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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 13, 2022
No remote working option

No Relocation Assistance Offered
# 136134 - Topeka, Kansas, United States

Job Summary

The Regulatory Affairs Specialist will work to provide support in regulatory related product life-cycle review activities, preparation of regulatory and registry documentation and ensuring compliance with all regulations and statutes during the development, manufacture, and sale of Hill’s Pet Nutrition products. They will develop a growing regulatory understanding to provide support and guidance on regulatory requirements processes and activities for the governance of pet food. The role supports regulatory related activities, including, but not limited to: regulatory intelligence gathering, international and domestic regulatory submissions, ingredient review and approval, labeling, and claims. They will also gain general regulatory knowledge and experience that will serve to create an expanded understanding of how Regulatory Affairs supports the business and the regulations around pet food in general. 


Principal Duties and Responsibilities

  • Complete ingredient reviews to ensure compliance with domestic and international ingredient requirements for pet food

  • Support Regulatory on internal ingredient teams such as the Hill’s Ingredient Team, Procurement/Implementation & Support Team, and special projects as needed. 

  • Work with colleagues such as International Regulatory Affairs, Contract Manufacturing Science & Technology (S&T), Marketing, Procurement, and Quality to provide support in areas such as: applications/regulatory status of different ingredients. 

  • Support Quality in qualifying ingredient suppliers and performing document audit

  • Support domestic product registration to ensure complete, accurate, compliant, and timely submissions of licensing and product registration. 

  • Coordinate with Global Regulatory and both internal and external partners to support registration documentation for international registration. 

  • Maintain regulatory files and electronic databases and 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

  • Develop general industry regulatory knowledge, including working knowledge of AAFCO, FDA, and relevant international regulations and guidelines that affect the pet food industry.

  • Maintain regulatory files and electronic databases.

  • Track and report status of assigned regulatory activities and functions

  • Develops proficiency in SAP, PDM, Impira, Regulatory Tracking System and other systems to support regulatory activities

  • Participate as team member on assigned projects: contribute to meetings as assigned to discuss and support development of regulatory strategies and support projects that contribute to further professionalization of the regulatory environment in the company.

  • Assemble and help communicate information relative to product changes, new product attributes and current go-to-market information and timing.

  • Challenge established ways of doing things and recommend improvements


Education/ Experience Requirements


  • Bachelor’s degree in policy, animal/natural sciences or related technical field

  • Minimum of 1+ year of professional work experience.



  • Master’s degree in policy, animal / natural sciences, or a related technical discipline 

  • 3+ years of regulatory experience, preferably with completing official regulatory documentation 

  • Pet Food industry experience or a technical background in: Regulatory Science, Quality Assurance, Product Development, Laboratory Sciences, veterinary/animal clinic experience, or similar work experience.

  • Ability to focus on detail while meeting critical timelines

  • Ability to read, speak and write a second language a plus

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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