Regulatory Affairs Specialist

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Mid-level industry position

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# 85405 - Topeka, Kansas, United States


The Regulatory Affairs Specialist, Ingredients works independently to research, interpret, and apply food labeling/ingredient principles to Regulatory recommendations and provide information to Regulatory managers as needed for decision-making. This person represents Regulatory in ingredient-based team meetings, including collaboration with Legal, and conducts regulatory research on ingredients, including coordination with ingredient suppliers. The Reglatory Affairs Specialist is the  Regulatory SME for product claims requirements focusing on formula and ingredient claims. This role works collaboratively with Regulatory colleagues to assess risks tied to product labeling, ingredient specifications, claims, interpretation of regulations, etc. The Regulatory Affairs Specialist contributes/identifies/promotes innovations related to ingredient use and makes technical recommendations and present back to the business. Complete Regulatory reviews and assessments in order to ensure compliance with Federal and State regulations.

Key Responsibilities include:


  • Regulatory Ingredient Support (Representation, Documentation and Process Control, and Regulatory Vigilance): Represent Regulatory on internal ingredient teams/projects such as the Hill’s Ingredient Team, Procurement/Implementation & Support Team, and special projects as needed. Serve as a representative on ingredient based Trade Association subcommittees in order to advance industry interests, monitor trends, raise critical issues and keep the business informed. Work independently with colleagues such as Science & Technology (S&T), Marketing, Procurement, and Quality to provide support in areas such as: applications/regulatory status of different ingredients (current and under research) and Regulatory implications/claims tied to those ingredients, etc. Develop Regulatory recommendations and create relevant Standard Operating Procedures, Work Instructions, POV’s and policy guidelines (as needed). Support ingredient registrations, submissions, and packaging reviews. Support U.S. and global ingredient innovation and implementation strategies by ensuring compliance through assessments and research, making recommendations back to the business. Support Quality in qualifying ingredient suppliers and performing document audits. Coordinate with Global Regulatory and both internal and external partners to prepare requests for definitions for unapproved ingredients with Regulatory authorities.
  • Process and Systems Review/Management: Maintain Regulatory Assessment process, as needed, to provide and document guidance to the business regarding regulatory issues impacting broader business decisions or cross- functional processes. Monitor and provide ongoing ingredient maintenance in Hill's labeling software and matrices in order to help ensure consistency and compliance.
  • Regulatory Intelligence: Monitor changes in regulatory environment and trends as they affect ingredients (of interest to Hill’s and its suppliers), labeling, claims, etc. in U.S. and globally. Develop subject matter expertise of Hill’s ingredient systems and strategy/implementation goals. Understand and communicate business and Regulatory implications of global ingredient changes. Maintain intelligence files, keeping them current and available to relevant staff. Challenge existing models, create and foster new ones as opportunities arise.
  • Other Duties as Assigned: Develop in-depth knowledge of Hill’s Regulatory to include an understanding of functional key business partnerships (internal and external). Represent the department on cross-functional teams, support preparation of official communication tied to ingredients/claims, as needed. Support Legal requests fo information/research, such as historical information tied to ingredient assessments/claims/guidance and current interpretation of regulations tied to ingredients and related claims. Establish credibility and foster mutually supportive global relationships through good communication practices.


  • Bachelor’s degree in business, policy, natural sciences or related field
  • Minimum of 4 years of work experience, with 2 years preparing registration submissions and/or managing regulatory ingredient issues.
  • Ability to coordinate information from various internal and external disciplines
  • Ability to research, interpret, and apply Federal, State, and International regulations
  • Ability to understand and comply with domestic and international regulatory requirements
  • Ability to communicate verbally and in writing across all levels of the organization
  • Ability to follow specific directions and to request instructions for complex tasks.
  • Intermediate proficiency Google tools, Microsoft Suite and SAP
  • Detail oriented & Good organization and planning skills
  • Able to manage multiple tasks in a timely manner; ability to be flexible with shifting priorities
  • High energy, proactive self-starter and self-directed


  • Minimum 3 years regulatory affairs, quality, compliance or legal work experience
  • Pet Food industry experience or a technical background in: Regulatory Science, Quality Assurance, ProductDevelopment, Laboratory Sciences, or similar work experience. 

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

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Topeka , United States