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Senior Packaging Engineer

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Date: Nov 8, 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 Senior Packaging Engineer position at our Topeka, Kansas headquarters.


Working with Hill’s Global Marketing Innovation Team, Product Development, Supply Chain the Senior Packaging Engineer will identify and develop innovative consumer preferred packaging for Hill’s products and maintains critical partnerships with outside packaging vendors.  The ideal candidate will also be responsible for providing project management as needed to design, develop and implement new or improved packaging to enable Hill’s Pet Nutrition to meet strategic business goals while enhancing the experience of consumers when using Hill’s products.


Principal Duties and Responsibilities

  • Leads the conceptualization, initiation, development and implementation of new and improved packages and processes including: prototype development, engineering specifications, mold qualification, functionality and quality testing, and technology transfer. May lead multi-functional teams in some of these projects
  • Leads the design of packaging systems and packaging components, ensuring defined needs for ergonomics, equity aesthetics, consumer acceptance, manufacturing capability and quality are met from the program brief through design, engineering and commercialization
  • Establishes global specifications for packages, processes, which are consistent with KPI goals and support Quality and EOHS Standards. Provides efficient and timely documentation and/or transfer of manufacturing and engineering technologies throughout Hill’s manufacturing plants.
  • Interfaces with GMIT, Divisional/Subsidiary Management and packaging partners, Product Development S&T, and other Pet Care category functions to ensure project meets agreed upon goals. Continuously assesses and communicates project results vs. goals and takes corrective action when required
  • Understands, interprets and refines package testing procedures and standards to support the effective design, validation, and implementation of new packages and packaging technology.  Provides meaningful explanations and forward actions to appropriate Division/Subsidiary personnel. Writes and presents technical and business summaries for both technical and non-technical personnel
  • Generates and presents total delivered cost information on package/process and other pertinent financial information
  • Collaborates with Legal Counsel and Patent Dept. on patent searches, IRs, patent applications and patent defense
  • Builds competitive advantage by identifying, evaluating, and championing technical advancements, design trends and innovations in packaging.  Stays aware of supplier and competitor new developments, and highlight to appropriate management as needed
  • Implements standardization and simplification programs, and margin improvement projects


Education/ Experience Requirements

Basic qualifications include:

  • BS in Packaging, Engineering or Material Science with 8+ years of experience in packaging within the food industry  OR MS in in Packaging, Engineering or Material Science with 7+ years of experience in packaging within the food industry 
  • Some experience in package development for retort processes.


Hill's offers all employees:

  • Highly competitive pay
  • Great employee, domestic partner, and family benefits that start the first day of employment (medical/dental/vision)
  • Short-term and long-term disability
  • Life Insurance
  • Retirement Income Program/Savings & Investment Plan with company contributions and matching
  • Healthcare and dependent care reimbursement accounts
  • Annual tuition reimbursement up to $10,000
  • 14 paid holidays
  • Annual paid vacation
  • Discounts on pet insurance
  • On-going training
  • Opportunities for advancement
  • Highly professional, ethical, drug free environment


Employees at our global headquarters also enjoy:

·    Bring your dog to work day, every day!

·    Summer hours (off early on Fridays)·    



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

Job Segment: Package Design, Manufacturing Engineer, Engineer, Equity, Product Development, Manufacturing, Engineering, Finance, Research

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