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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:  Mar 9, 2023

No Relocation Assistance Offered
# 151476 - Topeka, Kansas, United States

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.


Education/ Experience Requirements


Basic qualifications include: 

Bachelor's Degree

At least 1 year of experience in a manufacturing facility

Ability to work any shift including weekends

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 include: 

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. 

Salary Range $48,000- $69,300


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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