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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 Packaging Engineer - Advanced Materials and Sustainability

Travel Required?:  Travel - 25% of time
Date:  Aug 24, 2021
No remote working option

Relocation Assistance Offered Within Country
# 111660 - Topeka, Kansas, United States


Hill's Pet Nutrition invites you to apply for a Senior Packaging Engineer position based in our Topeka, KS location.


Our Senior Engineer Advanced Materials and Sustainability is an expert in packaging materials and technologies responsible for the identification and testing suitability for use of new materials and packaging systems and partnering with the broader packaging and cross functional team to bring scalable solutions to market to deliver our Sustainability goals and commitments.


Principal Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Initiate and lead projects, which have the primary goal of advancing key Sustainability goals within the company.
  • Lead & perform R&D activities to conceive, develop and test leading edge balanced packaging technologies and systems.
  • Able to navigate and understand food packaging regulations in terms of material acceptability for use.
  • Work with external partners, recyclers, NGO’s, etc. to perform testing to determine the recyclability/sustainability of new packaging and materials systems.
  • Work with internal teams, including Marketing, to help with understanding of key packaging sustainability issues and opportunities.
  • Act as a subject matter authority for sustainable materials and packaging technologies.
  • Mentor packaging engineers in material science and sustainable materials.

Key Proficiencies:

  • Functional knowledge: proficient in Packaging/Plastics Issues and Sustainability best practices at global and regional FMCG companies.
  • Experience conducting packaging R&D in a business environment.
  • Proven experience of effectively presenting to non-technical senior managers.
  • Able to handle ambiguity in the face of conflicting goals and priorities.

Basic qualifications include:

  • Bachelor's Degree in Chemical Engineering, Material Science or a related technical field
  • 7+years experience in Consumer Goods, Food or Pharmaceutical Industry
  • 2+years experience in Packaging, with a focus on Materials & Development

Preferred qualifications include:

  • Master’s Degree in one of the fields above
  • 2+ years experience in Food Packaging Sustainability

We are a results oriented company with a caring culture and work life balance. Apply with us! Come and join our outstanding team!


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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