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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:  Hill's Associate Legal Counsel

Travel Required?:  Travel - up to 10% of time
Date:  Jun 23, 2022
Remote working option during the current situation

Relocation Assistance Offered Within Country
# 134946 - Topeka, Kansas, United States

As the Associate Legal Counsel, Hill's, you will be part of the Colgate-Palmolive Global Legal Organization and will be working in a small, high-performing team in Topeka, Kansas on the pet nutrition business.  As Associate Legal Counsel, you will work with internal clients and external counsel to provide legal advice and solutions-focused guidance to internal business clients, taking meetings with internal clients, developing and presenting recommendations including comprehensive analysis and advice. This role supports the following key areas: Commercial and Supply Agreements, Special Projects (CEB, construction), Intercompany Agreements, Subsidiary Governance, Legal Research, General Legal Advice. 


Principal Duties and Responsibilities: 

  • Provide advice to internal business clients on general legal issues including commercial transactions and policies, sales and marketing, antitrust, privacy, employment/labor law matters.        
  • Provide advice to internal business clients regarding the appropriate legal framework and contractual embodiment of that framework for relationships between Hill's and its third party suppliers. Progress matters from initial meeting through advice, contract drafting, negotiation and final conclusion, where possible.
  • Work with Colgate-Palmolive attorneys and/or outside counsel for drafting resolutions and minutes in preparation of Board of Director and Shareholder meetings, following internal corporate governance policies and procedures.
  • Performs general legal activities, including support on litigation matters coordinating internal witnesses and deposition schedules, assisting to draft legal letters and resolve legal matters and undertaking legal research and preparing summaries and advice based on research.


Basic required qualifications for the role include:

  • Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited educational institution
  • Juris Doctor (JD) or equivalent legal qualification in a foreign jurisdiction
  • Admission to a U.S. state bar or ability to make an application for admission in Kansas
  • Proficiency in Word, Excel, Google
  • Proven ability to organize, manage and interpret a high volume of legal information
  • Drafting skills


Preferred, but not required, qualifications for the role include

  • 3+ years previous work experience in a legal capacity in a corporate law department or law firm working with senior counsel and senior business leaders.


Expected Areas of Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Legal research and proficiency with legal database tools (Pacer, Westlaw, Bloomberg)
  • Proficient in Excel, Word, Powerpoint and knowledge of Google Suite
  • Ability to meet autonomously with internal clients and take instructions on matters including asking critical-thinking and analytical questions on how something is to be set up in order to assess the viability of a proposal and to document it in the appropriate legal agreement, providing guidance and use judgment to escalate as appropriate.  
  • Solutions-oriented mindset with ability to provide recommendations on issues.
  • Ability to progress negotiations with external parties, make decisions in the context of those negotiations
  • Strong drafting skills
  • Demonstrated application of general legal knowledge and concepts relevant to corporate 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 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.

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