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Date: Feb 3, 2018

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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Job Summary

Responsible for the development of clinical nutrition, claims and clinical studies that provide a competitive advantage to Hill’s.  This will include using nutrition expertise and innovative mindset in developing new claims, designing and conducting clinical trials and providing nutrition guidance in the development of new and improved pet food products.  Individual will be expected to provide innovation, leadership and strategic direction to meet the company's goal of being number one in specialty pet food market worldwide.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities


  • Design, conduct, summarize, and publish clinical studies in pet dogs and cats to support existing products, new products and innovation pipeline.
  • Search, read, and critically review published scientific literature and Hill’s studies in the development and preparation of product claims and claims substantiation dossiers for internal use, and to support regulatory and legal activities.
  • Develop and refine Hill’s nutritional philosophy and ensure globally that Hill’s products align with this philosophy through development and maintenance of Hill’s nutritional product design specifications.

  • Provide nutrition expertise to all relevant Hill’s programs and activities.  Maintain familiarity with the latest developments in appropriate areas of biomedical research so that new products and product improvements reflect the true “state of the art.”

  • Write final reports of data from internal studies and scientific publications and make presentations to management and cross-functional Hill's groups especially Product Development, Research  and Marketing
  • Simultaneously manage multiple projects, project budgets, time-lines and be accountable for deliverables
  • Cultivate relationships with researchers and clinicians outside of Hill’s to enhance Hill’s external presence and regard as well as bringing  expertise, ideas and technologies that fill gaps

This is not an exhaustive list of duties or functions.


Education/ Experience Requirements

Basic qualifications include:      

PhD in animal science, veterinary science, animal nutrition, human nutrition (or related field) with 5+ years of

post-graduate experience


Preferred qualifications include:
Experience in veterinary science, food processing, food science, product formulation, regulatory, and/or intellectual property (patents) desired.


Expected Areas of Skills

  • Demonstrated understanding of nutrition, physiology, biochemistry and ingredients.

  • Basic knowledge of clinical study design and interpretation

  • Demonstrated skills in scientific information gathering, synthesis, and communication

  • Strong project management skills

  • Excellent communication skills (written and oral presentation) and strong technical writing skills.

  • Excellent interpersonal and team skills, which foster working relationships throughout Hill’s and outside groups


Expected percentage of travel:  Up to 10%



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


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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