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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:  Planning Team Leader

Travel Required?:  Travel - up to 10% of time
Date:  May 20, 2024

Relocation Assistance Offered Within Country
# 160341 - Emporia, Kansas, United States

Who We Are
Colgate-Palmolive Company is a caring, innovative growth company that is reimagining a healthier future for all people, their pets and our planet. Focused on Oral Care, Personal Care, Home Care and Pet Nutrition, we sell our products in more than 200 countries and territories under brands such as Colgate, Palmolive, elmex, hello, meridol, Sorriso, Tom’s of Maine, EltaMD, Filorga, Irish Spring, PCA SKIN, Protex, Sanex, Softsoap, Speed Stick, Ajax, Axion, Fabuloso, Soupline and Suavitel, as well as Hill’s Pet Nutrition.

We are recognized for our leadership and innovation in promoting sustainability and community wellbeing, including our achievements in decreasing plastic waste and promoting recyclability, saving water, conserving natural resources and improving children’s oral health.

If you want to work for a company that lives by their values, then give your career a reason to smile and join our global team!


The Planning TL oversees scheduling and material management activities within the organization to develop production plans and timelines. Determines production requirements based on plant capacity and production specifications.  Follows the 100% system driven planning principles and ensures effectiveness by applying the Production Planning FP&R standard.


Primary Duties and Responsibilities

  • Owns the Production Planning FP&R standard and leads the scheduling and planning team to develop production plans and timelines. Develops plans based on plant capacity and develops strategies to leverage capacity constraints and opportunities.

  • Segmentation; appropriately balances cycle time intervals with capability and optimized asset utilization

  • Packaging; ensures packaging materials and BOMs are setup and change is appropriately managed

  • Processing; schedules appropriate cycle time and average run size and works to ensure minimum order quantities by formula are well-established

  • Receiving; ensure appropriate procedures are in place for accurate receiving and traceability of ingredient usage. Supports quality compliance for ingredient-related processes

  • Contribute to absolute material loss reduction through adherence to EU model

  • Develops long term and short term plans for plant volume based on current forecasts weekly, monthly, quarterly, and yearly.

  • Ensures receiving and conversion processes are aligned to deliver improving variable costs

  • Drives inventory management by managing ingredient capacities and safety stocks where needed with the raw/pack playbook

  • Works with product supply group to drive schedule adherence through production planning playbook 

  • Delivers best-in-class service level in collaboration with supply/demand network planning and comply with GetFit targets

  • Accountable for meeting or exceeding safety and quality standards according to published Hill’s policies at the plant


Basic qualifications include:  

  • BS in technical field or Supply Chain Management 

  • Experience leading Operations teams

  • SAP proficiency


Preferred qualifications include: 

  • Food Related Production Experience

  • Minimum of 2 years work experience with development of asset utilization models or capacity utilization models 

Compensation and Benefits
Salary Range $70,400 - $111,000 USD

Pay is based on multiple non-discriminatory, individualized factors including but not limited to experience, job-related knowledge and education, skills and office/market location. In addition to base salary, salaried employees are eligible for annual discretionary bonuses, profit-sharing and, for Executive-level (salary grade 16 and above) roles only, long-term incentives in the form of Restricted Stock Units and/or Stock Options.

Subject to the terms and conditions of the applicable benefits plans then in effect, all salaried employees are also eligible for a competitive benefits package which includes:

  • Insurance: Employees (and their eligible dependents) are eligible to participate in Company-sponsored Medical, Dental, Vision, Basic Life Insurance, Accidental Death & Dismemberment and Disability insurance plans.
  • Retirement Plans: Employees are eligible to enroll in Colgate's 401(k) plan, which provides for company matching contributions subject to eligibility requirements
  • Vacation/PTO: Employees receive a minimum of 15 days of vacation/PTO leave annually
  • Paid Holidays: Employees receive a minimum of 13 paid/floating holidays annually
  • Paid Sick Leave: Based on location and consistent with applicable state and local law, employees receive a minimum of 40 hours of paid sick leave on January 1st of each year
  • Paid Parental Leave: Eligible employees may take up to eight weeks of paid parental leave and 12 weeks of unpaid leave (varies for employees with fewer than 12 months of service and is subject to hours worked requirements)

Our Commitment to Sustainability
With the Colgate brand in more homes than any other, we are presented with great opportunities and new challenges as we work to integrate sustainability into all aspects of our business and create positive social impact. We are determined to position ourselves for further growth as we act on our 2025 Sustainability & Social Impact Strategy.

Our Commitment to Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
Achieving our purpose starts with our people — ensuring our workforce represents the people and communities we serve —and creating an environment where our people feel they belong; where we can be our authentic selves, feel treated with respect and have the support of leadership to impact the business in a meaningful way.

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.

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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