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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:  Mar 8, 2023

Relocation Assistance Offered Within Country
# 140224 - Topeka, Kansas, United States

Job Summary

Work independently and collaboratively in research activities, prepare regulatory and registry documentation and 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 advise 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, claims, import/export processes & review process for packaging, marketing materials, digital information and product life-cycle activities.


Principal Duties and Responsibilities

  • SAP and Information Systems Subject Matter Expert: Apply conceptual knowledge of business processes and technology to resolve issues or improve existing procedures.  Develop and provide training to all Regulatory users as new enhancements or versions of software are released as well as manage access for all new Hill’s Regulatory users.  Create, release and manage change of technical data in SAP.  Serve as the Regulatory representative for the SAP/PDM Steering Committee.  Develop proficiency in other relevant information systems.

  • Regulatory Subject Matter Expert: Serve as Regulatory representative for product compliance.  Assemble and help communicate information relative to product changes, new product attributes and current go to market information and timing.  Raise critical project issues, identify root causes, and propose potential solutions.  Assist in the development and execution of brand strategies for new product launches, reformulations and product improvements.

  • Regulatory Process Support: Maintain regulatory files and electronic databases and develop SOP’s (Standard Operating Procedures), Work Instructions and Regulatory Points Of View (POV) in order to maintain standardization for regulatory processes and guidance.  Track and report status of assigned regulatory activities and functions. Develop expertise for the sampling and analysis program supporting international product registrations. 

  • 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 internal groups such as Legal, R&D, Quality, Marketing, and Customer Service 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.



Education/ Experience Requirements

  • Required:  Bachelor’s degree in business, policy, natural sciences or related field

  • Preferred:  Master’s or PhD in business, policy, animal sciences or DVM



  • Required:  Minimum of 4 years of work experience, with 2 years supporting regulatory affairs, product development, international shipping/logistics, 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.

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

Job Segment: Regulatory Affairs, Compliance, R&D, Law, PLM, Legal, Research, Management