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Operations Manager

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Johnsonville Sausage LLC Watertown , WI 53098

Posted 3 months ago

At Johnsonville, our members are responsible for everything! If you're passionate about making a difference, we want you to help make our products, our processes, our communities and each other better. Wisconsin-based Johnsonville is the No. 1 national sausage brand, featuring bratwurst, Italian, snack and breakfast sausages in fresh and fully cooked varieties. Founded in 1945 by the late Ralph F. and Alice Stayer, the company employs 1,800 members and remains privately owned today. Come join our family-owned company!

Johnsonville Sausage - Internal Job Posting

Operations Coordinator

Why This Is A Great Job For A Person Who Accepts Nothing Less Than Personal Greatness

Your contribution will ensure that Perry Way products are of the highest quality and meet our defined standards of safety. You'll learn about a variety of line processes, expanding your existing knowledge for application into the business of making sausage. There is unlimited opportunity for growth as you become an active contributor to the Finished Goods Line Team and assist your team in the quest for continual improvement.

Why choose a career with Johnsonville?

  • Great Company Culture

  • You will become a Member of a Team and not just an employee

  • We believe in the guiding principles of respect, trust, integrity, caring, ownership, appreciation, candor, humility, and innovation

  • Opportunity for growth

  • Great Compensation program

  • Great Base Pay

  • Monthly Bonus program eligibility immediately after hire with NO annual cap!

  • Outstanding insurance package including medical, dental, vision and prescription drug coverage after 60 days

  • Tuition Reimbursement

  • Gym Membership Incentives

  • PTO

  • 401K eligibility after 90 days

  • Discounted Johnsonville products

Position Overview:

This is a great job for a person who has passion and drive to build a Best in the World Culture of Member involvement and ownership, continuous learning, product superiority, and continuous improvement. In this role you can leverage your expertise and experiences in the areas of leadership, continuous improvement, project management, and building people to develop strategies and tactics that will help the organization accomplish it's goal of becoming the Best Company in the World. You will act as a role model and educator of the Johnsonville Way thus facilitating this as "a way of life" within the Watertown facility.


  • Exemplify and advocate the Johnsonville Way every day

  • Drive continuous improvement efforts that will facilitate the creation of "safety as a way of life" which will lead us towards our goal of 0 IFR year after year

  • Lead projects through the use of cross functional teams on the implementation and continuous improvement of safety, quality and productivity initiatives.

  • Lead a Continuous Improvement legacy ensuring all members own and have the tools to improve their daily business results

  • Lead the development of strategic initiatives within your areas of responsibility

  • Lead efforts create and sustain readiness pipelines within your areas of responsibility

  • Drive product cost improvements by knowing the costing details and leading/implementing cost improvements

  • Widen the circle of engagement and ownership with members in the areas of safety, food safety/quality, cost of goods manufactured, customer service, member development and BPTW.

  • Create and sustain an environment that ensures member involvement and implementation of programs, ideas, and guidelines

  • Develop and sustain relationships with teams from outside the facility (such as R&D, Engineering, Thought Leadership, and other facilities)

  • Develop, monitor and implement a budget and capital plan for business activities for your areas of responsibility

  • Lead and manage capital projects within your areas of responsibility

  • Lead new products and new technology projects

  • Provide superior customer service by exceeding customer expectations in quality and delivery

  • Promote and instill a culture of personal learning and professional development that will ensure the successful development of all Members within the business

  • Coach your area and its Members to deliver continuous improvement in the four organizational end-states (safety, quality, cost and service)

  • Ensure compliance with USDA standards

  • Enhance partnerships with our raw materials suppliers through creation of feedback mechanisms regarding cost, quality, and delivery and identifying efficiency opportunities as relates to delivery times and the operations.

  • Responsible for Food Safety Quality in the absence of the Food Safety Quality Coordinator


Bachelor's Degree required. Graduate degree preferred. (Experience and business knowledge will be considered for internal candidates, however must be willing to pursue a bachelor's degree)


  • Minimum of 7 years' experience in a leadership/coaching role with significant involvement in developing Members to greater levels of responsibility.

  • Harvest experience is preferred.

  • Experience in the food industry is preferred, but not required.

  • Experience in strategic planning processes

Skills and Competencies:

Demonstrated success and experience in Lean, Six Sigma and other continuous improvement disciplines required

  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience in budgeting, capital planning, capacity planning and productivity pipeline projects

  • Demonstrated communication and listening skills

  • Commitment to personal growth

  • Ability to lead by example and involve others in the decision-making process

  • Proven ability to manage multiple tasks and be flexible by adjusting priorities

  • Proven ability to "widen the circle of engagement" and ownership

  • Proven ability to innovate

  • Proven ability to motivate others and affect change

  • Willing to take calculated risks.

  • Demonstrated drive to achieve results.

  • Proven ability to motivate

  • Learning agility

Posting Date: Monday, September 24, 2018

Coach for this position: Dave Fessenbecker

Travel: up to 5-10%

Location: Watertown

Member Status: Fulltime, Salaried

Reason for Posting: Internal Promotion

Referral Bonus:

How to Apply:

External candidate: Apply on-line only at:

We value the diversity of our workforce and we embrace the principles of Equal Opportunity Employment. M/F/Vet/Disability

Johnsonville values the service Veterans and their family members have given to our country. We support the hiring of returning service members and military spouses.

We value the diversity of our workforce and we embrace the principles of Equal Opportunity Employment. M/F/Vet/Disability

Johnsonville values the service Veterans and their family members have given to our country. We support the hiring of returning service members and military spouses.

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Operations Manager

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Johnsonville Sausage LLC