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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:  Finance Specialist

Travel Required?:  No Travel
Date:  Mar 14, 2023

No Relocation Assistance Offered
# 152062 - Topeka, Kansas, United States



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. If you’re interested in work that matters, fueled by passion for pets, we invite you to apply.


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. Our decades of science and research guide us in creating nutrition that’s a step ahead so pets and pet parents can enjoy every day together. As the US #1 Veterinarian Recommended pet food brand, knowledge is our first ingredient with 220+ veterinarians, PhD nutritionists and food scientists working to develop breakthrough innovations in pet health.


Provide the plant with value-added reports and analysis to achieve budget goals and support continuous improvement activities relating to Finance. Payroll processing and overall management of the payroll process, including working with all departments to ensure accurate and timely payroll records are reported and kept.



What you will do


▪ Assist in month-end close activities: preparing and submitting journal entries; working with budget owners to develop accruals; Reviewing expense and balance sheet account reconciliations and preparing detailed spending reports (overtime, temporary worker, etc.).
▪ Responsible for bi-weekly payroll. This includes collecting and reviewing for accuracy all-time records, importing the data to the Colgate Business Services team, resolution of all discrepancies and reporting as needed.
▪ Collaborate with Plant HR to validate absenteeism and time off to ensure accurate payroll reporting and payroll-related accruals.
▪ Work with the Finance Plant Controller and Team Leader to prepare accurate and detailed reporting of overtime spending by reason code vs. Budget/Latest Estimate.
▪ Maintain Plant’s open commitments list in SAP, and work with budget owners to ensure open PO’s are closed in a timely manner.
▪ Monitor purchase order reports in SAP to ensure timely and accurate goods receipts.
▪ Drive improvement activities in A/P t o reduce transactional costs and increase value-added reporting capabilities to the plant. This includes working with the plant personnel to ensure timely resolution of invoices in query resolution.
▪ Administration of new vendor set-up, master vendor list and filing systems.
▪ Participate in capital project closures in coordination with the plant Engineering team and the Plant controller to include verification of payments and supporting documentation, reconciliation of vendor spending reports to SAP account activity, and reconciliation of capital
purchase commitments.
▪ Participate in the preparation of the plant’s annual operating budget and standard costs, as as well as LE forecasts in March, June and July.
▪ Sarbanes-Oxley audit testing, as it pertains to all internal control SOPs.
▪ Participation in cross-functional teams and special projects, as needed.


Required Qualifications

● Bachelor’s degree in Accounting, Business, Finance or related field
● 1+ year of prior accounting/finance or related work experience.
● Very strong working knowledge of Microsoft Excel and Google Sheets
● Strong interpersonal skills, flexibility, and customer service orientation
● Ability to multi-task and work efficiently to meet deadlines
● Excellent written and verbal communication skills
● Ability to research and resolve invoice issues, while working with different parties (vendors, budget owners and corporate departments)
● Ability to work with cross-functional areas in a team work environment



Preferred Qualifications

● Experience with ERP (SAP)
● Experience in payroll processing (Kronos)
● Experience in cost accounting, preferably in the manufacturing industry




Salary Range $62,080 - $90,405 USD 

Pay is based on several non discriminatory factors including but not limited to experience, education, skills and office location. In addition to your salary, Colgate-Palmolive offers a performance based bonus and competitive benefits package

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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