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A part of Colgate-Palmolive since 1976, Hill's Pet Nutrition offers the highest-quality pet nutrition available through product lines Prescription Diet® and Science Diet®. Veterinarians worldwide recommend and feed their own pets Hill's products more than any other brand of pet food.

Available in approximately 80 countries around the world, our extensive line of products includes more than 60 Prescription Diet brand pet foods and more than 50 Science Diet brand pet foods.

We believe all animals should be loved and cared for during their lifetimes. That is why we are proud our pet foods can make a difference in your pet's life.

A career at Hill’s Pet Nutrition or Colgate-Palmolive is an excellent opportunity if you seek a global experience, constant challenge, and development opportunities in an environment that respects work/life effectiveness.

Job Title:  Operations Area Leader

Travel Required?:  Travel - up to 10% of time
Date:  Sep 8, 2022
No remote working option

Relocation Assistance Offered Within Country
# 139261 - Bowling Green, Kentucky, United States

Packaging Area Leader

Do you want to make a difference in the lives of people and their pets? What about having the opportunity to connect with others across the world, full of stimulating discussions, and making impactful contributions?
If this is how you see your career, Hill’s is the place to be!

Hill’s Pet Nutrition is a multi billion dollar, global division of Colgate-Palmolive Company and the maker of Prescription Diet, Science Diet, and Healthy Advantage brand pet food. Our mission is to help enrich and lengthen the special relationships 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.

The Packaging Area Leader is responsible for effectively managing all functions related to conversion production and maintenance activities within the plant and developing cross-functional partnerships to improve the plant's safety, quality, productivity, and reliability across a 24/7 operation. The Packaging Area Leader will be accountable for maintaining effective KPI's, driving FP&R standards, Production Planning, and leading conversion improvements in the areas of reliability, waste, product quality, safety, and cost per pound.

What you will do


  • Develop and manage the continuous improvement systems as established by FP&R guidelines and standards by conducting regular data driven CI reviews, coordinating cross-functional evaluations of CI projects through ROI, Continuous Improvement Plans (CIP) and Failure Mode and Effect Analysis (FMEA) and manage CI project timelines to achieve optimization initiatives.
  • Work as part of the Autonomous Maintenance Steering Team to develop and implement the guidelines and standards of a technician driven AM program.
  • Manage Production Planning as well as establish and maintain effective Key Performance Indicator (KPI) measurements for the plant, tracking and reporting tools, and establishes corrective action for continuous improvement.
  • Manage the maintenance functions of the facility to effectively schedule and execute maintenance work orders, preventative maintenance (PM) plans as well as autonomous maintenance (AM) activities while leveraging the SAP PM System and work order process.
  • Lead the development of process improvements and optimization (throughput, yield, quality, and cost).
  • Assist in achievement of plant KPI’s by working with Team Leaders to translate business needs into daily operations and creation of technical solutions.
  • Establish, maintain, audit and analyze Plant Floor Systems.
  • Empower teams by way of training, information sharing, coaching, feedback, appraisals and delegation, to ensure the development of people, skills, teams and organizational capabilities.
  • Support plant and Quality Assurance in identifying quality defects and driving resolution internally and with suppliers to improve material quality.
  • Implement specific product, material, process and package standardization and simplification margin improvement projects and integrate external continuous improvement best practices.
  • Responsible for managing maintenance expenditure budgets and delivering continuous improvement projects that reduce manufacturing variances.
  • Understand and comply with Hill’s policies, safety standards, Good Manufacturing Practices (GMPs) and Food Safety. Identify and report Food Safety issues to management
  • Performs other duties as assigned
  • Complies with all policies and standards


Required Qualifications


  • Bachelor's Degree in Mechanical/Chemical/Industrial Engineering, Food Science, Supply Chain Management or related field.
  • Experience of 5 years’ supervisory experience of production and process equipment, preferably in a processing industry such as food, chemicals or pharmaceuticals.
  • Minimum of 2 years’ experience managing equipment maintenance and reliability teams
  • Minimum of 2 years’ experience in Plant Wide Systems working with FP&R Guidelines, Lean Manufacturing or Continuous Improvement Plans and establishing Key Performance Indicators.
  • Technical proficiency including: - Experience using ROI, Continuous Improvement Tools or FMEA tools - Training others in conflict resolution - Presentation skills - Understanding of financial measures - SAP system - Standards, weights and measure requirements - AIB, FDA, USDA and other regulatory agency design requirements - Proficient in Statistical Process Control, CPk and Continuous Improvement Methodologies
  • Expected Areas of Skills: - Excellent written and verbal communication skills - Prepare and present business and technical summaries - Teamwork orientation with excellent interpersonal and team skills - Demonstrated performance of attention to detail, follow-up, and analytical decision making - Demonstrated performance anticipating production area problems, operational, technical, business and workforce issues and accountability to resolve - Ability to multi-task and prioritize duties - Computer skills including; Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint) and email - Works with cross functional teams to implement and maintain CP Best Practices for Factory Performance and Reliability Functions as a resource for trouble shooting/problem solving of business systems, plant floor systems, and controls issues. - Prepares engineering estimates, savings analysis, and project justifications for capital projects - Proficient knowledge of HACCP, GMPs, and SPC - Statistical analysis knowledge and/or experience - Must be able to bend, climb, crawl, work in confined spaces, work in hazardous condition spaces, work in extreme weather conditions, use hazardous materials and ability to work at heights of up to 120 ft., use a mechanical lift, or ladder - Must be able to work in a standard office environment
  • Physical Requirements: - Ability to wear all required Fall Protection Equipment and all other PPE - Ability to bend, climb, crawl, and kneel as needed to perform the functions of the job - Ability to work in confined spaces - Ability to work with hazardous materials - Ability to work at heights up to 120 ft. - Ability to climb multiple stairs throughout work shift - Ability to walk and be on feet at least 50% of the scheduled work shift - Ability to work in extreme weather conditions - Ability to work in standard office environment


Preferred Qualifications


  • Operations Team Leader experience
  • Food Related Production Experience
  • Lean Six Sigma certified
  • Minimum of 2 years’ experience in Production Planning.

Salary Range $86,400 - $ 120,800USD Pay is based on several non discriminatory factors including but not limited to experience, education, skills and office location. In addition to your salary, Colgate-Palmolive offers a performance based bonus and competitive benefits package

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.

Nearest Major Market: Bowling Green

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