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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:  Experimental Food Lab Coordinator, Quality Systems

Travel Required?:  No Travel
Date:  Jan 26, 2023

Relocation Assistance Offered Within Country
# 150718 - Topeka, Kansas, United States

Job Summary

The EFL Coordinator, Quality Systems, is responsible for driving quality compliance through support of the EFL (Experimental Food Laboratory) operations team execution of Quality policies and procedures. This includes driving self-assessments, inspections and other Quality related programs, assessing documentation and performing releases, interpretation and trending of Quality metrics, delivering quality related training to EFL leaders/personnel, and creating, updating and providing the tools which enable EFL personnel to deliver consistent Quality performance, and be in compliance with all Quality Standards and external regulations.


Principal Duties and Responsibilities

Develop/update the Quality Master plan and monitor/drive execution of the assigned activities

Perform PCQI documentation reviews, double batch verifications, incoming quality ingredients  and daily product releases. Monitor and perform the pre-operational and post-operational quality checks. Ensures that analytical instrumentation used for quality testing is qualified, calibrated and verified at the defined frequencies.  Works with 3rd party partners to troubleshoot instrumentation in the event of an instrument failure, update software, and schedule maintenance

Perform sampling/testing in alignment with the quality system program, analyze data, interpret results, and trend data for continuous improvement.  This includes but is not limited to:

  • Aseptic sampling of product for Microbiology testing

  • Mycotoxin Sampling/Testing

  • Inspection Plans per Ingredients and Products

  • Environmental Swabbing


Provide Quality training for the EFL Managers/Operators. Coordinate and Conduct Quality and Food Safety Inspections in the EFL.  Assist in establishing audit observations and CAPA’s: 

  • Monthly cGMP Audit Inspections

  • Glass and Brittle Plastics Audits

  • Ingredient and product traceability

  • Product handling in the colony


Collaborate with cross functional teams in the investigation of quality non-conformances within the EFL. Ensure that lessons learned are shared as appropriate and that corrective actions are taken in a timely manner.

Participate and collaborate with cross functional teams in the Global Compliance Program, supporting Quality Standards Implementation follow up, participate in the auditing programs (internal self-assessment audits, corporate audits, FSMA readiness, etc.)


Education/ Experience Requirements

Basic qualifications include: 

  • Bachelor's degree in science

  • 3+ year of food manufacturing or other relevant manufacturing experience

  • 3+ year experience with food product test instrumentation and proximate analytical procedures (examples: aseptic sampling, swabbing, testing and data interpretation.)

  • Proficient in Google and Microsoft Windows work environment (i.e. Word, Google drive, Excel)


Preferred qualifications include: 

  • Proficient use of SAP and PAWS software applications

  • Proficient in minitab

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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