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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 Food Safety Team Leader

Travel Required?:  Travel - up to 10% of time
Date:  Aug 30, 2021
No remote working option

Relocation Assistance Offered Within Country
# 112185 - Topeka, Kansas, United States


Job Summary

The Quality Food Safety Team Leader leads the Food Safety team to ensure Company quality standards are met in the following areas:


  • Food Safety Compliance: Understands and implements all plant, company and government standards for Food Safety, Environmental monitoring, HACCP, GMP’s and FSMA initiatives.
  • Documentation / Communication: Ensures that the reporting of data and maintenance of records is documented. Additionally, interprets data and effectively communicates results to appropriate individuals, including management.
  • Training and standardization: Develop, designs and delivers quality training, including new hire, new process, new equipment and new policy training.
  • Continuous Improvement: Understands and drives the Continuous Improvement of plant food safety processes and environmental monitoring performance issues.
  • Cleaning / Sanitation: Understands, implements and maintains all plant equipment cleaning and sanitizing in an efficient and timely manner to ensure the plant is in compliance with all food safety requirements. Includes overseeing the monitoring of the sanitation program



Principal Duties and Responsibilities 
This is not an exhaustive list of duties or functions.)


  • Responsible for execution and documentation of the Plant Food Safety Program. Includes documentation of all CCP, HACCP, FDA and Product Release requirements and leading and coordinating Pest Control program.
  • Responsible for conducting investigations of all Food Safety / Environmental / Micro non-conformance issues through utilization of CAPA process
  • Manages LACF requirements and compliance. This includes development and management of On-Shift Quality Assurance Technician requirements .
  • Leads internal GMP, quality standards and system audits for the facility
  • Identifies and initiates quality improvements. Advises improvements to process, product, quality systems and working instructions. Measures and report plant Quality KPI’s
  • Supervises compliance of Corporate & Plant quality SOPs and conducts internal auditing program to ensure adherence.
  • Assist with execution and follow up of regulatory, internal and external audits (i.e. FDA, USDA, AIB, SQF, State, etc.)
  • Provides Food Safety Training to the Plant Operations team based on compliance needs
  • Works with Plant Engineers to ensure proper Sanitary Equipment Food Design of new capital projects


Education/ Experience Requirements:

Basic qualifications include:


  • BS degree in Engineering, Biology, Food Science or other related field
  • Or Bachelor’s degree with 3 years of Food Safety experience in a manufacturing environment
  • 3 years manufacturing experience
  • 1+ years food safety experience
  • Experience in Cleaning and Sanitation programs
  • Certification in PCQI, HACCP or GMP


Preferred qualifications include:

  • Microbiologist
  • 3+ years supervisory experience
  • 3+ years food safety experience
  • Intermediate application of SAP experience
  • Auditing and compliance experience
  • SQF/ Food Defense Certification



Expected Areas of Skills


  • Excellent analytical and problem solving skills
  • Ability to quickly learn and utilize computer applications, i.e. spreadsheets, databases and SAP
  • Clear and effective communication
  • Knowledge of Lean Six Sigma
  • Knowledge of Statistical Process Control
  • Knowledge of Food Auditing Schemes



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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