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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:  Regulatory Affairs Specialist

Travel Required?:  Travel - up to 10% of time
Date:  Jun 24, 2021
Remote working option during the current situation

Relocation Assistance Offered Within Country
# 102664 - Topeka, Kansas, United States

Job Summary

Work independently and collaboratively in researching, interpreting, and applying food labeling/ingredient principles to ensure compliance with all regulations and statutes during the development, manufacture, and sale of Hill’s Pet Nutrition products. Develop strong regulatory understanding to provide expertise and advice on regulatory requirements, processes and activities for the governance of pet food. Support regulatory related activities, including but not limited to: regulatory intelligence gathering, international and domestic regulatory submissions, ingredients, labeling, import/export processes & review process for formulas, packaging, marketing materials, digital information and product life-cycle activities.


Main Responsibilities


  • Manufacturing Subject Matter Expert: Apply conceptual knowledge of business processes and technology to resolve issues and improve existing procedures. Assemble and communicate information relative to product changes, new product attributes and current go-to-market information and timing for manufacturers/contract manufacturers. Develop proficiency in relevant information systems. Raise critical project issues, identify root causes, and propose potential solutions. Assist in the development and execution of business strategies for new product launches, reformulations and product improvements.
  • Regulatory Subject Matter Expert: Develop general Regulatory expertise and serve as the Regulatory representative related to all aspects of product manufacturing and contract manufacturing. Primary responsibility of ensuring ongoing manufacturing regulatory compliance related to ingredient, nutrition, formula, and packaging for key manufacturing/contract manufacturing partners through representation, documentation/process control, and regulatory vigilance.
  • Regulatory Process Support: Maintain regulatory files and electronic databases of manufactured products including change management. Develop SOP’s (Standard Operating Procedures) and Work Instructions in order to maintain standardization for regulatory processes and guidance. Track and report status of assigned regulatory activities and functions. Monitor and support manufacturing facility(s) export requirements and approvals. Continuously improve established processes and update policies to reflect current practices.
  • Regulatory Intelligence and Troubleshooting: Develop industry regulatory expertise and provide support to aid in assessing and troubleshooting issues as they arise. Develop and continually upgrade a strong working knowledge of AAFCO Rules, FDA and relevant international regulations and guidelines that affect the pet food industry. Maintain extensive product line knowledge to assure high standards for accurate and consistent responses to internal and external customers.
  • Internal and External Relationship Building: Develop and maintain good working business relationships with key partners such as Global Regulatory Affairs, Manufacturing partners, R&D, Quality, Marketing, and Legal as well as relevant external government officials and vendors, as needed. Translate knowledge of science, technology and characteristics of Hill's products and processes to effectively communicate cross-functionally with Product Development, Clinical Nutrition & Claims, Quality, and regulatory agencies. Represent organization as requested with industry/regulatory organizations. Establish credibility and foster mutually supportive global relationships through good communication practices.


This is not an exhaustive list of duties or functions.


Education/ Experience Requirements:


  • Required: Bachelor’s degree in science, engineering, policy, or other technical field
  • Preferred: Master’s or PhD (or equivalent) in animal sciences, engineering, policy




  • Required: Minimum of 4 years of work experience, with 2 years supporting regulatory affairs, product development, product manufacturing, and/or compliance
  • Preferred: 3+ years regulatory affairs, quality, compliance or legal work experience
  • Preferred: Pet Food industry experience or a technical background in: Regulatory Science, Quality Assurance, Product Development, Laboratory Sciences or similar work experience.


Expected Areas of Skills:


  • Ability to coordinate information from various internal and external disciplines
  • Ability to communicate verbally and in writing across all levels of the organization
  • Ability to follow specific directions and to request instructions for complex tasks.
  • Able to manage multiple tasks in a timely manner; ability to be flexible with shifting priorities
  • Process oriented with the ability to breakdown and analyze technical processes
  • Proficient in SAP, Google tools, and Microsoft Excel
  • Detail oriented with good organization and planning skills
  • Ability to research, interpret, and apply Federal, State, and International regulations
  • Ability to understand and comply with domestic and international regulatory requirements
  • High energy, proactive self-starter and self-directed


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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