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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:  Finance Team Leader

Travel Required?:  Travel - up to 10% of time
Date:  Jan 9, 2023

Relocation Assistance Offered Within Country
# 146414 - Emporia, Kansas, United States

Finance Team 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 Plant Finance Team Leader position exists to provide financial expertise and support for the Plant Strategic Leadership Team and Corporate Supply Chain Finance as well as peer groups at six other Hill’s plants and service center support teams in India and Mexico whilst helping to ensure adequate governance and controls at the Plant level. As with all other Plant Team Leader positions, the Finance TL is a member of the Plant's Coordinating Team typically representing the cross functional leaders in Operations, Engineering, Finance, HR, Quality and Environmental Health & Safety. The Finance TL is a relied upon consultant to the business.


What you will do

  • Coordinate and provide leadership for month / quarter / annual accounting closes (reviewing of expenses vs budget, accruals, preparing journal entries, preparing & reviewing Balance Sheet reconciliations, inventory management and the Plant’s P&L (PPR)

  • Lead work streams associated with onboarding a new plant start-up: systems, processes, controls, reporting tools, facilitate personnel training, implement policies & procedures

  • Coordinates, prepares and analyzes Budget, LE and MRE forecasts of P&L and Balance Sheet

  • Inventory and Fixed Assets Accounting / Reporting / cycle and year-end physical counts,

  • Support Standard Costing activities,

  • Ensures inventory movement is tracked within the plant and inventory transactions are recorded (raw materials, packaging, finished goods)

  • Ensures appropriate internal controls throughout the entire accounting process are in place.

  • Evaluate results from yield, controlling and working with business partners on continuous improvement and material losses reduction,

  • Participate in cross-functional teams supporting Plant operations & strategic projects as necessary,

  • Aids plant teams follow-up results of onsite audits (Corp. Audit, EOHS, Quality),

  • Implement and maintain effective governance, SOX and internal control environments,

  • Leading plant level FTG (savings) program, ideation sessions, projects and related reporting vs. goal

  • Responsible for role modeling the CP Values and Principles of Managing with Respect

  • Review Bi-Weekly Payroll Processing managed by Human Resources, along with Financial Technician/Analyst

  • Conduct periodic financial training for plant personnel (team leaders and technicians),

  • Supervision of a Finance Analyst and/or Specialist.

  • Determine, analyze and develop systems and process to improve the accuracy of the financial systems, to provide enhanced customer service, and to reduce non-value added activities (utilize best practices in recommendations and designs.

  • Provides analytical support as needed (i.e. plant variances, asset effectiveness, KPI’s, overheads, cost impacts).

  • Special projects and financial support for plant initiatives.

  • Performs other duties as assigned

  • Complies with all policies and standards

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor's Degree Bachelor’s degree in Accounting, Finance, B&P or related finance fields

  • At least 3 years 3 years managing people / teams

  • English proficiency.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Advanced SAP / Google Sheets / Excel / Google Workspace

  • Additional Languages

  • Operational understanding of manufacturing / supply chain


Salary Range $84,400 - $126,840 USD

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.

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