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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:  Sr. Packaging Engineer - Innovation

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

Relocation Assistance Offered Within Country
# 112105 - Topeka, Kansas, United States



This role is responsible for delivering primary & secondary packaging for new products and business models such as durables, refill/reuse models, and other approaches.

The ideal candidate will be a flexible collaborator with the ability to work across multiple project types and development stages from opportunity space identification, concepting, prototyping, through to bundle development.
Should be comfortable developing packaging in a human centric fashion incorporating experience/ergonomics, aesthetics, and protection for products which may be sensitive to moisture, oxygen, and flavor-loss. Candidates should have a basic understanding of packaging sustainability concepts and general trade-offs both from a design & end of
life perspective.
This candidate will collaborate within the cross-functional Innovation team/accelerator including design, marketing, R&D, and supply chain while also tapping into Colgate-  Palmolive’s network of global technical subject matter experts in addition to scouting, leveraging, & guiding internal and external packaging development partners.



Core Responsibilities: 


  • Create and manage the development of new packaging materials & concepts
  • Scout externally sourced Packaging innovation ideas from current and newsuppliers, keeping a keen eye on fledgling companies. Engage and partner with Global Procurement
  • Partner very closely with Marketing and Consumer Insights to identify opportunities to explore new Packaging concepts.
  • Contribute meaningfully in the Design stage of New Product Development, focusing primarily on Consumer needs, then later serve as the primary engineer responsible for solving technical challenges.
  • Recognize the value of ergonomics in Packaging design and in-use experience and keep at the center of development.
  • Understand rapid prototyping to drive fast ‘test-and-learn.’ Embrace iterative development and be comfortable with learning from failure.
  • Have a solid understanding of the technical elements of Packaging, but not be bound by the current state of the industry.
  • Understand the financial components of Packaging and Hill’s Pet Nutrition cost structure to guide development. Generate and present valid Total Delivered Cost information on package/process and other pertinent financial information
  • Overcome hurdles on project direction.
  • Independently and proactively manage timelines to ensure fastest possible project timing. Feel accountability to deliver against initiatives.
  • Identify and provide rationale for funds needed to successfully deliver project goals and operate within project budgets



Experience & Education:





  • BS in Packaging, Engineering, or a related field
  • 7+yrs experience in consumer goods, cosmetic, or pharmaceutical industry
  • 2+yrs experience in Packaging, with a focus on development




  • Masters Degree in one of the disciplines above
  • Please prepare a portfolio containing non-confidential packaging projects you directly worked on



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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