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Plant NIR Specialist

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Date: Apr 20, 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
No Relocation Assistance Offered
# 72795

The Plant NIR Specialist is responsible for executing the Near-IR (NIR) program for on-line/in-line/at-line methods including process monitoring, control, and release of raw materials, premixes, and finished products in compliance with CP Standards and Guidelines. This position provides technical support to the manufacturing facility in the areas NIR, rapid methods, and NIR equipment maintenance.


Principal Duties and Responsibilities


  • Execute NIR program including control charting, documentation, bias evaluation, and equipment maintenance This includes ensuring proper documentation & compliance for internal  & external audits
  • Collection of data for the development of NIR calibrations.
  • Troubleshoot issues related to the NIR processes and programs
  • Support the development and validation of other rapid analytical methods to support manufacturing consistency and product quality.
  • Implement and monitor SOP in compliance to CP Standards and train manufacturing staff to utilize developed methods and maintain instrumentation.
  • Perform quality lab-related tasks including but not limited to sampling, sample preparation, analytical data review
  • Provide support for troubleshooting of analytical methods and laboratory out-of-specification investigations related to rapid methods
  • Provide support to analytical lab as necessary for business needs to ensure accurate and timely analysis.


Basic qualifications include: 


  • Bachelor's degree in Chemistry or related scientific field such as Food Science, Environmental Sciences or Biology with 2+ years experience in an analytical laboratory in food, consumer product or pharmaceutical industry OR a Bachelor's degree with 3+ years experience in an analytical laboratory in food, consumer product or pharmaceutical industry


Preferred qualifications include:


  • Experience in calibration development using chemometric software
  • Method development in a laboratory setting.
  • Strong ability & knowledge of Statistics and Statistical Process Control tools


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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