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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:  Food Scientist - Protein Chemistry

Travel Required?:  Travel - up to 10% of time
Date:  Jun 13, 2022
Remote working option during the current situation

Relocation Assistance Offered Within Country
# 125292 - Topeka, Kansas, United States


Do you want to come to work with a smile and leave with one as well? In between those smiles, your day consists of working in a global organization, continually learning and collaborating, having stimulating discussions, and making impactful contributions! If this is how you see your career, Colgate is the place to be!


Our dependable household brands, dedicated employees, and sustainability commitments make us a company passionate about building a future to smile about for our employees, consumers, and surrounding communities. The pride in our brand fuels a workplace that encourages creative thinking, champions experimentation, and promotes authenticity which has contributed to our enduring success.


If you want to work for a company that lives by their values, then give your career a reason to smile...every single day.

What role will you play as a member of the Colgate's / Hill's Research & Development? 
The Product Development group is responsible for bringing new product innovation to market across our premium wellness and therapeutic product portfolios that help transform the lives of pets. Our Scientist - Product Development will lead research on the characterization, modification, and application of protein functionality on the formula development and production scale-up phases of wellness & therapeutic foods for dogs and cats. This will involve working closely with product development scientists, supply chain, and ingredient procurement to ensure successful product development and scale-up is achieved.

What you will do

  • Lead research on the characterization of new sustainable proteins and their application to the development of sole-source nutritional solutions that deliver against specified nutrient, ingredient, quality & cost requirements.
  • Partner with product development colleagues to optimize the use of protein functionality in product design.
  • Validation of ingredient and product performance through coordination & interpretation of product analytical, biological, palatability, sensory, and stability testing.
  • Development of ingredient and finished product specifications.
  • Creation of final formula documentation and supporting information.
  • Ongoing quality, safety, and related training.

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Science in Chemistry, Biochemistry, Food Science or related field
  • A minimum of 3 Years of Academic or Industry Experience
  • Demonstrated understanding of protein functionality and application to food production systems
  • Possesses basic understanding of regulatory, product safety and quality requirements relevant to the development of commercial food products.
  • Demonstrated ability to design and run scientific experiments
  • Excellent communication skills (written and oral), interpersonal and team skills; ability to lead in a cross-functional environment
  • Strong analytical, problem-solving and conceptual skills

Preferred Qualifications

  • MS or Ph.D. in Chemistry, Biochemistry or related field
  • Experience in product design and development (Preferably sole source nutritional products in animal/human food industry)


We are a results oriented company with a caring culture and work life balance.  Do not miss the chance to join our outstanding team!

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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