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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 and Prof. Affairs Manager

Travel Required?:  Travel - 25% of time
Date:  Jan 27, 2023

Relocation Assistance Offered Within Country
# 148906 - Tokyo, Tokyo-To, Japan

Job Summary

The Academic Professional Affairs role is part of the Hills Japan. Professional & Veterinary Affairs team , responsible for building relationships with stakeholders outside the company to drive 3rd party endorsement and active recommendation of Hill’s products.   


The individual in this position will have a very influential role with Key Thought Leaders (KTL), both in Academia and outside,  building relationships, and developing/managing programs that elevate Hill’s as KTL partner of choice and ensure that next generation of veterinarians are informed about the role of nutrition and Hills equity.


To develop and deliver Hill’s programs to accomplish the Company and PVA mission and vision focused on all parts of the veterinary profession (schools, students, KTL, practicing veterinarians, trade & professional associations, nurses.)



  • Strong positive impression of the Hill’s company, its products, and its services
  • Continued scientific leadership of Hill’s
  • Leadership in active veterinary team recommendation by world-class KTL and relationship management
  • Continued market share and top and bottom line growth.


Principal Duties and Responsibilities



Drive KTL’s endorsement

- Build relationship and convince the superiority of Hill’s products   

- Educate Vets and Vet Nurses leveraging KTL’s endorsement via seminar, article etc.


Drive digital strategy for professionals

- Lead the digital communication strategy and implementation, targeting Vets and Vet Nurses

- Lead the development and management of digital tools and data



Drive recommendation by Vet Nurse

- Lead Vet Nurse strategy planning.

- Enhance the engagement toward Hill’s

- Motivate and support Vet Nurses to make recommendation


Student engagement

- Lead student / school strategy planning

- Drive Hill’s awareness and make them Hill’s fan


Relationship with Congress, Association etc

 - Lead Congress / Association strategy planning

 - Build / maintain good relationship

This is not an exhaustive list of duties or functions.


Education/ Experience Requirements

Basic qualifications include:  

  • Veterinary degree with Minimum of 5 years in general veterinary practice
  • Business level English


Preferred qualifications include:

  • Animal health industry experience and Marketing experience.
  • Broader networks among KTL, Vet School and Congress / Association.

Expected Areas of Skills

  • Strong work ethic, professional appearance and approach, high integrity
  • Excellent relationship building skills
  • Excellent communication skills (written, verbal and presentation)
  • Self-motivated
  • Strategic planning/execution
  • Must be able to work independently and manage a demanding schedule with irregular hours 
  • Ability to make sound decisions under conditions of uncertainty or complexity


Leadership Competencies (Should match the Colgate Global Competencies – Up to 3)

  • Planning/Priority Setting
  • Teamwork and Collaboration
  • Consumer/Customer Focused

Functional Competencies (Should match the Colgate Global Competencies – Up to 3) 

  • Veterinary Insight and Relationships
  • Strategic Planning
  • Customer Influence and Negotiation


Working Relationships (Key partnerships and reporting relationships)
Does this position supervise:   Yes, one subordinate


Travel Requirements
Expected percentage of travel:  Up to 20%


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.

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