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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

Travel Required?:  Travel - 25% of time
Date:  Nov 2, 2022
No remote working option

Relocation Assistance Offered Within Region
# 135879 - Topeka, Kansas, United States

Principal Duties and Responsibilities

● Collaborate with Product Development, Marketing, Design, Supply Chain, and other functional groups to identify package technologies to deliver consumer centric solutions that meet key attributes:

        ● Costs, consumer usage/functionality, manufacturability and compatibility/functionality of materials with product.

● Conduct packaging development and implementation through scale-up and Technology Transfer process by partnering with the quality, product development and the manufacturing sites teams to:

        ● Ensure that packaging equipment/material system specifications, functionality and design are appropriate for use

        ● Ensure that the packaging provides product integrity and appeal under varying shipping and display conditions

● Provide troubleshooting expertise when issues arise in package testing, plant filling trials and issues that may arise during the supply chain in delivering to customers.

● Monitor package testing, analyze test data and prepare reports to include recommendations and conclusions.

● Maintain and continuously improve tooling/package qualification plans, technology transfer documentation (Design History Files) and final package component specifications, Manufacturing Specifications, case/cube information cost and savings estimates etc.

● Understands the capabilities of the Packaging Laboratory test equipment and exhibits a working knowledge of their operation.


Education and Qualifications

The opportunity requires a Bachelor degree in Packaging Engineering, Material Science or a similar field with a minimum of 7 years of engineering experience and 2 years in the food or pet food industry.

● Strong understanding of food and primary packaging compatibility.

● Experience on wet food retort process(cans, pouches & trays) in the food industry preferred

● Technical knowledge in packaging design, ISTA testing, plant equipment qualifications and final approval.

● Project Management skills with experience leading cross functional teams.

● Excellent communication and presentation skills

● Demonstrate written and verbal communication skills and strong interpersonal skills to work with diverse cultures and global partners.

● Insights & Analytics: translate insights into strategies and actions to develop/improve packaging while leveraging analytics to make fact based decisions ● Planning/Priority Setting – Multi-tasking of several projects with minimal direction.

● Must be proficient with the following computer programs: ○ Cape Pack or other pallet pattern design software ○ SAP or similar ERP system

● Willing to travel approximately 20% of the year

Salary Range $96,640 - $141,435 USD


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

Job Segment: Testing, Package Design, Manufacturing Engineer, Supply Chain, Project Manager, Technology, Manufacturing, Engineering, Operations