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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:  Extruder Operator-Day Shift

Travel Required?:  No Travel
Date:  Sep 12, 2023

No Relocation Assistance Offered
# 154357 - Orangeburg, South Carolina, United States


Are you interested in work that matters, fueled by passion for pets?

If so, you found it! We invite you to apply for our Extruder Operator position in our Orangeburg-SC facility.


What we offer:  


  • $22 to $25 USD /hr 

  • Advancement Opportunities 

  • Great Culture & work environment

  • Medical, Dental & Vision Coverage for employee & eligible dependents - Start on Day 1

  • Basic Life Insurance for you and eligible dependents at NO Cost

  • 3 weeks Paid Vacation 

  • Paid Parental Leave

  • Paid Holidays

  • Saving & Investment Plan with Company Match

  • Tuition Assistance - up to $10,000 per year

  • Employee Assistance Program

  • Access to discounted Company products

  • Non-smoking facility


Sign-On bonus / Internal Referral Program


  • After 90 days,  $500 Dollars;

  • After 180 days, $500 Dollars;


The Extruder Operator is responsible and accountable for assuring all formulas are manufactured according to Q&FS specifications and QMP standards in support of the Company’s Quality and Food Safety principles.


Principal Responsibilities


  • Main point of contact for all resources in the processing area of the plant.
  • Coordinates all processing area activities and a safe, food safe, and efficient manner in alignment with shift area, and plant goals.
  • Performs all assigned activities and job tasks within a line or area.
  • Operates equipment in a safe and efficient manner.
  • Takes corrective actions in solving problems to the root cause level.
  • Assess equipment operating reliability and perform routine repairs, adjustments and malfunction troubleshooting.
  • Performs and or works with Maintenance to complete equipment preventive maintenance.
  • Maintains accurate records of QC checks, production numbers or waste performance.
  • Performs all shift support documentation in a quality matter.
  • Performs QC tasks such as magnet checks, inspection of date codes, item numbers, dump logs, equipment attributes, all extruder and dryer system process control checks, etc.
  • Demonstrates high degree of ownership for product quality: Performs all standard quality checks & other quality related duties.
  • Understands production schedules, production computer systems, work instructions and production inventories.
  • All associates are responsible for the safety, quality and food safety in their work area.
  • Demonstrate a quality culture in actions, words and spirit.
  • Perform other duties and responsibilities as assigned by management.

Minimum Requirements:


  • Be 18 years of age or older.
  • Have a high school diploma, GED or equivalent education.
  • Must be willing and able to work and accept varying shifts and schedules.
  • Ability to understand and effectively communicate in English language.
  •  Must be willing and able to work and accept varying shifts and schedules.
  • Work mandatory overtime including weekend work when needed.


Physical Requirements


  • Able to lift up to 55 pounds repeatedly with or without accommodation.
  • Work on feet for extended periods in a fast-paced environment with or without accommodation.
  • Meet shift requirements with excellent attendance.
  • Ability to stand, walk, bend, climb, crawl, and work in confined spaces, and work in hazardous condition spaces for up to twelve hours per day.
  • Ability to work in extreme weather conditions with temperature ranges from cold to hot and humid
  • Ability to use hazardous materials 

Preferred Qualifications:


  • 3+ years of manufacturing experience operating a variety of machines.
  • 2 years of work experience within manufacturing, or a technical and/ or trade discipline
  • Working knowledge of food safety, GMP, GHOP, HACCP, SPC
  • Demonstrated competency in computer and pc software including Google and Gmail
  • Knowledge of inventory control principles
  • Ability to operate a forklift/OSHA certification.
  • Experience with JD Edwards


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: Columbia
Nearest Secondary Market: South Carolina

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