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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:  Project Engineer

Travel Required?:  Travel - up to 10% of time
Date:  Jan 28, 2023
Temporarily Remote

Relocation Assistance Offered Within Country
# 140980 - Castiglione delle Stiviere, Lombardia, Italy

The Company:

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 $2.3 Billion, 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 Hill’s Division wet (can) worldwide business continues experiencing robust global growth representing a +$700MM business in 2021, expected to grow to +$1Bn in net sales by 2025.


Job Summary:

The Project Engineer is responsible for planning, developing, leading and implementing improvements at the production processes and working methods. The Project Engineer manages multiple projects with varying scopes, timelines and ensures projected asset utilization and operating efficiency as well as safe operation by plant operators. The Project Engineer is also responsible for driving ideation, evaluation, prioritization and implementation of CEB Projects and Continuous Improvement (CI) Projects.


Essential Job functions:

  • Identifies and specifies process or packaging equipment, develops technical specifications and layouts, defines electrical and controls requirements, and compiles project documentation.
  • Lead the project execution for major capital investment projects by applying Project Management techniques; starting off from the conceptual engineering phase until final project completion by formal Hand-Over to the internal customer
  • Develops and implements project Capital Expenditure Budgets. Provides project return on investment, savings and investment analysis
  • Manages all technical and administrative aspects of investment projects.  Develops and processes Manufacturing Work Orders. Monitors and manages ongoing project cost and adherence to budget and timelines
  • Develops technical scopes using associated drawings and technical specifications to prepare a bid package for potential vendors.
  • Oversees site preparation, installation of equipment, control systems, and associated utilities with contractors and internal maintenance personnel.
  • Oversees start up and training of key personnel for new projects. Performs follow up and takes corrective actions.
  • Transfers skills and knowledge through effective communication including Operator manuals, SOP’s, electronic bundle books, Continuous Improvement Reviews (CIR’s) and training concerning the operation of machines, processes and working methods.
  • Establish and leverage structured systems and processes, with the objective to drive improvements to the plant’s Operational Excellence performance


  • Bachelor degree in Engineering is a prerequisite. Master degree would be a plus 
  • 5 years of experience in project management/engineering preferably in the food industry. 
  • Knowledge of and experience in leading and deploying CEB projects to improve plant Operational Excellence performance. 
  • Trained and experienced in using Continuous Improvement tools such as Kaizen and SMED
  • Fluent in Italian and English



Castiglione delle Stiviere (Mantua) at Hill's Pet Nutrition Manufacturing S.r.l. established May 2022




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.

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