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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:  Project Engineer

Travel Required?:  Travel - up to 10% of time
Date:  Nov 19, 2023

Relocation Assistance Offered Within Country
# 155110 - Topeka, Kansas, United States


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. If you’re interested in work that matters, fueled by passion for pets, we invite you to apply.


The Project Engineer is responsible for planning, organization, control, integration and completion of engineering projects for the plant. They will manage the scope, budget, schedule and timeline throughout the projects including creating and maintaining documents, evaluating safety aspects and risk analysis for the projects. This will include establishing and maintaining third party business partner relationships and all other duties assigned. 


Principal Responsibilities: 

  • To ensure projects are completed on time, within budget , and with successful attainment of Objectives.
  • Completes specific phases or aspects of the project such as technical studies, product design, preparation of specifications and technical plans and product testing.
  • Coordinates activities concerned with technical developments, scheduling, and resolving engineering design and test problems.
  • Control expenditures within limitations of project budget.
  • Prepare interim and completion project reports. Prepare Engineering Project Review.
  • Provide functional and technical support to the Plant floor to minimize production and maintenance problems.
  • Serve as primary resource to the operations and quality team for issues involving design, process changes and equipment modification by soliciting feedback and driving continuous improvement.
  • Apply engineering expertise to equipment design, problems solving, and quality improvement.
  • Participate in committees or task forces where necessary to contribute to company goals.
  • Development of project scope, justification, and factory/company impact.
  • Appropriation preparation including cost estimates, savings, and timing plan.
  • Hires and supervises various contractors in the scope of project manager. 
  • Required to maintain a strong back-up source of technical files, vendors, and manufacturers, and engineering groups in order to respond to needs for new requirements from the Business.
  • Lead engineering management of change activities for project activities
  • Collaborate with quality to deliver equipment validation through the IQ/OQ/PQ processes.
  • Drive the company values and principles of managing with respect in all daily business affairs.



Basic qualifications include: 

  • BS in Engineering, Processing Technology, Food Science, or related field
  • Minimum of 3 years manufacturing experience
  • Must be proficient working with Google tools Documents, Spreadsheets and Presentation.
  • Experience managing capital projects, budgets, and contractors
  • Proficient in food safety and sanitation design and practices
  • Strong technical communication skills
  • Able to support a 24/7 operation and able to work any shift, weekends, or holidays and be on-call 


Preferred qualifications include: 

  • Proficient in ACAD
  • Continuous improvement and/or lean six sigma experience or certification.
  • Experience in SAP (Systems Applications and Products)
  • Food Related Production Experience
  • Technical proficiency including:
    • Extrusion technology
    • Standards, weights and measures requirements
    • AIB, FDA, USDA and other regulatory agency design requirements
  • Previous experience with bulk material handling systems, including raw materials and finished product

Expected areas of skills: 

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Prepare and present business and technical summaries
  • Teamwork orientation with excellent interpersonal and team skills
  • Demonstrated performance of attention to detail, follow-up, and analytical decision making
  • Ability to multitask and prioritize duties
  • Computer skills including; Google Suite and email
  • Works with cross functional teams to implement and maintain CP Best Practices for Factory Performance and Reliability
  • Works with raw material and equipment suppliers to improve quality, reliability, cost, and safety
  • Prepares engineering estimates, savings analysis, and project justifications for capital projects
  • Proficient knowledge of HACCP, GMPs, and SPC
  • Must be able 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 continual basis and ability to work at heights of up to 120 ft., use a mechanical lift, or ladder
  • Must be able to work in a standard office environment


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Salary Range $79,200 - $111,000 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.

Nearest Major Market: Topeka

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