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Procurement Associate Manager

Date: Apr 30, 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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The Procurement Associate Manager, Media/Agency is responsible for assisting with sourcing activities which support internal and external stakeholder while delivering efficiencies and optimization in the Media/Agency Category. The position is responsible for promoting the utilization of procurement methodology through brand, category management and strategic sourcing activities. Primary responsibilities include: supporting stakeholders in the areas of Working Media, Non-Working Media, Advertising Production, and the Agency fee management for traditional and digital media for Hill’s Pet Nutrition. Additionally, this position would collaborate with the North America Colgate Media procurement lead. The Procurement Associate Manager will ensure that a sound sourcing process is implemented in compliance with the Global Procurement guidelines.



  • Develop Hill’s North America (NA) category management long term strategy in alignment with Indirect Procuement (IP) global category leaders.
  • Lead the Hill’s NA implementation of global category initiatives/projects.
  • Drive Innovation, Savings goals for the category, and track all Hill’s NA results.
  • Manage Hill’s NA vendors, and lead the implementation of SRM (Supplier Relationship Management) program initiatives.
  • Utilize key performance indicators (KPIs), for the category for specified vendors.
  • Identify potential procurement risks, and provide direction to develop risk mitigation plans.
  • Obtain periodical category market intelligence insights, and perform benchmarking with external companies.
  • Participate in Industry events to stay current related to procurement best practices, and bring new ideas to the organization.
  • Manage ethical and professional relationships with vendors.
  • Leads and oversees a roll-out of the divisional IP Media strategies for Working Media, Advertising Production, and Agency Fee Management within Hill’s
  • Partners with IMC (Integrated Marketing Communications)/Marketing leads on establishes agencies’ evaluation process to set up benchmarks for scope of work (SOW) development and tracking, feedback mechanism for continuous improvement, as well as monthly fee management process.
  • Assists Hill’s Marketing stakeholders in the monthly and quarterly agency fee management process.
  • Manage and accountable for the out-of scope agency fees for Hill’s NA.
  • Executes pre-sourcing, sourcing, and post- sourcing management of media spends.
  • Leads all request for information (RFI) and request for proposal (RFP) for the Media and Agency categories, and utilization of other procurement e-tools.


Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree in Marketing or Business.
  • At least 5 years of Marketing, Procurement, Supply Chain, CS&L or Financial experience, including 2+ years of Media environment.


Preferred Qualifications:

  • MBA.
  • Previous experience using SAP.
  • In-depth knowledge of planning and buying of traditional and digital Media.
  • Familiarity with advertising production , marketing and advertising operations for above and below the line activities.
  • Strong Project Management Skills, with good communication.
  • Strong Business Analysis. Using business tools and information systems when solving problems and making decisions. Using data to support recommendations.


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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