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Food Safety/Quality Coordinator - Co-Manufacturi - Sheboygan Falls, WI 53085

Johnsonville Sausage

We are committed to providing only the highest-quality products. As a member of our quality team, you’ll ensure Johnsonville meets or exceeds all standards set by the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) of the U.S. Department of Agriculture and other regulatory agencies. Of course, that’s just for starters. What outside organization could care more about our quality than we do? Our commitment to quality must be unparalleled. We treat every Johnsonville product like it will be served at our own family table.

Johnsonville, LLC

Job Posting

Food Safety/Quality Coordinator – Co-Manufacturing

Position Overview:

The co-manufacturing Food Safety & Quality Coordinator is responsible for oversight of Johnsonville’s co-man network from a food safety and quality perspective. In this role you will be a resource, teacher and mentor to the co-manufacturing network. Your passion for continuous improvement efforts will enable our partners to meet the goals of making gold standard products. This role is perfect for an individual who has a track record of developing members, improving and expanding the scope of their responsibilities and wants to continue to grow and be challenged.


  • Work with external partners to strategically coordinate continuous improvement efforts and programs related to food safety and quality processes and systems, including defining performance measures.
  • Identify trends and process variation in conjunction with co-manufacturing team; obtain corrective actions when needed to optimize the safety and quality of products.
  • Work with internal and external partners to successfully resolve quality concerns involving appearance, taste, packaging and/or foreign material contamination
  • Develop clear and concise process specifications for co-manufacturers that outline requirements and are aligned with process capability
  • Instill an atmosphere of mutual respect and trust with manufacturing partners; leverage these relationships in sharing best practices and learnings while protecting Johnsonville’s trade secrets
  • Monitor and share performance results with co-manufacturers, taking action if a co-manufacturer has a track record of failing to meet Johnsonville Supplier Quality Expectations
  • Ensure co-manufacturer plants are up-t- date and compliant with regulatory issues
  • Be an active member of the Johnsonville FSQ Leadership and Exceptional Products Teams
  • Coach the company co-manufacturing Assistant Coordinator and provide guidance to the Sensory Commercialization team regarding new product sensory evaluations
  • Lead auditor for potential partner audits, determining capabilities and practices of potential partners. Initiate correspondence and review submitted corrective actions for thoroughness and completeness.
  • Use your technical expertise to educate members on food safety and quality applications and systems
  • Be the point person regarding any regulatory action taken on items made for Johnsonville at a co-manufacturer
  • Participate in Innovation Product Reviews and provide input on new products with regard to quality and food safety
  • Coordinate consumer foreign object complaint investigations with our co-manufacturing partners
  • Identify on boarding process and on-going assessments of co-manufacturers
  • Develop future leaders as a pipeline for future Co-manufacturer food safety and quality roles and/or operational leadership positions
  • Utilize your auditing skills to assist on supplier and internal audits, minimizing risk.
  • Lead capital pipeline planning efforts for the food safety and quality area, working with impacted co-manufacturing partners
  • Back up for other Food Safety Quality Coordinator positions


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Food Science, Meat Science, Microbiology or related field required
  • 5-7 years of experience in a senior quality leadership role required
  • Experience in food required; meat/poultry processing and harvest preferred

  • Knowledge and understanding of food safety, HACCP systems, USDA/FDA, Animal Handling and Welfare programs and regulatory requirements and have established regulatory relationships
  • Ability to effectively interact with external partners and influence without authority
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Suite required
  • Understanding of Safe Quality Food program preferred
  • Experience with ready-to-eat (RTE) product shelf life and microbiology
  • Knowledge of continuous improvement processes (Six Sigma, Lean Manufacturing, etc.)
  • Experience working in SAP Business Operating System desired
  • Proficient with data management and Statistical Process Control
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Project management and team leadership skills

Date: March 9, 2021

Coach for this position: Director of Food Safety & Quality

Location: Technical Center, Sheboygan Falls, WI

(Our office is about an hour north of Milwaukee)

Member Status: Fulltime, Salaried

(At Johnsonville, you are not an employee. You are a Member.)

Travel: 20-30% varies depending on business need

Reason for Posting: Member Retirement

(We will miss her!)

Member Referral: $500.00

About our Company

Since 1945, our family-owned band of sausage-makers has invented better ways to make, eat and prepare crave-able sausage. Today, we are 2,000 Members strong. We sell our famous sausage in all 50 United States and more than 40 countries. We have a culture built on the idea that if we make developing your talents our top priority, great business results will follow naturally. We call it The Johnsonville Way. It has been our secret sauce for decades, and we hope you get to experience it for yourself!

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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