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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 Technician

Travel Required?:  No Travel
Date:  Jun 7, 2024

No Relocation Assistance Offered
# 156490 - 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!


Basic qualifications include:  

High school diploma or equivalent. 

1+ years of manufacturing experience.

Ability to lift up to 50 lbs. repeatedly.  

Willing and able to work any shift schedule, including nights and weekends.

Ability to wear all required Fall Protection Equipment and other PPE

Ability to perform work on a ladder or in mechanical lift at height levels of approximately 30-40 ft in the air

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

Ability to bend, climb, crawl, work in confined spaces, work in hazardous condition spaces, work in extreme weather conditions, use hazardous materials, and lift up to 50 lbs. on a continual basis

Ability to work at heights of up to 300 ft


Preferred qualifications include: 

Technical college/vocational school certificate or Associates degree in Manufacturing – related area preferred.

3+ years of manufacturing experience

Experience troubleshooting and repairing technical issues.

Food safety experience.

Fork Lift experience.

Experience with SAP.

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

Tolerance for food processing smells and a dusty, non-climate controlled work environment.

Ability to clearly and effectively express ideas.

Teamwork and strong interpersonal skills.

Self-directed with strong results-oriented attitude.

Planning and organizational skills.


Expected Areas of Skills 


  • Operate and troubleshoot  various production equipment

  • Ability to communicate with other technicians, maintenance technicians, quality technicians, and member of managements in an effective way


Leadership Competencies 


  • Teamwork and Collaboration

  • Effective Execution


Functional Competencies (Should match the Colgate Global Competencies) 


  • Manufacturing Management


Works directly with Operations Team Leader

  • Quality, Operations, Maintenance, Engineering, EOHS, HR, Finance, Procurement, etc.

  • AIB, FDA, USDA, and other external auditing agency’s or customers

  • External Cleaning and Sanitation Services

  • External supply Vendors

  • Communicates on routine matters with Maintenance Technicians, Team Leaders, Planners, and Managers in person, by phone, and through correspondence.


Travel Requirements 

Expected percentage of travel:  Up to 5%


Physical Requirements


  • Ability to bend, climb, crawl, and work in confined spaces, and work in hazardous condition spaces for up to twelve hours per day.

  • Ability to work in extreme weather conditions with temperature ranges from cold to hot and humid
  • Ability to use hazardous materials 
  • Ability to lift up to 50 lbs. on continual basis.  Objects to be lifted that might weigh up to 50 pounds include large bag finished goods and raw materials.  If an employee cannot lift up to 50 pounds, the employee could not perform required quality checks which would result in a significant risk with our customers.  Additionally, failure to lift raw materials of up to 50 pounds would limit the Company’s ability to run certain product with all of the required materials.
  • Complete tasks that require working with hands overhead
  • Use a stand-up or sit-down forklift, intermittently for up to twelve hours per day 
  • Type, using a computer keyboard, intermittently for up to twelve hours per day 
  • Walk unlimited distances each day. 
  • Frequently walk up and down multiple levels of steps, multiple times a day, carrying tool bag, materials, or other supplies that weigh 25 lbs on average
  • Occasionally climb ladders or ledges, with tie-off equipment when required
  •  Frequently bend at waist 90 degrees and flex at knees 120 degrees 
  •  Wear required personal protective equipment, including hearing, eye, foot and dust protection.
  •  Frequently perform tasks in an environment that contains significant levels of dust
  •  Perceive visual and audible alarms and telephones while wearing hearing protection 
  •  Receive and transmit information in person and by telephone communications
  • *Physical requirements must be met with or without accommodation

Compensation and Benefits
Salary Range $ - $ 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
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.


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