indiana, United States
Relocation Assistance Offered Within Country
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If you’re interested in work that matters, fueled by passion for pets, we invite you to apply to our Project Engineer position.


The Project Engineer is responsible for driving continuous improvement initiatives for all systems from raw material unloading to packaging in order to improve the plant’s safety, quality, productivity, and reliability.  The Project Engineer is also responsible for managing capital projects, supporting daily plant operations, and managing the technology transfer process for all parts of the raw & processing areas.


  • Help in the development and implementation of process improvements (reliability, waste, product quality, safety, cost per pound) to meet business needs.
  • Participate in the design, specification development, installation, start-up, troubleshooting, and technology transfer for new products/equipment and cost saving initiatives.  This includes collaboration with global process engineers to ensure design standardization.
  • Responsible for some capital project management:  project definition, project planning, capital expenditure management, and technology transfer associated with capital projects and new products/pkg.
  • Serve as plant lead for diet commissioning including capability assessment, development of processing specifications, coordination of commissioning runs, and test reports.
  • Serve as primary resource to operating technicians for trouble shooting issues involving safety, design, production, quality defects, process changes and equipment modification by soliciting feedback and driving continuous improvement.
  • Develop and maintain specifications, technical documentation, and procedures for processing and equipment which are consistent with KPI goals and support Quality and EOHS Standards.
  • Develops, validates, and transfers factory SOP’s associated with new products and process improvements.
  • Accountable for ensuring compliance w/ CP/ Hills, local, state, and federal standards and guidelines related to EOHS, Quality, and Regulatory.
  • Responsible for maintaining the plant IDD to accurately reflect dosing capability and use the document to assess new products for capability.


Basic qualifications include:

  • BS in Engineering, Processing Technology or related technical field or BS graduation date on or before May 2017
  • Must be proficient with the following computer programs:
    • MS Word/Excel/PowerPoint
    • Google gmail or equivalent email
  • Able to support a 24/5 operation and able to work any shift, weekends, or holidays and be on-call


Preferred qualifications include:

  • 2+ years manufacturing experience
  • 2+ years’ experience managing capital projects, budgets, and contractors
  • Proficient in food safety and sanitation design and practices
    • Proficient in ACAD
    • Food Related Production Experience
    • Technical proficiency including:
      • Extrusion technology
      • AIB, FDA, USDA and other regulatory agency design requirements
      • Previous experience with bulk material handling systems, including raw materials and finished product
      • Proficient in Statistical Process Control, CPk and Continuous Improvement Methodologies

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 Richmond facility also enjoy:

  • Branded Company uniforms
  • Weekly laundry service
  • Quarterly bonus plan
  • Personal Protective Equipment, including safety shoes & safety glasses


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.


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