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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:  Packaging Technician

Travel Required?:  No Travel
Date:  Nov 9, 2022

No Relocation Assistance Offered
# 136722 - Bowling Green, Kentucky, United States

We invite you to apply to our Packaging Technician position in Bowling Green, KY.  We are currently seeking night shift Technicians starting at $21.53 per hour.  Upon completion of certification process (as early as 3 months), the pay rate increases to $26.78 per hour. (these rates include a $1/hour shift differential for night shift).


Apply today to be eligible for a $1,000 Sign On Bonus


The objective of this position is to support operations and to package product according to Hill’s quality standards and guidelines.


Principal Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Attends team meetings, communicate with, and obtains information from outgoing shift regarding line status and general operations
  • Conducts visual and hands-on inspection of Packaging machinery and equipment to ensure full functionality prior to starting the line
  • Prepares the line for running
  • Starts up and runs line (requires bending, lifting up to 50 lbs, repetitive motion in the arms and back, standing on feet for a maximum of 3 hours, routinely climbing up to 3 flights of stairs of 15 steps each, and mental concentration). Objects to be lifted that may weigh 50 pounds include bags of product to be cut open and reworked. 
  • Operates sealers for all size bags
  • Hand stacks bag sizes (1-50 lbs)
  • Conducts line changeovers for different products or bag sizes
  • Changes carrier screens to accommodate different size product
  • Troubleshoots line operation
  • Routinely weighs product (requires lifting up to 50 lbs), measures kibble size for length of variation, and routinely records the data on paper and electronic control charts 
  • Visually inspects product continually for consistency of color, shape, and product consistency (mixing of product)
  • Takes samples of product as required by the operating procedures 
  • Gathers sample containers at end of shift and delivers to the Lab for further review and provides empty containers for incoming shift
  • Routinely operates palletizer for bags 
  • Places protective cardboard covers over pallets before pallets are shrink wrapped
  • Operates and maintains shrink wrap machine and changes out rolls of shrink wrap as needed (requires lifting up to 45 lbs)
  • Generates bar code labels utilizing WonderWare computer software and Zebra printers and affixes bar code labels to completed pallets 
  • Produces end of shift reports that include
  • Generates printout of data entries
  • Reconciles reports through Materials Services to ensure finished goods accountability
  • Responsible for maintaining a clean and sanitary work area (requires sweeping, mopping, sanitizing, shoveling, and pushing)
  • Accountable for meeting or exceeding all safety standards 
  • Understands and complies with Hill’s policies, safety standards, Good Manufacturing Practices (GMPs) and Food Safety.
  • Identifies and reports Food Safety issues to management.
  • Operates forklift and moves pallets 
  • Participates in other cross-functional teams
  • Shares information and communicates on routine matters with other team members
  • Communicates on routine matters with Shift Leaders, Shift Optimization Technicians/Team Coordinators, Utility Technicians and Shift Quality Resources in person or by radio
  • Other job functionsas assigned*


*  All of the essential job functions include, but are not limited to, the duties and requirements listed in the job description.


Basic Qualifications

  • High school diploma or the equivalent
  • Ability to lift 50 pounds repeatedly for extended periods of time
  • Ability to work with cleaning chemicals in non-temperature controlled environments
  • Ability to climb stairs and ladders, bend to 90 degrees repeatedly, squat and lay prone to the floor for extended periods.
  • Must be able to work any shift, weekends and mandatory overtime as needed.
  • Proficient with computers, software, and data processing.
  • Minimum 3-5 years experience in manufacturing environment.
  • Must be able to work a 2-2-3 (12 hour shift) schedule.


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated competency of Attention to Detail, Work Standards, Initiative and Managing Work
  • Technical college/vocational school certificate or Associates degree in related field highly preferred
  • Food safety experience a plus
  • Previous manufacturing work team experience preferred with packaging equipment
  • Demonstrated competency in problem solving/decision making, effective communication, results oriented, and job fit motivation.
  • SAP knowledge is highly preferred

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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