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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 Technician - Chemist

Travel Required?:  No Travel
No remote working option

No Relocation Assistance Offered
# 90352 - Emporia, Kansas, United States


The Quality Technician - Chemist performs routine physical and analytical testing of packaging, raw material, in-process, and finished product in accordance with official laboratory methods and standards to affirm the production of nutritionally outstanding pet food. This role is also responsible for driving efficiency and efficacy of all quality systems in the Emporia, Kansas facility.

Core responsibilities:

  • Understands and is accountable for full compliance with safety and other EOHS requirements.
  • Performs or assists vendor in the installation and qualification phases of laboratory instruments.
  • Analyzes ingredients and finished product for moisture, fat, protein, ash, and minerals paralleling compliance to official laboratory methods.
  • Performs routine peroxide value, free fatty acid, and mycotoxin testing.
  • Responsible for maintaining laboratory equipment and equipment calibrations.
  • Coordinates formula and specification maintenance.
  • Orders lab supplies and maintaining budget goals.
  • Understands precautions in handling reagents and disposal of chemical waste according to local and environmental regulations.
  • Understands plant floor operations and equipment
  • Provides finished product data and analytical results of test products for the Pet Nutrition Center.
  • Develops and maintains Quality SOP’s (Standard Operating Procedures) and Plant Quality Manual.
  • Conducts training for plant personnel regarding new Quality procedures.
  • Conducts internal and external audits of Quality Systems.
  • Accountable for microbial sampling plan including reporting, summarizing results, and initiating corrective action as needed.
  • Measures, records, and reports plant Key Performance Indicators.
  • Participates and executes of corrective action planning and remediation.
  • Prepares, prioritizes, coordinates, organizes and stores library samples.
  • Develops and adheres to quality programs such as HACCP, SOPs, and document control.
  • Identifies continuous improvement opportunities for Quality and Micro issues.
  • Understands initiatives and food safety and regulatory standards.
  • Researches new methods and equipment through the participation in projects with other departments.
  • Maintains and troubleshoots quality systems, equipment and programs including metal detectors, scales, and check-weighs.
  • Interfaces with Corporate Consumer Affairs regarding customer complaint data and posts complaint data internally as needed.
  • Assists in SAP processes / transactions such as hold/release, product traceability and recall, and regulatory compliance.
  • Maintains proficiency in SAP process flow and application. Able to quickly retrieve and understand data to support FDA, USDA, external and internal audit requests.
  • Works any shift as needed, and troubleshoots quality issues over the phone during off hours.
  • Other job duties and projects as assigned.

Basic qualifications:

  • BS degree in Chemistry, Biology, Food Science or related field.
  • Ability to work any work schedule, including weekends.
  • Ability to lift up to 50 lbs.

Preferred qualifications:

  • Three or more years of demostrated ability in an analytical laboratory.
  • Minimum 1 year of food manufacturing experience.
  • Knowledge of quality systems.
  • Computer skills including email, spread sheet, presentation and data base management.
  • Good technical, communications, and interpersonal skills.
  • Previous experience using SAP.
  • Excellent analytical and problem solving skills.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Broad Supply Chain perspective.


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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