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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:  Team Leader

Travel Required?:  Travel - up to 10% of time
Date:  Jul 8, 2024

Relocation Assistance Offered Within Country
# 161432 - 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!


The Team Leader [TL] position will join a new facility start-up, for Hill’s Pet Nutrition, and will participate in start-up activities, setting systems, developing materials and supporting Manufacturing processes. 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- Continuous Improvement), and Employee Relations.

The TL 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 EHS and Quality

  • Accountable for Operational Excellence (EHS, 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 


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 

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

  • Willing and able to work any shift


Preferred Qualifications

  • 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

  • Proficiency with Google Suite collaboration tools (G-doc, sheets, slides, etc)

  • Knowledge of SAP systems

Compensation and Benefits
Salary Range $66,000 - $101,500 USD

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. In addition to base salary, salaried employees are eligible for annual discretionary bonuses, profit-sharing and, for Executive-level (salary grade 16 and above) roles only, long-term incentives in the form of Restricted Stock Units and/or Stock Options.

Subject to the terms and conditions of the applicable benefits plans then in effect, all salaried employees are also eligible for a competitive benefits package which includes:

  • Insurance: Employees (and their eligible dependents) are eligible to participate in Company-sponsored Medical, Dental, Vision, Basic Life Insurance, Accidental Death & Dismemberment and Disability insurance plans.
  • Retirement Plans: Employees are eligible to enroll in Colgate's 401(k) plan, which provides for company matching contributions subject to eligibility requirements
  • Vacation/PTO: Employees receive a minimum of 15 days of vacation/PTO leave annually
  • Paid Holidays: Employees receive a minimum of 13 paid/floating holidays annually
  • Paid Sick Leave: Based on location and consistent with applicable state and local law, employees receive a minimum of 40 hours of paid sick leave on January 1st of each year
  • Paid Parental Leave: Eligible employees may take up to eight weeks of paid parental leave and 12 weeks of unpaid leave (varies for employees with fewer than 12 months of service and is subject to hours worked requirements)

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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