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Contract Manufacturing Specialist Quality - Topeka, KS



Hill's Pet Nutrition




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# 132767 - Topeka, Kansas, United States

Job Summary

The Quality Contract Manufacturing Specialist is part of the global program for contract manufacturing and Quality Standards implementation. Focus includes but it is not limited to the following areas:

  • Support the Contract Manufacturing (CM) quality program to ensure compliance to the appropriate Regulatory requirements
  • Support CM operations to incorporate and comply with Global CM Quality Standards
  • Work with S&T to ensure the CM specifications for finished goods and raw materials are updated and in compliance with applicable regulation and the Global CM Quality Standards
  • Support the Senior Contract Manufacturing Specialists to drive CMs to action continuous improvement activities
  • Supports the execution of the Enhanced Supplier Management program for North America (NA) CMs
  • Supports the Quality representative for the CM Technology Transfer process
  • Support Quality Compliance initiatives as required (Quality standards implementation and auditing programs, etc.)

Principal Duties and Responsibilities

  • Supports the Senior Contract Manufacturing Specialists globally to ensure CM adherence to Global CM Quality Standards, applicable FSMA regulations, completion and distribution of the site's annual management reports, drive continuous improvement, and Quality Technical Agreements.
  • Supports the Senior Contract Manufacturing Specialists in managing each region's customer complaint investigations. Ensures proper documentation, CAPA, MoC and failure investigations (including microbiological incidents). Supports compiling KPI results (Non-conformance, consumer complaints, FG release time, Coman mock recalls, etc.).
  • Supports the Senior Contract Manufacturing Specialists to assure acceptable KRSs are reviewed and approved prior to releasing products from the contract manufacturer’s control, as defined and required on Hill’s specifications and regulatory requirements. Ensure all product non-conformances are properly investigated, documented and approved by Corporate Quality prior to product release.
  • Supports the Quality representative with the CM Tech Transfer process for all CMs with the support of S&T/ I&S / Network Operations / Corporate Quality / Packaging Engineering, for new product development and /or formula/ingredients/packaging changes.
  • Coordinates completion of the annual CM risk assessments and the execution of the CM audit program. Provide guidance to maintain CM's audit readiness.
  • Participate in the Global Compliance Program, supporting Quality Standards Implementation follow up, participate in the auditing programs (internal audits, supplier audits, corporate audits, FSMA readiness, etc.).
  • Ensure that I&S have all CM formulas and specifications updated in the PDM system. Ensure the NetOps/Procurement/CS&L formally communicates to the CM the updated formulas and specifications.

Education/ Experience Requirements

Basic requirements include:

  • BS degree in Food Science, Biology, Chemistry, Engineering or other related field
  • 2+ years manufacturing experience on a Food, drug or cGMP environment or
  • 2+ years in Quality related field
  • Working knowledge of FDA regulations, Food Safety, cGMPs

Preferred qualifications include:

  • Bachelors of Food Science, Biology, Chemistry, Engineering or other related field
  • Certification in PCQI, SQF Practitioner, BPCS
  • Certified Auditor
  • Familiar with EU/Brazil/Japan/China food regulations

Expected Areas of Skills

  • Excellent analytical and problem solving skills
  • Clear and effective communication
  • Knowledge of cGMPs
  • Ability to quickly learn and utilize computer applications, i.e. spreadsheets, SAP
  • Demonstrates the ability to influence change within organization

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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