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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:  Divisional Procurement Specialist

Travel Required?:  Travel - 25% of time
Date:  Sep 23, 2022
Partial remote working option

Relocation Assistance Offered Within Region
# 142368 - Topeka, Kansas, United States

Divisional Procurement Specialist

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 multi billion dollar, global division of Colgate-Palmolive Company and the maker of Prescription Diet, Science Diet, and Healthy Advantage brand pet food. Our mission is to help enrich and lengthen the special relationships between people and their pets by providing the best leading-edge 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.

We are looking for a highly motivated Procurement Specialist to join our team! The role drives an adequate supply of raw or packaging materials to our production facilities. They are instrumental in driving company savings initiatives and, with supplier and internal customer input, they develop and implement strategies, operating plans, sustainability plans and resiliency 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.

What you will do


  • Participate in development and execution of sourcing strategies for global materials,
  • Lead or participate in global negotiations, conduct RFP’s,
  • Lead supplier management - regular supplier evaluation meetings, project reviews, innovation meetings, sets goals for suppliers to improve their performance (sustainability, innovation, cost, quality, service). Drives continuous improvement initiatives,
  • Identify, develop, and lead company savings initiatives to meet overall company goals,
  • Lead risk management initiatives - Implement ESM (Enhance Supplier Management) audit plan, deliver contracts coverage goal, implement action plans to mitigate supply disruption risks, single source plans, sustainability/social responsibility,
  • Develop understanding of the market dynamic and drivers for assigned materials, and identify cost risks and opportunities for the future,
  • Ensure communication and alignment with our business partners and lead supplier development initiatives.
  • Support local teams in solving material quality and service issues.
  • Build a network with internal and external partners, to drive growth through innovation.
  • Continue to improve oneself by training, information sharing, coaching and feedback, and implementing best practices
  • Use procurement e-Tools (such as Ariba and SAP)
  • Performs other duties as assigned
  • Complies with all policies and standards


Required Qualifications


  • Bachelor's Degree Engineering, or Business
  • At least 3 years of proven experience in Purchasing, Supply Chain or International Business
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Strong negotiation skills 
  • Strong computer skills, with proficiency in spreadsheet, presentation and word processing software
  • Problem solving and analytical skills.
  • Ability to work cross-functionally to meet business needs.


Preferred Qualifications


  • Knowledge of supply chain best practices.
  • Strong time-management and organizational skills.
  • Ability to drive Project Management
  • Strong planning & organizing skills.
  • Knowledge of logistics systems, SAP experience.

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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