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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:  Operations Team Leader

Travel Required?:  Travel - up to 10% of time
Date:  Nov 24, 2022
No remote working option

Relocation Assistance Offered Within Country
# 147110 - Tonganoxie, Kansas, United States



Amazing opportunity to build Culture!



Join an exciting opportunity to be part of a brand new, highly automated facility for Hill's Pet Nutrition! 


The Operations Team Leader [OTL] position will participate in start-up activities, setting systems, developing materials and supporting onboarding processes for future recruitments. This position impacts and influences the overall culture, employee relations, and performance of a manufacturing facility and its ability to align with the company’s core values and initiatives. The incumbent is responsible for demonstrating personal leadership, effectively managing production activities and resources for a specified manufacturing area, to deliver business results and drive continuous improvement, while maintaining positive employee relations. 

The primary accountabilities of the role include driving (individual/ employee and) team development and performance, daily production schedule adherence, customer service, area financial performance, implementation of Operational Excellence initiatives (EHS, Quality, FP&R), and Employee Relations.

The OTL achieves success through collaborative partnerships with Supply Chain and leveraging FEED principles. 




Principal Duties and Responsibilities


  • Communicates and implements the local Supply Chain vision, mission, strategy, and objectives


  • Empower teams by way of training, information sharing, coaching, feedback, appraisals and delegation, to ensure the development of people, skills, teams and organizational capabilities.


  • Accountable for adhering to Colgate-Palmolive/ Hill’s standards and governmental regulations related to the area of responsibility for EOHS and Quality


  • Accountable for Operational Excellence (EOHS, Quality, FP&R) activities of the production area to deliver high levels of service to internal and external customers 


  • Manages the people, materials, and equipment by the active presence on the shop floor to achieve the daily production schedule and deliver area KPI's 


  • Reads and analyzes KPI’s, charts, work orders, production schedules, and other records and reports to determine production requirements and to evaluate current production estimates and outputs.


  • Responsible for time management and data entry for team members into Kronos payroll system


  • Provides indirect leadership for plant supporting roles (Maintenance, Quality, Automation) to ensure successful daily operation. Also ensures collaborative relationships with Leaders of employees in supporting roles.


  • Leads and coordinates the activities of Operation Staff engaged in the production to increase innovation, technical expertise, analysis, and problem solving skills


  • Identify actions to minimize financial variances associated with materials, finished products and other components of the plant’s conversion cost including labor cost and operating supplies 


  • Support execution of new technology within the production area 


  • This is not an exhaustive list of duties or functions




Basic Qualifications


  • Bachelor's degree in Engineering, Industrial Technology or Business related field 


  • Minimum of 2 years of experience managing and leading teams in a manufacturing environment 


  • Demonstrated strong written and verbal communications skills


  • Coaching and feedback skills 





  • Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering


  • 5+ years’ experience in manufacturing Food Related Production


  • Working knowledge of production and process equipment, preferably in a processing industry such as food, chemicals or pharmaceuticals


  • Ability to establish a specific course of action to accomplish goals through appropriate allocation of time and resources 


  • Project Management Skills


  • 2+ years experience in performance analysis and reporting including Statistical Process Control


  • Demonstrated ability to prioritize multiple initiatives and manage in ambiguous situations


  • Proficiency with Google Suite collaboration tools (G-doc, sheets, slides, etc) or Microsoft Suite (Work, Excel, Powerpoint, etc.)


  • Knowledge of SAP systems






Salary Range $62,080 - $101,220 USD

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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