Product Manager, Hill's Science Diet – 080001100 – Topeka, KS



Job Description








Hill’s Pet Nutrition is a $1.9 billion, global division of Colgate-Palmolive and the maker of Science Diet® and Prescription Diet® brand pet foods.  Our mission is to help enrich and lengthen the special relationship 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. 


We invite applications for the position of Product Manager, Hill's Science Diet. As a Product Manager for Hill’s Pet Nutrition, you will be responsible for the development and implementation of the plans that will establish and maintain current and long-range marketing plans for the brand.  These plans include developing and implementing brand strategies, managing all business financials, and leading and managing the annual budget process. Responsibilities include managing business decisions relative to those brands and presenting brand strategies and activities to Senior Management for review and direction setting. 


Responsibilities & competencies for this position include:   

  •  Determines and recommends the optimal portfolio strategy, paying attention to new products as well as the base business
  • Translates consumer insights into brand strategy and marketing plans
  • Develops comprehensive understanding of brand equity, target market, and positioning relative to competitors
  • Uses quantitative analysis and financial scenarios to quantify financial risks
  • Maximizes knowledge of market and consumer trends
  • Recognizes key issues the trade faces, including implications for Colgate, customers, and consumers
  • Knows how shoppers respond to product features such as price, size, and packaging
  • Understands and effectively works within Hill’s matrix structure to deliver optimal results
  • Partners with customer development and supply chain teams to ensure products are priced well, appear on the right shelf at the right time, and are supported by investments in promotions and advertising
  • Tracks the status of key activities to move projects forward
  • Displays teamwork in getting work done


Qualifications and Competencies

Basic Qualifications:   

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Prior experience of 2-5 years in marketing.
  • Part of experience can be within sales or other business discipline.
  • Implementation of at least one business building initiative, e.g. new product launch, re-launch, cost savings, packaging change, promotional program.
  • Key involvement in business analysis, marketing plan development, and cross-functional project management.
  • Ability to travel up to 10%


Preferred Qualifications:

  • MBA


Hill’s offers all employees:

  • Highly competitive pay
  • Great employee, domestic partner, and family benefits that start the first day of employment
  • Short-term and long-term disability
  • Company-funded retirement plan
  • Company matched 401k
  • 14 paid holidays
  • Annual tuition reimbursement up to $10,000
  • Annual paid vacation
  • On-going training
  • Opportunities for advancement
  • Highly professional, ethical, drug free environment


At Colgate-Palmolive/Hill’s Pet Nutrition, we care about people.  Attracting, developing and retaining exceptional talent are key global priorities.  We proudly offer global career opportunities and a world-class People Development Program including mentoring, training and work/life balance programs that ensure all employees have access to professional and personal development opportunities.  We continuously strive to become a great place to work.


For more information about Hill’s and Colgate, go to our websites at:  and





Job Field












Hill's Pet Nutrition










Day Job





Yes, 10 % of the Time



Additional Information


Posting Date


Jan 21, 2009, 12:37 PM, Montreal, New York, Washington D.C. - (UTC -5:00)



Company Car


Relocation Eligible


Company Statement

Colgate-Palmolive is a leading global consumer products company, 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, Mennen, Softsoap, Irish Spring, Protex, Sorriso, Kolynos, Ajax, Axion, Soupline, and Suavitel. At our Hill's Pet Nutrition division, makers of Science Diet® and Prescription Diet® brand pet foods, 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. For more information about Colgate's global business, visit the Company's web sites on the Internet at and

Equal Opportunity Employer

This position will be filled without regard to race, color, religion, sex,
national origin, age, non-related disability or veteran status.


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