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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:  Sr Maintenance Technician (Reliability Business Unit Lead)

Travel Required?:  Travel - up to 10% of time
Date:  Nov 11, 2022
No remote working option

No Relocation Assistance Offered
# 144742 - Tonganoxie, Kansas, United States

Reliability Business Unit Lead


Join an exciting opportunity to be part of a brand new, highly automated facility for Hill's Pet Nutrition! The Reliability Business Unit Lead (Sr Maintenance Tech) position will join a growing team focused on start-up activities, establishing systems, and developing materials for equipment and Maintenance.


This position will be a link between Operations and Maintenance/Reliability on shift providing direction for monitoring and technical troubleshooting of Key Performance Indicators.  This position will utilize software analytics to compile information on equipment performance.  Based upon this data, the Reliability Business Unit Lead (BUL) will work closely with the Maintenance Planner and other Reliability BULs to help plan and schedule time-base work orders (PMs) to specific situations (Work Orders) or Autonomous Maintenance (AM) activities, focusing on equipment, time and effort needed.


Starting $36 per hour and up based on experience



Principal Duties and Responsibilities


  • Monitors equipment performance using appropriate software such as Augury, Everactive, and Wonderware, among others.  Continually analyzes data and metrics to  make recommendations for Maintenance activities based upon data analysis.
  • Works with other Reliability Business Unit Leads, Operations, and the Maintenance Planner to develop detailed schedules for Maintenance activities.  Reviews, prioritizes, and provides input for schedules for  work orders, up/down time PM’s, and AM activities utilizing SAP software.
  • Coordinates effective PM Execution.  Provides relevant information for daily and weekly maintenance meetings.  Communicates progress back to the Operations Team.
  • Manages and maintains the SAP PM system.  Responsible for work order integrity reviewing accuracy, clarity, part & equipment identification, and status of work orders and providing feedback to the originator as necessary. This also includes updating equipment masters, creating and updating equipment BOM’s, creating and updating PM plans, supporting Predictive Maintenance plans, and PM optimization based upon feedback from maintenance technicians and focus resources.
  • 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 Storeroom resources to ensure availability of incoming and outgoing maintenance parts for PM’s, rebuilds, work orders and storeroom. 
  • Functions as an SAP Power-user and assists in training and support of SAP systems as needed.
  • Identifies and reports Food Safety and EHS issues / work orders to management through a weekly report. Understands and complies with Hill’s policies, safety standards, Good Manufacturing Practices (GMPs) and Food Safety. Identify and report Food Safety issues to management.
  • As needed- BUL will cover for the Maintenance Planner.  This will involve scheduling work orders for maintenance technicians and outside contractors as managed through a detailed plan.  This fill-in work may be completed on the BUL’s normally scheduled shift. 


Education/ Experience Requirements


  • High School diploma or GED equivalent
  • Minimum of 5 years maintenance experience or Technical Degree with minimum 3 years maintenance experience 
  • 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, determine root cause and provide guidance on improving Preventive Maintenance activities 
  • Performance in good standing (Individuals with an active PEP at any stage are not eligible)  
  • Electronic Maintenance Work Order System experience


Preferred qualifications include: 


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

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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