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Manager Food Safety and Microbiology

Date: Aug 1, 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 Country
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This position is responsible for protecting Hill’s brand equity by ensuring food safety programs are designed, developed, implemented and effectively controlling food safety hazards in all Hill’s sites and contract manufacturing locations globally.  On-going evaluation and continuous improvement of these programs is required.


Main responsibilities:


  • Design and develop corporate and global plant food safety policies and programs. Ensure programs are implemented and effectively working to meet compliance of all food safety requirements, including government regulations globally.  Provide leadership to plant food safety teams concerning:


            -Colgate Quality Standards

            -FDA Food Safety Modernization Act

            -Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) certified audit schemes (SQF)


  • Track KPI progress and drive continuous improvement initiatives to improve food safety controls across the Supply Chain.  Provide leadership on key food safety programs including, but not limited to, cleaning & sanitization, environmental monitoring, and sanitary design. Provide direction to Corporate Technical Engineering on food safety CEB initiatives.
  • Develop tools and training guidance for all food safety initiatives and programs.  Lead food safety validation initiatives.
  • Maintain current understanding and communicate regulatory requirements that impact Hill’s food safety programs. Represent Hill’s on external food safety committees (e.g. PFI, AFIA, CFIA, GAPFA).
  • Ensure timely and effective root cause analysis and CAPA for any significant site food safety issue.


Education/ Experience Requirements


Basic qualifications include:


Master of Science (Microbiology, Food Science or related scientific field)

7+ year experience in food or pet food quality and food safety, food/pet food manufacturing or product safety

3+ years supervisory or managerial experience



Preferred qualifications include:


Ph.D in Microbiology, Food Science, or related scientific field

5+ year supervisory or managerial 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 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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