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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:  Associate Procurement Sourcing Manager

Travel Required?:  Travel - 25% of time
Date:  Nov 13, 2020
Remote working option during the current situation

No Relocation Assistance Offered
# 92661 - Topeka, Kansas, United States



Job Summary
The Associate Sourcing Manager is responsible for an adequate supply of all raw materials to Hill’s US plants. They are instrumental in driving Funding-the-Growth (FTG) savings initiatives and with supplier and internal customer input they develop and implement strategies, operating plans, and contingency plans to meet company objectives. They need to make sure that contracts are in place for each material with selected suppliers and that efficient quality / quantity, cost, delivery and other terms and conditions are met. Ensures communication and alignment with our business partners and leads supplier development initiatives.


Note: This role could handle material spend exceeding $100MM.

Principal Duties & Responsibilities

  • Leads supplier development – regular supplier evaluation meetings, project reviews, innovation meetings, sets goals to suppliers to improve their performance (innovation, cost, quality, service). Drives continuous improvement initiatives
  • Identifies, develops, and leads FTG savings initiatives to meet FTG goal. 
  • Participates in the development of sourcing strategies and negotiates contract conditions with suppliers; involves the appropriate internal partners. Conducts tenders (including e-RFP’s).
  • Responsible for supervising commodity price movements.
  • Risk Management Initiatives - Execute ESM audit plan, deliver contracts coverage goal, implement action plans to mitigate supply disruption risks, single source plans, sustainability/social responsibility.
  • Leads and resolves material quality and service issues.
  • Cost management – identifies and breaks down the cost items in order to provide financial forecasts (Budget, LE’s).
  • Evaluate material portfolio – find opportunities to reduce complexity and challenge the business from adding complexity 
  • Actively maintains market knowledge base (supply/demand/pricing).
  • Builds network with Hill’s EU and CP US procurement teams, partner with internal stakeholders & suppliers to drive growth through innovation.
  • Creates SAP contracts/POs for packaging materials, builds master data.

This is not an extensive list of duties or functions.

Basic Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree or higher
  • Minimum of 5 years of proven strategic procurement experience

Preferred Qualifications

  • Some direct raw material or packaging experience 
  • Manufacturing/plant experience and/or experience in other GSC functions is an advantage.

Encouraged Areas of skills

  • Strong negotiation and interpersonal skills.
  • Self-motivated and able to work in a cross-cultural environment, problem solving and critical thinking ability, curiosity, results oriented, able to analyze and interpret figures.



We look forward to reviewing your application!




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.

Nearest Major Market: Topeka

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