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Date: Jun 16, 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 Plant Quality Systems Manager position at our Topeka, Kansas manufacturing facility.


The Plant Quality Systems Manager is is responsible for developing, assigning responsibility, implementing, monitoring and leadership of the Plant Quality & Food Safety Program.  This includes training, instruction and execution of methodologies to enable the plant to deliver consistent, safe and effective products. This position will have primary responsibility for ensuring site compliance with Colgate, Hill’s, Governmental Regulatory, local Regulatory, International Regulatory Quality-related requirements. This position is also responsible for managing the plant’s Quality Audit Program to ensure conformance with standards and Quality-related regulatory requirements and serve as the key point of contact for any Governmental inspections or inspections from comparable International Regulatory Agencies.  In addition, this position is a key member of the Site Strategic Team, and ensures that the Quality Organization effectively contributes to key business building activities such as customer service, cost savings, technology transfer and management of change.


Principal Responsibilities

  • Develop and implement the site specific Quality Systems and Food Safety Plan including Quality Management strategies, direction, and policies with the goal of protecting the business, reducing variation and waste, and growing the business
  • Accountable for ensuring compliance with Colgate /Hill’s Quality Standards, Local, Governmental, and International Quality and Environment, Occupational Health & Safety (EOHS) and Regulatory standards and guidelines and will interface with all agencies to communicate, address, and resolve any issues
  • Responsible for execution of Environmental and Micro programs and the Cleaning & Sanitation (C&S) Program at the facility both on finished goods and processing / packaging equipment
  • Responsible for reporting Key Performance Indicators (KPI’s) of Quality systems both internally and externally on a monthly basis or higher frequency as determined by business
  • Accountable for the robustness of key Quality Systems including but not limited to Incoming Component & Finished Product Inspection & Release, Validation, Corrective and Preventative Action (CAPA), Change Control, Internal Audits, Laboratory Management and Documentation Management
  • Manages the development and implementation of the site’s Quality Audit program to ensure conformance with standards, quality-related regulatory requirements, Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMP’s), and leads the development and implementation of Continuous Improvement (CI) and action plans to address any internal/external quality or food safety audit findings
  • Support implementation of Quality Assurance and Food Safety Initiatives and ensure personnel adhere to Hill's policies, safety standards and cGMP's, including Quality Assurance and Safety
  • Accountable for the site’s consumer satisfaction programs such as consumer complaint tracking and reduction of plant controllable complaints
  • Administers all Performance Management and Coaching / Feedback activities and provides effective career development and planning for all members of the Quality Team at the site
  • Participates with other Plant Managers and Corporate Quality on continuous improvement projects
  • Functions as a key member of the Site Strategic Team which supports the plant’s vision, provides resources to achieve plant strategy, ensures decision making processes are consistent with guiding principles, establishes clear direction and CI expectations, leads and supports change for the plant
  • Prepares and manages operating budgets for variable and fixed overheads for the Plant Quality Team


Basic Qualifications

  • Bachelors Degree in Chemistry, Engineering, Microbiology, Biochemistry, Food Science or a related technical field
  • 8+ years' work experience in Quality, Supply Chain, Research & Development or other technically related field
  • 3+ years' work experience in a food manufacturing facility
  • 3+ years' supervisory experience
  • Prior direct experience and active participation in an audit inspection by a regulatory agency
  • 1+ years' project management leadership experience


Preferred Qualifications

  • Master's Degree in Chemistry, Engineering, Microbiology, Biochemistry, Food Science or a related technical field
  • 7+ years' experience in Quality, Supply Chain, Research & Development or other technically related experience
  • 5+ years' experience in a food manufacturing facility
  • 5+ years' supervisory experience
  • 5+ years' experience with the Hill's product portfolio and business systems


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


In addition, Hill's Topeka Plant employees receive:

- Allowance for steel-toed shoes

- Allowance for prescription safety glasses

- Company store offering low-cost Colgate-Palmolive and Hill's products


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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