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Date: Apr 12, 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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If you’re interested in work that matters, fueled by passion for pets, we invite you to apply to our Project Engineer position. This position is responsible for managing capital projects, support daily plant operations and managing technology transfer for all areas of the plant. The Project Engineer works closely with a variety of other groups, including production, quality, and maintenance as well as outside suppliers and consultants to achieve desired goals. This position also supports the development and implementation of process improvements (reliability, waste, product quality, safety margin) to meet business needs.



  • Develop all aspects of project management; project definition, project planning, capital expenditure management, and technology transfer associated with capital projects, new materials, and new products conferring with management.
  • Support the design, specification, installation; start-up, troubleshooting, and improvement of equipment and systems.
  • Develop and maintain specifications, technical documentation, and procedures for processes and equipment which are consistent with Factory Performance and Reliability goals and support Quality and Safety Standards.
  • Serve as primary resource to the operations and quality team for issues involving design, process changes, and equipment modification by soliciting feedback and driving continuous improvement.
  • Accountable for ensuring compliance with Colgate-Palmolive, local, state, and federal standards and guidelines related to Safety, Quality, and Regulatory.
  • Develop new insights and drive innovative engineering and processing solutions to reduce costs and improve process capability and quality.
  • Engage stakeholders in design decisions to ensure projects satisfy quality, cost, service, and environmental health and safety criteria, and manage third-party contractors and engineering design firms effectively.
  • Develop, validate, and transfer factory standard operating procedures associated with new products, packaging, and process improvements.
  • Collaborate with suppliers, internal stakeholders, procurement, and engineers on plant floor systems controls.
  • Integrates with Corporate IT and GIT to ensure alignment on information technology systems.
  • Drive the company values and principles of managing with respect in all daily business affairs.


Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering, Food Science or related technical field.
  • 5+ years of functional experience in manufacturing.
  • 2+ years of project management.
  • Working knowledge of production processes and control systems.
  • Working knowledge of Quality standards required.
  • Working knowledge of Environmental Occupational Health and Safety standards.
  • Teamwork orientation with excellent interpersonal and team skills.
  • Strong technical communication skills.
  • Able to support a 24-hour operation including weekends and holidays based on project demands.


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated manufacturing knowledge, experience, design and programming with the following:
    • Industrial Automation Networks (ControlNet, DeviceNet, Ethernet, Profibus) Process and Machine Instrumentation.
    • Load cells, mass flow meters, sensors, automated valves, and servo controls.
    • Programming, testing, installation, and start-up of Allen-Bradley PLC’s and Wonderware Industrial Suite software and server applications.
  • Knowledge of current Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMP) and validation.
  • Knowledge of the Capital Procurement preferred.
  • Prior experience with manufacturing of consumer goods products or food manufacturing.
  • Prior experience with food safety requirements and standards.
  • Continuous improvement and/or lean six sigma experience or certification.
  • Experience in SAP (Systems Applications and Products).
  • Advanced degree in Engineering or related field.
  • MBA.



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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