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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:  Maintenance & Reliability Area Leader

Travel Required?:  Travel - up to 10% of time
Date:  Sep 20, 2022
No remote working option

Relocation Assistance Offered Within Country
# 131820 - Tonganoxie, Kansas, United States

In an ever-changing and dynamic world, our Supply Chain and Manufacturing professionals, who are recognized as the best in the business, are essential to quickly delivering our products to consumers worldwide. They are responsible for ensuring we make quality products that consumers love. Using advanced technology and an analytical mindset, they are especially adept at continuously improving manufacturing processes. This team comprises a variety of global roles and focus areas, including operations, engineering, process development and innovation, procurement, network operations, project management, factory performance & reliability, packaging, continuous improvement, and supply chain management.

Join our team in Tonganoxie, KS!

This position manages the daily activities of the Maintenance Department for the plant, all production, utilities and facilities related equipment. The individual will be responsible for developing and leading the implementation of maintenance strategy for the new facility including ownership of the Planned Maintenance Standard for the facility. Elements of that strategy will address safety, planning/scheduling, staffing, preventative and corrective maintenance, storeroom, continuous improvement and training.

Work activities include leading the team on electrical and mechanical trouble-shooting and repairs, preparing and managing the department budget, implementing preventative and predictive maintenance programs, and coordinating the Maintenance Stores area, Project Maintenance work activities and select capital improvements.


  • Development and effective implementation of the Plant maintenance strategy consistent with operational excellence initiatives to drive improved business results (lower UPDT, reduced material loss, optimized store inventory, budgetary compliance).
  • Has overall financial responsibility for the maintenance department including stores inventory and working capital targets.
  • Develop and support a structured PM program using SAP PM/EAM.
  • Support Autonomous Maintenance process, which fosters operator involvement
  • Manage the maintenance team, schedules, performance and accountability.
  • Identify individual training needs and work to create development plans.
  • Work closely with storeroom coordinator on parts management and define long-range goals for this area.
  • Support development partnerships between maintenance and operations, creating a customer/ provider relationship.
  • Support GMP, FDA, Calibration and EHS plant initiatives.
  • Ensure maintainability of new installations.
  • Establish a comprehensive lubrication program.
  • Prepare, submit, and manage maintenance expense budget line items.
  • Coordinates activities of the Maintenance Planner/scheduler to ensure materials and resources are readily available.
  • Coordinates Continuous Improvement projects.
  • Identify and develop sensor strategies to support analytics and predictive maintenance programs.
  • Lead Planned Maintenance Optimization (PMO) program including Failure Mode and Effect Analysis (FMEA) and Reliability Centered Maintenance RCM.
  • Utilize analytical tools to identify continuous improvement opportunities and gain insights into factory reliability.
  • Provide leadership and guidance to JLL resources for facility related maintenance.
  • Lead capital improvement projects as needed.
  • Ensure employee safety from unsafe equipment conditions and equipment protection from environmental conditions.

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree or Bachelors of Science in an Engineering field.
  • At least 5 years of maintenance supervisory or Project management experience in a manufacturing environment.
  • Working knowledge of GMPs/OSHA Regulations.
  • Working knowledge of PLC, instrumentation electronics, and maintenance repair techniques.
  • Developing and Maintaining of Budget for department

Salary Range $86,400 - $126,840

Pay is based on several non discriminatory factors including but not limited to experience, education, skills and office location. In addition to your salary, Colgate-Palmolive offers a performance based bonus and competitive benefits package.


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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