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R&D Technician (32665) - Sheboygan Falls, WI
Johnsonville Sausage





Requisition Id 32665 - Posted 02/07/2018 - WI - Sheboygan Falls - R&D - Full-time




Johnsonville, LLC



R&D Technician


Position Overview:


Johnsonville is seeking an R&D Technician motivated to develop competencies in meat science/processing, consumer insights, USDA regulations/labeling requirements, and Johnsonville documentation procedures in order to assist product/process development projects. 


The R&D Technician will create unique & exceptional products to help achieve product superiority and brand dominance so that we can have the Highest Impact on our Customers' Success. The R&D Technician will work with a developer to create products, processes and, at times, packages for new products, line extensions and significant changes to products.



  • Assist in building superior new products by leveraging your knowledge and skill sets in product understanding (shelf life, flavor stability, cooking performance and sensory characteristics), processing, packaging, and manufacturing, USDA regulations, and internal documentation requirements
  • Organize activities and provide a schedule of pilot plant activities to maximize the effective use of the pilot plant and its equipment          
  • Cooperate with others and develop strong relationships with other Members from Sensory, Engineering, Packaging, R&D, Scheduling
  • Effective communication through organizing your ongoing project responsibilities and communicating with all internal customers regarding their requests/demands for your services
  • Continuously learn new skills and knowledge that will require you to constantly become more proficient in a wide range of areas
  • Become recognized within Johnsonville and the food industry as a world class R&D Technician as a result of your accomplishments and continuous learning



  • B.S. degree in Food Science or in Meat Science; Associate’s degree in food/science-related field; or High School degree with 2 years of production, development or support experience
    • Master Meat Crafter Certification or related certification preferred


Skills and Competencies:

  • Willingness to work closely with an R&D, Packaging or Sensory developer for any Business Unit
  • Ability to organize and schedule activities as well as communicate scheduling to the developer
  • Willingness to work in a cold, wet environment for an extended time
  • Assemble and disassemble food processing equipment, sanitize the food processing equipment and store food processing equipment in an effective manner
  • Work with the R&D Tech Center Coordinator to maintain and repair pilot plant equipment and the overall facility
  • Ability to lift 40 lb
  • Possess strong interpersonal skills with ability to communicate details for fact-based decision making
  • Desire to learn meat industry-specific knowledge of ingredients, their functionality, product formulas, processing and manufacturing
  • Willingness to learn USDA/FDA regulations/standards and labeling requirements.
  • Demonstrate self-growth and development
  • Demonstrate problem solving skills and the ability to function in a team based environment
  • Understanding of product performance


Posting Date:                               February 7, 2018

Coach for this position:              Gidget Joyal

Location:                                      Tech Center – Sheboygan Falls, WI

Member Status:                           Office Technical, Full-Time, Hourly

Reason for Posting:                    New Position

Referral Bonus:                           $300.00


How to Apply:  

For Internal Members: Log into myVille.  Click on the “Member Central” link. Click on Home, then Careers and apply for the position titled “R&D Technician.”  Please apply by February 14th, 2018.


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.


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