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Project Manager

Date: Aug 6, 2019

Location: Topeka, KS, US

Relocation Assistance Offered Within Country
# 74328 - Topeka, Kansas, United States

The Project manager role is responsible for the Project Management of key growth initiatives within the organization. The position will also contribute to Project Management capability building efforts amongst the team members. The position will report to the Category Network Operations Director and project priorities and direction will be provided by the division where the project takes place.



  • Project initiation and planning:
    • Partners with key stakeholders to ensure clarity of scope, deliverables and management expectations, both initially and ongoing.
    • Develops project charter & scope – secures appropriate leadership approval.
    • Ensures project is appropriately funded and calls out potential risks (i.e., project costs across all functions).
    • Ensures team is adequately resourced.
    • Identifies, communicates and plans for critical project risks (conducts Continuous Improvement Reviews).
  • Manages and communicates project timelines issues and risks:
    • Manages overall project timeline and integrates all key project activities.
    • Defines and maintains a prject critical path.
    • Alerts leadership of long-lead critical path items.
  • Coordinates and facilitates team communication/ flow of information and decision making:
    • Schedules and chairs regular team meetings
    • Leverages latest collaboration tools and technologies to facilitate information sharing and effective tech transfer.
    • Coordinates CIP/CIR processes.
    • Ensures learnings are captured throughout the project and leverage lessons learned from prior commercialization initiatives to optimize the bundle.
  • Manages team activity and execution of the work plan:
    • Ensures subject matter experts follow up on specific accountabilities associated with the Stage-Gate process related to Marketing, S&T Engineering, Packaging, Finance, Supply Chain, Procurement, Legal, Regulatory.
    • Anticipates potential global requirements and works with global leadership to bring the project deliverables into alignment with existing global initiatives.
    • Provides input to team member performance.
  • Build Project Management Capability:
    • Collaborate with functional partners to align on standard processes and approaches, updating as needed.
    • Participate in the development of formal tools and training, delivering as needed.
    • Informally coach team members in the application of Project Management tools.
    • Seek external best practices related to Project Management to apply within Colgate / Hill’s.


Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree.
  • At least 2 years of project management experience.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • MBA.
  • Professional PM Certification.
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Project.

Equal Opportunity Employer
Colgate is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, ethnicity, age, disability, marital status, veteran status (United States positions), or any other characteristic protected by law.

Are you interested in working for Hill's Pet Nutrition? You can apply online and 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.

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.

Reasonable accommodation during the application process is available for persons with disabilities. Please contact with the subject "Accommodation Request" should you require accommodation.

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