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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:  Continuous Improvement Leader

Travel Required?:  Travel - up to 10% of time
Date:  Mar 31, 2021
No remote working option

Relocation Assistance Offered Within Country
# 101291 - Richmond, Indiana, United States

The Continuous Improvement Leader  is responsible for developing and managing continuous improvement initiatives as established by the Improvement guidelines for all systems to improve the plant’s quality, productivity, and reliability.  This position will also have primary responsibility for establishing and maintaining effective KPI’s, lead process and packaging improvements in the areas of reliability, waste, product quality, safety, and cost per pound. In addition this position will track performance & mass balances, and make recommendations for optimizing performance and quality.



Principal Duties and Responsibilities


  • Develop and manage the continuous improvement systems as established by FP&R guidelines and standard by conducting regular data driven CI reviews, coordinating cross-functional evaluations of CI projects through ROI, Continuous Improvement Plans (CIP) and Failure Mode and Effect Analysis (FMEA) and manage CI project timelines to achieve optimization initiatives.
  • Lead the development of process improvements and optimization (throughput, yield, quality, and cost.). 
  • Establish and maintain effective Key Performance Indicator (KPI) measurement and SPI’s for the plant, tracking and reporting tools, and establishes corrective action for continuous improvement.
  • Incorporate Continuous Improvement, GMPs, Visual Workplace, Lean Manufacturing and reliability engineering in CI planning and systems.
  • Track performance & mass balances, and make recommendations for optimizing performance and quality using data and analytics
  • Identify training needs for the plant in the areas of process improvement, technical knowledge, problem solving, SOPs, SPI, PPMs, OPLs, etc.
  • Incorporate Continuous Improvement, GMPs, Visual Workplace, Lean Manufacturing and reliability engineering in CI planning and systems.
  • Assist in achievement of plant KPI’s by working with Team Leaders to translate business needs into daily operations and create technical solutions.
  • Establish, maintain, audit and analyze Shop Floor and Opera data structure.
  • Implement specific standardization, simplification and margin improvement projects and integrate external CI Best Practices.
  • Responsible for managing capital expenditure budgets and delivering continuous improvement projects that reduce manufacturing variances.
  • Support implementation of Quality Assurance and Food Safety initiatives. Ensure personnel adhere to Hill’s policies, safety standards, and Good Manufacturing Practices, including Quality Assurance and Food Safety.





  • BS in Mechanical Engineering, Food Science, Chemical, Mechanical, Industrial, Supply Chain Management or  a related field

  • Minimum of 3 years work experience in a manufacturing, production or operation environment 

  • Minimum of 2 years supervisory experience

  • Minimum of 2 years’ experience in Plant Wide Systems by  working with,  lean manufacturing, Continuous Improvement Plans, and establishing Key Performance Indicators’ and SPI’s

  • Must be able to bend, climb, crawl, work in confined spaces, work in hazardous condition spaces, work in extreme weather conditions, use hazardous materials and ability to work at heights of up to 120 ft., use a mechanical lift, or ladder

  • Must be able to work in a standard office environment




Preferred qualifications include: 

  • Operations Team Leader experience

  • Food Related Production Experience

  • Technical proficiency including:

  • Experience using ROI, Continuous Improvement Tools or FMEA tools

  • Lean Six Sigma certified

  • Understanding of financial measures

  • Standards, weights and measure requirements

  • AIB, FDA, USDA and other regulatory agency design requirements

  • Proficient in Statistical Process Control, CPk and Continuous Improvement Methodologies



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: Richmond Indiana

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