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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:  Regulatory Affairs Manager

Travel Required?:  Travel - up to 10% of time
Date:  May 3, 2021
Partial remote working option

Relocation Assistance Offered Within Country
# 93600 - Tokyo, Tokyo-To, Japan

Job Summary

Responsible for supporting Associate Director Regulatory Affairs EMEA/Japan to ensure compliance with regulations and statutes concerning development, manufacturing, distribution, marketing and sales of Hill’s products in Japan. Develops creative approaches and strategies to solve regulatory problems and support Hill’s marketing and business initiatives.


Principal Duties and Responsibilities





  • General Regulatory leadership - advise business on compliance with applicable regulations.  Provide regulatory reviews and assessments of product concepts, marketing claims and strategies, label copy, product formulas and ingredients and advice on any issues and potential liability.  Work with Associate Director, Regulatory Affairs EMEA/Japan, to develop regulatory strategy and priorities.  Provide training to the business on the regulatory regime and enforcement environment. Use knowledge of regulatory processes and procedures to counsel clients in devising strategies to remove barriers to successful product introductions.


  • Product Label & data management: 

  • Develop and review technical label copy based on formula recipe; review product labels/ artworks in a timely manner and assure compliance with applicable Codes, Regulations and Laws.

  • Manage regulatory product information in Hill’s databases (Impira, Prodigi) 

  • Assure correctness of the regulatory information that appear on Hill’s website


  • Regulatory Vigilance - stay abreast of regulatory developments in Japan, share information and coordinate approach with Associate Director Regulatory Affairs EMEA/Japan.  Monitor changes in the regulatory environment; advise and make recommendations to management as to the impact of regulatory changes. Build, foster and maintain appropriate and effective relationships with key regulatory agencies (e.g., MAFF, AQS). Address and defend regulatory challenges that arise.


  • Industry Trade Associations – represents Hill’s in the regulatory Committees and at the board level of the key trade associations in Japan. Build, foster and maintain strong working relationships and influence Associations’ strategy and decision making on Hill’s behalf. 

  • Provide regular status’ updates and make recommendations where appropriate. 


  • Product Development Support - review product formulations and ingredient specifications for compliance in Japan. Provide timely regulatory assessments of project proposals for changes to existing products or new products.


  • Import Support - provide guidance as needed to ensure timely product imports; help resolve import matters as needed.



Total Percent (not to exceed 100%)


This is not an exhaustive list of duties or functions.


Education/ Experience Requirements

  • Basic qualifications include:  

    • Bachelors of Science in Biology, Chemistry or nutrition related field.

    • In-depth experience in Regulatory Affairs dealing with governmental and regulatory agencies in Japan.

    • 10+ years of experience in the feed, food, medical device, cosmetic / consumer product, veterinary product or pharmaceutical industry involved in labeling, ingredients, product claims and support, product registrations or submissions, and other regulatory related matters.

    • Possess thorough knowledge of local regulatory requirements relevant to responsibilities.


Preferred Qualifications

  • Post graduate degree in an applicable science.

  • Training or certification in Regulatory Affairs (e.g., RAC).

  • Relevant regulatory affairs experience in pet food or feed related industry.


Expected Areas of Skills/Knowledge/Abilities

  • Fluent in English and Japanese: proficient and advanced reading, writing, speaking skills.

  • Possess thorough knowledge of local regulatory requirements relevant to responsibilities.

  • Ability to evaluate and provide relevant guidance on issues that may impact Hill’s products.

  • Ability to interpret and apply relevant laws, regulations, guidelines that impact pet products.

  • Ability to educate appropriate members of the regulatory agencies and trade associations on key issues impacting Hill’s.

  • Ability to work with various departments, especially marketing; understand the business perspective; and provide advice, counsel, and leadership to support market and business objectives.

  • Manage multiple, simultaneous initiatives, programs, and projects.

  • Excellent communication skills including interpersonal, writing, presentation and analytical skills.

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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