Quality Assurance/Food Safety Team Leader - Emporia, KS Ė 080001006



Job Description

Hillís Pet Nutrition is a $1.9 billion, global division of Colgate-Palmolive and the maker of Science Dietģ and Prescription Dietģ 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 Quality Assurance/Food Safety Team Leader.  As a Quality Assurance/Food Safety Team Leader for Hill's start-up dry food manufacturing facility in Emporia, KS, you will lead the Quality Assurance Team to improve plant quality as they support Operations and Manufacturing Services in assuring company quality standards are met.  You will be responsible for Continuous Improvement of plant floor quality system, Training and standardization of quality policies and procedures, Food Safety Compliance, Cleaning/Sanitation, Communications.


Responsibilities for this position include:   

  • Leads the Quality Assurance Teamís development through coaching, goal setting, and leading by example daily activity applying High Performance Work Systems (self-managing) principles
  • Accountable and responsible for meeting or exceeding plantís safety and quality KPIs (Key Performance Indicators).
  • Leads improvement in Consumer Complaints through analysis, reporting, process improvement implementation.
  • Leads internal GMP, quality standards, and systems audits for the facility and implement changes to close gaps.
  • Leads the Food Safety Team and all food safety and sanitation activities for the plant.
  • Leads and coordinate the pest control inspections for plant areas.
  • Demonstrate ability to take initiatives and resolve sanitation issues.
  • Troubleshoots quality issues and oversees continuous improvement for operational and quality system improvements.
  • Ensures that the reporting of data and maintenance of records is documented.  Also, that the interpretation of the data is correct and that the results are effectively communicated to appropriate individuals, including management.
  • Introduces non-analytical quality procedures to the plant and new personnel and is responsible for creating quality-related documentation that meets company guidelines and procedures.
  • Leads and monitors HACCP program in the facility.
  • Assists with execution and follow up of regulatory, internal, and external audits (i.e. FDA, USDA, state, AIB, Corporate, etc).
  • Resource for the suppliers/vendors certification process.
  • Serves as liaison between quality assurance and key stakeholders responsible for role modeling the CP Values and Principles of with Respect.
  • Other job functions as assigned.


Qualifications and Competencies

Basic Qualifications: 

  • BS degree in Chemistry, Biology, Food Science or other related field
  • Minimum of three years in a food, feed, or pet food manufacuring plant
  • Minimum of three years food safety experience.
  • Minimum of three years laboratory experience outside of an academic setting
  • Strong knowledge of Food Plant Manufacturing Processes, Quality Systems and Documentation, and Statistical Process Controls
  • Excellent computer skills, including email, spreadsheet, and data base managment

Preferred Qualfications:

  • Demonstrated performance of project management and time management skills
  •  Excellent analytical and problem solving skills
  • Auditng and Compliance Process
  • Vendor Certificaiton
  • Chemical Analyses
  •  Certification in HACCP,  GMP, Micro, Audits, etc.
  •  Excellent computer skills, including email, spreadsheet, data base management, and SAP
  • American Society for Quality certification as CQT, CQM, or CQE

Hillís 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/Hillís 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 Hillís and Colgate, go to our websites at:  www.HillsPet.com  and www.Colgate.com




Job Field


Manufacturing and Supply Chain










Hill's Pet Nutrition










Day Job





Yes, 10 % of the Time



Additional Information


Posting Date


Nov 10, 2008, 03:37 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, tightly 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 www.Colgate.com and www.Hillspet.com.

Equal Opportunity Employer

Colgate-Palmolive Company is an equal opportunity employer. It is the policy and practice of the Colgate-Palmolive Company to provide employment opportunities, as well as administer all terms and conditions of employment, to all qualified persons on an equal basis. 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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