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Scientist / Sr. Scientist

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Date: Jul 14, 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 to our Scientist / Sr. Scientist position.


We invite applications for the position of Scientist/Sr. Scientist, at S&T.  As a Scientist/Sr. Scientist, for Hill's Pet Nutrition, you will be responsible for researching technologies related to dog and cat preferences and for providing expertise in the area of formulation development to successfully guide and implement product improvements and new product development.  The ideal candidate will have a solid understanding of food science principles and expertise in formulation development, well thought out studies, analyzing data to draw conclusions, and communicating results to cross functional teams. This position is responsible for providing technologies and implementation support for both new product and ingredient development and improvements of existing ingredients and products.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities

  • Designs and develops new and improved products from bench top to commercialization in accordance with Hill’s innovation strategy.  Following Hill’s product development and product improvement processes, designs and executes experiments to develop fundamental knowledge on pet preferences and guides product improvements.  Works cross functionally with Sensory, Analytical and Statistical experts on the team to understand product performance and drivers of liking
  • Maintains and updates ingredient nutrient trends in S&T formula development systems. Designs and executes experiments which confirm new ingredients meet product performance requirements while following Hill’s best practices
  • Leads projects that demonstrate measureable business impact
  • Leads functional teams and actively participates on cross-functional teams
  • Identifies project issues and influences other areas to obtain necessary resources to achieve objectives
  • Execute and/or solve food science based issues encountered in product development
  • Identifies opportunities for improvement or simplification of products or technical processes
  • Incorporates externally sourced innovation into applicable projects and identifies opportunities for innovation pipeline
  • Coordinates all documentation that support final product formulation
  • Applies internal and external technical knowledge discoveries, ideas and vision and share with colleagues through documentation, presentations, publications, invention records or patents
  • Interprets patents and understands the legal implications of patents, product claims and advertising, reviews the patents of competitors.  Develops ideas, data and writes Invention Records
  • Other duties as assigned


    Basic Qualifications Include:

  • PhD in Food Science (or related scientific field) and 3+ years relevant work experience in bench top to commercialization product development or research in the food industry


  • MS in Food Science (or related scientific field) and 7+ years relevant work experience in bench top to commercialization product development or research in the food industry


​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Preferred Qualifications Include:

  • Working knowledge developing sole source nutritional products
  • Relevant work experience in product development in the pet food industry


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

Many groups at the Pet Nutrition Center also enjoy:

  • Summer hours (off early on Fridays)
  • Work-Smart Program with options to flex your hours or work from home




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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