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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:  Controls Engineer

Travel Required?:  Travel - up to 10% of time
Date:  Sep 29, 2022
No remote working option

Relocation Assistance Offered Within Country
# 118067 - Topeka, Kansas, United States

Do you want to make a difference in the lives of people and their pets? What about having the opportunity to connect with others across the world, full of stimulating discussions, and making impactful contributions?

If this is how you see your career, Hill’s is the place to be!

Hill’s Pet Nutrition is a $2.3 Billion, global division of Colgate-Palmolive Company and the maker of Prescription Diet, Science Diet, and Balanced Advantage brand pet food. Our mission is to help enrich and lengthen the special relationships between people and their pets by providing the best groundbreaking pet nutrition technology, products, and expertise to pet owners, veterinary professionals and other key pet professionals worldwide. Our company is a globally recognized Best Place to Work.

The Control Systems Engineer is responsible for owning the development, implementation, and maintenance of the plant floor control systems, information systems, networks, and telecommunication systems support of the manufacturing operations. The person in this job will play a key role on the team to craft, install, and start-up and operate the manufacturing facility.

What you will do

  • Design, specification, development, installation, start up, troubleshooting, and improvement of process control systems, plant floor systems, business systems, and equipment.
  • Support plant as a resource for troubleshooting and problem solving of business systems, plant floor systems and control issues.
  • Lead the development and implementation of process improvements (reliability, waste, product quality, safety, and cost) to meet business needs.
  • Prepare, submit, and manage controls technology and information technology aspects of the Capital Expenditure Budget and support project managers in achieving project results.
  • Manages all aspects of project lifecycle: viability, schedule and scope adherence, project cost controls, validation, start-up, troubleshooting, technology transfer and closure.
  • Leads the technology transfer for the plant and supports global technology with implementation of new capital projects and new controls processes.
  • Develop, implement, and maintain hardware and software aspects of the plant floor systems, plant control systems, business systems (computer network), and phone and voice systems.
  • Prepare and manage operational and capital expenditure budgets for plant control systems and all information technology systems.
  • Develop and maintain specifications, technical documentation, and procedures for controls processes and equipment which are consistent with KPI goals and support Quality and EOHS Standards
  • Leadership and management of internal resources (controls technicians and information technology) and external resources (Software integrators, hardware support)
  • Develop new insights and drive innovative engineering and controls solutions
  • Support implementation of Quality Assurance and Food Safety initiatives
  • Ensure personnel adhere to Hill’s policies, safety standards, and Good Manufacturing Practices, including Quality Assurance and Food Safety
  • Performs other duties as assigned
  • Align with all policies and standards

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor's Degree BS Degree or higher in Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering or related technical systems team
  • At least 2+ years’ experience in project management from project concept to implementation
  • At least 2+ years’ experience in a manufacturing setting with demonstrated knowledge, experience, design and programming with Allen-Bradley PLCs.

Preferred Qualifications

  • At least 2+ years’ experience in a manufacturing setting with demonstrated knowledge, experience, design and programming with the following: Industrial Automation Networks (Control-Net, DeviceNet, Ethernet, Profibus) Process and Machine Instrumentation Load cells, mass flow meters, sensors, automated valves and servo controls Programming, testing, installation and start-up of Allen-Bradley PLC’s and Wonderware Industrial Suite software and server applications

Equal Opportunity Employer

Colgate is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, ethnicity, age, disability, veteran status, marital status, or any other characteristic protected by law.


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 http://www.hillspet.com and http://www.colgatepalmolive.com, or find us on LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

Reasonable accommodation during the application process is available for persons with disabilities. Please contact Application_Accommodation@colpal.com with the subject "Accommodation Request" should you require accommodation.


Nearest Major Market: Topeka

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