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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 Chemist

Travel Required?:  No Travel
Date:  Jun 1, 2023

No Relocation Assistance Offered
# 152303 - Tonganoxie, Kansas, United States

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:

  • $28-32 /hr starting rate (based on experience)

  • $1,500 hiring bonus

  • Merit increase every year based on performance

  • Advancement Opportunities 

  • 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 Technician - Chemist performs routine physical and analytical testing of packaging, raw material, in-process, and finished product in accordance with official laboratory methods and standards to affirm the production of nutritionally superior pet food.  This role is also responsible for driving efficiency and efficacy of all quality systems in the Tonganoxie, Kansas facility.


Principal Responsibilitiies: 

  • Understands and is accountable for full compliance with safety and other EOHS requirements.

  • Performs or assists vendors in the installation and qualification phases of laboratory instruments.

  • Analyzes ingredients and finished product for moisture, fat, protein, ash, and minerals paralleling compliance to official laboratory methods.  

  • Performs routine peroxide value, free fatty acid, and mycotoxin testing.

  • Responsible for maintaining laboratory equipment and equipment calibrations.

  • Understands precautions in handling reagents and disposal of chemical waste according to local and environmental regulations.

  • Conducts internal and external audits of Quality Systems.

  • Participates and executes corrective action planning and remediation.

  • Prepares, organizes, and stores library samples.

  • Adheres to quality programs such as HACCP, SOPs, and document control.

  • Prepare samples for Third Party analysis

  • Ability to perform NIR testing according to SOP’s and maintain calibrations as required

  • Maintains and troubleshoots quality systems, equipment and programs including metal detectors, scales, and check-weighs.

  • Assists in SAP processes / transactions such as hold/release, product traceability and recall, and regulatory compliance.

  • Identifies continuous improvement opportunities for Quality issues.

  • Conducts training for plant personnel regarding Quality and Laboratory procedures.

  • Measures, records, and reports plant KPI’s (Key Performance Indicators).

  • Comply with Best Laboratory & Documentation Practices

  • Able to conduct CAPA analysis on out of specification laboratory results

  • Orders lab supplies and maintaining budget goals

  • Maintains proficiency in SAP process flow and application.  Able to quickly retrieve and understand data to support FDA, USDA, external and internal audit requests.

  • Works any shift as needed, and may troubleshoot quality issues over the phone during off hours.

  • Understands bioterrorism initiatives and food safety and regulatory standards.

  • Researches new methods and equipment through the participation in projects with other departments.

  • Provides finished product data and analytical results of test products for the Pet Nutrition Center.

  • Understanding of plant floor operations and equipment

  • Other job duties and projects as assigned.


Working Relationships: 

  • Communicates with Operations and Management teams regarding routine matters in person, via phone and electronically.
  • Shares information and communicates on routine issues with the Quality Team, PNC, and various Corporate groups in person, via phone and electronically.

  • Develops relationships and shares knowledge with outside contractors and vendors by phone, via email, and in person


Basic Qualifications: 

  • BS degree in Chemistry, Food Science/ related field OR 5+ years practical experience in an analytical laboratory

  • Practical computer skills including email, MS Office Suite, Google Suite and database management.

  • Ability to work any work schedule, including weekends.

  • Ability to lift up to 50 lbs


Preferred Qualifications: 

  • Knowledge of quality systems.

  • Good technical, communications, and interpersonal skills.

  • Previous experience using SAP.

  • Excellent analytical and problem solving skills.

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills

  • Broad Supply Chain perspective.

  • Knowledge of analytical method validation


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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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