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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:  Quality Business Unit Lead

Travel Required?:  Travel - up to 10% of time
Date:  Mar 11, 2023

No Relocation Assistance Offered
# 148703 - Tonganoxie, Kansas, United States

Starting Pay Rate: $29 - 32 USD per hour 

$1,500 Hiring Bonus

Tonganoxie, Kansas, United States (15 minutes from Lawrence, 30 minutes from Kansas City, 30 minutes from Topeka)


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:  

  • $29-32 USD /hr starting rate.

  • Merit increase every year based on performance

  • Advancement Opportunities 

  • 8 hr shift schedules with overtime available

  • $1 shift differential for off shifts

  • 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 Quality Business Unit Lead (BUL) position will join a new facility start-up for Hill’s Pet Nutrition, and will participate in start-up activities,developing systems, creating materials and supporting onboarding processes.  The Quality BUL will serve as the subject matter expert on Quality & Food Safety in low acid canned foods. They will be responsible for identifying and reporting Quality & Food Safety issues to management as well as communicating with Operations and Management teams regarding routine matters.


Principal Duties and Responsibilities: 

  • Ensure proper focus is maintained on all quality checks performed by technicians; provide follow-up training, as needed. 
  • Collaborate with Ops Team Lead and/or other BULs to coordinate necessary resources to address quality and food safety needs.
  • Routinely evaluate product quality, including: seam integrity per FDA guidelines, product aesthetics, product identification and processing conditions.
  • Responsible for ensuring all required product release records are reviewed for accuracy prior to releasing finished product for retail distribution and sale.
  • Identify, segregate and block non-conforming product and assist in timely disposition of the material.
  • Performs ATP and microbiological sampling for environmental and cleaning verification using aseptic technique. Troubleshoots issues and provides corrective actions for sanitation non-conformances.
  • Assist in identifying quality gaps which need correction or improvement for key Quality systems including but not limited to Product Conformance, Raw Material & Product Traceability, Receiving, Storage, & Handling, Non-Conformance SAP system, and Internal / External Audits.
  • Write or modify procedures to support quality compliance; provide follow-up training, as needed. 
  • Meet routinely as a Quality Systems Team to discuss quality issues and address problem areas.  Execute issue resolution on shift as appropriate.
  • Understands and is accountable for full compliance with EOHS, Quality, Food Safety and HR policies including the plant GMP policies.
  • Troubleshooting of equipment and / or processes when needed, e.g. NIR, Metal Detector, X-Ray.


Education/ Experience: 


  • High school diploma or equivalent
  • Willing and able to work any shift schedule, including nights and weekends
  • Willing and able to lift up to 55 lbs repeatedly
  • Willing and able to adhere to all safety and EOHS standards, and wear and utilize all personal protective equipment
  • Comfortable using Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, etc.) or Google Suite (Docs, Sheets, etc.) applications


  • Bachelor’s degree in science field
  • Minimum 1-2 years of manufacturing experience
  • Previous supervisory work experience
  • Experience working the Quality Control or Quality Systems
  • Previous auditing experience working with American Institute of Baking (AIB), Food and Drug Administration (FDA), United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), & Safe Quality Food (SQF)
  • In-depth knowledge of cGMPs, Quality Standards, FSMA Preventive Controls, HACCP
  • Proficiency in SAP process flow and application.  Able to quickly retrieve and understand data to support FDA, USDA, external and internal audit requests.

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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