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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:  R&D Process Engineer

Travel Required?:  Travel - 25% of time
Date:  Feb 6, 2023

Relocation Assistance Offered Within Country
# 147620 - 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.


Job Summary:

The Product Development group is responsible for developing and commercializing  innovative products across our premium wellness and therapeutic product portfolios. The engineer position will be responsible for supporting the technology transfer including ingredient characterization, product design, process development and  production scale implementation of complete nutrition wellness & therapeutic foods for dogs and cats at Hill’s manufacturing facilities. This will require working closely with quality, regulatory, supply chain, manufacturing technology, procurement, packaging, external ingredient suppliers and internal manufacturing colleagues to ensure successful development and launch. Collaboration on product design with our claims and clinical studies group will help ensure final formulas deliver required efficacy and claims.


Principle Duties and Responsibilities: 

  • Lead the process and formula development of sole-source nutritional solutions that deliver against specified nutrient, ingredient, quality & cost requirements through pilot plant and manufacturing tests

  • Validate product and process performance through coordination & interpretation of product analytical, biological, palatability, sensory, and stability testing

  • Partner with manufacturing colleagues to optimize product and process development

  • Development of ingredient, finished product specifications, process specifications, and other project documentation

  • Budgets and tracks project costs for initiatives

  • Ongoing quality, safety, and related training


Education/ Experience Requirements: 

Basic requirements:

  • Required: BS in Food Technology, Food Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Biological Sciences or equivalent

  • 3+ years of complete nutrition pet food or human food process 


  • Formulation experience 
  • Extrusion and retort
  • MS in Food Science, Nutrition, Food Engineering, or related field

Other required experience or qualifications:

  • Demonstrated understanding of process and formula development and basic food engineering principles for wet and extruded foods
  • Possesses basic understanding in regulatory, product safety and quality requirements relevant to functional responsibilities
  • Demonstrated ability to design and run scientific experiments
  • Demonstrated ability to plan and execute projects
  • Excellent communication skills (written and oral)
  • Excellent interpersonal and team skills; ability to communicate and lead in a cross-functional environment. Strong analytical, problem-solving and conceptual skills.


Expected Areas of Skills: 

  • Least cost formula development understanding & experience
  • Food science and integrated product design knowledge for optimal functionality
  • Identifies and negotiates with business partners and management on technical issues and deliverables
  • Experience planning and leading cross functional development projects
  • Efficient at utilizing Google/Microsoft productivity apps & statistical software
  • Experience budgeting and tracking project costs
  • Excellent communication skills (written & oral)



Salary Range $77,120 - $113,400 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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