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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:  Scientist - Product Development

Travel Required?:  Travel - up to 10% of time
Date:  Jun 8, 2022
Partial remote working option

Relocation Assistance Offered Within Country
# 128284 - Topeka, Kansas, United States

In today's dynamic environment, it is an exciting time to be a part of the research and technology team at Hill's Pet Nutrition. Our highly technical and innovative team is dedicated to driving growth in this ever-changing landscape. The Product Development group is responsible for bringing new product innovation to market across our premium wellness and therapeutic product portfolios that help transform the lives of pets. What role will you play as a member of the Hill's Pet Nutrition team? As a Food Process Engineer, you will be responsible for driving production process innovation and supporting the formula development and production scale-up phases of wellness & therapeutic foods for dogs and cats. This will involve working closely with fellow product development scientists and supply chain colleagues to ensure successful product development and scale-up is achieved.


What you will do

  • You are an engineer -
    • Lead the design, testing and validation work on new food production systems and processes
    • Assess current production systems to identify potential optimizations and efficiencies
  • You are a collaborator -
    • Partner with product development colleagues to optimize product design and production processes to support successful scale-up and production of new formulas.
    • Participate in ongoing quality, safety, and related training
  • You are a developer -
    • Lead the development of sole-source nutritional solutions that deliver against specified nutrient, ingredient, quality & cost requirements
    • Validation of product performance through coordination & interpretation of product analytical, biological, palatability, sensory and stability testing
    • Development of ingredient and finished product specifications
    • Creation of final formula documentation and supporting information
  • Performs other duties as assigned
  • Complies with all policies and standards



Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor's Degree in Food Engineering or related field
  • At least 4 years of relevant academic or food industry experience
  • Experience and knowledge in industrial food manufacturing
  • Understanding of sanitary design for equipment and facility infrastructure
  • Basic understanding in regulatory, product safety and quality requirements relevant to functional responsibilities
  • Ability to design and run scientific experiments
  • Excellent communication skills (written and oral)
  • Efficient at utilizing Google/Microsoft productivity apps & statistical software
  • Excellent interpersonal and team skills; ability to communicate and lead in a cross-functional environment
  • Strong analytical, problem-solving and conceptual skills
  • Understanding of formula development process and basic food science principles


Preferred Qualifications

  • Master's Degree in Food Engineering or related field
  • At least 1 year experience in product design and development (Preferably sole source nutritional products in animal/human food industry)
  • Experience working with CAD software


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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