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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 Technician

Travel Required?:  No Travel
Date:  Jun 27, 2024

No Relocation Assistance Offered
# 161034 - 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!


Job Summary

The Food Safety Technician serves as the primary support for the Food Safety program and regulatory compliance, ensures that the facility and all equipment is production ready by verifying all required cleaning and sanitization processes, monitors the Cleaning and Sanitation Service to ensure performance is to standard, and supports the execution of the Topeka Plant’s Quality Systems and Key Performance Indicators (KPI’s). This position will also have primary responsibility for implementing and maintaining food safety principles, HACCP, sanitization, current Good Manufacturing Practices, Integrated Pest Management, and environmental programs. In addition, this position will have primary responsibility as the backup for food safety document review, document management, and regulatory compliance.


Principal Duties and Responsibilities

-Performs ATP and microbiological sampling for the established environmental program and cleaning and sanitization verification using aseptic technique. Troubleshoots issues and provides corrective actions for sanitation non-conformances.

-Develops and implements Standard Operating Procedures (SOP’s) to ensure compliance with plant, corporate and regulatory agency policies. Assists in writing or modifying procedures related to the HACCP prerequisite programs to support food safety compliance.

-Performs inspections of the entire facility for sanitation, pest control, and other food safety related issues. Including assigning tasks and following up on issues found.

-Assists in the root-cause analysis, corrective actions, and preventive measures for Food Safety nonconformance’s and all-encompassing documentation

-Responsible for updating the Food Safety KPIs and collaborate with the internal plant teams on continuous improvement and compliance initiatives to regulatory standards

-Assists in the scheduling and coordination of the various Food Safety Plans to drive continuous improvement and compliance to the industry standards.

-Participates in the development and review of prerequisite programs, Food Safety Site Plan, Master Sanitation Plan, and Weekend Food Safety activities.

-Assists by reviewing, updating, documenting compliance, and training to the plant. 

-Executes quality and food safety training to all plant employees. Monitor and track all training to completion.

-Collaborates with the integrated pest management professional and documents findings, corrective actions, and preventive measures.  Responsible for tracking and trending of the pest captured, findings, and reporting of results.

-Understands and comply with Hill’s policies, safety standards, Good Manufacturing Practices (GMPs) and Food Safety. Identifies and reports Food Safety issues to management.


Basic qualifications 

Bachelor's Degree

At least 1 year of experience in a manufacturing facility

Ability to work any shift including weekends and overtime

Ability to wear all required Fall Protection Equipment and other PPE

Ability to bend, climb, crawl, work in confined spaces, work in hazardous condition spaces, work in extreme weather conditions and use hazardous materials.


Preferred qualifications 

Bachelor’s Degree in a Science or Technical field is preferred

1 year of previous quality/food safety experience as applicable to all aspects of Food manufacturing is preferred.

Knowledge of HACCP with previous experience utilizing HACCP principles preferred.

Knowledge of SQF (Safe Quality Food) principles and requirements as it relates to pet food manufacturing.

Previous supervisory work experience.

Previous auditing experience working with AIB, SQF, FDA, or USDA. 

Working knowledge of statistical software packages preferred. 

Compensation and Benefits
Salary Range $49,600 - $68,000 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.

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Nearest Major Market: Topeka

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