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HR Business Partner- Research and Development

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Date: Jan 17, 2019

Location: Topeka, 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: Topeka, Kansas, United States
Relocation Assistance Offered Within Region
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Position Purpose:

Partner with Business Leaders on strategic and local business and human resource (HR) priorities including talent management, employee engagement and organization effectiveness (performance, organization design & capabilities and change management). 


Let's  talk about responsibilities:

HR Partnering

  • Collaborate with Business Leaders on key business decisions
  • Align with enterprise HR  principles, policies and standards
  • Provide leadership and guidance to business leaders related to the implementation and management of the HR strategy
  • Identify and implement forward-thinking HR solutions based on understanding of relevant business operations and strategies aligned with the HR Strategy
  • Provide insights into the design, execution and continuous improvement of HR programs to ensure relevancy to current and future business needs
  • Partner with HR Communities of HR Expertise (Total Rewards, Learning, People Relations, Talent Acquisition, etc) and HR Business Services to influence and execute HR strategy, policies and programs


Talent Management

  • Advise and coach business leaders on topics impacting leadership effectiveness and business results
  • Co-own all talent management programs together with business leaders
  • Support leadership development by working together with Business Leaders to identify current and projected leadership and functional capability gaps and to work on solutions that are aligned with HR Strategy
  • Partner with the Talent Acquisition and hiring managers to support the recruitment, hiring and social onboarding of staff
  • Manage campus recruiting programs, including orientation and rotational programs, as applicable
  • Advise and coach Business Leaders on interpretation of HR policies
  • Deploy and execute HR strategies (including, e.g., rewards & recognition, employer brand, development and learning staffing)


Organization Effectiveness 

  • Collaborate with HR and business leaders on organization design, including structure, processes, capabilities, and resource requirements, and identify gaps and opportunities
  • Collaborate with business leaders on action planning to support implementation of organization design
  • Facilitate and support change management initiatives
  • Collaborate with Business Leaders and Managers on  employee engagement initiatives


Positive Employee Relations

  • Serve as an employee advocate by establishing workforce relationships
  • Coach and support leaders’ to create and maintain a positive employee relations work environment
  • Establish proactive and responsive channels of communication to understand the pulse of the organization
  • Advise and coach business leaders and managers on the resolution of employee inquiries and issues
  • Champion the company’s Ethical Leadership standards, behaviours and compliance
  • Partner with the Diversity and Inclusion to implement relevant local initiatives


Education/ Experience Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Human Resources, Business or related discipline; Master's degree is preferred
  • 8 + years of progressive HR experience; Experience in manufacturing and/or consumer products industry preferred
  • Experience in providing HR strategic advice to HR partners and senior business leaders
  • Experience in development and implementation of HR initiatives
  • Experience in coaching and guiding members of HR and the business colleagues
  • Experience in one or more HR Specialty Area  (Compensation, Benefits, People Relations, People Development, Diversity & Inclusion, Analytics, Organization Development/Design)



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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