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Manager Quality Systems, Certification and Compliance - Topeka, KS

Hill's Pet Nutrition


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# 126891 - Topeka, Kansas, United States

Job Summary

This position is responsible for the management and oversight of Hill’s Quality Systems, including standardized documentation practices, ensuring adherence to the Colgate Quality Standards, third party certification audit requirements, external Regulatory Body Audit preparation and the Document Management System. It ensures processes and procedures are in place to provide clear and documented assurance that Hill’s facilities, packaging suppliers, comply with Colgate Quality Standards and all applicable Federal, State and International regulatory requirements. This role is responsible for the organization and standardization of such documents and provides input during on-going reviews of the Colgate Quality Standards and External Regulatory Requirements.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities

  • Manage the systematic approach, implementation, utilization and maintenance of Hill’s Documentation and Certification and Compliance programs. This includes but is not limited to:Updates procedures to reflect current practices and regulatory requirements.
  • Work with the appropriate coordinator to develop and execute the annual audit grid for the Hill’s Pet Nutrition Center/plants, Packaging Suppliers and Warehouses. Includes ensuring continuous compliance improvement through use of third party auditors, external certification processes, supporting plant internal audits and compliance to Colgate-Palmolive Quality Standards.
  • Train and develop Quality resources in standards and guidelines to ensure adherence to the Colgate Quality Management Systems and external regulations (FDA, FEDIAF, MAPA, MARA, etc).
  • Represent Quality in execution and change management of the Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) process, which includes the Audit and the Product Data Management (PDM) systems.
  • Maintain understanding and communicate current regulatory requirements that impact Hill’s ingredients, products, processes, packaging, records and testing.
  • Ensure product recall and recovery procedures are in place and annually tested, communicated and documented to ensure compliance to all Company, Regulatory and Legal standards.
  • Support the consumer complaint investigations. Oversee the compliance program trending and KPIs. Support Quality Packaging, Ingredients, Supplier Management, Analytical, Food Safety, Technology Transfer as required.

Education/ Experience Requirements

Basic qualifications include:

Bachelor´s degree in Science or Engineering

7+ year experience in food/pet food quality, food/pet food manufacturing or food safety

3+ years Regulatory or Compliance experience within the food or pharmaceutical industry

3+ years supervisory or managerial experience

2+ years in a manufacturing operation

Preferred qualifications include:

Master Degree in Science (Food Science, Microbiology, Animal Science)

10+ years experience in the Quality function in the food or pharmaceutical industry.

2+ years experience with global documentation systems

2+ years experience in Colgate-Palmolive Quality Standards

Expected Areas of Skills

  • Good computer skills: Google Docs, Sheet, Slides, Excel, Word, Powerpoint, SAP Quality Module, plant floor systems
  • Extensive understanding of plant process systems, quality and food safety programs and controls
  • Comprehensive understanding and ability to execute audit schemes (GFSI, SQF, ISO, etc)
  • Statistical process control (SPC)
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Understanding of the FSMA regulations for Animal Food

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.



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