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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:  Quality Systems Team Leader

Travel Required?:  Travel - up to 10% of time
Date:  Sep 9, 2021
No remote working option

No Relocation Assistance Offered
# 112722 - Emporia, Kansas, United States


Do you want to be part of a team that is building a future to smile about? 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, Colgate/Hill's Pet Nutrition is the place to be!


Our dependable household brands, dedicated employees, and sustainability commitments make us a company passionate about building a future to smile about for our employees, consumers, and surrounding communities. The pride in our brand fuels a workplace that encourages creative thinking, champions experimentation, and promotes authenticity which has contributed to our enduring success.

If you want to work for a company that lives by their values, then give your career a reason to smile...every single day.


The Experience

The Quality Lab Team Leader is primarily responsible for laboratory operations and ensuring that the site labs conduct testing according to the CP Standards and Guidelines as well as all local regulatory requirements. The Quality Team Leader will own the implementation of Laboratory Control programs that ensure all sampling; testing and retention programs and documentation meet and is in conformance to the requirements of the Quality Standard 024 – Laboratory Testing. In addition, this person partners and supports site cross-functional teams with the compliance of Quality Standards and building food safety/quality culture. This person will be responsible for building relationship and maintain regular contact with Hill’s plant quality groups and Global Analytical.


Main Responsibilities

  • Responsible for leading raw material, in-process and finished product analytical testing program in compliance to Colgate Standard 024 – Lab Testing and supporting SOP’s
  • Ensures all testing is performed according to corporate methods, laboratory requirements, applicable regulatory requirements, and policy. This includes administration of a laboratory quality assurance system that covers analyst qualification as well as equipment IQ/OQ/PQ, calibration, maintenance and use of analytical reference standards.
  • Responsible for interpretation, validation and documentation of results and ensuring timely & accurate communication to management.
  • Ensure that a detailed investigation of laboratory out-of-specification (OOS) results is conducted by adhering to global SOPs . This includes accurate documentation of non-conformances including LIR and adhering to CAPA standard.
  • Ensure NIR program for raw materials, work-in progress and finished goods are handled and maintained
  • Pro-actively conduct trending on finished product & raw material results and provides recommendations, if needed. Identifies and initiates quality improvements. Advises improvements to process, product, quality systems and working instructions. Measures and report plant Quality KPI’s
  • Conduct formal Quality Standards and internal/external systems audits on the analytical lab and implement changes to close any gaps, and keep quality team advised about progress and potential risks.
  • Understand and use laboratory safety equipment and instructions, precautions in handling, storage and disposing of reagents and chemical waste in accordance with local environmental regulations.
  • Develop, craft and deliver all analytical aspects of quality training including new hire, new process, new equipment and new policy training.
  • Liaisons with the Pet Nutrition Center and Tech Transfer role for the commissioning of new diets and formula changes to prepare for manufacture within the plant
  • Handle Quality / Lab operational budget
  • Supports Food Safety Programs at site in driving Quality culture


Basic Qualifications:

  • BS degree in Chemistry or related scientific field such as Food Science, Environmental Sciences or Biology
  • 2+ years of experience in analytical lab food, pharmaceutical and environmental industry
  • Excellent analytical and problem solving skills


Preferred qualifications

  • Require 2+ years of proven laboratory supervision skills
  • Proven performance of project management and time leadership skills
  • Knowledge of statistical process control tools
  • SAP Experience


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: Emporia
Nearest Secondary Market: Wichita

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