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Rotational Career Development Program - R&D (29742)
Sheboygan Falls, WI

Johnsonville Sausage





Requisition Id 29742 - Posted 09/15/2017 - Wisconsin - Sheboygan Falls - R&D - Full-time

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Johnsonville, LLC, the nation’s No. 1 producer of brats, Italian sausage, smoked-cooked links and fresh breakfast sausage links, is a leader in the food manufacturing industry.  The company’s more than 1,400 members, known elsewhere as “employees,” are dedicated to producing the finest-quality sausage.  Johnsonville strongly supports each of its members in their efforts of continued growth and development, offering excellent opportunities for advancement, along with an attractive compensation, benefit and bonus package.  We invite you to learn more about why Johnsonville was recently recognized as the National Association of State Workforce Agencies (NASWA) National Employer of the Year!


Johnsonville, LLC



Rotational Career Development Program

R&D Team


Company Overview:

Wisconsin-based Johnsonville is the No. 1 national sausage brand, featuring: brats, Italian sausage, smoked-cooked links, breakfast sausage, Grillers and meatballs. Johnsonville employs approximately 1,600 members. Each member takes ownership of product quality to ensure the excellence and “Big Flavor” of Johnsonville Sausage. Founded in 1945 by the late Ralph F. and Alice Stayer, the privately held company remains family owned today, providing various sausage products in 40 countries.


Position Overview:

As a member of our Rotational Career Development Program (RCDP), you will develop and leverage competencies in a variety of cross-functional areas focused around our Research & Development team.


This program is specifically designed to provide you with the experiences and tools needed to successfully grow within our culture, ultimately preparing you for future leadership roles at Johnsonville.


You will complete three rotations over an 18-24 month period, being exposed to a variety of experiences within cross-functional areas of focus.  Some potential rotations both inside and outside R&D include product development, food safety quality, operations, marketing, finance and  other possible areas. Each rotation offers robust assignments highlighting the functional requirements and processes across Johnsonville. 


At the successful conclusion of the development program, participants will be placed in a role at Johnsonville based on the participant’s strengths and business needs.



  • Bachelor’s, Master’s or PhD degree in Food Science, Animal Science, or a related field received by May 2018



  • Prior related internship experience required
  • Prior leadership experience preferred


Skills and Competencies:

  • Solid communication skills (verbal, written, listening)
  • The ability to interact with integrity with all levels of customers and members
  • Proficiency in Microsoft office and the use of social media
  • English/Spanish multi-lingual preferred
  • Demonstrated self-development
  • Action oriented, with the ability to set priorities and achieve goals
  • Comfortable dealing with ambiguity


Other Requirements:

  • 3.0 GPA preferred


Posting Date:                              September 14, 2017

Travel:                                         Some travel involved

Location:                                    Technical Center, Sheboygan Falls, WI

Member Status:                         Fulltime, Salaried



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 "Rotational Career Development Program-R&D.”  Please apply by November 15, 2017.


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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