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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:  Quality Assurance Technician

Travel Required?:  No Travel
Date:  Sep 11, 2023

No Relocation Assistance Offered
# 154938 - Topeka, Kansas, United States

The Quality Can Lab Technician is responsible for the execution of Food Safety and Product Quality systems related to the manufacture of low acid canned foods. Regulatory Compliance: Perform FDA mandated checks inclusive of seam tear downs to meet desired specifications and performs net weight risk analysis for compliance to Weights and Measures standards. Product Conformance: Monitors the manufacture of product in process to assure all applicable quality standards are met. Notification System: Document product holds in the SAP Notification System. Documentation: Distributes the documentation used during the manufacturing process.


Principal Duties and Responsibilities:


  • Responsible for placing any product produced or packaged on hold when it does not meet Hill’s quality specifications using the SAP Notification System 

  • Monitor in process quality checks inclusive of proximate analysis, and product aesthetics

  • Perform required can seam tear downs per FDA guidelines to meet desired specifications 

  • Troubleshooting of equipment and / or processes when needed, e.g. NIR, Metal Detector, X-Ray, PECO, Can Coolers, vision system, etc. 

  • Subject matter expert on food safety in low acid canned foods 

  • Check and monitor schedule to determine needed paperwork and / or requirements for shift and then coordinate accordingly 

  • Adjust x-ray machine and/or other HACCP / oPRP points based on documented procedures 

  • Take necessary composites and paperwork to main lab for analysis

  • Other support activities as required


Education/Experience Requirements

Basic Qualifications


  • Bachelor´s Degree

  • Microsoft Office, Google Productivity, SAP, and/or other computer software

  • Strong math skills 

  • Ability to work flexible hours

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

  • Willing and able to lift up to 55 lbs repeatedly

  • Willing and able to adhere to all safety and EHS standards, and wear and utilize all personal protective equipment

  • 1 year minimum of manufacturing, military, or relevant experience

  • Willing to work 3 day- 12 hour shifts on the weekends (6pm-6am) (6am - 6pm)

  • Willing to work Monday through Friday on 3rd shift (10 PM - 6 AM)


Preferred Qualifications


  • BS degree in science, business management, or technical field

  • Key operational knowledge of Hill’s product and operations

  • Google Productivity and/or other computer software

  • SAP transactional knowledge

  • Strong interpersonal skills

  • Knowledge of Colgate Quality standards and Systems

  • HACCP Certification

  • PCQI Certification

  • BPCS Certification

  • Analytical Experience 


Expected Areas of Skills


  • Analytical and problem solving skills

  • Clear and effective communication

  • Knowledge of Auditing

  • Ability to quickly learn and utilize computer applications, i.e. Google applications, and SAP

  • Quick decision making, detail oriented and have a sense of urgency while troubleshooting.


Salary: $48,000- $66,000 USD

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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