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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:  Operations Team Leader

Travel Required ?:  No Travel

Relocation Assistance Offered Within Country
# 87102 - Topeka, Kansas, United States

The Operations Team Leader (OTL) is responsible for forming, developing, and coaching the operating team in a values driven, performance-based environment. The OTL also leads the team to achieving key performance indicators and daily performance goals, coordinates activity between shifts and departments and keeps the plant informed about operations performance on a regular basis. The OTL coordinates the activity of up to 35 operations and maintenance team members, gathers data & identifies a daily strategy which maximizes product quality & productivity and facilitates troubleshooting of production problems on a timely basis.



  • Accountable for meeting or exceeding work safety standards according to the published Hill's and Colgate Safety Policy.
  • Coordinates team training/activities regarding GMPs, quality, sanitation, maintenance & productivity.
  • Facilitates a problem-solving environment that values and rewards team member involvement.
  • Coaches team to handle daily activities such as timekeeping, vacation, overtime, & attendance.
  • Help teams translate business needs into daily operations.
  • Work with teams to increase innovation, technical expertise, analysis, and problem solving skills.
  • Utilizes continuous improvement methodology to drive performance goals.
  • Participates in equipment commissioning to insure effective operationalization and transfer of technology.
  • Benchmarks best practices from existing Supply Chain facilities.
  • Leads by exhibiting Company values and the Principles of Managing with Respect.
  • Mentors, champions, and delivers key training initiatives to build team social, business and technical skills.
  • Support implementation of Quality Assurance and Food Safety initiatives.
  • Ensure personnel adhere to Hill’s policies, safety standards, and Good Manufacturing Practices, including Quality Assurance and Food Safety.


Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree.
  • Must be proficient with Google Suite: Docs, Slide and Sheets.
  • Ability to work any shift, weekends, or holidays and be on call.


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Previous SAP experience.
  • Lean Six Sigma certified.
  • 2+ years supervisory experience.
  • 2+ years manufacturing experience.

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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