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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:  Materials Planner

Travel Required?:  Travel - up to 10% of time
Date:  Jan 5, 2023

No Relocation Assistance Offered
# 150462 - Topeka, Kansas, United States

Job Summary.


The Material Planner is responsible for material requirement tracking to the short, mid and long term production schedules in alignment with and integrated with CS&L. The Material Planner maintains internal and vendor relationships and manages the packaging and raw requirements of existing and new materials to support the plant production schedulers. The planner will also be responsible for identifying and driving savings within the area of responsibility.




Principal Duties and Responsibilities:


Tactical Responsibilities:

  • Identifies risks to production plans and gaps between required and available materials, and leads efforts to resolve related issues

  • Provides material requirements and analytical support to determine optimal manufacturing cycle times, safety stock inventory requirements, and any other parameters related to material planning and inventory management

  • Supports manufacturing performance improvements utilizing an understanding of capacities and cost constraints of third party and Hill’s manufacturing facilities  

  • Develops systems expertise and continuously improve the use of our planning systems

  • Track long- and short-term requirements, including new materials as it pertains to new product launches, graphic changes, formula changes and specification changes and support Procurement to ensure sufficient vendor capacity is contracted to meet these needs.

  • Maintain communication with key vendors and share information relevant to changes in the business to develop and maintain key partnerships.



Planning/Coordinating Responsibilities:

  • Determines future plant material needs based off of current sales plan, production capacity and inventory targets

    • Compiles monthly materials production and inventory based off  forecast data

    • Communicates needs to plants and work through capacity constraints

  • Participates in and supports cross-functional project teams. Participates as a member of the department team and drives performance improvements.  

  • Identifies gaps between required and available materials, and leads efforts to resolve related issues. Resolves issues related to demand changes or shortfall to minimize planned production interruptions and material obsolescence 

  • Plans new materials as it pertains to new product launches, promotional activities, formula changes, graphic and specification changes. Ensure new materials will be available at the plant or at the supplier location in order to meet production timelines while keeping obsolescence at a minimum.

  • Support data integrity of SAP to include demand, inventory levels, BOMs and material masters.



Strategic Responsibilities:


  • Monitor and make adjustments to material safety stocks for proper balance between working capital and customer service. Propose safety stock strategy to ensure production plans are completed. 

  • Reviews results and makes adjustments to insure lowest cost and maximum customer

 services are delivered from third-party providers

  • Support implementation of SMI with appropriate suppliers

  • Tracks obsolescence risk for the business and works with the production and demand planners to reduce the cost when possible.


Education/ Experience Requirements


  • Basic qualifications include: Bachelor’s degree in Engineering, Business Management, Computer Science or related field, with 3-5 years experience in manufacturing, inventory control, logistics or other related fields.
  • Preferred qualifications include: 2-3 years experience in manufacturing, inventory control,planning or logistics; Demonstrated progress toward APICS (American Production and Inventory Control Society) certification


Expected Areas of Skills/Knowledge/Abilities

  • SAP:  Familiar with how to access, input and analyze data

  • Proficiency with planning systems and Microsoft Office products, to include Excel, Access, Word and Powerpoint

  • Experience and knowledge of Manufacturing, Inventory Management and Project Management

  • Problem-solving, analytical skills and ability to develop and use decision-making processes

  • Leadership and interpersonal skills 

  • Initiative and judgment skills 

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills

  • Ability to manage multiple priorities and stressful situations effectively


Salary Range $62,080 - $101,220 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.

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