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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:  Manufacturing Plant IT Specialist

Travel Required?:  Travel - up to 10% of time
Date:  Nov 24, 2023

No Relocation Assistance Offered
# 155177 - Topeka, Kansas, United States

Who We Are
Colgate-Palmolive Company is a caring, innovative growth company that is reimagining a healthier future for all people, their pets and our planet. Focused on Oral Care, Personal Care, Home Care and Pet Nutrition, we sell our products in more than 200 countries and territories under brands such as Colgate, Palmolive, elmex, hello, meridol, Sorriso, Tom’s of Maine, EltaMD, Filorga, Irish Spring, PCA SKIN, Protex, Sanex, Softsoap, Speed Stick, Ajax, Axion, Fabuloso, Soupline and Suavitel, as well as Hill’s Pet Nutrition.

We are recognized for our leadership and innovation in promoting sustainability and community wellbeing, including our achievements in decreasing plastic waste and promoting recyclability, saving water, conserving natural resources and improving children’s oral health.

If you want to work for a company that lives by their values, then give your career a reason to smile and join our global team!



To be accountable for the day-to-day operation of the Hill's Topeka Plant's Computer/Server Systems and its related software. To coordinate with the corporate IT department for rolling out of corporate initiated directives. To facilitate the deployment and removal of new computer equipment.



Note: This is a fully on-site position (Monday-Friday day shift) based in a manufacturing site.




What you will do


  • Implement plant systems projects in the area of expertise (SAP or Wonderware). Provide the technical expertise to configure, maintain and troubleshoot all plant systems at the assigned plant.


  • Provide mentorship and training to plant operations to champion utilization.


  • Enforce standards that ensure global consistency of manufacturing and integration systems.


  • Establish and maintain close relationships with the regional IT, SSO and ISM teams.


  • Work closely with plant leadership teams, engineering teams, plant operations teams and quality teams.


  • Actively participate in the global plant systems integrator’s network.


  • Aligns with all policies and standards




Required Qualifications


  • High School diploma or equivalent


  • 3+ years experience with computer software/hardware related equipment and networking.


  • Ability to access, input, and retrieve information from a computer.


  • Ability to tackle and fix software and operating systems.


  • Willing and able to adhere to all safety and EOHS standards, and wear and use all personal protective equipment.


  • Provides daily assistance and support to the Plant for all plant computer hardware (includes on call coverage) including computers, servers, LAN and peripherals (mouse, keyboard, monitor, etc…).


  • Ability to work varying shifts and on-call for telephone, remote computer access, and in-plant support.


  • Experience supporting back-office and customer-facing services such as Active Directory, Domain Name System, Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol servers,


  • Ability to configure and test plant systems



Preferred Qualifications


  • Proficiency in Wonderware manufacturing software such as: o Wonderware Archestra o Wonderware MES


  • Experience supporting SQL Server, Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager, Windows Server Update Services.


  • Experience maintaining, securing, patching, and deploying operating systems including but not limited to Windows Server 2012R2/2016/2019, Windows 10, VMware.


  • Experience supporting and troubleshooting scripts.


  • Knowledge of Structured Query Language (SQL), preferably using Microsoft SQL Server and SQL reporting services.


  • Basic understanding of:  

           - Production Planning and Scheduling

           - Inventory Management

           - Planned Maintenance Concepts

           - Statistical Process Control (SPC) Concepts

           - Plant Floor Control System Concepts

           - Operational Excellence Standards and Expectations:

                ▪ Factory Performance and Reliability (FP&R)

                ▪ EOHS Standards

                ▪ Quality Standards/Regulatory Requirements

           - Plant Metrics such as throughput, Operating Efficiency (OE), unplanned downtime (UPDT).



Compensation and Benefits
Salary Range $63,600.00 - $81,000.00 USD

Pay is based on multiple non-discriminatory, individualized factors including but not limited to experience, job-related knowledge and education, skills and office/market location. In addition to base salary, salaried employees are eligible for annual discretionary bonuses, profit-sharing and, for Executive-level (salary grade 16 and above) roles only, long-term incentives in the form of Restricted Stock Units and/or Stock Options.

Subject to the terms and conditions of the applicable benefits plans then in effect, all salaried employees are also eligible for a competitive benefits package which includes:

  • Insurance: Employees (and their eligible dependents) are eligible to participate in Company-sponsored Medical, Dental, Vision, Basic Life Insurance, Accidental Death & Dismemberment and Disability insurance plans.
  • Retirement Plans: Employees are eligible to enroll in Colgate's 401(k) plan, which provides for company matching contributions subject to eligibility requirements
  • Vacation/PTO: Employees receive a minimum of 15 days of vacation/PTO leave annually
  • Paid Holidays: Employees receive a minimum of 13 paid/floating holidays annually
  • Paid Sick Leave: Based on location and consistent with applicable state and local law, employees receive a minimum of 40 hours of paid sick leave on January 1st of each year
  • Paid Parental Leave: Eligible employees may take up to eight weeks of paid parental leave and 12 weeks of unpaid leave (varies for employees with fewer than 12 months of service and is subject to hours worked requirements)

Our Commitment to Sustainability
With the Colgate brand in more homes than any other, we are presented with great opportunities and new challenges as we work to integrate sustainability into all aspects of our business and create positive social impact. We are determined to position ourselves for further growth as we act on our 2025 Sustainability & Social Impact Strategy.

Our Commitment to Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
Achieving our purpose starts with our people — ensuring our workforce represents the people and communities we serve —and creating an environment where our people feel they belong; where we can be our authentic selves, feel treated with respect and have the support of leadership to impact the business in a meaningful way.

Equal Opportunity Employer
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.

Reasonable accommodation during the application process is available for persons with disabilities. Please contact with the subject "Accommodation Request" should you require accommodation.

For additional Colgate terms and conditions, please click here.


Nearest Major Market: Topeka

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