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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 Planner

Travel Required?:  Travel - up to 10% of time
Date:  Feb 9, 2024

No Relocation Assistance Offered
# 158201 - Tonganoxie, Kansas, 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!



Join an exciting opportunity to be part of a brand new, highly automated facility for Hill's Pet Nutrition! We invite you to apply for our  position at our Tonganoxie, Kansas manufacturing facility!


What we offer:

  • $35 - 38 /hr starting rate.
  • Merit increase every year based on performance
  • Advancement Opportunities 
  • 8 hr shift schedules with overtime available
  • Great Culture & work environment at a climate controlled facility
  • Medical, Dental & Vision Coverage for employee & eligible dependents - Start on Day 1
  • Basic Life Insurance for you and eligible dependents at NO Cost
  • 15 Days of Paid Vacation
  • Paid Parental Leave
  • Paid Holidays
  • Saving & Investment Plan with Company Match
  • Tuition Assistance - up to $10,000 per year
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Access to discounted Company products
  • Non-smoking facility


The Maintenance and Reliability Planner position will participate in start-up activities, establishing systems, and developing materials for equipment and Maintenance. 

On an ongoing basis this role will interact directly with the Reliability Business Unit Leads to provide administrative, organization, and planning support to the maintenance functions of the facility by ensuring the effective scheduling of maintenance work orders and preventative maintenance (PM) plans as well as coordinating materials availability to minimize downtime and increase productivity.  The Maintenance Planner is also responsible for planning and coordinating the Maintenance (AM & PM) activities for designated areas of the plant.  The position will also be responsible for maintaining the SAP EAM system and leading the work order process.  This position is day shift, Monday through Friday.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities

  • Handles and maintains the SAP EAM system.  Responsible for crafting and maintaining equipment masters, equipment BOMs, spare parts lists, and developing plans for Maintenance activities per vendor recommendation or business need.  Functions as an SAP Power-user and assists in training and support of SAP systems as needed.  Note that a portion of the administrative side for this responsibility may also be supported by a third party vendor.
  • Responsible for detailed scheduling of Maintenance activities.  Works closely with Reliability Business Unit Leads and Operations to review, prioritize, and schedule work orders, and Maintenance activities using SAP software.  Schedules work orders for maintenance technicians and outside contractors as managed through a detailed plan. 
  • Uses Smart technologies to predict or prescribe required maintenance activities
  • Coordinates effective PM Execution.  Attends plant meetings, as appropriate, to receive updates / provide feedback on plans, communicate work schedules, and lead review of open work orders.
  • Owns portions of services and repair budgets and therefore handles purchase order (PO) creation using SAP, any invoicing or finance issues, and manages services and repair templates.
  • Fills in for Reliability BUL to cover vacations (Full week)
  • Works closely with Maintenance Techs, Area Leaders, Team Leaders, Focus Resources, Engineers and Operations Technicians with root cause analysis to identify reasons for equipment failures.
  • Works closely with Parts and Materials Resource to ensure availability of incoming and outgoing maintenance parts for PM’s, rebuilds, work orders and storeroom. 
  • Identifies and reports Food Safety and EOHS issues / work orders to management through a weekly report. Understands and aligns with Hill’s policies, safety standards, Good Manufacturing Practices (GMPs) and Food Safety. Identify and report Food Safety issues to management


Education/ Experience Requirements:

  • High School diploma or GED equivalent
  • Minimum of 5 years of industrial maintenance experience OR Technical Degree with minimum 3 years of industrial maintenance experience 
  • Planning and schedule experience with SAP or similar maintenance management system
  • Proficient with an office suite software for business such as: Microsoft (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) or Google (Docs, Sheets, Slides) and email (Outlook, Google Mail, Lotus Notes)
  • Industrial equipment-related and technical expertise to troubleshoot technical issues, resolve root cause and provide mentorship on improving Preventive Maintenance activities 


Preferred qualifications include: 

  • Previous SAP-PM/EAM experience
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Technical Degree or equivalent experience in relevant or related Field


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.

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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