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Date: Sep 17, 2017

Location: Topeka, KS, US



Hill’s Pet Nutrition is a $2.3 Billion, global division of Colgate-Palmolive Company and the maker of Prescription Diet, Science Diet, Ideal Balance and Healthy Advantage brand pet food. Our mission is to help enrich and lengthen the special relationship between people and their pets by providing the best, leading-edge pet nutrition technology, products and expertise to pet owners, veterinary professionals and other key pet professionals worldwide. Our company is a globally recognized Best Place to Work.


Location: Topeka, Kansas, United States

Relocation Assistance Offered Within Country



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. If you’re interested in work that matters, fueled by passion for pets, we invite you to apply for our Human Resources Specialist position at our Topeka, Kansas manufacturing facility.


The Human Resources Specialist will serve as a business partner to managers, supervisors, and employees across the organization by performing a variety of complex, professional level work in multiple functional areas of HR, including: benefits, compensation, employee relations, training, performance management, workforce effectiveness/organizational development, recruitment, change management and other workplace initiatives. The incumbent will provide leadership and counsel to business partners in issue resolution, policy and process development, adherence and renewal to ensure legal compliance, as well as maintaining a strategic and operational view that links the role of HR to business needs.


Job Responsibilities


  • Training and Development:  Work with site leadership to develop and implement training processes and plans that drive operational excellence and functional/technical competence.  Drive training compliance and documentation/tracking.  Serve as the Learning Management System (LMS) administrator for the plant.  Coordinate all aspects of local training courses for the plant.


  • Recruiting: Plan and coordinate the multi-step recruitment and selection process for Technicians and other positions including testing, interviews, background checks, physical/drug screens and new hire onboarding processes.  Utilize the Global Recruitment Management System (GRMS) and ensure effective advertisement and applicant tracking for all positions.  Work to match hiring needs with diversity goals by establishing and maintaining relationships with external educational institutions and community outreach organizations.


  • Employee Relations:  Maintain an ongoing and open communication with front line supervisors to monitor potential issues; support informal and formal discipline discussions and documentation.  Work with managers to implement proactive employee relations and employee engagement initiatives.  Counsel employees and managers as needed.


  • Affirmative Action: Develop and assemble all information and analysis as it relates to the Affirmative Action Plan for the plant.  Ensure on-going compliance to EEO initiatives and AAP goals.  Leads actions to meet AAP annual goals based on analysis of workforce and local labor availability.


  • Benefits:  Assist in resolving issues for employees as it relates to benefits by interacting with the HR Info Center, corporate benefits, and medical providers at the request of employees who have concerns and need assistance in resolution. Understand and interpret benefit policies and procedures. Provide assistance and interpretation of guidelines/policies as it relates to time off work for FMLA, approved leaves of absence, parental leave and vacation/holidays.


  • Employee Programs:  Coordinate and manage employee programs and celebrations including service awards, retirements, team buildings, Adopt-a-School and Colgate Live Better activities and other local site celebrations.


  • HR Data Integrity:  Maintain HRIS data and audit-ready HR records, including candidate and master job files, leave files, medical files, training files, and I-9 files. 


  • Compensation:  Support compensation processes including the quarterly bonus plan, annual wage surveys and technician wage increases.


  • Leave Management: Manage employee absences and leaves tracking (absences, emergency vacation, STD, FMLA, parental, bereavement, etc.), timekeeping database management and conduct regular audits.


  • Compliance:  Ensure personnel adhere to Hill's policies, safety standards and Good Manufacturing Practices, including Quality Assurance and Food Safety


  • Basic Qualifications


  • Bachelor’s degree in Human Resources or a related field
  • Minimum of two years experience in Human Resources (Generalist, Talent Acquisition, Compensation, Employment Law, Training, Employee Relations, Human Resources Information Systems)


    Preferred Qualifications


  • Human Resources professional certification (PHR, SPHR, GPHR)
  • Master's degree in Human Resources or a related field.
  • 5+ of progressive leadership experience in Human Resources
  • 2+ years of HR experience in a manufacturing environment
  • 1+ year of HR experience in a collectively bargained manufacturing environment
  • Strong proficiency with SAP-HRIS systems and reporting/analysis



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: Topeka

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