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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:  Services Procurement Specialist - Marketing

Travel Required?:  No Travel
Date:  Sep 13, 2022
Partial remote working option

Relocation Assistance Offered Within Country
# 141860 - Topeka, Kansas, United States

Do you want to make a difference in the lives of people and their pets? What about having the opportunity to connect with others across the world, full of stimulating discussions, and making impactful contributions?

If this is how you see your career, Hill’s is the place to be! 


Hill’s Pet Nutrition is a multi billion dollar, global division of Colgate-Palmolive Company and the maker of Prescription Diet, Science Diet, and Healthy Advantage brand pet food. Our mission is to help enrich and lengthen the special relationships between people and their pets by providing the best leading-edge pet nutrition technology, products, and expertise to pet owners, veterinary professionals and other key pet professionals worldwide. Our company is a globally recognized Best Place to Work.


The Services Procurement Specialist, Marketing is responsible for driving sourcing activities, contracting, and risk mitigation activities that support internal partners while delivering efficiencies and optimization in the Marketing Category. The position is responsible for promoting the utilization of procurement methodology through brand, category management, and strategic sourcing activities. Primary responsibilities include supporting partners in the areas of Social, Digital, CRM, Print, Premiums, and Coupons for Hill's Pet Nutrition, NA. The Services Procurement Specialist will ensure that a sound sourcing process is implemented in compliance with the Global Procurement guidelines while practicing the FEED principles.




What you will do

•    Develop Hill’s NA sourcing category management long-term strategy in alignment with Services Procurement global category leaders.

•    Lead Hill’s NA implementation of global marketing category initiatives/projects.

•    Drive Innovation, Diversity Spend, Value and Cost Reduction initiatives for the category

•    Manage the relationship with Hill’s NA Marketing vendors, while leading the implementation of the identified SRM program initiatives.

•    Develop, analyze and act based on Procurement key performance indicators for the category

•    Identify potential sourcing and contracting risks, and provide direction to mitigate them

•    Acquire periodic category market intelligence insights, and perform benchmarking with external companies.

•    Participate in Industry events to stay currently related to standard methodologies, and bring new insights to the organization.

•    Manage ethical and professional relationships with vendors.

•    Leads all request for information (RFI) and request for proposals (RFP) for the Marketing categories, and utilization of other procurement e-tools.

•    Performs other duties as assigned

•    Complies with all policies and standards



Required Qualifications

•    Bachelor's Degree in Marketing, Business, Engineering, or similar 

•    At least 4 years of Marketing, Procurement, Supply Chain or Financial experience. 

•    Strong Project Management Skills, with excellent Communication skills and the ability to Collaborate with internal/external partners. 

•    Strong Business Analytics skills. Using business tools and information systems when solving problems and making decisions. Using data to support recommendations. 

•    Strong Leadership skills, and Relationship building at all levels of the organization. 

•    Strong Negotiation skills. Planning and anticipation demonstrate Integrity in all business settings and show the ability to control emotions, mannerisms, and communication style. (1 year of experience in negotiation) 

•    Ability to work closely with the Legal team to build, negotiate and execute contracts 

•    Focus on Partnership and Collaboration. 

•    Ability to effectively work cross-functional and cross-regional within Procurement and other functions 

•    Self-starter, teammate, effective leader, and keen on working in a cross-cultural working environment. 

•    Strong verbal and written communication skills 



Preferred Qualifications

•    Master's Degree Marketing, Business, Engineering, or similar 

•    Experience using SAP, ARIBA 





Key Competencies:


Personal Leadership


  • Fearless –Driving Innovation / Encouraging Experimentation


  • Challenges existing assumptions and takes calculated risks


  • Builds on “seed” / incubator ideas


  • Willing to make mistakes and learn from them


  • Brainstorms and cultivates new ways of doing things


  • Champions new initiatives


  • Gains consensus and implements new insights quickly and optimally




Strategic Vision / Business Global Perspective


  • Demonstrates transparency and passion in driving a shared vision, objectives, values, and principles


  • Demonstrates knowledge of customers, competitors, and marketplace to improve competitiveness and accelerate business growth


  • Shows understanding of external global business developments and understands their potential impact on Colgate’s performance


  • Brings cross-disciplinary knowledge to bear on issues and opportunities


  • Actively integrates external standard methodologies and trends




Influence & Negotiation / Teamwork & Collaboration



  • Encourages others to think outside their functional areas to tackle an issue or develop new insights


  • Seeks diverse viewpoints and builds on the ideas/work of others


  • Shows ability to communicate clearly, simply and optimally builds a convincing case to support the breakthrough ideas


  • Identifies who needs to be influenced in order to get things done


  • Anticipates potential roadblocks to successful negotiation and develops plans to address them

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 Colgate-Palmolive? 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.

Colgate-Palmolive is a leading global consumer products company, tightly focused on Oral Care, Personal Care, Home Care and Pet Nutrition. Colgate sells its products in over 200 countries and territories around the world under such internationally recognized brand names as Colgate, Palmolive, elmex, Tom’s of Maine, Sorriso, Speed Stick, Lady Speed Stick, Softsoap, Irish Spring, Protex, Sanex, Elta MD, PCA Skin, Ajax, Axion, Fabuloso, Soupline and Suavitel, as well as Hill’s Science Diet and Hill’s Prescription Diet. 

For more information about Colgate’s global business, visit the Company’s web site at To learn more about Colgate Bright Smiles, Bright Futures® oral health education program, please visit To learn more about Hill's and the Hill’s Food, Shelter & Love program please visit To learn more about Tom’s of Maine  please visit

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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