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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:  Academic Affairs Manager - Pennsylvania, Philadelphia

Travel Required?:  Travel - 50% of time
Date:  Apr 9, 2024

No Relocation Assistance Offered
# 157018 - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 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!


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. If you’re interested in work that matters, fueled by passion for  pets, we invite you to apply. 

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. Our decades of science and research guide us in creating nutrition that’s  a step ahead so pets and pet parents can enjoy every day together. As the US #1 Veterinarian Recommended pet food brand,  knowledge is our first ingredient with 220+ veterinarians, PhD nutritionists and food scientists working to develop breakthrough  innovations in pet health.  

Hill's Pet Nutrition employs more than 200 veterinarians, Ph.D. nutritionists and food scientists who work every day around the  world to create new products and improve existing ones that will help pets live a long, healthy and full life. Our vision is to make  nutrition a cornerstone of veterinary medicine, while living our mission to help enrich and lengthen the special relationships  between people and their pets.


The Academic Affairs Manager role is a field-based role within Hill's US Professional and  Veterinary Affairs (PVA) Team, a team that serves as Hill's direct connection to the veterinary profession and the broader animal  health industry. Members of the Academic Affairs Manager (AAM) Team are the direct point of contact between the company and Colleges of Veterinary Medicine (CVMs) and Veterinary Technician Schools (VTS). This position reports to the Professional  Strategic Initiatives Manager-Schools. Academic Affairs Managers engage with key contacts in schools providing education and  influence that ensures students, faculty, house officers and school staff have the knowledge and tools needed to confidently feed  and recommend Hill's products. Their work is a key contributor to positioning Hill's as a valuable and trusted partner providing  scientific, evidence-based advancements in the field of nutrition and demonstrating commitment to transforming the lives of  people and their pets. If you are passionate about our company vision and mission, we invite you to apply for the position of  Academic Affairs Manager based out of your home office in or near Pennsylvania, Philadelphia and surrounding area providing both  virtual and in-person coverage to 6-7 veterinary colleges in the surrounding states, as assigned. Overnight travel is required, with  an average of 2-3 nights per week, but will vary week to week.


What you will do:


• Veterinary Teaching Hospital (VTH), Administration

• Calls on Colleges of Veterinary Medicine in assigned geography  with appropriate frequency, in person and virtually. Tracks progress against individual objectives and associated Key  Performance Indicators (KPIs).

• Engages with key contacts, delivers impactful education, and executes  programs/initiatives to earn active recommendation and endorsement of Hill’s products.

• Establishes influential  relationships with KTLs in academia. Engages to share current research and innovation, enhance Hill’s product  knowledge, and elevate role of nutrition. Provides tools and supporting literature. Develops as Hill’s advocates.

•  Supports faculty members’ teaching efforts, providing relevant information and tools, and helping to develop students as  future endorsers of Hill’s products.

• Builds relationships with administrators and key staff to establish Hill’s as a valuable and trusted partner with veterinary colleges. Supports inventory management and use of Hill’s products in the VTH,  maximizing utilization of the VTH Feeding Program and growing penetration, distribution and share.

• Understands on campus guidelines and policies that colleges impose on vendor activities. Informs the PVA team and ensures  compliance. Has a strong understanding of and complies with Hill’s policies on interactions with government officials. 

• Future Endorsers and Recent Graduates

• Engages with students, house officers, and recent graduates. Delivers  impactful education and executes programs/other initiatives at assigned Colleges of Veterinary Medicine (CVMs) to  increase awareness of the Hill’s brand and earn (future) brand recommendation. May be called on to cover a small  number of Veterinary Technician Programs also.

• Effectively utilizes digital tools to increase educational reach and  enhance engagement.

• Selects and supports HSRs in assigned schools. Provides education that increases nutritional  knowledge and Hill’s product expertise, and contributes to successful execution of the Hill’s VIP Market college feeding  program on campus.

• Works with Hill’s Student Representatives (HSRs) to identify opportunities and coordinate  activities that create a positive Hill’s presence in veterinary schools and encourages the use of Hill’s products through  the Hill’s VIP Market college feeding program.

• Supports execution of Hill’s recent graduate strategy. Helps maintain  influential relationships with students as they move into clinical practice in coordination with the field team.  

• Professional Associations and Events

• Represents Hill’s at assigned school / academic related meetings, conferences  and events

• Supports successful execution of the annual HSR Meeting. Delivers assigned content and actively  participates in training and education of the HSRs.

• Supports successful execution of Hill’s Recent Graduate events, 

contributing to recommendation, trial, and use of the Hill’s brand by recent graduates.

• Develops working relationships  with local and regional veterinary associations to identify additional opportunities to meet Hill’s strategic goals in colleges and with students / recent graduates.

• Serves on project teams, delivers webinars, and contributes to other commercial  activities, as assigned, as part of the Hill’s US commercial team.  

• Performs other duties as assigned 

• Complies with all policies and standards 


Required Qualifications: 

• Doctorate Professional degree in veterinary medicine (DVM, VMD or equivalent)  

• At least 4 years of clinical practice experience required; current, active license to practice veterinary medicine in at least  one state.  

• Licensed Medical Veterinarian in  

• DL NUMBER - Driver License, Valid and in State in  

• Ability to lift 50lbs  

• Ability to work independently to manage a demanding schedule with irregular hours and to manage travel within  geography/region.  

• Excellent business presentation skills, strong verbal, written, and virtual communication  

• Excellent skills in influence and negotiation  

• Excellent interpersonal skills, team player  

• Excellent planning and priority setting  

• Digital proficiency  

• Google suite proficiency (i.e, Sheets, Slides, Docs)  

• Able to fulfill travel requirements of the position (on average 2-3 nights per week, but will vary) 


Preferred Qualifications: 

• At least 1 year of experience in academic, corporate (animal health industry) and/or sales roles.  • Strong work ethic, professional appearance and demeanor, high integrity  

• Excellent relationship building and influencing skills  

• Excellent communication skills (written, verbal and presentation)  

• Self-motivated and highly competitive  

• Business and leadership skills. Passion for working with students and/or in an academic environment  • Ability to relocate for career advancement  

Physical Demands 

• Lifting - Rarely


Compensation and Benefits
Salary Range $88,800.00 - $125,000.00 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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