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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:  Senior HR Business Partner, Topeka Plant

Travel Required?:  Travel - up to 10% of time
Date:  Jun 8, 2023

Relocation Assistance Offered Within Country
# 153031 - Topeka, Kansas, United States

Work that matters, fueled by a 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. 
Join our amazing team in Topeka, Kansas and contribute to change the lives of millions of pets around the world. 


The Sr. HR Business Partner will work with our Topeka Manufacturing facility leaders on strategic business and human resource priorities including talent management, employee engagement, and organizational effectiveness (organization design & capabilities, and change management). This position will stay up-to-date on the pulse of the organization, external market and human resource trends while serving as a business partner to managers, supervisors, and employees across the organization, by providing support in employee relations, performance management, organizational development, training, individual development planning and succession planning, recruitment / selection, and other workplace initiatives to drive operational excellence in the facility.   


The incumbent will provide leadership and counsel to business partners in issue resolution, policy and process development, policy adherence, and process renewal to ensure compliance with Hill’s policies, as well as federal and state employment legislation. The right candidate will be able to meet the day-to-day requirements of Human Resources while maintaining a strategic and operational view that links the role of H.R. to business needs.  The role reports to the Hill’s End to End Supply Chain Director and indirectly to the Plant Director.

Business Partnering

  • Provide direction, leadership and support on all HR related processes/activities to managers, supervisors and employees.

  • Operate within a participative team environment and seek to increase team member's interpersonal and teamwork skills and knowledge to a level consistent with a world class manufacturer.

  • Participate with functional leaders and others as necessary to develop and implement strategic organization plans, strategic labor relations plans, and near and long term resource / staffing plans

  • Manage "People Capabilities" Standard in compliance with the Colgate Palmolive Factory Performance & Reliability (FP&R) process.

  • Coach team members in the areas of communication skills, career paths, promoting a positive work environment (Managing with Respect), through formal and informal feedback sessions.

  • Lead people processes (performance management, compensation planning, talent management) and assist managers and employees in timely completion of the processes for the site.

Positive Employee Relations

  • Serve as an employee advocate by establishing workforce relationships

  • Manage the internal grievance process

  • Partner with the People Relations CoHRE and Legal to develop responses to external complaints

  • Champion the company’s Ethical Leadership standards, behaviors and compliance

  • Represent the company in outside community activities

  • Monitor HR compliance on-site, including 3rd party contractors


Training and People Development

  • Support the design and delivery of training interventions to support the organization needs; identify training resource requirements.

  • Ensure on-boarding and assimilation processes for new employees confirms alignment with organization’s vision and culture and achieves their ability to quickly contribute to the organization’s goals


General Responsibilities

  • Manage a team of 3: HR Business Associate, Training Coordinator and a Payroll & Engagement Coordinator. Coach and develop the team to achieve individual and career growth objectives.

  • Identify and implement forward-thinking HR solutions based on an understanding of relevant business operations and strategies aligned with the company’s Human Capital Strategy

  • Use people analytics tools to inform solutions development (e.g. career planning, targeted compensation, incentives, retention, etc.) through anticipation and understanding of issues and trends on future labor,organization and business needs

  • Work jointly with the Hill’s End to End Supply Chain Director to evaluate the people impact of organizational plans and/or programs for future organizational effectiveness.

  • Collaborate as a member of the Hill’s End to End Supply Chain HR Team

  • Partner with HR in the Center of HR Excellence (COHREs) and Colgate Business Services (CBS) to influence and execute HR strategy, policies, and programs


Required Education/ Experience Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree in Human Resources, Business or related discipline

  • 8+ years of progressive HR experience

  • Experience in manufacturing 

  • Ability to use business tools to analyze and prepare data

  • Strong project management, presentation and facilitation skills

    • Experience in:

      • Providing HR strategic advice and coaching to business leaders

      • Managing conflict and employee relations matters

      • Development and implementation of HR initiatives


Preferred Education/ Experience Requirements

  • One or more HR Specialty Area (Compensation, Benefits, People Relations, People Development, Talent Acquisition, Diversity & Inclusion, Analytics, Organization Development/Design)

  • SAP HR and/or Success Factors / Employee Central 

  • Experience in plant operations management 

  • Master's Degree

Salary Range $168,000 - $195,000USD

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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